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Just enter your zip code, answer a few questions, and with just a few clicks the tool will spit out a cost estimate for your wedding that you can print or export to an Excel spreadsheet. Here's my estimate based on the info I put in:
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It's nice to get an idea of what other people are spending, but let me just say there is NO WAY that I'm spending $38,000 on a wedding! Here's a detailed look at my budget so far:
Attire & Accessories $1,823
I'm limiting my dress, veil, and shoes to $1000 max.
Beauty & Spa $350 (Hair Service $140 Makeup Service $117 Manicure & Pedicure $93)
My hair alone will probably be about $200 because I'm definitely getting extensions; I'm not sure about the price of make-up yet but I know I can get a mani/pedi for much less than the estimate through Groupon. I'll stick with the overall estimate of $350.
I will have a DJ, not willing to pay more than $500 for that, but I'm sure I could find one cheaper than that through family connections.
Flowers & Decorations $2,280
(Boutonnieres, Corsages $147 Bridal Bouquet $152 Bridesmaid Bouquets $197 Ceremony Decorations $244 Ceremony Flower Arrangements $310 Flower Girl Flowers $94 Flower Petals $96 Reception Decorations $298 Reception Flower Arrangements $361 Reception Table Centerpieces $381)
I'm considering getting flowers from Costco to make the bouquets myself. My fiance's mother has access to archways and columns that can be used to decorate the ceremony. I LOVE these centerpieces, and I'm definitely going to try to D.I.Y or ask my aunt, who arranges silk flowers, to make it for me. I can also make some smaller version of the floral centerpieces to decorate the aisle, like in this photo. Overall, I think I can get the floral/decoration costs down to $1000-1500 using all real flowers, or much cheaper by using the silk ones.
Gifts & Favors $993
Haven't thought about gifts for the parents or my wedding party yet, but the wedding favors I've seen that I like are about $3-4 per guest. I'll round the estimate up to $1000 although I'm pretty sure I'll be way under that.
I plan to use either a template from Download and Print ($25) or find one I like at Vistaprint . Either way, I will use Vistaprint to print out the invitation sets and maybe add some ribbon or something to personalize it myself, so I estimate about $250, plus about $150 (?) for postage.
My fiance and I talked about his wedding band and he does not expect it to cost over $1000, if that. I've heard that the bride is responsible for buying jewelry for the bridesmaids, so if I do that I guess maybe $300 for jewelry for me and all of the girls.
Photography & Video $5,770
I don't want a videographer. I've found a few photographers with wedding day packages at around $1000-1500 and engagement photos for $500 or less. Let's just say $2000.
Transportation (limo rental) $513
I haven't fully thought this one out yet, so I'll just say $500.
Venue, Catering & Rentals $18,161
(Ceremony Accessories $209 Ceremony Location $1,719 Ceremony Officiator $401 Hotel Room for After Reception $515 Reception Accessories $206 Reception Bar Service $2,240 Reception Food Service $4,404 Reception Location $4,898 Reception Rentals $1,378 Rehearsal Dinner $1,506 Wedding Cake/dessert $685)
I've narrowed it down to 2 venues. One is about $2500 just for the ceremony and reception site with ceremony chairs. I would need to rent everything else, find a separate caterer and wedding planner/coordinator. I found one planner who has a catering service said they could create a nice wedding at this location for my budget of $7000-8000 including food. The second venue I'm considering costs only about $1300 for the ceremony and reception site, and has a catering package for $50 per person that includes linens, chairs, plated dinner with Hors d'oeuvres, drinks (non-alcoholic), and cake cutting. I'm budgeting $500 for the cake. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I will have a bar at the reception. I'm not sure about the cost of a ceremony officiator so I'll use the estimate from the cost calculator. Overall, my goal for this area is $8000.
So my grand total is $16550!!!! Wow things add up so fast!
My goal is to get it down to $12000 (I would love to get it to $10000), and as I do more planning and thinking about what's most important to me, I'm sure I'll be able to trim some costs.
Am I forgetting anything? Anyone else planning a wedding or already married? Share your wedding cost or estimate in the comments!