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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.

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)
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.


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!


Nov. 12th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)

Our budget was $5k. We ended up around $6k, I believe. About 70 guests.

Here's where some of that went:
Venue: $1k (City of Austin, Mayfield Park
My silk dress was bespoke and price included alterations: $400
Jen's wardrobe: $350
Food: I can't remember, honestly, but we did pulled pork and three sides + vegetarian Thunderclouds
Drinks: can't remember, 2 kegs + 4 handles of liquor and had tons left over
Flowers: $500 was my huge fabulous bouquet (I think that was half of that), bouquets for 7? bridesmaids, and boutonnieres for 4? We had a really great florist who was willing to work with our budget. Plus the loose flowers Jen bought and made centerpieces from the night before.
Cake: $250 was cupcakes from Sweetish Hill and rental of the cupcake tree
Invitations: my sister-friend and Jen's friend designed and printed them.

My dad did music and ran the sound and we didn't have dancing, so there's that.

I don't feel like we missed out on anything... it can be done. Sometimes sourcing things and doing things yourself is a lot of work but you can save a lot of money that way.

I think $8k seems totally reasonable for the size wedding you want and the things you want to make sure you include.

Edited at 2009-11-12 09:31 pm (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
We looked at Mayfield park but it was too small for a 150 people if it rains.

Bespoke.. what's that?
Nov. 12th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
that designer looks interesting.. maybe i'll stop by.


I like pretty things

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