I knew weddings were expensive … but I had no idea HOW expensive! It’s insane and a little depressing.
It’s only been a couple weeks since we got engaged but we have already started preliminary wedding planning, or rather budgeting. We have found a venue that we LOVE for the outdoor ceremony (and is actually REALLY affordable) and a potential venue for the reception (which is reasonable, although still more than I would like to spend). Check out this budget spreadsheet I found on The Little Canopy.com.
Already we have realized that a wedding will cost more than we initially wanted to spend but within our budget maximum. There are so many things to take into account … wedding bands, wedding dress, suit/tux, flowers, venue, food, cake, drinks, and decorations. And there are a lot of small things that add up really fast … hair and makeup, jewelry, shoes, guest book, and wedding favours. And don’t even get me started on the cost of photographers!
We’ve compiled a guest list which contains more people than we had planned. It really does add up quickly. We were aiming for a “small” wedding of 60 guests but it’s looking like it will be closer to 80. As for the date, we are thinking sometime next summer.
I’ve been scouring Pinterest and wedding blogs compiling potential DIY decorations. I’m also planning on designing my own save-the-dates, invites, and thank you cards and sending them by email. It’s better for both the environment AND our bank accounts. Anyone over the age of 80 is eligible to receive a hard copy but it will be hand delivered as we won’t be able to afford postage.
We haven’t firmed up any of our plans yet but I feel like we’ve gotten a good start and have a general idea of what we want. I’ve only had a couple panic attacks in which I’ve seriously considered just eloping somewhere warm and exotic. I’m pretty terrible at making decisions and there are going to be a few huge ones coming up. This should be interesting …