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Kendall + Dan are proof that you don't need to break the bank to have a beautiful and memorable wedding. Their wedding was a budget-friendly celebration that focused on the things that truly mattered: love, family, and friends. From their DIY decorations to their personalized playlist, this budget savvy couple found creative ways to cut costs without sacrificing the specialness of their day!

Kendall + Dan

Peabody, Massachusetts
07/07/2022 · 85 guests
Total wedding budget $19,725

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Stationery
    0%
    $25
  • Flowers
    1%
    $250
  • Partner 2 Attire
    1%
    $258
  • Officiant
    2%
    $375
  • Hair & Makeup
    3%
    $500
  • Cake/Dessert
    4%
    $700
  • Miscellaneous
    4%
    $850
  • Photography
    5%
    $1080
  • Partner 1 Attire
    8%
    $1500
  • Music/Entertainment
    9%
    $1795
  • Planner
    10%
    $2000
  • Venue
    13%
    $2500
  • Catering
    13%
    $2570
  • Rentals
    14%
    $2750
  • Alcohol/Bar
    28%
    $5572
  • Total wedding budget
    $19725

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Our centerpieces were “build-your-own-centerpieces” with Legos, and our wedding favors were portraits painted by our cat. The music we chose for things like walking down the aisle or cutting the cake were from video games such as Wii Sports and Persona 5.

The music in general was from a playlist that we had been compiling over our entire relationship! We really wanted the wedding to be a celebration of us and our relationship, so we tried to put as much of ourselves into the night as possible.

We also had a popcorn bar as part of our houer d’oeuvres!

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

The centerpieces, signs, and chuppah were all handmade. The wedding favors were too (or rather, they were paw-made). The flowers were all dyed by the bride.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

One of the biggest things we did to save money was have the wedding on a Thursday night. That helped us lower the cost of the venue. We also had a cash bar, but paid for each person to have a drink ticket.

It also helps that Dan’s sister, Stephanie Berenson, is a professional photographer, and she was kind enough to give us a family discount!

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Honestly, take everything one step at a time, and surround yourselves with people who know what they’re doing. Without the guidance of Sarah Narcus and Stephanie Berenson, we would have been in way over our heads.

What was your biggest splurge?

Kendall’s wedding dress. We went into it not necessarily wanting to spend a lot on the dress, but when she tried it on she fell in love – and it took convincing from Dan to get her to spend the money on it. Looking back on the photos now, it was the right call.

What was your favorite detail?

Dan’s favorite detail was watching his friends’ faces in the audience when they realized that the Wii Sports music was playing at the start of the ceremony. Kendall’s favorite detail was that instead of people clinking glasses to get us to kiss, we had a large foam 20-sided die that people had to roll. On a 1-10, they had to consensually kiss someone else. On an 11-20, we kissed.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Kendall’s most memorable moment was finally being able to have the Horah, first dance, and father-daughter dance. We had actually already been married for a year by the time we did this wedding, but our first one had been in our backyard with just close family there. It was great finally being able to celebrate our marriage with friends and extended family.

Dan’s most memorable moment was Sarah Narcus digging glass out of his shoe with tweezers after some had gotten through the stomping bag.