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How to Plan The Perfect Wedding for Under $10,000 in 2019

How to Plan The Perfect Wedding for Under $10,000 in 2019

In 2017, $25,764 was the average cost to plan a wedding in the US.

Yup. Twenty five thousand dollars is the average cost to plan a wedding in the United States.

Believe it or not, that figure doesn’t even include the cost of the honeymoon! You can have a fantastic wedding day without having to spend even half that amount. In fact, we believe it’s possible to plan the perfect wedding  for under $10,000 in 2019. Here’s how.

Make a Budget & Stick To It

The first step to ensuring you stay under $10,000 is to make a clear budget. If you just start spending without a plan, you’re more likely go overboard. Then it’s too late.

There are a number of apps that can help you to track your budget, or you can use a simple spreadsheet. Whatever you use, just make sure you record all of the payments you need to make for your wedding. Plus, don’t forget to include the hidden costs and unplanned extras. In every budget there should always be a buffer for last-minute expenses, such as if you need to replace anything, or deal with an emergency. Don’t forget to factor this in.

Oh, and make sure that you have room in your budget for tips!

Decide Where to Splurge & Where to Save

The key to planning the perfect wedding for under $10,000? Decide which aspects of the wedding are most important to you. If the food is the part you value the most, you might want to allocate more of your budget towards catering and cut down expenses in other areas.

Or, perhaps you’re really excited about hiring a highly skilled videographer to make a fantastic drone video of your wedding. Have a mid-week reception to offset that cost. Whatever your non-negotiables are, , take a look at your budget to see where you can reduce spending. This will allow you to get what you want without it feeling like such a sacrifice or unwanted compromise.


Choose a Restaurant As Your Venue

Think carefully about the venue where your wedding is hosted. Instead of choosing the most expensive venue in town, consider having your reception in a local restaurant. Most restaurants will not charge a venue fee – instead you will just pay for food and alcohol. Plus, if you choose a restaurant that already has beautiful decor, you can eliminate this part of your budget as well.

If you choose a restaurant that’s not known for hosting weddings, they will probably be excited to work with you. Of course, this may means that you’ll have to have a smaller and more intimate gathering – but that’s okay too. It helps you keep your guest list to a minimum, which will also help you to keep your budget  within the range you set.

You Don’t Have to Follow Tradition

If you want to wear a simple, vintage dress that you found at a thrift store rather than a traditional wedding gown, do it! If you don’t want to have a wedding cake and you’d rather have a dessert table with cupcakes and pies, go for it!

Your wedding is your celebration, so there’s no point in paying to honor old fashioned traditions if they don’t have personal meaning to you.

Get Married on a Friday or Sunday

Saturday is the most popular day for weddings. This also means that your venue costs will be the highest on that day. If you don’t mind getting married on a Friday or a Sunday, you will likely be able to negotiate discounted fees at the venue of your choice.

Just make sure that the date doesn’t coincide with a holiday weekend, such as Labor Day, Fourth of July or Memorial Day. This can work against your budget and add to costs for not only you but guests who need to travel to get there.

Shorten Your Guest List

This is one of the most effective ways to reduce your wedding budget. If you are paying $100 per head for the wedding meal, reducing your guest list by 10 people will save you $1,000. This can make the difference when you are planning a wedding for under $10,000.  It can be difficult, but the truth is that when couples decide to have a smaller and more intimate wedding – their friends and relatives understand.

Who can you leave off the list? Start with co-workers and business associates, or old friends from high-school that you haven’t seen in years. You can also cut second and third cousins whom you barely keep in contact with as well as anyone under 18. These are easier than aunts, uncles, and others you are more likely to see throughout the year.

Keep Your Cards & Invites Simple

You don’t necessarily need to splurge on your wedding invitations and thank-you notes. Instead, you can put that money towards your ceremony.

Years in the future, people will be far more likely to remember your wedding day itself rather than what the invites looked like. You can simply send out minimal yet elegant invites, or even consider sending an electronic invite and wedding information webpage, so that you don’t have to pay for printing.

When it comes to thank you cards, you can get postcards printed with your favorite photo from the wedding and send them to all of your attendees, with a thoughtful note on the back for fairly cheap or check your local dollar store for cheap, generic 10-packs.

Here’s An Example Budget Breakdown for a $10,000 Wedding

Just to give you an idea of how you could structure your wedding spending, here’s an example wedding budget.

(Of course, your numbers will vary depending on how much you choose to splurge and save in each category – as well as where you are having your wedding and what time of year it is.)


Wedding Expense

Estimated Cost

Wedding Venue $1,250
Catering $1,400
Cake $250
Day of Wedding Planning/Coordination $1,000
Wedding Dress $750
Tuxedo Rental $250
Music $950
Flowers & Decor $550
Wedding Photographer/Videographer $1,000
Wedding Favors $300
Rings $1,000
Stationery/Thank You Cards $150
Transportation $100
Ceremony $200
Emergency Fund (In case anything goes wrong) $850



You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time.

By cutting down on unnecessary expenses and planning your wedding wisely, you can have an exciting wedding for under $10,000 that your friends and family will be talking about for years.

For expert help planning your event and coordinating discounted group travel for your guests, contact us today.