All images taken by Erika from Erika Rice Photography
*This was actually the first post I did even before our wedding had already happened. Because even though it was a couple days before, everything had already been paid, or accounted for, even the day-of money that needed to be spent, e.g., hair, makeup, vendor tips, etc.*
I’m adding to the masses of budget breakdowns. Just like many other bees, it’s super interesting to me to see not only geographically what weddings cost, but to also see what people are willing to spend their money on for their wedding. Everyone has different priorities and chooses to allocate money in so many different areas, so I’m always curious to see if the dress took up half the budget, or if hundreds of DIY projects actually help cut costs!
One thing that my friends tease me about is that I always have a coupon and that I never pay full price for anything. With that being said, I made sure to do my due diligence in making sure I found vendors that would give us the best bang for our buck. I wasn’t looking for the ones that cost the least, but the ones that offered multiple services so we didn’t have to worry about having 20 vendors to keep track of.
Keep in mind, we ended up having 321 guests at our reception. Three hundred and twenty-one. That number is still insane to me. Back when wedding planning started, $35,000 was always the set budget. No matter what the circumstances. If we found a venue that had a high cost per person, we would HAVE to lower our guest count (which seemed impossible) to accommodate the budget and vise versa. But luckily we were able to find a venue that would accommodate our large number while still sticking to our budget.
There were three things that were important to me the day of the wedding.