Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

glittery wedding dress

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.

glittery wedding gown

bridesmaid dresses

cream bridesmaid dresses

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!

wedding welcome chalkboard sign

flower girl with floral halo

here comes the bride flags

outdoor wedding in California

just married

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!

heart shaped love chalkboard sign

welcome table and instagram sign

escort cards

silver sweetheart table

pedistal bowl and mercury glass centerpieces

sweetheart table with champagne bucket

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!

family and friends baked goods dessert table

mini cupcakes and mini cheesecakes

mixed berry naked cake

Photography: Dana Grant Photography
Cinematography: District 12 Films
Venue: Wedgewood
First Look & Getting Ready Venue: Garden Cottage at the Green B&B
Flowers: Studio Mamas
Hair & Makeup: Modest Spot Salon
Dress designer: Leona from BHLDN
Bridesmaid dresses: Erin Fetherston
Shoe designer: Badgley Mischaka
Groom’s attire: Zara
Prop/furniture rentals: Luxe
Cake: Chawna Dil of Sweet Marie's


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:
Photography- $3,000
Flowers- $3,000
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

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  1. Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

  2. An amazingly cute way to save money on your dessert table and a full budget breakdown! @danagrant @MODESTSPOTSALON

  3. -100. @danagrant says:

    RT @weddingchicks: An amazingly cute way to save money on your dessert table and a full budget breakdown! @danagran…

  4. -100. @OliveInTuscany says:

    RT @weddingchicks: @danagrant @MODESTSPOTSALON << love this wedding. All of it. Just beautiful and so individual

  5. -100. @DiarioDeBodas says:

    Cuando el ramo es más grande que la novia O.O

  6. -100. @honestywedding says:

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  9. -100. Gina Fordyce says:

    How many guest did you have at your wedding?

  10. -100. Lauren Hughes says:

    such a pretty wedding! xo

  11. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

  12. -100. Michelle says:

    I’m sorry, but $11,000 for a wedding coordinator?! Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of “cost-cutting?”

  13. -100. @BiancaWeddingss says:

    Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

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    Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

  15. -100. @Just1Registry says:

    Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

  16. -100. @CarolilMe says:

    “Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea”

  17. -100. @DesDirBridal says:

    Great information on cost cutting ideas and still having a wow wedding!

  18. -100. Kristie says:

    Need ideas

  19. -100. @RedScopeMedia says:

    Here is a cute cost cutting dessert table idea. But the question I struggled with when I got married is…Do you…

  20. -100. @whiteweddings says:

    Cost Cutting Dessert Table Idea

  21. -100. Jo cash says:

    great ideas. What is that cake made from?
    It looks so good. I see the whipping cream
    And berries but what is the cake??

  22. -100. Yeoryia says:

    Hey Chealyn,

    I am in love with the wedding cake your sister made.. I’m getting married next summer and I would like to ask a baker friend of mine to make me the same one. Any chance your sister would give me her receipt and let me know how she secured the tiers of the cake??
    Thank you so much!!


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