Not sure how to keep the costs of your dream wedding down? This bride has several great ideas for you about planning and what to splurge on! Plus one heck of a tasty idea for a cost cutting dessert table!
Beautifully captured by Dana Grant Photography you can see more of this fab day by clicking here for the full gallery, and don't forget to check out the budget breakdown below.
From the Bride
Get the wedding dress you love, and love the wedding dress you get! I had originally envisioned wearing two dresses at our wedding, one ceremony dress and one reception dress, but, once I found my first dress, I loved it so much I couldn't even think about taking it off.
I definitely would not have had enough time in my wedding dress if I had worn another one throughout the night (it would have only added up to about 2.5 hours per dress). Though you will invest a lot of time and money into your wedding dress you will only be wearing it once so be sure to get the right one and enjoy looking fabulous during those precious five hours of your life!
Most importantly, remember what your wedding is all about and enjoy it! Time goes by very quickly and its easy to miss out on your own wedding if you are focused on the wrong things. It's very easy for the overwhelming amount of wedding details to drag your focus onto things like what guests want, decorations, unexpected circumstances, etc… Remember, You are paying a LOT of money to have a five hour party so grab a drink, and enjoy it! Have fun celebrating your marriage with your new spouse!
Steal Worthy Idea
If you have any family or friends with talents or skills, use them! It was such a blast having my friends and family help out and show off their talents at my wedding. I had a "Bakery" theme for the dessert table. All of the desserts at my wedding were homemade. Including the cake. All made by my friends and family. Also, all the calligraphy was hand written by friends and family members as well. It was great for activities to share together and it totally cut costs in half!
Read on to see how much this wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.
Advice from the Bride:
Stay organized! It makes your wedding day so much easier to enjoy! Organization and planning helps things go a so much smoother during the big event. If you want things set up a specific way… do a mock set up before hand with the "dessert table", "sign in table", "dinner table" etc. and take pictures of your layout to give to your event crew so that they understand what you want and will set it up the way you envisioned.
Figure out what the most important part of the wedding will be to you, and spend money where it matters for you. For me, I wanted my wedding to be a beautiful-fun party, and I wanted to capture the beautiful-fun party. So the bulk of my money was spent on flowers, and photography.
Breakdown wedding costs:
Brides Dress- $1,700
Brides shoes- $250.00
Groomsman attire- $275.00 per person
Bridesmaid Dresses- $350.00 per dress
Wedding decor- $1,500
Hair and Make up- $300 per person
Wedding Cake- Free (my amazing sister made it)
All wedding Desserts- Free (all made by family and friends)
All hand written Calligraphy signs- Free (handmade by a friend)
Wedding Invitation stamps- $150.00
Wedding Invitations- $800.00
Save the Dates- $100.00
Venues, Food, Drinks, DJ, Rentals & Day of Wedding Coordinator- $11,000.00