The truth is that from the beginning, I’ve considered myself a practical, frugal bride. Yes, I’ve ditched my original goal of planning the wedding for under $10,000. And yes, we’re now spending double that amount on our self-funded nuptials alone, even without the added cost of the honeymoon.
But while I still have moments where I go into total and utter sticker shock over how much my fiancé and I are spending on a one-day celebration, taking all things into consideration – including our incomes and the wedding-day aspects we feel are absolute musts – we are definitely keeping our costs at a level that is reasonable for us.
The part making me a bit uneasy is that although we’ve increased our budget to right around $20,000, not including the honeymoon, I still consider myself a savings-minded bride. I am looking for good deals anywhere and everywhere I can, have a relatively small guest list of no more than 100 close relatives and friends, and have said no to quite a few things that I feel are overly expensive and unnecessary, such as fancy floral décor for the church ceremony. In my eyes, my plans are unique, fun, and, most importantly, reflect what we want without being overly elaborate.
And in the end, maybe it’s all subjective. With The Wedding Report putting the average cost for the third quarter of 2009 at around $22,000, what one bride considers a “budget wedding” could seem extravagant and over-the-top to another. Plus, since our wedding will be held in a very expensive part of Southern California, we unfortunately get a lot less bang for our buck.
Coming up next, I’ll share a breakdown of our budget, along with my money-saving tips in each category, but right now, I want to know what you think. Am I crazy to call myself a budget-savvy bride? Have you increased your budget since starting to plan?
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