All prices in Canadian dollars. ($1 CAN = $0.90 US, and £0.55).
Everything is approximate; I did not keep exact tabs.
Number of guests: 40, including 9 children. Formula: afternoon cocktail party with tasting of all the yummy cider products made by the orchard where it was taking place, and accompanied by luxe hors d’oeuvres.
Wedding gown (Isaac Mizrahi for Target): $175 (including extra fabric for alterations made by my mom, shipping price for returning the second dress I had ordered, sash (made by my mom), and having the dress steamed by a dry cleaner. Initial price of dress itself was $65 US).
My shoes (J.Crew): $350. Since I had been so reasonable on the dress I figured my shoes would be my one wedding splurge. I love shoes in general, but I totally fell in love with these ones in particular and had to have them. Hell, the whole color scheme for the wedding came from them! And I will wear them again, although they’re not exactly everyday shoes.
My headpiece (self-made using my mom's vintage rhinestone button): $15
I also had beautiful chandelier earrings M bought me the first month we were dating, but I forgot to put them on before leaving the house...
Hair: $65 (including highlights, toner, blow-out and styling)
Make-up: Free at the nearby drugstore since I purchased a product I needed anyway
M’s outfit (Kenneth Cole): $500 (including shirt and alterations (it was 40% off). He used his own tie. I decided not to add it to the total budget since he wears suits for work and usually buys a new one every year anyway)
M’s customized Converses: $80
LP’s outfit (Zara): $50. He wore his own Converses and I had bought the jacket last year for my sister’s wedding, hoping that it would fit, but it was too big back then. So this year I just got matching linen pants and a blue shirt.
Flowers (self-made): $120 (including my bouquet, 14 boutonnieres (made by my friend Julie with leftover ribbon from the invitations), one large table arrangement, and four smaller ones. At the last minute, since they were in bloom, I decided to add white lilacs from my own backyard).
Venue: $1460 (including the fee for the location itself, the booze, and the wonderful gift baskets they prepared for our guests). We reused leftover fabric from my sash as the tablecloth for the gift table.
Rentals: $720 (including the tent we ended up not using, tables, chairs, tablecloths, and glasses)
Officiant and paperwork: $450
Photography: $400 (three hours of shooting by two photographs, processing done by M)
Videography: Free (done by my brother-in-law who gave us a really nicely done and designed souvenir DVD after)
Guestbook, decorations and various supplies, smurfs cake toppers, little favors for kids, etc.: $150 (Polaroid camera and film were borrowed)
Food (made by my mother and I): $500 in total, minus a $175 Costco rebate we had, so $325.
Waitress/helper I hired for the reception (a co-worker's 15 year-old daughter, who did the job great): $80
Cupcakes and stand decoration (cupcake stand was borrowed): $100
Invitations (self-made): $60 (including postage)
We are both extremely happy about how it turned out and think it's still mucho dinero to spend on a party anyway! We're not broke, but we just didn't think it was worth getting into debt or making a whole lot of sacrifices to make what we already had official. What do you guys think?