Real Wedding Budget Breakdown :: $53,000 Wedding for 89 Guests

50k wedding in san francisco

Photography by Christina McNeill.

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. Adrienne and Grace have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us…


Saturday August 29, 2015
The Chapel SF in San Francisco, California
89 guests

Venue, Catering, Open Bar: $21,425
The Chapel SF

Day of Event Coordinator: $2000
They So Loved Events

Photography: $6250
Christina McNeill

Adrienne’s Attire: $6925
Claire Pettibone / ASOS / Finger-tip Veil

Grace’s Attire: $2400
Sarah Seven / Kate SpadeJennifer Behr

Wedding Rings: $525
Lang Antiques

Floral Design: $4000
Church Street Flowers (personal bouquets, boutonniere, floral centerpieces)

Stationery: $400
Designed by Adrienne

Band: $5000
Dustbowl Revival

Videography: $3000
Alexa San Roman

Misc. Decor: $500
Candles, String Lights

Cake: $500
Tartine Bakery

Gifts for Wedding Party: $200


GRAND TOTAL: $53,125



Entertainment: The band was an important element to them. // Lighting:  Although not too expensive, was “totally worth it.” // Venue: the reality is that San Francisco is expensive. Most of their budget went to the venue/food and top shelf liquor. // Photography: Christina McNeill was a must and the first vendor they booked, even before the venue. They said: “Her work is insanely good, and we love her aesthetic, and that she mostly shot in film.”


Planning mostly on their own. They said: “We did have a day of planner that was exceptional and we couldn’t have done it without her, but deciding to plan the wedding on our own saved us the cost of a full planner.” // Stationery and Day of Paper Goods: Adrienne designed them, saving a lot of cost. // Desserts! They said, “not doing a big fancy cake dessert was less than 6 dollars a person.”// Rentals: they used everything at the venue from tables, chairs, plates, flatware, and even serving staff. They didn’t have to rent anything.



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