Wedding Budget by The Numbers: Where Are They Now?



We are officially into the double digits here in wedding planning world.  This may sound strange to most of you in the same planning stages as we are, but I feel like things are starting to finally slow down a little bit.  At the beginning there was this RUSH RUSH RUSH to get everything booked because work was going to take up so much of my time.  Now that almost everyone is booked (still looking for cake, flowers, and a police officer), I can sort of sit back and semi relax with all of my projects.  Do not get me wrong, we still have a lot of crafting left!

This past week I have been looking at the numbers of our wedding budget and wanted to share a “where are they now” post.  I am going to be as real with you as I can and tell you my budget was thrown out the window.

Original budget: $7000 which would not include our rings, my dress, or our gifts to our bridal party

Hair/Makeup: FREE-I am so lucky my sister is in the beauty industry and does great work.  Her salon has offered to do my hair for free and she will do my makeup.  Everyone else will pay for their own hair if they want it done.  I gave the option and they have all requested an appointment.  The cost to them is $50

Cake: $450 budgeted-I have to stay strict with this budget.  In looking at a few local bakeries, I may slide under (cross those fingers!)

Catering: $3,110-This is for our max guest list and it looks like A LOT of my out of town family will not be able to make it 🙁

Alcohol: $800 budgeted-I am hoping to come under that with some savvy shopping

Ceremony Music: FREE-I am going to brave the elements and use an IPod.  Suggestions?

DJ: $795-A friend recommended him to me and I made sure to be honest with him about my budget.  His response: he took $100 off to fit in my budget

Dress: (Not included in budget): $900 for the dress (which we bought consignment), veil, and jewelry.  My shoes were $25 and I think I have everything I need

Alterations: TBD-This scares me because my dress is about four sizes too big

Groom’s attire: TBD-To be honest, I haven’t allotted much to him because I am always seeing deals if you rent everyone’s tux, the groom gets his for free.

Rings: (Not included in budget) Mine was a set with the engagement ring and his was $160.

Favors: $87 budgeted-If I can find what I need for cheap or free (borrow), I will come in much lower.

Flowers/Decor: $600 budgeted-This includes the ceremony and reception, but I have a feeling we will be over.  I have a few ideas to cut some of the costs (and DIY projects for you to see).  My ceremony décor is going to be very simple (and free because I found some great pieces being sent to the trash)

Invitations: $170 budgeted-So far so good.  I have only spent $70 on invitations, Save the dates, and escort cards (thanks to Groupon).  The stamps are the bulk of this budget.  More information to come

Officiant: $250.

Rentals: I HAD $215 budgeted to this because our reception location came with some tables and was set to come in much lower.  After setting up the tables and seeing how awkward and crammed it looked, I had to rent everything.  I am at $679!  Lets take a minute to cry together.

Photographer: $1000.  I had a friend planning on shooting the wedding for a very small fee, but sadly something else had to take her away so my budget sort of popped.  Our new photographer is a friend of my sister’s and was so nice to help us out.  We explained the predicament and he brought his price down from $2000 for me.  I will have to pay for the cd, but I will count that as the gift to the groom and our parents.

Venue: Ceremony-$225 (which was gifted to us), Reception-$1000, Rehearsal-FREE at my parents, Police Officer-from the advice of a former officer friend, $100 budgeted

Where does that leave us now? I don’t want to even share…..Roughly $9,700.  Enter tears.

There are still a few places I know I can cut by simply DIYing, but I think my dreams of having a wedding for $7000 are gone.  The sad fact is, it COULD have been done for that.  Staying positive.  In three months, lets regroup and see if I was able to cut anything down to get a little closer to $7,000.  Stay tuned for more DIY!

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