Post # 1
So this has been around for a couple years I think, but I only recently got engaged so I found out about it. Can you have a fabulous wedding for under $10,000? Yes, absolutely!
Here’s how our budget breaks down:
Venue Rental : $1400 (we are having both ceremony and reception here)
Catering: $4500 (buffet style, cocktail seating, includes wine)
Dress: $500 (David’s Bridal, woo hoo!)
My partner’s attire: $250
Attendant gifts: $250
Flowers: $300 (some silk, some wild and free, and some bouquets from Whole Foods)
Honeymoon: $500 (just two night at Whistler)
Invitations and favours: $400
You may notice photography is missing, that’s because I am lucky and my brother and Dad will be taking the photos. I am also lucky in that I have two trained estheticians as my BMs who will be doing my makeup and hair day of.
I laugh now when I think back to the beginning of our engagement when we thought we could have a wedding for $3000. We didn’t know what we were getting into, that’s for sure, but it’s a happy and exciting time nonetheless!
Anyone else trying to do their wedding on a budget like this?
Post # 3
I never did the exact break down but our wedding was somewhere between 5k-7k.
It totally worked! =)
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Really hoping for $5K, but we want to have a nice honeymoon (read– at least 2 weeks) so it will probably be more like $7K
Post # 5
You have just made my day! I am forever worrying about money and always wanted a beautiful wedding.
My fiance and I wanted to have our cermoney and reception at the same venue as well 🙂
Post # 6
Not engaged yet, but SO and I have talked a lot about this and agreed we want to keep it at 8k or less.
Post # 7
Here’s my breakdown for 120 people:
venue/ceremony site: 2300 for a venue on the sea
food: 4k for a buffet brunch
officiant: 150 (including tip)
photography: cost of travel approx. 600
DJ: Free- friend is doing it for exchange of services provided by Fiance & I
dress & veil: 540, purchased from oncewed.com
favors: 150 (candy bar with jars for take home treats)
Espresso bar: 675
Flowers: 500 (friend is purchasing them at wholesale and arranging them all)
Ceremony musicians: Free (FI’s quartet is performing for free)
Honeymoon: Parents timeshare: a week in Playa Del Carmen- paying for plane tickets (800)
Misc. decorations: 75
Post # 8
I don’t have the exact breakdown but our wedding will come in around $8k. Our budget WAS $5k, and we wouldn’t have been able to get a professional photographer, but then his parents offered to pay for photography 🙂 So that’s how we ended up at $8k. Otherwise we’d still be under $5k, lol. Photogs are expensive!
Post # 9
I wish I could have done this, my food/drink alone was about 12k for 150 people… and that was arleady the cheapest I could find in the area for a venue that was decent. I tired to rent out space and cateer hoping for a cheaper option, but even then it wasnt cheaper since venues I looked at for just rentals were anywhere from 5-8k to just have space for 6 hrs.
Post # 10
Ours is under $10K but that’s not including the honeymoon which is $3500 so far.
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2012 - Catholic Church, Chateau Thomas Winery
Thanks everyone for sharing your breakdowns! We don’t have everything separated like that but I think it would really help us if we did. So far so good at staying under 10!
Post # 12
@danicalifornia: that’s awesome, nice breakdown!
How did you get rings so affordable, where did/will you purchase them?
and an officiant for only $150?
I can’t find anyone here in Vancouver that will meet beforehand and create the ceremony with you for less than $500. I guess if you just have someone show up and do the usual thing, make it legal, it’s $200.
nice work, budget bees! let’s not get sucked into the idea that huge wedding debt is necessary!
Post # 13
The officiant is my pastor who I have known for over 10 years. He does weddings as part of his pastoral duties but my parents will tip him well.
My Fiance wants a tungsten ring- you can get them for around $20 on amazon or overstock. I tried on rings and since I have a very simple solitaire I wanted a band that would compliment and not outshine my ering. I loved this ring I tried on at Kales because it was small and delicate looking. I found it on Overstock for 209- more than $100 cheaper than a namebrand jeweler. It’s real diamonds and I love it 🙂
@pinkshoes: I’ve got to say- caterers in MA are SO pricey! If you still are looking for an affordable venue let me know and I can suggest some things. I thought I would save a ton on catering by booking a venue not married to a caterer but it’s not saving me much, just getting me out of food minimums. I think it’s so ridiculous that caterers are charging me as much for staffing as they are for food! My quotes include labor charges that are almost 2K! And I’m not trying to do anything fancy here, just a brunch buffet….
Post # 14
I’m sure planning on it! Here’s what I’m working with for a 25-guest, Chicago (in the city, not in the burbs) May 2012 wedding. That’s under $10k right now and I think some things will end up less that guessed (like shoes for instance) and it gives me room for more things i dont have on there like some sort of centerpieces.
invites/save the date/table cards 200
photo (flexible) 1800
Brunch (high end) 1100
Rehearsal (Guesstimate) 700
Total – $8712
Post # 15
That’s awesome! I’m very jealous. In my area you can’t get nice venues for under $4000, then there’s food for another $4000…so we are taking the $20,000 challenge, which apparently is also very hard. Fiance keeps saying we should get a car instead.
Post # 16
Our wedding will come in right around the 5k mark. However, we are spending more on the honeymoond than on the wedding so that puts us over the 10k mark when you include it in the cost of the wedding.
We are having 125 guests and doing it in the community center in Mission Viejo, California. EVERYONE I know said a wedding in Orange County could never be done for under 10k, but it turns out they were WRONG! We did have to cut a few things out that I really wanted, like a professional photographer and a photobooth but I found other creative solutions that are practically free. I am having 3 of my families friends who have shot weddings before do our photography as our weddding gift. Instead of a photobooth I decided to print up cards to include with the invitations inviting everyone to be our unofficial photographers and then post all their pictures to photobucket to share with everyone. I am also leaving some of the cards on the guestbook table incase anyone lost theirs. Our venue lets us bring in our own caterer and alcohol, so that saved us a TON of money. For all food and alcohol the total comes in at under $2k. There are definately ways to make a wedding beautiful and classy without spending a ton of money!