The ultimate and complete wedding for 100 guests, under $10,000 including absolutely everything, even your rings!
Deluxe Outdoor Wedding Package – $5000
Four Overnight Guest Accommodations (three nights)
Six 60-minute Massages
Two 90-minute Massages
Hand and Foot Treatments
House & Grounds Rental
White Wooden Chairs
White Table Linens
Dance Floor (10×10 w/cover)
One hour rehearsal
Setup & Takedown of Tables & Chairs
Assistance with Parking
Wedding Dress – $500
Find the perfect dress to make your wedding everything you dreamed of, without breaking the bank. Many local shops have sales, and will discount your wedding dress if your attendants, mothers, and other wedding party purchase their attire from them as well.
Hair & Makeup – $150
If you aren’t comfortable doing your own hair, or are looking for something special, let a professional handle it at a reasonable price. Tabitha’s Hair Design does Updos starting at $55. Makeup should be simple and natural. Pick a new shade of eye shadow and lipstick just for the occasion and do your own.
Menswear – Free
Many places will give you the groom’s tux rental free if the rest of the men in the wedding party rent their tuxes from the same place, it is a great deal.
Marriage License – $63
The Thurston County Courthouse in the Auditors Office. This includes the fee to have a certified copy mailed to you after the ceremony for your records and name change.
Invitations – $50
They don’t have to be expensive to be customized and beautiful
Vistaprint.com – 100 for $50.
Costco.com – The minimum is 100, runs from $50 up.
Photography – $850
Your goal for photography should be to capture the memories as they happen. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive photographer for the best photos and you should be able to keep your negatives or get copies of all your photos on a disk so you can print them as you wish.
Food – $750
Planning your wedding at an off mealtime can still provide you with a beautiful ceremony and reception without the high food bill of a full meal. Have a mid-afternoon wedding so it falls between lunch and dinner when people aren’t expecting a full meal and remember the rule of 5 for catering an event. The rule is: keep it to 5 dishes, at least two hot dishes, and try to combine things. For a holiday party we had sliced roast beef with horseradish butter, rolls, herb & garlic roasted potatoes, a delicious salad, cheese, crackers, and a hot spinach and artichoke dip. People could either have appetizers by making mini sandwiches with the rolls and cheese, or a full dinner with appetizers and the only thing we added were rolls, which are inexpensive. Worried about alcohol? Instead of spending a lot on different types to have something for everyone, keep it simple too. A signature drink or drinks, wine and punch, or just champagne for the toast, it doesn’t have to be costly. The weddings that have tried to have everything for everyone have lots of everything left over.
Rings – $225
BlueNile.com. Ok ordering a ring online may seem scary to you, but we ordered ours from them and they are amazing as are the prices. Every order is shipped free via FedEx® shipping, guaranteed and returnable within 30 days, so you can be sure you made the right decision.
Music – $495
A string piece quartet? Musical Trio? Harpist? DJ/Emcee? Live Band? The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless.
Flowers – $700
Costco.com The same packages would cost thousands at a traditional florist. They are beautiful large bouquets, and an excellent value. The Costco package includes: 1 Bridal bouquet, 1 Maid of Honor bouquet, 4 Brides Maid bouquets, 1 Toss Away bouquet, 2 Mothers petite hand-tie, 12 Corsages, 12 Attendant boutonnieres, 6 Centerpieces, 10 Rose Petal buds.
Cake – $225
Make sure it tastes as good as it looks! Taste a lot of cakes, some of them may look amazing but they may taste like dry sawdust to support the weight of the frosting and design. Very few people will remember what your cake looked like, but if it tasted horrible they will remember that!
Transportation – $500
For a memorable experience for your guests and an excellent photo opportunity you can hire a carriage pulled by Clydesdale horses. They can provide a getaway right after the ceremony for some bride and groom private time before the reception and can take you to some fabulous places around town for photos. Then when you come back you could have your “rice” being thrown at your arrival instead of your departure.
Wedding Accessories – $200
These are those often forgotten things. Guest book, penholder with pen, garter set, ring pillow, flower girl basket, pillar candle for unity candle ceremony, Champagne glasses for your first toast, server set for your cake, keepsake photo album, money bag. At Costco.com you can get them all for one low price all coordinated to each other and many with specific wedding themes.
Wedding Favors – $275
Pick a theme, and run with it. Having a garden wedding – customized flower seed packets, having a tropical/beach theme – chocolates shaped as seashells, Love M&Ms – make a customized blend www.mymms.com, really the possibilities are endless, but should just be a little thank you. To again combine costs, if you were going to rent glasses for your toast, why not go to IKEA and buy them? They are $4.99 for 6, attach a custom tag to them thanking them for coming, and put a small tulle bundle of customized M&Ms or other chocolates inside.