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Get excited, ladies… I am finally going to start posting what I spent on the wedding. Even though part of me wants to not post it because of all this debate going on about the cost of weddings and whatnot, and in the end wondering why it matters what I actually spent. These two situations made me question whether or not to post the breakdown at all.

Not going to lie… I don’t want to get attacked or ridiculed for including or not including certain expenses in the breakdown… it seems everyone does things differently. I’m going to include everything that had to do with the day of the wedding… I might do an extra post called ‘extra expenses’ with the other miscellaneous expenditures. But really I don’t feel the need to justify it to anyone because I’m happy with what we spent and how we pulled it off.

So, without further ado… I will start the budget breakdowns. They are broken up into categories with itemized lists of what we spent. At the end I will post the final talley. Enjoy! :)

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Tiffany

    You worked hard to stick to a budget and I appricate you posting it. Helps us planning ladies know that there is hope. Your wedding was amazing and the way you found to cut cost is even more amazing! The cost in the end does not matter to everyone but personally I would love to feel the satification of pulling off a wedding as beautiful as yours on a budget of my choice. I think you rock!!!

  • http://marie-evelaforte.blogspot.com Marie-Eve

    Thanks for posting. I really hope no one judges you! Come on. Here’s to being respectful of how everyone can and should do things differently, according to what’s important for them!

  • Jessica

    Ugh, I hate that you have to feel nervous about posting your expenses. Even if you went way over and charged up credit cards to pay for it, no one has the right to judge your decisions. I’m looking forward to seeing the info just to get an idea of how much such a beautiful wedding cost (or didn’t cost!). Anyone who criticizes is just jealous and/or unhappy that they can’t have the same thing.

    I hope no one who is under the stress of planning a wedding takes it out on you in that way!

  • Emily

    Thank you for posting your cost breakdowns. When I got engaged last month, my mom and I were trying to work out a budget and really needed some examples of what things might/could cost. I really appreciate you honesty, and I’m sure it will help lots of brides to be.

  • http://berrymorinbits.blogspot.com Rona

    As a lady who renewed her vows and had many people, including my boss ask me directly what we spent…Don’t worry about what people say.

    My husband and I were commenting on how we wished we had a the same menu at our dinner. I could definitely see people going for seconds.

    Congratulations!

  • http://craftmybride.blogspot.com Lisa

    i just wanted to say thank you so much for your candy buffet breakdown. I want to do one very similiar (except i am makign paper cones, not using bags) but I am using yellow candy. I really appreciate you laying out how much everything costs! it makes me planning for that aspect anyways a breeze! thanks again!

    lisa @ craftmybride.blogspot

  • http://craftmybride.blogspot.com Lisa