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Disclaimer: The photo above does not depict the couples mentioned in this article. It is included solely for illustrative purposes, while certain Reddit threads I discovered online have proven useful.

TOTAL = $57,479.96

We invited 200 guests and had 145 RSVP yes.

I am not up for sharing photos, but everything was perfect and beautiful!!

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Clothing/Accessories = $4,966.39

  • Wedding Dress: $4345.31
  • Alterations: $0 (this was a gift. The cost was around $700)
  • Bride's Shoes: $109.95
  • Jewelry: $490.58 (I bought I necklace I will keep forever and wear for other occasions; I am allergic to costume jewelry)
  • Bathrobe: $9.99
  • Boob tape: $10.56
  • Tux: $0 (Men's Wearhouse offers a free tux for the groom)

Fake Florals and Decorations = $3,030.05

  • Bridal Bouquet, 8 Bridesmaid Bouquets, 6 corsages, 14 buotonnieres: $758.09
  • Centerpieces: $781.94
  • Flower Girl Flowers and Basket: $54.58
  • Abor, chair, sweetheart table, etc. Florals: $400.54
  • Fake candles and holders: $59.38
  • Picture frames and photos: $92.46
  • Card box: $148.75 (we splurged on a box we are going to keep as decoration in our house)
  • Guest"book" box: $96.39
  • Signs (seating chart, welcome/ceremony, guestbook, cards/gifts, memorial table, reserved), frames, and easels: $373.66
  • Table numbers and holders: $107.45
  • Additional decoration: $156.81

Hair, Nails, and Makeup = $1,225

  • 2 Hair Trials: $220
  • 2 Makeup Trials: $245
  • Bridal Hair (incl. tip and travel fee): $360
  • Bridal Makeup (incl. tip): $275
  • Manicure and pedicure: $125

DJ = $3,250

DJ (incl. tip): $2750

Uplighting: $500

Photography = $5,109

Photographer and Second Shooter (incl. tips): $5109

Stationery = $900.39

  • Save the Dates (incl. envelopes): $145.05
  • Wedding Invitations (incl. addressed envelopes): $541.52
  • Stamps: $107.21 (not counting sending wedding thank you letters b/c I didn't do that yet)
  • Thank You Cards (shower and wedding): $106.61

Venue = $39,945.90

  • Facility Fee: $3500
  • Ceremony Fee: $2000
  • Patio: $2500
  • Bridal Suite extra time: $500
  • Extended hour: $1000
  • Amenity Baskets in bathrooms: $100
  • Hors d'oeuvres: $5616
  • Dinner: $7804
  • Champagne Toast: $360
  • Dessert: $1152
  • Alcohol: $7294
  • Security Fee: $255
  • Vendor Meals: $140
  • Fees (8%): $1789.28
  • Gratuity (15%): $3354.90
  • Taxes (7%): $2380.72
  • Gratuity for wedding coordinators: $200

Transportation = $2,000

  • 2 School buses = $2000

Gifts = $2,162.23

Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Proposals: $54.65

Maid of honor proposal: $43.80

Groomsmen and best man proposals: $38.87

Gifts for groomsmen: $701.16

Gifts for bridesmaids: $765.74

Gifts for parents and family member who helped: $558.01

For those wondering about GIFTS WE RECEIVED! We received just under $22k cash, plus some physical gifts, and there are a few more people who are shipping their gifts now so we have not yet received them.

Always nice to see these real budget breakdowns.

Thank you for this! What venue did you go with?

Thanks for the breakdown. It's I'm looking for card boxes and am being so picky, maybe I need to take a page out of your book and get something that can be decor afterwards.

I love that this breakdown includes the cost of the boob tape. The real MVP for so many wedding days!

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