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Budgeting for a Wedding


This is under construction and I will continue to update this as I purchase items

I wanted to have a nice wedding on as few $$$ as possible, with this in mind I found a beautiful second-hand wedding dress, and my only big expense for bride attire was my jewellery, the thought being that the pearls that I bought can be worn many many times in the future and remind me of my special day, and gives me something special to pass down in the family in the future.

I have a very large family so keeping guest numbers low is nigh on impossible so when purchasing everything (invitations etc) I did everything in lots of 100 though we are planning for 90 guests. Since I am making the invitations myself I thought it was prudent to ensure I had spares incase I ruined some – also means I _should_ have one left over as a keepsake. Of course, when I first figured all that out we hadn’t finalised the guest list yet – I don’t actually need as many invitations as a fair few of the guests are couples

Where possible I have made the description of the individual items a link to where I purchased them. I spent a ridiculously huge amount of time researching options and costings and these were the best quality to cost options I could find.

RED: Unknown Cost / Guesstimate
GREEN: Purchased
BLUE: Approximate Cost (Not Yet Purchased)

Item Cost Description
Bride $   95.00
$   89.95
$   58.14
$  850.00
$  560.00
$   50.00
$  150.00
$   20.00
$   15.00
– – – – –
$ 1888.09
(Wedding Dress)
(Shoes, 2 pairs First pair were not comphy 😦)
(Petticoat)
(Jewellery)
(Wedding Band – Ring)
(Corsetpurchased instore)
(Bouquet)
(Hair Comb)
(Fan)

 

Bridesmaid/Flower Girl $  354.19
$   32.00
$   30.00
$  100.00
$   40.00
$   50.00
$   18.00
– – – – –
$  624.19
(Dresses – Fabric)
(Dresses – Zippers, Cord etc)
(Dresses – Metal Eyelet Installation Tool)
(Shoes – Brand: Novo)
(Jewellery)
(Bouquets/Petals)
(Hair Combs)

($136.05/bridesmaid, $70/flowergirl)
Groom $  640.00
$  227.90
$   15.00
$   46.70
$   59.95
$  600.00
$  120.00
– – – – –
$ 1709.55
(Suit – Tailored Purchase Price)
(Shoes)
(Cravat)
(Shirt)
(Vestpurchased instore)
(Wedding Band – Ring)
(Tophat)

 

Groomsmen/Page Boy $  420.00
$   40.00
$  186.80
$  210.52
$    3.00
– – – – –
$  860.32
(Suits, rented) Cost paid upfront by Groomsmen
(Bow Tie)
(Shirts)
(Tophats)
(Bow Tie)

 

Paper Construction Supplies $   60.00
$  149.00
$   33.96
$   50.04
$    4.50
– – – – –
$  297.50
(Fiskars Paper Trimmer Ultimate Rotary 30cm)
(Brother Laser Mono Printer)
(Glue Guns that will work in Australia -.-)
(Fiskars Paper Trimmer Blades)
(Glue Sticks)

 

Save The Dates $  103.00
$   60.00
$   16.63
– – – – –
$  179.63
(100 Acrylic Fridge Magnets)
(100 Stamps – 2 stamps required per S.T.D)
(Card Stock)

($2.40 per Save The Date)
Invitations/Menus $   55.66
$    7.11
$    3.69
$   42.00
$   28.85
$  159.14
$  116.82
$   47.00
$   17.94
$    1.40
$   19.01
$   93.60
$   14.05
$   12.00
– – – – –
$  618.27
(22 Rolls of Lace)
(Colour Swatches)
(Flocked Paper Sample)
(Flocked Paper)
(Paper Samples)
(Card Stock, Envelopes, Pocketfolds)
(Sealing Wax and Tools)
(Themed Stamps)
(Ribbon Lap Bands – purchased instore)
(Invitation Overlay Sample)
(Stampabilities Ornate Tapestry Background Rubber Stamp)
(Card Stock, Ink Pads)
(International Shipping)
(Calander Marker Stickerspurchased instore)

($3.59 per Invitation[65]/Menu[10]/Place Card[90])
Wedding Cake $  106.11
– – – – –
$  106.11
(Recipe Books x 4)

Ceremony $  750.00
$  260.00
$   50.00
$  500.00
$  116.89
$  109.58
$    6.00
– – – – –
$ 1792.47
(Venue Hire)
(Chair, Chair Cover and Sash Hire)
(Guest Book)
(Celebrant)
(12 Scroll Shepherd Hooks)
(18 x Love Lights the Way Lanterns)
(Bow Ties – Ushers)

 

Photo Booth $   20.00
$    6.00
$   25.00
$   15.00
$   23.57
$  215.15
– – – – –
$  304.72
(Mirror – Purchased Instore)
(Frame)
(Mirror)
(Mirror)
(Damask Wall Stencil)
(Photo Wall Construction Supplies)

 

Reception $ 6579.00
$ 4179.00
$  300.00
$  149.27
$  385.19
$  249.90
$   20.97
$  165.00
$   17.00
– – – – –
$ 12045.33
(Food) Deposit Paid – $6459.00 
(Beverage Package)
(Entertainment/MC)
(Menu Easels)
(Place Cards/Wedding Favors – $4.01 per favor)
(Table Center Piece – Diamond Lantern)
(Table Center Piece – Candles)
(Table Center Piece – Flowers)
(Table Center Piece – Flowers Sample)

($147.27 per person)
Photography $    0.00
$  255.30
$   89.50
– – – – –
$  344.80
(Photographer)
(Video Cameras)
(Video Camera – Memory Cards)

 

Total $20,770.98
Paid $20,582.98 (99.09%)
To Go $    188.00 (0.91%)

Reflections

  • Shouldn’t have bought the expensive jewlery
  • Weddings are _expensive_
  • My friends and family are amazing for helping me out so much and dealing with my wedding crazies
  • It is _way_ cheaper to buy bridesmaid dresses and get them adjusted then to make them from scratch (also takes a LOT less time to buy!)
  • Arrange you’re own flowers – there is like a 200% mark up to get flowers arranged for a wedding.
  • Go with flowers you can buy a week or so in advance without worry of them wilting (eg Australian Natives!)
  • All the paper bits you need really do add up. Go for a simplistic invitation design and stick to your guns on your budget (eg $3 per invitation)
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4 Responses to “Budgeting for a Wedding”


  1. 1 rattlesnakefries
    April 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    THIS IS SO CHEAAAAAAP! You are a master of saving (especially on the wedding dress). Can see a few things missing on the list like groomsmen stuff but you’ll probably put that in in your next update. Great job!

  2. April 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I think it’s a good thing I kept some of the usually XXXXXy items quite cheap, because it’s seriously adding up ><

  3. June 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I think you need a “wedding planner” iPad app 😉


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