Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Plan a Wedding for $3,000! Budget Breakdown

The average cost of weddings last year was $28,400!! For one day! For one party!  Don't have that kind of disposable money laying around?  Do not despair!  The wedding industry has become HUGE and that is because they are very, very good at selling this idea that the wedding is the most important day of your life and you will live a lifetime of regret if everything is not perfect.  And while I agree that it is possibly the most important day of your life, it is NOT the dress, the shoes, the centerpieces, etc that will make it.  It is the most important day of you life because of the life changing commitment you are making to love and cherish your spouse the rest of your life.  It is MUCH more important to get the right guy then to get the right bouquet.  And frankly, after 15 years of marriage, it is not my decision to have chicken vs steak at my wedding that sticks out in my mind.  It is kneeling across the alter in the temple with my sweetheart, being sealed for time and all eternity.  It is sitting in the celestial room together as husband and wife.  It is sharing our first dance together.  My fondest memories about my wedding have nothing to do with the STUFF.  In fact, looking back as fashion, trends and styles have changed, if I was to have a wedding today, I would pick totally different things.  I had a WONDERFUL wedding but it was not because I spent a certain amount of money on my dream wedding.  It was because I married the man of my dreams.

That does not mean that you should not have a special, beautiful day.  My goal is to show you that with a very limited budget of only $3,000, you can still have a lovely day to remember (and not waste your parents retirement or put yourself into terrible debt).

Is it possible to plan an entire wedding for $3,000?  It is if you are having your reception in an LDS cultural hall!  We are going to have several posts giving details and options and how to make this happen. 

The following budget will be used as a guide as we show you there are lots of amazing options out there to have a beautiful, unique and AFFORDABLE LDS wedding!

$3,000 wedding budget breakdown:

Wedding Ceremony in a LDS temple: FREE
Cultural Hall: FREE
Brides Attire: $250
Bride's Jewelry: $30
Grooms Attire: $75
Groomsmen and Bridesmaids:  Free (these are traditionally paid for by the wedding party)
Flowers for wedding party: $250
Linens and Backdrop Rental: $450
Food: $500
Cake: $250
Napkins, Silverware, Paper Products: $150
Garter: $5
Photography/Videography: $450
Music: $300
Centerpieces: $50
Invitations and Stamps: $100
Get Away Car: Free
Misc: $145

*Note: for ease of calculations, sales tax and shipping are not included in this budget and must be added


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  3. Overall, great list... But unless you only send out 100 invitations (at 50cents per invite - super cheap and 49 cents to mail) you need to add WAY more to the budget for that line item.

  4. I live in California, I cant find anywhere with that budget! help!!

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  6. That bridal outfit budget line is hard. This is speaking as a bride who got her wedding dress for $60 from, shoes from Dessy for $30, and veil at a local charity bridal shop for $100. I still need to buy a slip, and my temple dress was around $140.