The title of this post is a misnomer. The Pin Cushions didn’t actually budget for our wedding.
That’s not to say we were throwing money around willy nilly. We tried to keep costs down and had a general “around twenty thousand” goal, but we did not budget out every item from the get-go. I admire couples who sit down with a notebook, or a Google doc, and chart out what they think each purchase will cost, plan accordingly, and change their future habits based on past purchases. Truly, truly impressive.
We couldn’t do that. 1) We’ve never been budgeters. I think my “being cheap” gene has helped me to not need to budget too much. (Plus, I’m lazy!) And 2) We had no idea about the cost of ANYTHING related to a wedding, so trying to guess numbers would have been fairly pointless.
So, we had a general goal of $20,000. (When it’s written out, it sure sounds like a whole lot of cash.) We tried to make money-conscious decisions but weren’t ever sticklers about one item being “over budget.” If something seemed too expensive, we didn’t use it. Though Mr. Pin Cushion may be a scientist, we didn’t go about the process too scientifically.
Enough with the gabbing, here is the Pin Cushion Wedding Cost Breakdown:
Venue: Radonich Ranch with coordination from Vignette Events
Total Cost: $10,142
Our venue included a whole slew of goodies. Not only did it include the site, but they also provided food, non-alcoholic beverages, rentals (tables, chairs, silverware, etc.), and flowers for the ceremony site and the reception. Plus, the venue coordinator, Marky, was creative and great to work with.
- The venue fee was $3,000.
- Food cost per person was $72 ($36 for children and vendors).
Photography: The Weaver House (formerly Steep Street Photography)
Cost: $4,114.80 (includes travel fees from Portland to San Francisco and tip)
We had our photographer, Kelty, and her second shooter for the entire day. We received more than 800 edited photos. She sent us all of our images on CDs; plus, we have full access and rights to our photos.
Total Cost: $2,307.35
- Wedding dress: $1,698.35
- Birdcage veil and hair flower: $70
- Alterations (including tip): $225
- Shoes: $154
- Hair and makeup (including trial and tip): $160
Groom’s Attire (no beautification necessary)
Total Cost: $245
- Three-piece suit from Express Men: $215
- Custom made gingham tie: $30
Total Cost: $116.22
- Cookie jars from Crate and Barrel: $53.80
- Table runner (IKEA fabric): $15.98
- Glass milk bottles (IKEA): $11.97
- Red and white napkins: $4.47
- Ingredients (a guesstimate since I did not keep receipts or keep track of ingredient cost): $30
Band: Full Tilt Band
Cost: $2,000 (including tips)
We hired a four-man band (well, three men and one woman). They played for three hours during our dinner and for boogeying down. The singer also did the announcements (of us as a couple, time for cake, etc.).
Total Cost: $187.21
- Table numbers (stands, paper, and ric-rac): $50.69
- Green burlap runners: $56.62
- Striped napkins (made from IKEA fabric): $79.90
Flowers: Lina Floral
Total Cost: $539
As I mentioned, our venue coordinator did the flowers for our ceremony and reception, so we just needed the flowers for “our people.”
- Bridal bouquet: $95
- Six bridesmaids’ bouquets: $270
- Seven boutonnieres: $84
- Six wristlets (instead of pinned corsages): $90
Total Cost: $59.94 (does not include my engagement ring)
- Groom’s ring (includes shipping): $59.94
- Bride’s ring: none. I ended up not finding a ring that I liked enough to fit with my engagement ring, so I took off my ring before the ceremony and he gave it back when we exchanged rings.
Faux-to Booth: DIYed
Total Cost: $24.97
- Fabric and PVC pipe: $19.98
- Props (chalkboard, fake flowers, handmade mustaches): $4.99
Miscellaneous Costs (including things that were too cute not to buy)
Total Cost: $220.58
- Stripey straws: $10.25
- IKEA frames (to hold instructions for guestbook, faux-to booth): $7.98
- Croquet set and picnic basket (Craigslist): $40
- Ribbon (used for a whole slew of things): $53.75
- HUGE balloons for photo shoot: $36.95
- Ribbon wands (DIYed) and tin holder: $22.95
- Assorted fabrics and baker’s twine: $48.70
Cake: The Buttery
This was for the simple, three-tiered cake. It did not include delivery, which ended up being more than a bit of a headache on the day of (it was questionable whether my parents[one of which was the officiant], who were picking up the cake) were going to make it in time for the wedding).
Guestbook (components all bought at Paper-Source)
Total Cost: $94.05
- Envelopes and cards: $54.10
- Blank scrapbook: $39.95
Sixty strawberry plants (we had some casualties). We also used leftover twine and fabric from other projects.
Paper Products(all DIYed)
Total Cost: $327.53
- Save the dates (envelopes, paper, Moo cards): $88.65
- Invitations (envelopes, paper, printing, cutting): $93.90
- Thank you cards (fabric, envelopes, cards, stamp, and ink pad): $42.18
- Postage for everything: $102.80
Alcoholic Beverages (bought at Costco)
Total Cost: $1,095.00
Hard alcohol was not allowed at our venue, so we just provided beer and wine.
- White wine (three cases, $16 a bottle): $567
- Red wine (two cases, $11 a bottle): $264
- Beer (three cases Stella Artois and four cases Fat Tire): $154
- Champagne (10 bottles, about $11 each): $110
Total Cost of Wedding: $21,985.78
Are you and your partner stringent about budgeting? Do you have a strict budget, or are you looser with your purchases? Also, feel free to ask me any questions about the Pin Cushion budget.
All photos by the aforementioned and fabulous The Weaver House