Good Morning DB Readers and Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, our “real bride” Chandra is sharing all of her amazing tips on how she’s planning her wedding on a $10,000 budget (with some money to spare!) Read Chandra’s great blog post as it might give you some inspiration for your upcoming nuptials and creative ways on how you can save money, too!
November 9th is FAST approaching (our wedding day!!!) much quicker than I anticipated to say the least. But for the most part, we are ready to rumble! When Daniel first proposed, it seemed as though 11 months was light years away! But now, we’re down to 2 ½ months and I’m getting butterflies in my stomach full of excitement!
First and foremost, you have to set your BUDGET. Some people cringe just thinking about the word alone, but honestly, it’s not that bad. You can have a beautiful wedding on $500 or $50,000 – you just have to plan accordingly with your budget that you decide to set aside. First thing – figure out what style of wedding you want and where you would like to have it. I would recommend deciding on the staple pieces of the wedding planning first. This includes venue, photographer and florist. After that, it’s much easier to work with your remaining budget after you have your bigger parts planned out and locked in.
How did we plan our wedding on a $10,000 budget? It was quite simple, actually. For me, this was such great experience! A few people asked what our budget was when we began planning and let out a shrill & gasp in disbelief when I said $10,000. I seriously don’t see why everyone thinks $10,000 is such a small budget? It is more than enough to work with and if you plan it right and we even have money left over to go towards our honeymoon! Woot woot!
First, we chose our venue. Since the beginning of our engagement – our venue has changed about three different times. The first venue we looked at and absolutely LOVED – we signed a contract for $4,000. After a few months of thinking on it, we had a slight change of heart and wanted to have a smaller, more intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. Our guest list went from 250 to 85 in a matter of minutes. I let out a little tear inside every time we had to cross someone off. Eventually, we finalized our venue at a country club surrounded by beautiful, luscious rolling oak trees and insanely green grass as far as the eye can see. Since one of my family members is a member of the club, we got an incredible deal on the venue which included the amazing food, tables, chairs, linens & dishes. I had to ask our coordinator about 4 different times if that would be the final price because I was in shock at how affordable it all was.
Secondly, we found our photographer! Being a photographer myself, this definitely has its perks. We booked ours for a great price and she does great work. So, we definitely lucked out on that one because if you have searched around, photographers can be one of the priciest parts of a wedding!
Thirdly, we booked our florist. Florists tend to have a high price on transporting the flowers to the actual venue & ours luckily happened to be about a mile away from the venue, so we saved a couple hundred dollars on that alone.
We also were able to hire a local band that is AMAZING and keeps the crowd on their feet all night long.
For your staple pieces, you have to shop around. Plain and simple.
There are also bridal expos several times a year – I highly recommend at least going to scope them out – many vendors offer a thing called “bridal bucks” that you can use towards their services which is a plus.
There are many aspects to a wedding that you can also do yourself! From scoring thrift store finds and turning them into fabulous centerpieces or finding cute little pieces that you can display amongst your wedding to make it that much more “you”nique; to using strands of lights to turn an ordinary outdoor reception into something magical.
You DO NOT have to have a $20,000+ budget to have a fabulous wedding. If you do your research and find the best vendors that will represent you and your beau, you are set. There are so many ordinary things that are waiting to be turned into something fabulous with just a little bit of thought and creativity!