Who To Spend Your Wedding With

Photography: Paige Winn Photo

Coordinator: Megan At Mingle
Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation
Stationery: Stephanie Santell
Flowers: First Bloom
Cake & Caterer: Fish
Hair & Makeup: Meg Workman of Wedding Hair By Charlotte
Dress Shop: The Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew
Prop/Furniture Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
DJ: Creative Sound
Transportation: Limos For Less
Officiant: Doug Farmer of Charleston Wedding Officiant

Read on to see how much this coastal breeze 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.

First and foremost, I made a significant attempt to estimate a budget and track the actual costs throughout the planning process. One thing that ended up costing a lot more than we anticipated was the stationery and printing! And because we were having it outside of DC, hotel costs, etc also came into play. I have to admit that it was difficult to come up with a good estimate in advance, and there are some things you just can’t anticipate. (I still don’t know a hard number of where we ended up.) Don’t worry about cost to the point where it keeps you from enjoying the process, just do the best you can to prioritize! While we ended up being over my estimate, we wouldn’t have changed a single thing.

Be organized, make the effort to research your vendors, take one day at a time, try to visualize things from other people’s perspective when planning (parents, guests of different ages, guests with kids, etc.), stay in the moment the day of, and make sure to let your guests know their attendance is appreciated. But above all, my best advice would be to make your wedding personal.
Budget Breakdown:
Transportation: 1,400
Ceremony music: 700
DJ: 800
Officiant: 400
Beauty (hair/make-up): 300
Photographer: 4,000
Wedding Planner: 3,000
Venue/catering: 20,000
Rentals: 8,000
Rehearsal dinner: 1,800