Real Wedding Budget Breakdown :: $10,000 for 14 Guests in Paris

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. Morgan and Thomas have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us… You can see their full wedding feature here.




Friday, May 15, 2015
Paris, France
14 guests


From the bride: One of the reasons we chose a wedding in Paris was to save money! Thomas and I were lucky, and our parents paid for us to go to college (which is expensive without a doubt), so we felt that we needed to pay for the wedding ourselves. We both have large families spread out all over, so a traditional wedding/reception would have been large, and expensive. I know my taste level is high, so it would have been hard sticking to a budget when it came to decor and flowers, etc. Here is a basic breakdown of what we spent (not included here are DIY invitations printed at Staples, DIY calligraphy, or the cost of the apartment for all of us to stay for a week):

Ceremony: The American Church, $1200
included location for 2 hours, officiant, and organist
Total: $1200

Dinner: Chez Julien, $1600
Cake: Ladurée, $200
Total: $1800

Dress, purchased at sample sale for 90% off: Vera Wang, $500
Shoes: Gucci, $1000
Alterations: $300
Hair, not including trial: Ciara Coiffure, $165
Makeup, including trial: Charles Gillman, $275
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss, $400
Total: $2640

Estelle Preston, $125
Total: $125

Le Secret d’Audrey, $2640
included 5 hours of photography, plus ~400 edited, full-resolution images
Total: $2640

Flights, $2000 for 1 round-trip ticket
“We planned in advance, and saved up credit card points to get one ticket for free.”
Total: $2000

GRAND TOTAL: $10,405


L'Secret D'Audrey | Snippet & Ink

Photos by Le Secret d’Audrey.


  • Christina says:

    Would love to see more of these budget breakdowns…that’s the hardest part of the whole wedding planning!

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