Sarah
Expert November 2018

Wedding Budget Breakdown ($5000)

Sarah, on May 30, 2018 at 10:01 PM Posted in Planning 11 16
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I've seen a lot of these lately and wanted to share mine in case there is anyone who has a similar budget to mine. I am going to try to break it down into events and include things that were gifted to me to the best of my knowledge. I did go a little over budget because of my dress but had my budget been as low as it is now when I bought it I would have been smarter. You can find some beautiful dresses for half the price as mine!

Rehearsal Dinner: $250

We will be having a lovely dinner at my FMIL's house cooked by my dad who is a chef. I don't know how much it would cost to have someone else cook but the groceries for 20 people will be around $250 with what he is making for us.


Beauty and clothes: $2200

Dress- It was purchased when we had a much larger budget so was $1400.

Alterations- $300

Wedding Band-$300 (We don't count mine in the wedding budget because he got mine on sale when he got my engagement ring so it was pre-budget. His will be $300 but If you guys are adding it to your budget He got both of my rings for $600)

Suit: $100

Shoes and accessories- We are wearing what we have!

Hair: $50 (going to a salon like hair cuttery. There's a lady there that does amazing updo's)

Makeup: $60 (I'm going to Sephora)

Bouquet- $30 (I went to Michaels and got 4 premade bouquets and one of those foam bouquet things and torn them apart and put them back together.) Mine was $25 and MOH was $5.


Ceremony: $410

Ceremony Decorations: $400 which include the following

Arch- $30 (we are building it.)

Arch decorations- $280 (darice.com has bulk crafts for wholesale prices. We got 36 "buttercup" flower stems, 6 peonies, 36 votive holders, 3 garlands, and 12 white roses for $250 and went to Hobby Lobby and got 7 yards of organza for $30 while it was on sale.)

Ceremony Decorations- $100 (An aisle runner for $12 and 200 leaves to scatter for $5, candle holders, some extra flowers and greenery)

DJ- Free. We are using spotify and speakers that come with the venue. FSIL will start and stop the music. She offered.

Venue- Free. Our grandpa is letting us use his lake house. I know not everyone has this luxury but there are a lot of free/cheap options! The backyard, a park, churches sometimes even if you aren't religious. Just keep looking!

Candles- My mother in law has a candle business so she is making all of mine but according to her it costs a few cents to make each candle plus it's fun! Get some stuff on Amazon and start DIY'ing!


Reception: $2000

Guest book- $60 (I could have found cheaper but I wasn't budging)

Cake- $60 (walmart!)

Cake topper- I'm making it out of the leftover flowers I have because I bought WAY too many!

Food- $1300 with tip and tax (We are going to Maggianos and paying for everyone with one of the party options.)

Fun- $500 (We are going bowling! This includes an open bar, pizza, mini golf, bowling, and Go Karts!)

Extras: $860

Photographer- $795 (I got an amazing price with a local photographer. We will only need him for the ceremony so they are giving us a 10 hour all pictures are released to us package for half the regular price!)

Invitations- $72 (On sale on shutterfly. This includes pre addressed envelopes, invitations, and detail/rsvp cards)

I know not everyone has a grandpa with a lake house but keep looking and you will find the perfect venue within your budget. I also know not everyone wants to go bowling on their wedding day but again, keep looking! Get a restaurant to cater, use a playlist on shuffle as a dj, get vases from the dollar store and use the extra flowers you got to fill them as centerpieces. It's possible! If I''m forgetting anything you are curious about let me know!

ETA: We are having a very small wedding 22 people. Parents, Grandparents, and siblings.

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Latest activity by Delilah, on December 29, 2019 at 1:43 PM
  • Heather
    Expert August 2018
    Heather ·
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    Where did you get the aisle runner and leaves?!
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  • Sarah
    Expert November 2018
    Sarah ·
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    Hobby Lobby! They were on sale when we went

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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
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    It looks like you did a great job with your budgeting. You are "lucky" with your venue and I love the creativity of the bowling party, but it sounds like it will be a wonderful, memorable day for you and your loved ones! It seems like you've also been very realistic about your guest list and are hosting them well. Congratulations! I hope it is an awesome day and I can't wait to see your BAM! Smiley heart

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  • AJ
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    Sounds like a fun wedding at a nice price! Good job!

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  • Rachel
    VIP September 2018
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    It sounds like you have a solid plan for your budget. I can't wait to see DIY photos and your BAM Smiley smile

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  • JENNIFER
    Super May 2019
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    Thanks for putting it out in detail. I need to start doing that. We only budgeted what we wanted to spend for a venue and I’m happy to say we came under budget! 😀😀 we are having a small wedding of 50 people all inclusive so no hidden fees or prices. I really to price this out cause I find myself spending more and more on reception decor lol. Though I was happy enough I bought 60 silver charger plates for only $30! Everything else I’ve been getting when it was half off! Most expensive thing so far was a box of wedding invations that cake with a silver sleeve for $12.48! Everything else was around $6.48 or less!!
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  • Yoomie
    VIP October 2018
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    I think the key I've learned to staying on a small budget is keeping your guestlist small. 22 guests for $5000, very doable.
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  • Shonda
    Expert February 2019
    Shonda ·
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    Everything sounds great! You did an amazing job with budgeting!
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  • Denise
    Dedicated May 2019
    Denise ·
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    Great job with sticking to your budget and having everything planned out!
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  • Bailey
    Beginner August 2019
    Bailey ·
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    Thanks so much for posting this! It really helps a girl out Smiley smile
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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
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    Hi Sarah!! This budget breakdown is awesome! It really helps to visualize everything that is involved in a wedding and how it all comes together. I'm sure others in the community will appreciate this as well!

    Do you have anything else that needs to be done?

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  • PBiazinha
    VIP May 2018
    PBiazinha ·
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    Sounds like you got everything that's important covered. Very nice of your grandpa to offer his property, I am sure this is a very great relief that you won't need to use (and pay for) another venue. The sentimental value of the location is also priceless.

    Good job on getting your food catered! Often times we see brides with small budgets on the DIY food route way too fast, and prioritizing other things that you went creative about. Good for you (and your guests!).

    Come back with the BAM! Smiley smile

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  • Sarah
    Expert November 2018
    Sarah ·
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    Definitely doable! I could have done it for much less if I had to but wanted to make sure everyone was properly hosted and happy!
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  • Sarah
    Expert November 2018
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    Thinking about doing favors but other than that we are done!
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  • Jayla
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    That's good! It's always nice to get things done early!

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  • Delilah
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    I’m getting married next year and I just want a simple wedding with 60 people!
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