My Dream Wedding - Under $4,500
We had to figure out how we were going to AFFORD getting married.
Solution: A small, small, SMALL "destination wedding" in Washington, DC. We only sent out 20 invites, and we made a rule that we had to have both at least MET everyone at the wedding.
Here is a breakdown of what we spent and how we had the simple, sweet, intimate wedding of our dreams for $4,276.
Engagement Ring -$999 - myjewelrysource.com - Find a *reputable* online dealer, and don't be afraid to go for a colored gemstone! They are cheaper than a diamond, but no less stunning!
Wedding Bands (His & Hers) - $170 - Amazon.com - We were all about keeping things simple and clean. Plus, now we can upgrade in 5 years! :)
Invitations and Postage - $10 - I made my invitations using photo paper that I bought at the dollar store and designed & printed them myself. They were *very* simple, and we had our guests RSVP via email.
Dress - $450 - This was a bit of a splurge, but I fell too in love with my dress! I did save $50 during a David's Bridal sale period, though!
Alterations - $60 - Don't be afraid to shop around! Bridal salons are most likely going to charge you an arm and a leg; if you just need something simple done (I added clear snaps for my lace bolero & took in the bust about an inch)
Suit Rental - $150 - Chris isn't a tux guy, and I just LOVED the clean look of his tan suit.
Shirt & Tie - $30 - Both were designer brands I bought at Ross!
Shoes (Both) - $30 - I got a pair of heels online from K-Mart (of ALL places) for $20 including shipping; and my flats were shimmery silver and white ballet flats from Payless, on clearance for $9.
Jewelry & Accessories - $50 - Ebay saved me on this one! I got a pearl necklace *with a free pair of matching earrings*, my short veil and a headband that I ultimately didn't end up wearing.
Flowers – FREE - Location Perk; if you are on a budget, consider National Parks. The are usually protected because they are BEAUTIFUL!