Budget Savvy Brides: $5K and Under

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!


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Wedding Bands (His & Hers) - $170 - Amazon.com - We were all about keeping things simple and clean.  Plus, now we can upgrade in 5 years! :)


My Dream Wedding Under 4500 photo 2


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)


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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!


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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.


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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.


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Flowers – FREE - Location Perk; if you are on a budget, consider National Parks.  The are usually protected because they are BEAUTIFUL!


 

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 7:31 am
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Photographer - $200 - www.luciagill.com - Found a transplanted photog from Cali looking to build her portfolio in DC, and on 4 DAYS notice!


My Dream Wedding Under 4500 photo 7


Ceremony Site - $50 Permit Fee - http://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permits.htm


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Hair - $40 - Just hopped a cab and went to The Hair Cuttery.  I made sure to make an early appointment ahead of time and let the receptionist know that I was getting a simple up-do for my wedding, but I was from out of town.  They were all SO nice and even though my hair didn't end up the way I originally envisioned (it was too humid and wouldn't hold the curl), I LOVED what I ended up with!


My Dream Wedding Under 4500 photo 10


Make-up – FREE - my DEAR friend offered to do it for me, she was amazing!


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Favors - $30 - http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/Bocaestupida/soda-bottle-diy-favors


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Cocktail Hour/Reception Site – FREE (with food purchase) - Although dinner consisted of the bulk of our budget, I feel like this was REALLY where I got a bargin.  The staff of The Henley Park Hotel were AMAZING!  I feel like I got 2 free wedding planners.  They were so gracious and accomodated all of my questions.  I never even saw the place in person until the day before our wedding, but I was never nervous because those ladies were on top of everything and made sure that we had a FABULOUS experience.


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Dinner for 23 adults, 3 children - $1033 ($34/person, $5/Child; Plus Gratuity) - Amazingly delicious food, our own personal banquet captian and a private room.  I couldn't have asked for more!


Cake - $80 - www.cakelove.com - I must have designed this cake 50 times on the internet, but it exceeded our expectations.  DH was adamant that the cake only really needed to TASTE amazing, so we found the bakery with the best reviews on the taste and went from there.  We were able to sample some cupcakes from Cake Love 2 weeks before our wedding when we applied for our license, and I was CRAVING it right up until it was cut!


 


My Dream Wedding Under 4500 photo 17


Misc. Reception Décor (Card Box, Cake Topper, Frame ‘Guestbook’) - $50 - Mostly purchased from craft stores or discount stores or on clearance.


Hotel Room for 2 nights - $500 - We had a BEAUTIFUL Junior Suite that used to be the residence of pages for Senators and Congressmen (I LOVE the history of DC!)


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Parking - $40 - Valet service, including tip.


Gas - $80 - Well, we had to get there...and I think this may have included some snacks at the gas station, too! ;)


If anyone has ANY questions about any part of our budget, PLEASE feel free to PM me!

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 7:32 am

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