Am I forgetting anything in our budget?

by DIY wedding planner on October 15, 2012

Our budget is $2000 (including the rings AND the honeymoon) and here’s how it plays out:

Dress (bought on ebay): $190
Rings (also bought on ebay): $110 total
Tux rentals (groom/best man): $150 total
MOH dress: $8
Invitations (DIY): $20 for 60 invites
Postage: $45
Thank you cards: $5
Photography: $300
Officiant donation: $100
Wedding Cake: $50
Other desserts (we’re having a dessert reception and using the desserts as centerpieces): $25
Wedding ware (paper plates and cups, napkins, and plastic forks): $30
Flowers (using some of the church’s foliage as well as silks we bought): $60
Favors (donating money to charity in lieu of a favor): $50-100
Honeymoon (cabin for the weekend on the outskirts of town): $350
Reception hall: $475
I won’t be wearing any jewelry and I’ve already taken care of the gifts. I bought them right after they said yes.
And yes, we’re just doing desserts. We can’t afford lots of food with only a $2000 budget!

Yes, I forgot to put drinks on this list, but I do have them budgeted in.
Food, gas, and entertainment is lumped together in the honeymoon category, but thanks for pointing that out!
We’re bringing our own stereo system. My bro is really big on music so he has a huge stereo system with really awesome speakers and stuff.
good point, diablo! forgot about that.
Iloveweddings, here are some answers to your questions:

Yes, we are getting our cake free. We are only paying for the extra decorations and the cake stand. That’s why it’s only $50.

For the other desserts, we are getting them from the baking club at our church. We’re donating $25 to the church for their services.

Marriage license is $18, but not in the budget yet so thanks!

Table coverings are included in the reception hall fee.

I am doing my own hair and my veil came with my dress, along with a petticoat.

The rehearsal dinner will be paid for by my fiance’s father.

Fruit, pretzels, and a few other salty snacks will be provided as well but aren’t in the budget yet.
Kristy: I would NEVER make my best friends pay for something that they’ll only wear once. They’re doing a lot for us, the least we can do is pay for their attire.

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roxy October 15, 2012 at 5:30 am

jewelry for yourself, gifts for attendents, dj???

What about food?? Or are you just doing desserts?


marchhareinjune October 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

What about the rehersal ~ anything planned/cost involved?
Will there be corsages for any of the wedding party/ parents of the couple?
Beverages for reception
Music for the reception?
Whatever you are doing the weekend of your honeymoon, don’t forget to include the cost of food, gas, etc.

Looks like you thought of everything else :)


ed October 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

I don’t see dining out and/or entertainment during the honeymoon.
Drinks and food.
You may need $100, or more, per diem for two.


gypsy g October 15, 2012 at 6:38 am

is the reception hall providing music or dj?


Leila October 15, 2012 at 6:48 am

Go to ‘The Knot’ online
they have a budgeting tool where you type in your total budget and they suggest how much you should spend for each thing. They also include every possible thing you could spend money on for a wedding!


diablo October 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

How about the marriage license? Other then the license it’s sounds like you have everything planned out very well.


Peace October 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

Gifts for your attendants (and parents) and are you having a rehearsal? If so, you might what to provide some food for that. Also, you should have some sort of music for your reception so there won’t be any dead air. A CD will be fine.


cmrpoag October 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

Are you doing your own hair and makeup? If not this should be added in. What about shoes?


GEE-GEE October 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

How about the marriage license? Your shoes? Flowers are needed for the groom, and groomsmen, not to mention the mothers.


eeyore6838 October 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

How about the Wedding Certifcate usually $50.00


silver_cobwebs October 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

Don’t forget thank you cards for gifts you may receive and participants in the wedding
You can do it yourself as well

A guest book

cake cutter- make sure its long enough and that when it cuts that it does not squish the cake


iloveweddings October 15, 2012 at 9:45 am


~ What about a marriage license?
~ Beverages: coffee and punch?
~ What about table coverings? What are you covering the tables with?
~ Are you getting your hair done?
~ Veil and/or tiara?
~ Rehearsal dinner?

I’m not trying to be mean, but if I remember from your other posts, you are hosting 140 (maybe more?) guests. I don’t think a $50 cake and $25 for additional sweets is enough do you? Is someone making a big cake for $50? If so, then that is a good deal.

I would eliminate the charity donation (although it sounds nice) and make sure that you have enough food. Also, put out some fruit as not everyone eats sweets. Just an idea.

Your budget looks great and you should be commended for sticking with it! Good for you!

EDIT: You are getting lots of good deals! Good for you! Looks like you may come in right at your budget. That’s great. I hope you have a beautiful wedding and a happy marriage.


Kristy October 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

You don’t have to pay for MOH and tux rentals…that is their responsibility, but is very nice you are!

Don’t forget about extra $ for tipping for the photographer and
$ to size your dress and rings.
Are you hosting a rehearsal dinner?
Your hair piece, the veil and/or tirara..and getting your hair and makeup done the day of your wedding?
-Marriage license


Answers Galore October 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

I didn’t see Videography in your list? Don’t forget pictures are worth a thousand words but Video is priceless. If you’re not sure if it’s worth it or not, go see some samples and decide for yourself. It’s no where near as expensive as your Photographer. Go to


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