I finally finished tabulating how much I ended up spending on my wedding. I spent a grand total of $7565.41, which is less than $100 over my $7500 budget. I was really scared to add everything up, since in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I felt like I was doing wedding related shopping every day, and a lot of things were a lot more expensive than I expected. Here is the chart of our budget and actual expenses:
|–Food & Drinks||$225.70|
|–Basket & Pillow||$56.45|
|Bridal Party Gifts||$150.00||$161.51||($11.51)|
|–Save the Dates||$24.39|
The chart does not include expenses that other people have covered or services offered as a gift, whic is why some of the line items look really low. I did not include neither the $1200 cost of the venue nor the portable toilet (I’m estimating those to be about $200), since my parents-in-law decided to cover those expenses in exchange for upgrading to a roomier tent. My husband’s parents also bought all the alcohol. They stuck with wines that were less than $8/bottle and purchased a keg. I’m estimating that alcohol totaled around $200.00. You probably also noticed that the overall food cost I listed is really low. I decided to have a dessert reception, and some friends and family volunteered to bake something. I’m not exactly sure how much all of the ingredients for the brownies, cookies, fudge, chocolate covered strawberries, etc. costed. Overall, I think that after including all these costs, overall the wedding was still under 10K.
I spent a lot less on decorations than I had expected. Since the ceremony venue was outside in a beautiful setting, I didn’t really need to decorate. For the reception, I borrowed a lot of things from my mother-in-law. I went with a vintage decorating palate, since lot of her candle holders, vases, cake stands, trays, and other house decor were more ornate. Flowers usually cost an arm and a leg, especially my favorite flower, the peony. I cut down flower costs by using silk flowers for my bouquets and buying individual stems from a wholesaler to create simple center pieces.
I definitely experienced a lot sticker shock for the tent and chair rental. The wedding venue required a tent and required you to use a certain rental company. I don’t know how the rental company compared to other ones in terms of price, but I know that the general consensus is that tents are expensive no matter where you get it. Overall, I spent about $3000 on rentals alone!
Overall, I am really pleased how my sub-10K wedding turned out. I definitely proved to myself that I could have a beautiful wedding on a budget.