(Closed) Who else is taking on the under 10k challenge?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 17
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

 We are taking the 5k and under challenge! Our plan is to keep it under 3k, though my parents may end up chipping in for a few things. 


We super lucked out on our venue $125 + a $50 refundable deposit. We will be having the ceremony outside and the reception in the barn (see that’s why it’s so cheap lol). I’m getting married in Missouri where the whole “barn wedding” hasn’t caught on. 

Our DIY invitations were $30 for 100 invites 

Centerpieces – I’d say we’ve spent about $10 and that includes everything except for the wooden flowers we’re getting. Old books were on sale for 10 cents each and we got a few dozen mason jars from Fiance dad. 

That’s as far as we’ve gotten but so far so good!

Post # 18
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m trying to do under 5k…but my dress is already 1k so that may not work out, lol. Definitely won’t be doing close to 10k, especially with a baby on the way.

Post # 19
16 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

Omg this is exactly what I need! I swear if you guys say this can be done I’m trying it! 

Post # 20
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our wedding started off at 3k havent told Fiance but its going to be closer to 5k which would be fine we got our ceremony at a beautiful place called phipps conservatory broderie room for $500 it is gorg and because its a conservatory there are tons of lush plants photo ops… Our recept is about $1225 but may go down by $300 if I drop it to 100 guests…  food will be homemade so im guestimating about $500 cupcakes $300 if that. bm paying for their dresses. bm gifts about $200 my dress $500.. dj free becaue my fi and him great friends photo my friend is photographer$ 600. FI& my rings $200 candy buffet/favor $250 alcohol $300 invitw $150 and still have a lil room oh and also fans since ceremony will be in august 


Post # 21
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We have just started planning, but we are definitely in the as-low-as-possible-without-sacrificing-quality-and-what-we-want club!! 

Post # 23
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I havent broken my wedding down yet, but our budget is under 4k. And i’m gunna make it work. Thinking about of DIY projects….

Post # 24
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are doing the 10000 wedding too….right now we are at about 8100 and that’s with most expenses accounted for….hopefully it will stay that way!

Post # 25
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I tried and failed.  We’re each the oldest child and the first to get married and our parents are very excited and now  I’m trying the keep it under $15,000 game. I really hope I can keep it lower, but it’s really hard when Future Father-In-Law hijacks the guestlist and Dad wants and open bar…

Post # 26
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are doing ours with a $3,000 (OR LESS!) budget. Flowers and cake=DIY, but I do know people experienced in those areas professionally. Save the dates and invitations will also be DIY. It is really hard! Makes me hate weddings when I realize how much money I could spend!

Post # 27
1874 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Im trying to stay in between 3-5K. Im looking for all inclusive venues in Dallas, TX. Ive found two but they do not come with minister, photography, and flowers, but I can make all 3 of those combined work for me under $500.

Post # 28
909 posts
Busy bee

I don’t have exact amounts but it is going to end up being around $4000 for 15 guests. Unfortunatly my dress and accessories and the photographer take most of the budget.

Post # 29
586 posts
Busy bee

I’m very impressed, well done you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not at any kind of stage to say how much mine would cost – not even engaged yet! lol but will keep your ideas in mind ๐Ÿ™‚ SO would be over the moon if we managed that ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 30
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’ve set it at 6k.  It was a 4k and then I nixed the fam. photographer (holy bad photos batman) and hired a professional photographer.  So far we’re good.

So for 150 people max….

Dress- $230, have to get it altered yet

Rings- Both of my rings are heirlooms (therefore free) and gorgeous.  His will be titanium around $300.

Venue-$125 (Yay for getting married in a small town and having a great Future Mother-In-Law do some digging for us!)

Food- ($2100, this an estimate of mine with, what I hope will be tax & grat.)

Alcohol- $500 maybe, I have no idea tbh.  Honestly our family are beer drinkers, that’s pretty much it.  I’m toying with the idea of making apple pie as a ‘special’ drink, because, seriously it’s delicious.  I would like to get kegs  Miller and Lienenkugels I think, but I have no idea how many to get lol.

Centerpieces- My budget is $300, gonna get there by DIYing some branch centerpieces, single flower vases, and rummage saling it up!  Otherwise mason jar wildflowers will abound.  And my ladies will be carrying a single sunflower (I think, we’ll see how it looks lol) up the aisle.

Photog= $1700 

Invites- $150

Wedding Gifts/Favor and such (and anything I’m forgetting)- rest of the budget (approx $600)

Hmmm this is the first time I’ve actually typed it out….interesting lol.


Post # 31
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Really trying to keep it under $10,0000

So far:

Reception site $3000

Church $700 

D& $300

Ceremony music $250

Dress $900

Photographer $1000

Food $500 we are only paying for appetizers, his parents are paying for caterers.

Drinks $600

Decor $500

Linens $200

Flowers $350 ordering some real flowers, making fabric bouquets as well

wedding party gifts $200

Tux rental $ 200

paper goods $400

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