I think our wedding was about $25k which now, thinking back, is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on one day!! It was 4 years ago so I can't remember exact costs, but the ones I can remember are:
Dress - $1,680 (I remember exactly because I had budgeted $1500 and my mum kept pulling out ones above my budget, thankfully this one wasn't much over my budget lol)
Videographer - $3,000
Photographer - $1,200 (I wish we would have spent more here and got a more experienced photographer)
Reception for 70 guests including beverage package $7000
Rings (both mine and hubby's) about $1,200
We also paid for everything for the bridal party; dresses, suits, shoes, jewelry so that set us back quite a bit. We also spent money on ceremony decoration (beach wedding, so chairs, an arbour, foot washing station, buckets with ice and bottles of water, etc.) which quickly added up.
Our wedding was $2500 including honeymoon. Just us parents and our kids at my old work. Wasn't formal at all. It was the best
My tips for a classy wedding on the cheap:
Be smart about your reception. it's usually the biggest expense. You can find really nice places for a fair price and IMHO the really expensive places aren't worth 10k more
Buy a deb dress instead of a 'proper' wedding dress. Particularly if you don't want the meringue type dress, you can find deb dresses for a fraction of the price that look exactly the same.
Borrow your cars. We did this. Find someone with a new car, or in a style that suits you i.e. vintage holden
Hire suits instead of buying
Have bridesmaids choose from 'evening dress' lines instead of 'bridesmaid'. Anything wedding related and they double the price knowing you will pay it. Also going for an evening dress style means your BM's can rewear the dress
Make your own table settings
Make the drinks tab only beer, wine and soft drink and don't feel forced to top it up. If people want to get drunk let them pay.
Try to make the wedding cake the dessert - serve with cream. The weddings I've been to, by the time guests eat 2 or 3 courses they are stuffed and the cake largely goes to waste. This can save hundreds, just ask the reception centre if they allow it (some don't, which I find money grabby)
Best favours we've seen was bottle opener key ring engraved with the couples name and wedding date. The girls got tea light holders but I'm not a candle person, however DH still uses his key ring years later.
Unless they're food, I always chuck the favours.
Original dress was $4,000 I never wore it
When I was 7 months preg we had a cheap wedding
Venue plus dinner $3,000
Dh suit $200 shoes $200
No photographer as I was preg didn't want one plus j hate photos
We hit nice ones anyway
We had the little stick candies with our names written in them. So yummy and I was left with a bunch to eat for myself afterwards 😄 win!
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