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Budget Wedding

August 24th, 2007 at 10:58 am

Can it really be done?

YES! My DH and I spent ~$5,000 on our wedding. We had a full meal reception and 120 guests.

We don't have too many photos just yet, but here are a few:

Our ceremony & reception were held at a banquet hall that I worked at for 3 years. We received a good discount that helped with the food/facility costs. I cannot reveal our cost, but we did come out under $2500 for the food & facility.

Our ceremony was at 9:30am and our reception was immediately following. Our menu was as follows:
Apple Juice
Orange Juice

Here is a breakdown of our costs:
Bride's Attire
Wedding Dress: $109.60
Alterations: $35.00
Pressing: unknown, gift
Shoes: $4.24
Jewelry: $9.68
Undergarments: $47.68
Rehearsal Dinner Dress: $38.15
Hair Comb: $17.00

Groom's Attire
Suit: $159.00
Alterations: $10.00
Cleaning: $8.00
Shoes: ~$50
Tie: $11.40

Ceremony: $9.99
Reception: $46.70

Save the Dates: $10.60
Invitations: $235.85
Postage: $90.58
Thank Yous: $19.95
Postage: ~$20 (still in progress)

DIY Silk Flowers*: ~$145
DIY Fresh Flowers**: $88.98
Lollipop Bouquets: $14.24
Candles: $1.98
Flower Girl Basket: $2.64

*includes 2 large arrangements, 2 medium arrangements, 15 centerpiece rings, and arch
**includes 4 bouquets, 9 boutonniere, 5 corsages and a cake topper

Wedding & Groom's: $320, gift
Groom's Cake Topper: $2.99

Wedding Website: $7.20 and lots of TIME
Magnet Favors: $34.96
Cookie Favors: unknown, gift
Rings: $722.79
Gifts: $521.20
Guestbook: $16.95

Bridesmaid Dresses^: $38.15 each
Bridesmaid Shoes^^: $5.30 a pair
Bridesmaid Jewelry^^: $2.89 a set
Bridesmaid Flip Flops^^: $.80 a pair
Groosmen Gift Ties^^: $12.68 each
Groosmen Ties^^: $11.40 each
Flower Girl Dress^: $37.10
Flower Girl Jewelry^^: $2.89 for set

^Not including in budget b/c paid for individually
^^including in gift category

The only category that was WAY over budget was the Gift category. But, this included gifts to the shower hostesses, bridal party, parents and our photographers (who all did it for free).

We did not hire a DJ, Florist, Photographer, Videographer, Stylist or Transportation. Hair/makeup, music and flowers were DIY. We had friends do the photography. We did not do any videotaping of our ceremony or reception. We had a rental car for our honeymoon (included in breakdown below) that we used as our getaway car.

I did not include the rehearsal dinner in the budget because that was not a cost we covered. My MIL covered the cost and budgeted $1000 for 55 guests. Due to a last minute location change, I think she ended up going slightly over.

For details and pictures of all the things listed above, please check out this site.

That site will also explain how I was able to get a lot of things as inexpensively as I did. The site has not yet been updated, so there are some things not on there.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.

10 Responses to “Budget Wedding”

  1. ihate2work Says:

    Congrats on your day and on a great job having the your wedding for the price you wanted. I don't think a bride has ever said the words 'Budget' and 'Wedding' in the same sentence ever.

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, that's terrific! Congrats on your wedding! Great job on keeping it within budget too. By the way, are you the same eisor that gets on the forums on occasion?

  3. eisor Says:

    Yes. I am also on the forums. I am trying to post more often than I have been.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ok, I thought as much (since your alias is your name backwards), but I didn't want to assume.

    Also, I don't know how much of a "geek" your hubby is, but tell him that ninjas are way cooler than pirates. Big Grin Seriously though, that is some awesome (un-official) wedding cake.

  5. eisor Says:

    Hehe. He's actually not much of a geek. We saw the cake at Publix and he really wanted it. His mom was paying for it and we still came in under her budget. So I let him get it. There was one condition though, he had to wear the eye patch & bandanna that came with it!

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Awesome. I'm sure that will provide much laughs and fond memories for the future.

  7. terri77 Says:

    You look like you had a great wedding!

  8. Nic Says:

    Congrats on the wedding and coming in on budget.

  9. Amber Says:

    Congrats, you guys look fantastic. Shoes were $4.24 wow I am really amazed

  10. eisor Says:

    My shoes came from Payless. They were marked $5 and I rang up $4!! Smile I was so excited because they were exactly what I wanted!

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