Our Do-It-Yourself Wedding in NYC For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Still Possible? – Yes, you can still do it.

  • Posted on March 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

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It mostly depends on the strategies you and fiance have decided prior to determining, even your budget. Then you must make a pact between the two of you to stay within budget.  Only go outside the budget if you both agree and after you’ve slept on it overnight, if it’s a big departure.

For our wedding, way back in 2005 I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception.   In my book, New York City Budget Wedding:  Elegant and Affordable,  I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for our wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

Now most of the pricing is almost nine years old, but these are for you to get other ideas for savings on your wedding.  Here were our (Pearson-Fulcher) costs for our 2005 wedding:

Dress $536 – (Filenes’s Basement Westchester)  – It was a $3500.00 dress, originally.  I miss that store, but now there still others even in NYC that you can YOUR dress.

Tux Rental $56 – Men’s Warehouse (Downtown Brooklyn, NY)  – Men have it SO easy.

Cakes $825 – (Alegria Cuisine)  [3-Tier wedding cake & Jamaican Black cake – in the favor boxes.]  Guests love that, nothing to dust, just eat and remember.

**Wedding Cake Toppers $149 – (My Memory Dolls)  Personalized Cake Topper (If these were available in 2005, we would have bought one.)

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000 – (Limos For Less of The Wedding Connection)

*Special added catering $0 – (Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law)

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – (Childhood friend of groom) Cliff Weissman 

*Video $0 Best Man’s (cousin) gift – (Negmaron Media)

Ceremony/Minister $800 – (Christ Chapel  Riverside Church Dr. Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr.)  Dr. Forbes is back for 6 mos. or so.

Flowers $375 from Flower Wholesaler – (Fifty Roses)  So many other options now in 2014, but you still get fresh flowers of your choice, here.  Plus, they are SO helpful.

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251 – Galapagos Art Space (formerly located on North Sixth Avenue in Williamsburg-Brooklyn).  They are now located in DUMBO’s first LEEDS building and 10 times the above amount, plus the liquor.  Just think I helped give them the idea to market as a wedding venue.

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours – (Friend of cake baker/decorator) Always check that they have your music.

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes (Epson Printer)

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, [Inner/Outer] Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82 (Paper Presentation) Beautiful papers and the staff is so nice.  Sara is the manager.

Save-the-Date magnets $16 – (VistaPrint)

Vocalists during ceremony:  Diana Solomon-Glover and Andre Glover (A gift from both)

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350 – (Save-A-Thon, Oriental Express)

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391 – (Liberty Travel)  I’d recommend the person I used, but she has since retired.  She was SO helpful and patient.

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400, some might say we did not spend money on everything, so we can’t really say that we had a savings.  *A gift is still worth its value, whether we paid for it or not.  Definitely, but we did use  money and lots of it for our special day, just not the city or national average.  Our cake was a bit more than I thought it would be, but was an extraordinarily beautiful cake, too.  Plus, it  took a lot of hard, intricate, and patient work and our parting favor was bite or two of Jamaican Black Cake.  So we splurged in different areas, but we were still able to keep our wedding well under $15,000, WAY under, and that is an achievement, especially in New York City.  I would hazard to guess if we did the whole thing over again, it was STILL be way under $15,000.  Let me help you do the same.   Dreamers can.

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If you need help with strategies for your wedding:  Contact me via email cpf@budgetweddingsnyc.com.

 

 

 

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It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

The pricing is almost six years old, but these are for you to get ideas for savings on your wedding.  Here were our costs for our 2005 wedding:

Dress $536 – (Filenes’s Basement Westchester)

Tux Rental $56 – Men’s Warehouse (Downtown Brooklyn, NY)

Cakes $825 – (Alegria Cuisine)  [3-Tier wedding cake & Jamaican Black cake – favor]

**Wedding Cake Toppers $149 – (My Memory Dolls)  Personalized Cake Topper (If these were available in 2005, we would have bought one.)

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000 – (Limos For Less of The Wedding Connection)

*Special added catering $0 – (Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law)

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – (Childhood friend of groom)

*Video $0 Best Man’s (cousin) gift – (Negmaron Media)

Ceremony/Minister $800 – (Christ Chapel Riverside Church Dr. Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr.)

Flowers $375 from Flower Wholesaler – (Fifty Roses)

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251 – Galapagos Art Space (formerly located on North Sixth Avenue in Williamsburg-Brooklyn)

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours – (Friend of cake baker/decorator)

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes (Epson Printer)

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, [Inner/Outer] Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82 (Paper Presentation)

Save-the-Date magnets $16 – (VistaPrint)

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350 – (Save-A-Thon, Oriental Express)

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391 – (Liberty Travel)

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400, some might say we did not spend money on everything, so we can’t really say that we had a savings.  *A gift is still worth its value, whether we paid for it or not.  Oh contraire, but we did spend money and lots of it for our special day, just not the city or national average.  Our cake was a bit more than I thought it would be, but is an extraordinarily beautiful cake too.  Plus it  took a lot of hard, intricate, and patient work and our parting favor was bite or two of Jamaican Black Cake.  So we splurged in different areas, but we were still able to keep it under $15,000, WAY under, and that is a feat, especially in New York City.  Dreamers can.

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1 Comment on Our Do-It-Yourself Wedding in NYC For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Still Possible? – Yes, you can still do it.

  1. Angela Gregory says:

    Great Info!!! There are wonderful bargains out there if you take a little extra time to seek them out—and don’t be overtaken by what you see in bridal magazines. CharLena tells you how to make your special day beautiful and memorable, with a price tag you can live with it!!!
    Angela Gregory
    Riverside Church

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