Potential Wedding BudgetPosted: August 8, 2012
Okay, I have an issue. It’s not a “huge” issue but it’s an issue. We decided to plan this wedding like we are paying for it ourselves because that’s our goal. We don’t want to go into debt and any help, while nice, shouldn’t be needed or planned on in order to make it work, right? I might be one of the most unromantic people on the face of the earth (seriously, for Valentine’s Day, after the nifty steak dinner my guy made for me, I watched a bunch of scary movies while he played his battlefield 3 game. I believe that we spent $25 on each other or we donated it to our wedding fund….) so to me, I want to celebrate our marriage with as little fuss as I can get away with short of eloping. I actually want the chapel and the wedding cake. He wants the honeymoon and the chapel. So obviously, we’re doing all those things.
The issue comes into play when we have the wants and needs balanced up (along with my best guesstimates) and look at that total compared with what our projected savings are. We’re only about $1k short and I haven’t even added in some things! We do have money saved every single paycheck and after a date in September (a show he wants to go to), we’re cutting back our dates to add in more money to this fund. I do have the budget planned out but haven’t included tax refunds or bonuses.
So let’s break it down shall we?
He needs a suit and needed shoes. I needed a dress and shoes. Not to mention I still need a dress for after the fact but I’ll be buying that with my personal money as I don’t NEED it, really I just don’t want to be in the wedding dress for all that long. He does have a suit that could possibly work. He had it high school and it is just a little too tight now but with Insanity, he might be able to wear it again. We may just have to get it altered and dry cleaned. His shoes we bought for him are going to double as work shoes as well so it was a good buy. We will already have to make alterations to my dress and dry clean it but the dry cleaning estimate is for both outfits. (And as I’ve never had anything dry cleaned I could be WAY off base)
Obviously we need a license to get married and I’ve already picked out our chapel. Okay, future mil showed it to me but I fell in love. With that money, I’ve got the highest package which consists of: dressing room for me, toasting ceremony, video, photos (40), 1 hour time (it shouldn’t take longer), and a memory book. Plus, $50 is already down.
The reception will most likely be held at a park and in order to reserve a pavilion, I’ll have to spend that $310. But with the food and heat, we’ll need it. And it’s still a lot cheaper to reserve the park rather than any other place we can hold it. Originally I thought my back yard but that won’t work—it’s not big enough and I’ll be moving somewhere. I will get half of that back though.
The food itself? Well, we’ve gone back and forth on getting it catered, supplying it ourselves a la bbq style or getting sandwich platters. The estimated is the catering price for a chicken restaurant for 100 people (I think). And I probably won’t really need that right?
The cake? Well, that was my splurge. As noted, I already have $50 down on it and $25 will be coming back.
I’ve never had my hair professionally colored and the last time it was styled was for junior year prom. I’m allowed to splurge right? And this might actually come out of my personal money—I haven’t decided yet. Same for the mani/pedi—it’s something I really want but not necessary so it might come out of personal money.
Invitations are getting done by my supervisor for cost of materials. It could be higher or lower-I’m not entirely sure. And flowers, well, I’m trying for simple and really don’t want to spend a ton on it. Hydrangeas for my bouquet and we’ll see after that-I know the bridesmaids need them as well.
He needs a wedding band but that should only be about $50 or so. We’ve priced them out so I’m fairly comfortable with that estimate. As for me, I’ve estimated the $200 but I don’t know if I’m going to have one. I have my engagement ring and am good with that so I’m leaning towards no other ring.
$4000 is the absolute limit for everything. We thought about Jamaica but it will be in rainy season. Hawaii was a tad out of our range so we’ve kind of kicking around Las Vegas. This would include flights, hotel stay, food and spending money. Cheaper is better but we want to have fun.
Other things not in the budget but wanted:
Gifts for bridesmaids/groomsmen: I have no idea what to get anyone yet.
Breakfast: No rehearsal dinner so we’ve been thinking about him taking the guys out (groomsmen, siblings and both our dads, plus my nephews) and me taking out the girls (bridesmaids, mil, dad’s and brother’s girlfriends) for a nice breakfast before the getting ready has to start. Or we could just take everyone out to dinner the night before together.
Mass transport of guests/wedding party: The chapel we chose is in the middle of nowhere and is hard to find. Either we want everyone to meet at central location and leave together or we’ve been thinking about doing limos out there and back. Right now it is probably not in the cards but that means I’ll worry about this for a while.
Notice no decorations? I don’t have to decorate church and couldn’t think what I’d decorate at the park. But I’m thinking of bubbles for children or a football/Frisbee.
Reception photos: I kind of want this but I just might not worry about it. Not everyone will be able to go to the wedding (it’s very limited seating) so that’s the reasoning behind wanting it but I might just stick with grabbing a digital camera and snapping like crazy.
Any thoughts or ideas? Did I leave anything out?