Originally Posted by bncandi
I just got engaged and always imagined a DW wedding, since I'm not a conventional kind of gal:) also, since we will be paying for this ourselves I thought, bonus, nice & affordable! Now I'm starting to worry that this may cost more than a regular wedding! Between all the add ons needed like photographers, etc...I'm worried I can't afford this either. A lot of packages I'm seeing are only a 1 hour reception, hardly enough time to even talk to guests let alone dance & celebrate. Am I missing something? If I planned 10k including my travel cost is that even doable anywhere? I can't pick a date or destination cause I have no idea where I can pull this off. So overwhelmed. Sorry for my negative nancy rant I know I'm in the right place for help...
You can definitely do a gorgeous wedding for less than 10K, most weddings in the US are upwards of 25K!! You just have to think of what's the most important to you and your fiance. Once you have the resort chosen, I think you can safely spend almost half on your resort and airfare. I may be totally off, but here's some stuff that i've seen prices for and/or already booked for my wedding with a budget of 10k
Resort and Airfare: 4500
Invitations, Save the dates, postage, thank yous: 500
Wedding event for 40: 800
Bridal party flowers: 200
Wedding dress: 1000 (may be less or more, mine was only 400 on sale!)
that leaves you with roughly 2000 to spend on whatever extra, OOT bags, fees for marriage (if applicable), gifts for your wedding party, hair, makeup, ceremony decorations, etc.
Now I may be way off on some of these, but I'm just going off of what I've already booked or looked into for my wedding. You can do it!!!!