I had a $6k wedding budget, here's the real breakdown of my expenses #Budgeting Advice#budgeting#DIY#economical wedding Posted Mar 26 2021 Guest post by Lizette Edillor Photos by Bradley Davis We had a $6000 wedding budget, and we did most of these things detailed in this excellent post on Offbeat Bride. We did get some help from family, but sticking to our wedding budget allowed us to take the month-long cross-country road trip honeymoon of our dreams! Here's how we stuck to our $6k wedding budget: Microwedding guestlist We live pretty far from our families, so most people understood why we kept the guest list to about 30 – just immediate family and closest friends. My in-laws graciously threw us a reception in my husband's hometown, so his large family did not feel left out. I think only one group got awkwardly left out because they didn't live close enough to either place, but we weren't that close and it wasn't a big deal. Airbnb wedding venue I searched AirBnB for places that allowed events. We rented a gorgeous Victorian-inspired house that slept 16 for an entire weekend, Fri. – Sun., so we had our rehearsal dinner at the same place. We also had enough room for our entire wedding party to stay with us (and photographer and officiant, both friends), and even my service dog was allowed. It was an awesome sleepover. We bought all our own alcohol We purchased beer, a white wine, and a red wine. People who wanted hard liquor could bring their own — and a couple of guys brought whiskey. We also served lavender lemonade and iced coffee because those are some of our favorite drinks and they were cheap and easy to make in bulk. DIY wedding details I DIY'd a crown for myself and mini crown for my dog/flower girl, and I cut and hemmed a flower girl dress to fit her. I made a chandelier with hanging baskets, fairy lights, and paper doilies. I designed and printed all the signage myself and collected the frames from friends and thrift stores. All our decor was pretty little knickknacks and things related to our interests that we collected at thrift stores/estate sales/antique fairs for a couple of years leading up to the wedding. I kept the majority of them and they now decorate our bookshelves. I didn't buy matched sets of anything, because I didn't want to end up with a lot of stuff to get rid of afterwards. I did buy lots of fairy lights, but I have used many of them on projects since. Friend-tographer We had a close mutual friend, who happened to be a professional photographer/videographer. We had to insist on paying him because he had never done a wedding before and he was nervous, but I'm totally happy with our choice. I decided early on that I was not invested in taking the time and energy to get fairy-tale-fantasy photos. We don't live an instagram-perfect life, and all I wanted was an honest document of the day. We got exactly that and as a bonus we got to hang out with our buddy all weekend instead of posing for a stranger. I skipped the guilt I straight up did not care about guilt. I skipped the extras that were one-time-use only: programs, favors, garter, veil, ring pillow, monogrammed anything, unity symbols (candles/sand/what-have-you). I didn't really want to do all the ceremonial speeches and formal dances, so we didn't need a PA system or or DJ. I love and respect other people's traditions, but for myself I don't follow any tradition that does not have personal significance for me, so most of the conventional things went out the window. And you know what? It didn't feel any less like a wedding. It just made the few things I did much more significant. Would my mother have loved a more traditional, old-fashioned wedding? Probably, but when she saw I had ordered the same color roses she had when she married my dad, she cried, because she knew I only did it because it really meant something to me. Here's the budget breakdown for my wedding under $6000: Bride's outfit: $300 $250 custom-made dress ordered online, $50 DIY crown, piña cloth overdress and shawl gifted by family in the Philippines Groom's outfit: $750 $650 formal kilt in family tartan made in Scotland, matching tie gifted by family, $100 for tailored dress shirt and socks. My husband is very frugal and I love teasing him about how much more expensive his outfit was than mine. Flowers: $150 $90 lavender collected from local farms over the summer and dried at home, $60 dozen roses, pine for boutonnieres collected locally for free Decor: $450 $150 fairy lights purchased one at time with coupons, $100 in craft supplies, ~$200 in collectibles/knicknacks/etc. averaging less than $10 per piece and spread out over a couple years Booze/drinks: $250 S'mores bar: $150 with exotic chocolate bars, flavored marchmallows, and a variety of crackers/cookies, plus a few Sterno cans Dishes: $150 compostable plates and cups Wedding party gifts: $300 About $50 each for 2 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, and our officiant since he didn't want to be paid Venue rental: $1600 Photographer: $1000 Caterer: $800 Table/chair rental: $200 Officiant/music: free Officiant was our mutual friend who first said we should get together; music was a 6-hour Spotify playlist played through Bose speakers, and my brother ran the music during the ceremony Related Post Break it down now: sample wedding budgets for all kinds of offbeat weddings Newly engaged and totally clueless to how much your wedding will cost? Pretty much everyone goes into wedding planning like a big ol' noob and leaves boggled by all the… Read More Lizette Edillor PREVIOUS Rustic goth enchanted garden Poe Museum wedding with purple details and kitty bow ties! NEXT How I worded my wedding announcements after my coronavirus elopement Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] I love this idea and plan but looks like Air BnB stopped allowing anyone anywhere to have a gathering of more than 16 people (overnight or just visiting) in August of 2020. So only MAYBE could you have a micro micro wedding at an Airbnb. This was the best idea I’d heard until I actually started researching and now I’m just disappointed. I’m glad it worked out for you when it did! A bit jealous to be honest Reply Thank you so much for sharing. My partner and I wanted to do our wedding for under $5k. Our original venue started jacking up the price after we agreed/reducing what we could actually do and we are scrambling for a new venue. You can still find AirBnb's that do events but you have to message the owners directly. Unfortunately, near us (Philly) the cheapest one I've found that will allow anything is $3500 and doesn't include tables/chairs etc. And it's still 2+ hours away. VRBO is easier to search (search "Events Allowed") but not as many properties near us. Realize that many of these places have limits on number of people too. We are hoping for ~100 people if it's safe and haven't found one yet that will accommodate us. I talked with my partner and he said he'd rather pay a little more to have the hassle be less. We shall see what we can find- couple possibilities for what we need…the search goes on… Reply Awesome, it looked amazing! I think we made it under $5k? Definitely don't need to spend a lot to have a great wedding. Loved that filipino touch btw! I'm half filipino, sadly my family there couldn't have made it there either way. So we livestreamed it! 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