J + K: The wedding budget

April 29, 2009

Wedding budgets can be a very personal topic but I’ve decided to add up the costs of our wedding for you, dear readers, because I KNOW you want to know (I’m curious too!).

Let’s dive right in.

Outfits:
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My dress: $140 (on sale from $400) – gifted by my mom
Fascinator hair piece: $70
Mani/Pedi: $100 (for my official unofficial bridesmaid too)
Jeremy’s outfit: $170
Rings: heirloom / gifted

Photography:
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Polaroid Film: $320
Kodak 400 CV 120 (for Holga): $50
Balloons – $10

Invitations:
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Materials: $60
Stamps: $25

Decorations:
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Paper Lanterns: $100
Lights: $75
Flowers: $100
Music: $25
Misc (vases, cupcake holder, ribbon, plates, silverware, napkins, etc): $290

Food and Drink:
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Hors D’ouvres: $220
Iron Starr BBQ: $350
Food Chafers: $55
Liquor (wine, beer, liquor): $230
Cupcakes: Gifted from a dear friend.

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TOTAL WEDDING COSTS: $2,250

Jeremy and I never really set a wedding budget but were both keeping in mind that we would like to try and keep it under $3,000 – so we came in a little bit under – that helps pay for the honeymoon and appendectomymoon!

I think it is important to consider your priorities when making a wedding budget. The items we wanted to splurge on were food and alcohol, while we saved on costs by not having an actual photographer at the wedding and instead have guests take Polaroids and digital snaps.

When throwing a big party or wedding what kinds of things are you willing to splurge on? Where do you save on costs to compromise?

P.S. We’ll be paying on the remodel for the venue location for another 8 months.

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