I know not everyone is lucky enough to have the creativity and the connections that I had, but hopefully you will find something inspiring or helpful!
1. WEDDING VENUE AND RECEPTION: $3,520.20
We chose to have the wedding and reception at the same location so that people wouldn’t have to travel between, and also to save money on the venues (two for the price of one!). Also, because we had the wedding on a Sunday they took $500 off of the price, since it was Memorial Day weekend and everyone had the next day off, it didn’t matter! The price included the use of the venue for 6 hours, dinner for everyone, a two tier wedding cake, accommodations in a honeymoon cabin for Tyler and I for the entire weekend, and the help of a personal wedding coordinator.
2. ALCOHOL: $440.42
Since the venue didn’t provide alcohol we bought our own from Wine On High in Columbus, Ohio. We stuck to beer, red, white and sparkling wines, and instead of having liquor and doing signature cocktails we set up a “Make Your Own Bellini and Mimosa Bar” which everyone had a lot of fun with!
3. HAIR AND MAKEUP/SHOES AND JEWELRY FOR THE BRIDE: $274.69
My cosmetology license definitely paid off when it came to my hair and makeup, I did both myself and used my industry discount to purchase all the supplies needed for both, which saved me a lot of money! I got my shoes at DSW and had a coupon for my birthday (I LOVE DSW), the only splurge in this category was my necklace; handmade and purchased from the Etsy store that I wish I could remember the name of!
4. VENUE DECOR: $242.05
This is where we had to get creative. Everything was bought piece by piece as it went on sale/as we had coupons and we did A LOT ourselves. I’m talking hours and hours spent at the dining room table cutting scrapbook paper into flower shapes, hand painting a canvas for the guestbook, and countless little details that seemed never ending. Oh, and hot glue gun burns.
5. INVITATIONS: $42.47
Hey, when you only invite 25 people, the invites are going to be cheap.
6. MUSIC: $80.00
We loaded up my IPod and my wedding coordinator knew when to press play!
7. GROOM’S ATTIRE: $50.00
He had the pants and shoes, we bought a shirt, tie, and vest!
8. WEDDING DRESS/VEIL: FREE
I don’t count this as part of the budget because it was very important to my lovely mother to give it to me as a gift.
9. ATTENDANTS/PARENTS GIFTS: ABOUT $150
We gave all the men coordinating ties, my attendants got clutches, my mother in law was given a picture frame with the promise to fill it, and I gave my mom an embroidered handkerchief.
10. WEDDING RINGS: $1,200
We went very simple when it came to our wedding bands since we both do a lot with our hands everyday.
11. PHOTOGRAPHER: FREE
We are lucky enough to have a professional wedding photographer in the family; my brother in law. My sister and brother in law were sweet enough to give his services for the day as a wedding gift. That being said, years from now the pictures are all you’ll have to look back on your special day and it is my opinion that this is NOT the area to cut costs, you get what you pay for. We were obviously familiar with my brother in law’s work and like I said before, this is what he does for a living. I have seen what happens when a bride and groom use a family friend’s hobby to save money and it does not have a happy ending! Visit my brother in law’s website for more information at http://www.snapflashphoto.net/#.
That’s it! If your’e keeping track that brings my wedding expenses to a grand total of $5,999.83, only $999.83 over our original budget!