When you’re planning a wedding, one of the first things that comes up is The Budget, and it can be incredibly helpful to see how other couples allocated funds for their own wedding celebration. Heather and Brady have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us… You can see their full wedding feature here.

From Heather: “We spent about $30,000 when all was said and done, including rehearsal dinner and welcome drinks, and accommodations for some of our family. We saved a bit of money (but added a bit of stress) by buying flowers in bulk from the florist and arranging the centerpieces ourselves. Luckily I had an army helping me get it done, otherwise I do not recommend it!”

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN

May 31, 2014
Bristol, Rhode Island
86 Guests

Venue (ceremony and reception): Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island, $4,250

Catering / Rentals (food, drinks, desserts, cake, staffing, day-of coordinator): Russell Morin Fine Catering$14,000

Photography (one photographer for the wedding day as well as a photo booth, engagement session, and a military discount): Ruth Eileen$3,442

Videography: Blueflash Photography$1,065

DJ (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception): Fivestar Entertainment DJ$1,070

Florals (6 bouquets, 5 boutonnieres, 5 corsages, and 5 buckets of assorted flowers for DIY centerpieces): Robin Hollow Farm$1,900

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden$2,870 (Looking to re-sell if anyone is interested!)

Bride’s Accessories (Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom): $200

Hair/Makeup: $250

Groom’s Attire (Suit, Cufflinks, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim): $600

Invitations: Green Fingerprint$1,200

GRAND TOTAL: $30,847

 

(I also collected vintage stamps for the invites, thrifted glass and crystal vessels for centerpieces, and DIY-ed some decor, but I truly have no idea how much I spent for these things, as they were collected and created over more than a year’s time!)

 

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Photography: Ruth Eileen / Venue: Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island / Dress: Nina by Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom / Suit, Cuff Links, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Special Events Bridal Shop / Dog’s Attire: Silly Buddy / Stationery: Green Fingerprint / Calligraphy: Ali Makes Things / Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm / Catering, Cake, Rentals: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Music: Fivestar Entertainment DJ / Videography: Nathan Gomes, Blueflash Photography
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When you’re planning a wedding, one of the first things that comes up is The Budget, and it can be incredibly helpful to see how other couples allocated funds for their own wedding celebration. Nicole and Morgan have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us… You can see their full wedding feature here.

From Nicole: “It was important for us to stay within budget because we didn’t want to start our marriage in debt. Yes, it was our wedding day. Yes, it only happens once. But we don’t come from families that have a lot of money, so for us we really wanted to stick to the budget my parents so generously gave us. It was a huge blessing for them to offer what they did. At the end of the day all that mattered to us was that we were husband and wife, and we really tried to focus on that more than not being able to get linens that touched the floor, for example. We actually tried going under our budget because my parents told us they would give us any leftover money we didn’t use!”

 

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Lodi, California
175 Guests

VENUE / RENTALS
Ceremony: Japanese Garden at Micke Grove Regional Park in Lodi, California, $670
Reception: Groom’s Godparents’ Ranch, $0
Tables/Chairs/Misc: Bella Festa Rentals, $650
Total: $1320

LINENS / TABLEWARE
Linen Rentals: Lynda’s Balloons, $175
Paper Straws: Paper Source, $15
Mason Jars: Walmart, $150
Total: $340

FOOD / DRINK
Catering: Dickey’s BBQ Pit, $2235
Cupcakes, Sweetheart Cake: Ayla Endriss (bride’s friend), $320
Drink Dispensers: Walmart, $60
Total: $2615

STATIONERY
Invitation Materials, $185
Personalized Silhouettes: Disneyland, $20
Save-the-Dates, $100
Program Materials, $30
Design: brother of the bride, $0
Total: $305

DÉCOR
Lights, $200
Wood signs + paint, $30
Centerpiece jars, $40
Miscellaneous Items (lighters, doilies for bunting, bug spray, yarn, burlap, lace), $200
Total: $470

DETAILS
Flowers, $500
Guest Book: Shutterfly, $30
Sparklers: VIP Sparklers, $55
Total: $585

BRIDE’S ATTIRE
Earrings: mother’s diamond earrings
Dress: Alfred Angelo, $1250
Shoes: Nordstrom, $50
Hair: Katie Riordan $100
Make-Up: gifted by bride’s friend, $0
Total: $1400

GROOM’S ATTIRE
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse, $150
Tie: Jos. A. Bank, $15
Socks: Kohl’s, $10
Total: $175

OTHER VENDORS
7 hours of Photography: Christina McNeill, $5000
Officiant: bride’s brother
DJ: Jeriah Coller (groom’s friend), $0
Day-of-Coordinator: Elizabeth Wright (groom’s friend), $0
Total: $5000

GRAND TOTAL: $12,210

 

Some budget tips from Nicole and Morgan:

Plan ahead! On Black Friday this past year, we woke up early to head into Fred Meyer and purchase 200 boxes of string lights that were half off. We saved so much money by doing that (and it was such a fun adventure).

Beg, Borrow, and Thrift. Call in your favors with family and friends while prepping and planning your wedding day. So many of our vendors were actually loved ones that gifted us by using their talents for our big day: wedding coordinator, DJ, florist, officiant, cake and cupcake baker, and not to mention the hosts of our reception site. All of those key items saved us a lot of money, plus it was fun to have friends and family playing such a big role in our wedding day. // Make weekly thrift store trips, ask around to see what you can borrow from people, and DIY your heart out. I’m part of we a “Deals and Steals” Facebook group, which is where we found our wine glasses and bottle vases. The small jars with sunflowers and burlap were all given to us from another friend’s wedding.

Think outside the box. We went through quite a few options for catering and I felt like giving up, but eventually we sent an inquiry in at Dickey’s BBQ Pit (somewhere we actually love to eat) and their options were surprisingly affordable. Look for catering from places that you wouldn’t normally expect to do catering.

Prioritize splurges. Since I am a photographer something that was top priority for us was photography. I knew the style I wanted and that I wanted someone who shoots film. We didn’t care how much we spent on this aspect as long as the product was what we desired. These are the photos that can help us vividly remember what happened and how happy we felt the day of our wedding, these are the photos that will be passed down to our kids and their kids, etc. It was so important to us that we chose to spend less in other areas.

 

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