Posted 26 August 2008 - 09:21 PM
Hotel - Ritz Carlton at the Lake before wedding and Trump in Vegas afterwards until we leave for honeymoon in Hawaii - $1000 (used some AMEX points to discount)
Hawaii - Oahu renting this amazing private home with our own pool...I am imaging lots of romancing in this house Came out to less than getting a room at the Kahala that we were considering and it is not far from the Kahala resort. Kauai staying at Grand Hyatt (used some AMEX points to discount). Total accommodations in Hawaii $2910.
Trip to Vegas to preview location & sample cake - $360
Invites - $1600
Decor - $1000 - did a lot myself and used silk flowerballs for centerpieces
My dress - $1650 which includes one $1k dress that I bought that I changed my mind about that I have yet to sell.
Transport for guests from wedding in Henderson, NV back to their hotels on the Strip & our rental cars - $700
Vase rental from florist - $70
Travel scales & personalized mint tins for favors - $650 - includes gift bags and tissue paper (I'll also get about $100 cashback because I used live.com in about 45 more days)
Wedding website - $70
Photography addon- $1300 for negatives on DVD and 3.5 hours and 2 photographers. We'll get them developed cheaper on our own on Shutterfly or something. Also includes personalized cameras we will have on tables for guests to take pics for us during reception after photographer is gone.
Hair/Makeup - $270 (stuff I purchased on my own to do it myself, including $150 at the Mac counter!)
Video - $465 for our own video camera and will have someone tape for us
Ceremony site at Chapel Fiorenza, minister, coordinator, any bouquet you want no matter how elaborate, boutenairre, 20 photo package from photographer, bottle of champagne, toasting glasses - $3400
Yacht rental for 3 hours - $2595
Catering for 50 guests (salmon, chicken, sirloin), reception setup of centerpieces/favors/etc., open bar 2 hours, chocolate covered strawberries, crabcakes, and some chicken thing served as they arrive on the yacht before dinner starts - $6700
VIP section at nightclub on the Vegas Strip day after the wedding (as we figured we'd be too tired the night of), 5 bottles of liquor and guests get in free and can bypass the lines - $1874
Gifts to my girlfriends who through my shower (I'm not doing bridesmaids) - $219 - Dolce & Gabbana pearl earrings (major savings on sale) that were place in a damask custom coin purse from an Etsy seller
Rings - $1900
We are at almost $30k right now...my goal was $25k which I would have hit if I had 1) downgraded my desire for the 5 star hotels and luxury vacation rental home took the hotels way higher than they needed to be but I can't wait to stay in these places!, 2) I could have done less dramatic invites for less but I wouldnt change it I love them!, 3) VIP at the club the next day is not necessary but something I want to do, 4) I could have skipped appetizers and did 2 meats instead of 3 for the dinner, and 3) if I never got the 1st dress I bought or if I end up selling it...I'd be under $25k with those changes.
9 days to go...I wouldn't change a thing really from what I know at this point except for the 1st dress I wasted money on! If I did it locally I would have easily been at $28k and over 80 guests not including the honeymoon.
Wed 9/5/08 at Lake Las Vegas Chapel Fiorenza with yacht cruise reception on the La Contessa and party the next night in VIP section at Club Poetry at Caesars Palace. Stayed at the Ritz at the Lake and checked into the Trump hotel on the strip after our reception.
Our first baby (a...
Posted 02 September 2008 - 09:31 PM
Bridal Attire $550 (includes the dress, accessories, veil, shoes, undergarments)
Hair/Make-up/Mani & Pedi $200
Groomâ€™s Attire $200
Ceremony D©cor $200 (Keeping it simple)
Marriage License in the States (Doing a symbolic ceremony in Mexico) $50
Guest Favors/ OOT Bags $150
Wedding Dinner @ Restaurant $100 (includes tip and simple candle decorations)
Hotel Accomodations for 7 nights at the MP $3200
Invitations (Homemade) $100
Attendants and Parentsâ€™ Gifts $150
Grand Total for Wedding and Honeymoon = a conservative $7,500
My father is paying the airfare and my mother and step dad are kicking back $2,000â€¦. Leaving us to cover about $3,000 out of pocket.
Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:36 AM
Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:29 PM
TRANSPORT FROM THE PORT TO HOTEL
BUS (27 PPL)250
SITE (INCL GARDEN CHAIRS & BEACH INCL/POOL DECK EXTRA) 500
HOSTED BAR FOR 30 PPL(ESTIMATE)500
pkg incl cake
PHOTOGRAPHER2500 (Mom is paying so not included in budget) (Includes travel
PRINTING PICS/PHOTO BOOKS 300
Trey (our Son-ring bearer)150 (FMIL is paying so not invluded)
The only thing this does not include is the wedding bands.
The sounds system will prompty be returned to the store upon our arrival off the ship so that does not count =)
IPOD not counting and speakers are being borrowed from a friend.
Hair and makeup are being done by my friend who is a stylist...FREE.
Luckily with a cruise the food is free so we are only serving appetizers at the reception and will have our formal dinner on the cruise which saves $$
The parent's gifts will be photobooks and a little something homemade so that is already included.
Posted 26 September 2008 - 10:48 AM
| Originally Posted by trophywife |
whats an OOT bag??
Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:45 AM
Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:53 AM
Bridal attire- will be under $500 for everything
Grooms attire- $200
Ceremony and reception- $2300
Cocktail hour- $560
Photographer- $1495 for 2 photogs for 5 hours, plus a TTD session
Airfare and room for 7 nights- $2500
OOT bags- $150
Invites- less than $50 (DIY)
Hopefully nothing else crops up- we are pretty good on our budget right now!
Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:15 PM
Photographer: $4200 for 3days
Dress:$1500 with alterations
Travel:$5600 for two weeks in January!
Invites:$550 for 150
Save the datesIY $250
Everything else is still tbd but the ceremony and reception are sooooo cheap in comparison to U.S wedding that all the other stuff seems to be worth it. Plus, it depends on how many people come. Without travel our estimated budget with 75 people comes out to around $20,000ish with plenty of places to cut costs if needed.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 10:10 AM
Our initial budget was about 10k, but it looks like the AHR alone will be half of that!
Maybe we should just elope. (I am kidding... just frustrated right now).
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