Bride on a Budget: The $12,000 Wedding

Wedding season is fast approaching and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share some budget-friendly wedding ideas! My husband and I were married in October 2014 and spent $12,000 on our wedding. Here are a few logistics that helped pull it off with the help of some GENEROUS friends and family.

VENUE: A family friend offered up their “home” to host our wedding! They live on a gorgeous ranch (red barn included!) in Ojai, CA. We did get them a $500 gift card to their favorite resort as a small way to say “thank you.”

DESSERT: So many friends want to help feel included in your big day! We put my mother-in-law in charge of the dessert table and anytime someone asked if we needed help with anything, she organized for them to bring an item for the dessert bar. Cost: FREE!

PARTY FAVORS: I personally believe party favors are the most overrated part of a wedding. Do you ever keep yours? We created customized M&Ms with our names on them and put them in cute baggies! When guest’s grabbed them, it had their table numbers on them so they knew where to go!

DINNER: Food can get so pricey! We definitely could have gotten cheaper food, but my hubs LOVES BBQ and wanted that, so Wood Ranch it was! If I remember correctly, it was about $11-$12/person.

DJ: We had an INCREDIBLE DJ. It wasn’t a company, rather a friend of a friend who had great taste in music and made the dance floor SO FUN.

THE BAR: Who wants to pay for a bartender? Not me! We had a neighbor of Jeff’s parents who really wanted to do it serve as our bartender and he was PERFECT for it! We didn’t know him well, but it was a fun way for him to feel included in the big day and saved us a good amount of money.

We did have to bring in everything on our own, being that our location wasn’t a wedding venue. This felt daunting at times, but it was extra fun hand-picking out all the details! (Honesty moment: Jeff picked out 95% of the decorations for our wedding. The only thing I changed was the shade of wood our chairs were!)

At the end of the day, your wedding is a time to celebrate your relationship and the future ahead of you as husband and wife. Don’t get too caught up in the tiny details. You won’t remember them years from now, but you’ll always remember the dance moves so make sure you have a good DJ ;)

 
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