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Wedding Budgeting

So the average cost for a wedding is about $30,000 these days, but the median cost is $15,000.  And for a while there, I entertained having a wedding for 15k. But it's still ridiculously high.

Andy has been lobbying for a cheap backyard wedding but I want a band and room to dance...  so here are the priorities for him and me, that we're willing to spend money on.

Him:
Food from his fav restaurants. He is going to pick up food from restaurants and bring it to the reception.  (help!)
More then a 100 guests. (I'm okay with just a 100 guests or less)
Me:
A dance floor
A band.

So after that, we figured out what else would cost what. His parents say they'll help with alcohol, flowers and rehearsal dinner. I lobbied to nix the rehearsal dinner so we have more money for the wedding, but he insisted on a quiet time when family and close friends can mingle with each other. Then I was like... fuck the flowers. I'll get a bouquet for myself and, a basket of petals for the flower girl, and we're fine.

We can do $100 for invitations that Andy will make, and I can make home-made favors on the cheap.

So after figuring out the budget, not including the wedding dress/groom tux, and the stuff his parents are helping with.
We still reach the number of $8000. That's $4000 for each of us. That's still a lot of money.

GAAH.

So now we're both at saving and figuring out how to finance our budget.

We love you all. And we would love to throw a party for you all.. but neither of us want to go in debt or take a large chunk out of savings for it!

Comments

mdf356
Nov. 12th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
That's a good start to keeping a wedding on budget -- figure out what's most important and don't get sucked into "the happiest day of your life" advertising B.S.

But even things one really wants, like food from favorite restaurants or a live band, though important to you, have their costs. Maybe they're not $2000 important. You can dance with just the two of you anywhere, and the same for eating nice food.

Michelle and I got married for $6k, and $1500 of that was my suit and her dress. But we had simple food (a catered buffet), and got married at our church, so the venue costs were basically at cost. And we skipped serving alcohol.

I'd suggest Lucy's Cakes on Bee Caves road if you haven't picked a place yet. They were a little more expensive, but much tastier than the other options. The cake for us was maybe $300 since we had about 100 guests IIRC.

Good luck getting it together and stying sane and on-budget.
ripresa
Nov. 12th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
the dance floor is one of my priorities. i love dancing, and i want people to all dance, not just me and andy.
btw, you getting married for 6k several years ago is probably about 8k this year. a lot of prices have gone up.

as for cakes, since it's not in either of our priority list, we may just go to costco and central market to buy the cakes there.
preservationgal
Nov. 12th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Costco's "American Chocolate Cake" is unbelievably good. It's also enormous.