Remember how I promised you that I would give you the details on my wedding budget 2 weeks ago?
Well, today I’m going to deliver.
If you forgot all about that post, go check it out over here really quick.
Budget… We’re on a tentative budget of about $15,000. If we have to throw in a couple extra thousand dollars, that’s okay, but I refuse to pay more than $20,000 for one day.
Dress… Someone said good luck finding a dress for $500. I’d love to say I’m getting my dress for free from my good designer friend, but no such luck. In fact, whoever left that comment was completely correct. I went dress shopping on Friday and the cheapest dress I found was $1,100. Epic fail. I haven’t found a dress YET, but I now know that when I do, I’ll probably pay whatever because I’ll be madly in love with it. Damn those crafty designers for making their dresses so dang beautiful. I’m sure “the one” will have me wrapped around it’s little satin train no matter the price tag. In case you didn’t see on twitter, below is the dress that I loved last week. I loved it, but it’s not the one. Close, but no cigar.
Save the Dates… Yes, I’m getting them….found a great deal for business magnets on Vista Print (thanks for the tip, Victoria!). I know they’re not necessary. Worse things have happened.
Wedding Party Gifts… Let me emphasize that this is a Catholic wedding. We give people titles for everything. We aren’t comfortable leaving anyone out. It’s just how we roll. We’ll be getting gifts for 5 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, 3 readers, 1 cantor, 1 priest, 1 flower girl, 2 ring bearers, 3-4 alter boys, among others. I also would like to note that this doesn’t include the gifts we’ll be getting for our parents which we’re estimating to be about $750 in total.
Flowers… I might have a good florist contact. I think she can get me 6 bouquets and 6 boutonnieres at cost or close. The only other flowers I’m doing are 2 pink Gerber Daisies in each center piece. I’ve already priced the Gerbers at $90 total. This is included in the decorating budget. I refuse to spend a ton on flowers because they’re basically a waste of money in my humble opinion. EXCEPT when Lloyd is giving them to me. Then they are worth every penny. 😉
Reception Hall… Booyah. We finally tentatively booked one. Our church is letting us use their hall or gym. Our church is one year old so everything is super new and fancy and nice. Score! And it will be about $1,000 like I said. (Double score for our church not forcing a caterer and drinks on us. All the other reception sites I checked out charged ridiculous amounts per head for food and liquor.)
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl Outfits… We’re doing this as a thank you since the parents are also in the wedding. I feel bad making them spend so much on all their outfits.
Photographer… Fail. I can’t find one. Wait, I actually found a PERFECT one that we met with last night. She was sweet and excited about photography. But…OH MY GOSH, girl talked our ear off for 90 straight minutes and completely overwhelmed us. We left the meet-and-greet needing a beer and a cigarette and we don’t even smoke. She was way too intense and if she stressed me out in 90 minutes, who knows how she’ll make me feel on my wedding day. I am so disappointed because I really liked her other than that. But, I can’t handle mega-talkers like that. Especially ones that don’t let you get a word in edgewise. Anyways, needless to say, I’m still looking for the perfect photog. Frugal Dreamer, why can’t you live closer?!
Invitations… You guys are right. I can’t get them for $200. Probably gonna bump this to $500. Which I am not so stoked about because I always immediately throw invites away, so they are a total waste of cash in my opinion. Ah well, I’ll get over it.
Things To Add… Stamp and alterations for my dress! Thanks for those tips and GOOD CALL!