January 6, 2011
Wedding Planning: The Draft Plan
I understand that to some people that number doesn't begin to cover the dress, but I am not one of those people.
I am, before anything else, a mother.
And since becoming a mother, spending money on myself has lost a lot of the appeal that it used to have. Now instead, I love spending money on my baby! I find I get a lot more satisfaction (and happiness) from buying some crayons that I know she loves, than buying, say, makeup for myself. So I can't justify spending sooo much money that could be saved for her college fund, and for anything else she might need.
With that said, I don't mean to knock down anybody that wants to have a lavish wedding; if I had tons of money I would have a nice beach wedding in Hawaii and fly everyone there on my private jet. But, since we are still nowhere close to rich (and I don't believe in going into debt because of a wedding), we will probably have the wedding here in New York, probably somewhere in Staten Island or anywhere I can find some sand and "cleanish" ocean water...
So this is the part where I make you laugh, by showing you some tentative numbers, and for all of you that have been there before, feel free to chime in and let me know if I am being unrealistic.
Dress: anywhere from $200 to $1,000.
(Worse comes to worse: David's Bridal)
Flower Girl Dress :) $200
Restaurant Reception: $3,000
(No idea where yet, we might end up at TGIF ;)
(If they want more, I'll bake it myself)
(Or some friends that can use a camera)
Invitation Cards: $200
(I only need like 20)
(Not sure about this one... I hate useless favors)
Total: $7,000 or so.
I'm leaving room for extras (hairdresser, shoes, tuxedo for him... and other things I am not aware of right now), but I'm planning on going as low as I can on everything.
Another piece of info I forgot to share on my last post was that I know a seamstress that has offered to sew the dress for me, but I haven't had the chance to sit down and talk money with her yet. I'll need to have some pictures to show her before she can give me a price, of course.
Also there will be no more than 30 people, so... not many cards, not many favors and most importantly, not much food!
I actually think it could even cost less than that... yes, this is another reason why I am going to share all of the details and costs with you, to prove a point: you can have a nice wedding without having to spend top dollars - and it'll be like all of you are going to be part of it as well. :)
And now, I have to find a way to look good in about 6 months! I need diet, exercise and extensions!!! ;P