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$15 Reward & Cost of Wedding

September 13th, 2015 at 05:23 am

This weekend while grocery shopping I received a $15.00 discount from the supermarket as a reward for shopping there for 4 weeks and spending over $100 each time (the $30 gift card for the first weeks is still due to arrive). Shopping was then reduced down to $100.40. Last week I paid a couple of phone bills and there was a $10 discount on one of them, so sent over $25 back to the EF (the $15 reward, the $10 bill saving). Now the amount owed back to the EF from what we borrowed is $130.00.

It is the 13th and I am now currently at 77% spent. Watching carefully.

I promised Debtfree-by-thirty that when I got around to it I would post up the cost of our destination wedding. I opened up the spreadsheet and it came in at $8615.88. I still think it ended up being around $10000 though, because I was carefully monitoring costs up to departing for the wedding, once we were at our destination there was way too much going on to track finances. Here is the breakdown as follows:

Flight to & from Queensland $651.88
Celebrant $640.00
Photographer $840.00
Wedding rings $734.00
Invitations $115.00 (we bought the material from a scrapbooking store and made them ourselves)
Catering $1200.00
Honeymoon accommodation $848.00
Hire car $452.00
Alcohol $500.00 (I have a feeling we allowed $500.00 but when we got there we may have spent $1000.00 as we bought beer, wines and many premixed spirit drinks)
Spending money $1000.00
Bride's Dress $890.00
Groom's Suit $200.00
Marquee & jukebox $545.00

I haven't included makeup etc, but when we arrived in Queensland I got acrylic nails (French manicure), spray tan, makeup done, hair done - it all could have come to about $500. While we there we put together thank you for attending bags with cards & sugar almonds, that was about $100 (maximum).

We had about 30 people at our wedding (in October 2010) and did not have to pay for a venue as we held the wedding on my sister-in-law's tropical rainforest property.

Hopefully this has been helpful, it was certainly interesting to reflect back over!

8 Responses to “$15 Reward & Cost of Wedding”

  1. greenleaf Says:

    Sounds lovely!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That destination wedding sounds wonderful...now I'm fantasizing about vow renewal in a beautiful destination. Maybe someday!

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations and sounds awesome.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like a lovely wedding.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That does sound quite lovely.

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks guys! Can't believe it is 5 years ago next month.

  7. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Thank you for posting it! It's really eye-opening as my first thought was oh, you came in at or under $10k! But then I realized the number of people. Now I'm really questioning our 125. So far, I'm at $2116.08 with our venue deposit, dress, and 'proposing' to our bridal party. I have another $1500-$2000 in the next month or so for Save the Dates (making them myself) and deposits for the DJ, photographer, and caterer. Even with 125 people, I'm really hoping to come in between 15 and 20k (being closer to the 15 than the 20...).

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I also included our flights and spending money so purely wedding costs was really about $6k. It's good that you're doing the save the date cards, that will save $$. When I was planning my wedding I had a magazine with a 6page budget where it suggested lots of costs you may come across and there was a space to add in your figures (I ended creating my own spreadsheet so just used it as a guide). It was helpful so if you have something like that or can get it off a website it will help you. I'd recommend being super diligent with costs etc pretty much up to leaving for your wedding (once you are there you won't really have time to track wedding costs, that's why the majority of the planning and budgeting must be done before, and you will be focusing on family time and creating special milestone moments). Ps a big tip from a destination bride - save the overeating and over drinking until after the wedding! I had to have two people help me get into my dress!! Glad you enjoyed looking at the cost breakdown

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