Love is in the Air: Airplane Budget Breakdown

Now that you’ve seen the wedding, I’m back to tell you about how we spent our money. During our planning process, I always found budget posts helpful, especially when we were first developing ours, so I wanted to make sure to share this with the Hive before signing off for good!

Our original budget was $30,000, and we ended up spending just a tiny bit over that (not including our honeymoon), so we did a very good job of sticking to it! Here’s the breakdown.


Wedding dress, a Maggie Sottero “Hunter”: $850
Alterations: $280
Hairpiece, originally from Etsy with a few tweaks: $50
Groom’s suit and accessories: $185
Rehearsal dinner dress alterations: $100

Subtotal for apparel: $1,465



Bouquets for the bride (1) and bridal party (3); mini bouquets for the kids (7); boutonniere for the guys (4), dads (2), and ring bearer;  and mother bouquets (2): $600

Subtotal for flowers: $600


Photography & Videography

Photography, included engagement photos, all-day coverage with two shooters, rights to the photos and a printed guest book: $2,400

Videography, included all-day coverage with two shooters, a highlight video, and all raw footage: $1,250

Subtotal for photography & videography: $3,650


Paper Products

DIY save the dates: $120
DIY invitations: $320
Postage: $125
Thank you notes: $25
DIY menus, programs, guest book cards, and rehearsal dinner invites: free (thanks, Mama Plane!)

Subtotal for paper products: $590


Wedding Bands

Hers: $1231
His: $1219

Subtotal for wedding bands: $2,450



Inclusive ceremony, including ceremony coordinator and clean-up: $755

Subtotal for ceremony: $755


Rehearsal Dinner

Dinner and open beer/wine bar: $2,000

Subtotal for rehearsal dinner: $2,000

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Personal photo

Linen Rentals

Napkins and tablecloths: $275
Chair covers: $495

Subtotal for linen rentals: $770



Party bus rental for transportation of wedding party from hotel to ceremony location, and from ceremony to reception: $750

Subtotal for transportation: $750


 Personal photo


Inclusive reception including room rental, open call bar, and dinner for 160 guests: $13,675
DJ: $1,750
Dessert table: $833
Late-night snack: $125
DIY table decorations: $250

Subtotal for reception: $16,633



Gifts for wedding party and parents: $415
Manicure/pedicure, hair and makeup: free (thanks, Mama Plane!)
Day-of coordinator: $300
Hotel rooms for bride and groom: $240
Pet care for the dog: $82
Marriage licence: $20

Subtotal for miscellaneous: $1,057

Grand Total: $30,720

Overall, I am very pleased with how everything turned out. I won’t be doing an official vendor review post, but I can tell you that most of my vendors did a fantastic job — special shout-out to studiOsnap, 3rd Hat Productions, Back Home Bakery, Tom Thompson Flowers, Fringe Salon, I Do, Too! Bridal, and C.W. Petersen for really going above and beyond the call of a wedding vendor. We are both so thankful that you were a part of our wedding day — thank you for making it a smashing success.

All photos courtesy of studiOsnap unless otherwise noted. 

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