Monday, July 19, 2010

Budget Wedding Demo

I'm going to start a series of example wedding budgets, ranging anywhere from $5-20K.  I'll give a breakdown of what the potential bride could spend on certain aspects of her wedding. Some weddings might have a small guest list, so they can spend more elsewhere... and others might have a lot of people, but focus on several DIY components to stay on budget.  Enjoy!

Budget: $12K
Guest List: 125 people
Wedding Party: 4 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen
Ceremony: 1pm
Colors/Theme:  "Fiesta on the green"- orange, green, yellow

Reception venue- Dept of parks & rec golf course (banquet room)- $1,500

- $5000

  • $30 per head for food
    • Late lunch buffet (3pm)
    • Apps: veggie quesadillas, chips & salsa, jalapeno poppers
    • Entree: fajita buffet with corn salad
  • $10 per head for bar
    • signature drink- margaritas
    • light beer served from kegs into nice cups

Church donation- $200

Cake- $300

  • small display cake for cutting ($150)
  • large tres leche cake ($150)

Flowers/décor- $750 

  • orange daisies, yellow Alstroemeria lilies, greenery

Rings- $500 (his $200, hers $300)

Music- $700 (DJ for 4 hours)

Invites- $300 ($1.50 per invite found online, stamps, email save the dates)

Gown- $300 (discount bridal store)

Suit- $300 (discount bridal store)

Photography- $800 (professional photographer for 5 hours)

Videography- $600 (professional videographer for 5 hours)

Transportation- $400 (town car for bride and groom)

Gifts/favors- $350 

  • personalized handbags for bridesmaids $25
  • personalized mugs for groomsmen $20
  • personalized seedling packets $1.25 ea

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