It came to about $10,000. Most of that was the reception.
I got a fabulous deal on my dress. I wanted something unique and kind of forties-ish because my husband and I met at a swing-themed dance and both love swing music. So I got a fifties-style ivory silk dress at an online boutique for $400. My two sisters, who were my bridesmaids, both bought dresses at the same boutique for less than $100.
Let’s see, my sister bought the flowers and made the bouquets and centerpieces as a wedding gift to me. Our invitations were a gift from a friend who owns a print shop, and the wedding programs were another wedding gift. I wore my mother’s fingertip-length sixties bridal veil and her antique pearls as my “something old, and something borrowed.” I wore makeup I already had and did my own hair as well. I did splurge on some nice perfume though.
As far as rice, favors, etc., our church doesn’t let people throw rice or what have you, so that was right out. We had a friend who is a Celtic harpist perform at the ceremony as her wedding gift to us (wow, I’m suddenly remembering how talented some of the people in our lives are! Thank you, God!)
I did buy a rather expensive ($200) pair of silk satin designer shoes, but I’ve since had those dyed black and worn them as evening shoes MANY times since the wedding, so I definitely got my money’s worth!
My husband’s family is VERY traditionally Irish Catholic, and she more or less informed us that we would be married at a MASS not a ceremony, and that there would be an open bar at the reception. She contributed rather a lot to our wedding fund, so we acceded to her wishes. As I recall, the entire reception cost about $6,000 for catering, liquor, etc.
As far as transportation, the church was located about a block from the hotel where we had our reception, so we didn’t bother to hire a carriage or limo or whatever. We just took each other’s hand and walked, with the four little flower girls with flowers in their hair preceding us. You would not believe how many cheers, honks, and congratulations we got from perfect strangers driving and walking past! Sometimes the best things really are the simplest!
Let’s see, we hired a DJ who brought his own equipment, but I can’t recall how much that cost right now. My husband already owned a tux and wore that, and we did pay about $1000 for our wedding photos. That’s all I remember right now.