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Our next wedding pie is shared by Ruth and Vinny, who threw a gorgeous + fun wedding for just $6000. Here’s how they split their budget pie, along with sage advice from Ruth. We featured their wedding a few months ago, and we’re amazed at what they achieved for what most consider such a tight budget!

wedding budget 6000

Budget Breakdown:
Bouquet: $180
Dress: $200
Veil: $85
Shoes: $25
Photos: $2000 (including e-session)
Venue: $3,500 (included food, venue, and open bar)
City Hall: $200
Mason Jars: $40
Flowers: $350
Cake and Cupcakes: $180
Invitations: $75
Arts and Crafts: $75

Wedding budget: $6,000

wedding for under $10000

carnival inspired receptions

pink pinwheel place settingsbride and groom walking

carnival place settings

View their wedding photos

From the bride, Ruth: We had 50 people total at our wedding. That included us, our immediate family members, friends, and 2 photographers. My best advice to stay on budget is to set a price ceiling and stick with it. Don’t look at things that you can’t or don’t want to pay for. It’s a slippery slope, and going over budget here and there will eventually add up at the end.

Wedding Location: San Francisco and Sacramento, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco Courthouse / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ten 22 / Wedding Design, Coordination, Paper Goods, and Reception Flowers: Morgan Gallo Events / Wedding Photographer: Alicia Gines Photography / Bride’s Bouquet: Mandy Scott Design / Cupcakes: Esther’s Cupcakes

7 comments
  • Absolutely lovely…Loving this “Wedding Pie” Idea.

  • Abigail

    Thank you so much for posting this wedding! I am also working on a very small budget (also $6000) and it is so wonderful to see a breakdown of someone’s wedding with the same budget. It is also so encouraging to see how a beautiful and creative this wedding was!

  • Thank you for showing this! So many weddings featured online seem to be so expensive. But this doesn’t look as it was lacking anything and for a fraction of what so many others cost.

  • I have a friend who is doing her wedding on a budget of about the same size. It’s a true challenge. Ruth and Vinny did well!

  • This is proof that even with a low budget weddings can be beautiful and full of details! Thanks

  • I was so astonished as I read that this wedding only cost 6000$. Full of amazing goodies, wonderful crafts and flowers. Glad that bride and groom decided to spend quite a bit on the photos, those are so worth the while!

  • HI All, Thank you so much for your feedback. Honestly, spend the money on a planner. I was able to help the create shortcuts, come up with creative DIY elements and create with the couple to keep the costs down. I know that the myth is that planners will increase your budget or some wont work with certain ones, but the reality is that a good planner will always try to help you achieve your dream wedding within your reasonable budget. XO