Feb 09, 2013


The Budget So Far!

Budget $? No budget was actually set since it’s a DIY Wedding

I estimate it will be about a $3000 Wedding



Venue: $50/hr- Rented for 9 hrs plus the $100 liquor permit. Total about $600? Mom paid for this.

Ceremony cost: Free! We are having a beach side ceremony and its totally FREE!

Catering/Food: $300?? We are catering ourselves. And a family friend is cooking out meats as long as we provide them. So between buying food, drinks, candy ect. I estimate about $300 bucks. Mom and I are splitting this

Ceremony/Reception Items: $200. Chair Covers and all linens, Archway, vases, ect.


Photographer: FREE. My cousin is a photog and he is doing my wedding as my gift. I couldn’t be happier to save a few thousand dollars! All I have to pay for is the printing of the pics which is about $150

Officiant: Free my uncle is a minister and this is his gift to me!

License: $93 in Florida. FI paid for!


Dress: $300 bought as a sample dress from E-bay it’s an Alfred Angelo. Mom bought.

Alterations: $120 Had to get the dress taken out and dry cleaned. I paid for.

Accessories: $70 Birdcage veil $15, Necklace set $12, Shoes DSW $42, I bought all my accessories.

Grooms Suit: $250 Linen suit from mens warehouse plus alterations. And the Best Man got his suit for free on a BOGO deal. FI and I paid for.


DJ: FREE-As a gift from a family friend her son who is a DJ is doing our event free of charge!

Hotel: $125 For me and FI my mom book thru a friends timeshare for 5 days at an awesome location and my fav timeshare! Dad paid for.


The Musts

Invitations:$70- I bought a DIY kit but after buying ribbon to put on it and ink for the printer it cost me about $70. This doesn’t include thank you cards. We didn’t do save the dates.

Programs: I’m doing them myself! So Free!

Cake: $250-Cake from Publix and mom is paying for it.


The Vanity

Beauty:$150. Im getting extensions the hair cost me $40 and the stylist charge $50. I have to buy new foundation, setting spray lashes ect. $60.

Spray Tan:$30

Nails/Toes: $60 My cousin paid for this as my gift!



Helpers/MOH Gift basket: $50/Free Partially. My mom had a bunch of unused gift cards to a spa. So I racked up from their store to make baskets for all those who helped out. 5 total. My MOH I got some Ciroc Peach, A Curling Wand and all her fav chap sticks, earrings and nick knacks. The baskets from the dollar tree and the shrink wrap.

Florist: $75-100 I plan on spending about that much on flowers I am doing them myself including my bouquet and the bout’s, a new centerpieces.

Favors: $75 –didn’t have much room in the budget for a favor so I did the candy bar as my favor. So for all candy and vases. 

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Wow amazing connections

Good job on your budget!!!