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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!

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

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

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