And in honor of the day, we will move on from the happy time of picking a venue and into the scary stuff.
No seriously. As soon as we worked out how much Catalina would cost, we completed the first draft of our budget.
It ain't pretty, but I'm going to share the run down with you because frankly there is just not enough budget-friendly information out there.
Ceremony site fee: $700
Reception site fee: $500
Splitting the cost of getting to the island with our guests: $2,250
Our hotel room: $500
Tax and tip: $1,080
My dress w/ alterations: $1,400
My shoes: $40
Undergarments (including slip): $200
My hair: $60
Wax/manicure/pedicure (perhaps not all): $100
Tuxedo (buying): $300
Daniel's shoes: $50
Flowers (DIY): $500
Music (DIY): $200
Attendant gifts (i.e. hotel room during wedding): $700
Decorations/miscellaneous (including marriage license): $800
This puts us slightly over budget just for our estimate. Obviously, this is not good though I do think I over-estimated some things and that we'll be able to get them cheaper. So hopefully it will even out, but even so, we're going to end up paying for some things out of pocket.
For instance, notice anything missing? Like the rehearsal dinner? And any sort of pre-partying (bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc.)? And, oh, I don't know, our honeymoon? The first one we don't mind skipping, especially since logistics for that were going to be ridiculously difficult anyway. And the second one won't be hard to do out of pocket, especially if we do small things. But then there's number 3. We were always going to do a honeymoon registry, but our dreams of Sandals are so, so gone. At this point, we'll be lucky if we can leave the West Coast. But I'm hoping that we will have been working long enough to save up some money at that point and that we'll be able to do something cheapish, maybe a cruise. And I'm putting a lot of hope into our honeymoon registry.
How fucked am I? People who have gone through this, is there anything I'm underestimating to an impossible degree? Or forgetting altogether? Please let me know, we haven't actually booked yet. What budgeting tips can you share?
*I will give you a dollar if you get this literary reference. Hint: it's holiday appropriate.