I’ve been contemplating for a long time about whether or not I’d have the energy to go back and sort through our wedding budget. A- and I didn’t have such a huge budget; we are mostly paying for the wedding ourselves. At a certain point, I didn’t think I was able to do it, but with great imagination, diy projects, and the help of family and friends, we were able to (kind of) stay on budget.
Our initial budget: $10,000
Our actual: about $12,270
You always hear that a couple should put aside an extra amount- just in case, and luckily, we did just that.
Below is a rough breakdown of our wedding budget. I must say- we did a great job enlisting all the help we could get. It also never hurts to find out if someone you know knows somebody else!
Venue, food, and beverage $6,500
Wedding dress and alterations $800
Tux Rentals for the Groom and groomsmen, traditional dress rental for MIL and Bride $350
Wedding shoes $110
Bridesmaid dresses $100
Flower girl dresses (2) $60
Groom and groomsmen shirts and ties $105
Floral hair piece and cufflinks $80
Invites $280 worth of supplies
Decor items $350
Cakes and cupcakes $225
Cake topper $10
Flowers $300 (friend discount)
Church ceremony fees $1100
Tea ceremony $150
Photobooth $400 (family discount)
Band $500 (friend discount)
Photographer $600 (friend discount)
Hotel Accommodations (2 rooms) $266 (corporate rate)
tea ceremony decor
Bow ties and hair pins for the ring bearer and flower girls (DIY)
Not included in the budget
Looking back, our wedding felt so simple and sweet, and so laid back. I was not the center of attention at all (well, maybe for a little bit). But that all describes how A- and I both wanted our wedding to be. I wanted an informal, romantic affair, in which everyone could share in this moment with us. I hope everyone was able to see that. It didn’t feel like a big grand event; we felt almost at home, comfortable and relaxed.
I definitely miss the wedding planning. I think by far, that was the greatest part. Being able to peruse the wedding blogs and venues, and go to tastings, parties, etc, those were the moments most dear. And then finally seeing it all come together, now that was just the icing on the cake.
To those who are planning now, my advice would be to stick to what you as a couple are all about. Don’t think you have to do it a certain way just because tradition dictates it. Your family and friends are there to share in this joyous, loving moment with you. And even if you decide on an elopement or intimate destination wedding, make sure to capture it all so that you could share it with those most dear.
Thank you to all of our vendors and friends!
Reception Venue: Riverwalk Golf Club // Church Ceremony: Our Mother of Confidence // Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier via The White Flower // Tux and traditional dress rentals: Elegant Bridal // Bridesmaid dresses: Francesca’s // Bridal Party dress shirts: H&M // Bridal Party ties: The Tie Bar // Flower girl dresses: Macy’s // Floral hair piece: via Etsy // Batman cufflinks: via Etsy // Invites: Designed by bride’s cousin, arranged by bride and groom // Flowers: Amanda of Botanic Allure, arranged by bride and bridesmaids // Photobooth: Memorybox Photobooth // Photographer: Earl Buenaobra // Band: Quel Bordel // Cakes: Extraordinary Desserts // Cupcakes: Babycakes // Cake topper: wooden pegs via Etsy, designed and painted by bride and groom