When it comes to planning a wedding, everyone has a budget. In the end, we were right on budget. The spending didn’t break down exactly the way we thought it would, though. Here’s where we saved and where we splurged.
Places we saved money:
- Flowers— The only flowers we had at our wedding were bouquets for me and the bridesmaids. We bought flowers from Whole Foods for a total of $113 and made our own bouquets the night before the wedding.
- Reception décor— We didn’t have floral centerpieces, so instead, we decided to go with candlelight. For our 12 tables, trips to Ikea and the Dollar Store gave us a gorgeous look for around $150 total. Eliminating floral centerpieces saved us over $1,000.
- Rings— Even though these are one of the only things you’ll have from your wedding forever, we didn’t feel the need to spend a lot on our wedding rings. With a lot of internet shopping, I found the band of my dreams at a shop in New York City for less than half what it would’ve cost at a local jewelry store.
- Hair and makeup— My friend did my hair for free, and I did my own makeup. I probably spent about $50 on new products, but I use it all regularly.
Places we splurged:
- Venue— Technically, I’m not sure this counts as a splurge because we worked it into our budget very early on, but our chapel and reception venue were both pricier than we’d initially planned. We couldn’t be happier with our choices, though. Both places were absolutely beautiful and really highlighted our amazing city for our guests.
- Trolley— We both really wanted a trolley to transport us around the city for photos, but we had no idea how much it would cost. In the end, we went over-budget on this item, and it was totally worth it. Riding around on the trolley was one of my favorite parts of the day.
- Paper— Our letterpress invitations weren’t the most economical option, but as a paper-lover, they were a priority for me.
- Photography— We went a tiny bit over-budget on our photographer, but photos of our reception were totally worth paying for a couple hours of overtime.
Where did you splurge and save?
- Law Student
- Wedding Date:
- September 2012
- Saint James Chapel at Quigley Prep/Murphy Auditorium