Colby and I are paying for our wedding ourselves. We have decided on a very strict wedding budget of $10,000. That’s a lot of money to us, but I was surprised to learn that the average wedding in the United States is $20,000. Isn’t that insane?!
We are lucky to be having our wedding in our tiny hometown. Of course, this has caused a few difficulties because of limitations in venues, etc. but overall it has allowed us to spend much less than we would in a big city.
At this point, almost half of our budget will be going to photography and catering. I didn’t want to cut costs when it came to photography. I’m very picky about pictures. Yesterday, I decided on a photographer and we will be sending out the deposit on Monday. For $1915 we will have two fabulous photographers taking pictures for eight hours. I feel very confident that our photographer will do an amazing job.
We will be serving our 250 guests a full meal of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, and fresh rolls. I was extremely happy to learn that a local caterer will serve all that food for only $10 a plate. I know a girl in Oklahoma City that is paying $10 a plate for cold cut sandwiches. We are getting a full, delicious, homemade meal for the same price. Awesome.
Our church is only going to charge us a $40 cleaning fee. The OKC girl is paying $1600 for a church! Can you imagine? I can’t.
We won’t be hiring a limo service, mostly because the nearest one is located two hours away. They would charge an arm and a leg to travel here to drive us around. I feel like that would be a total and complete waste of money. I might get my pickup detailed right before the wedding though.
Right now, I am confident that we will be coming in under budget. Things might change and their could be unexpected expenses, but right now I’m pretty sure we are going to make it.
I welcome any advice on sticking to my budget. Do you guys know of any unexpected costs that I should watch out for? Where did you spend most of your wedding budget?