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


Comments (7):

  • Morgan Gallo Events on February 24, 2013

    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
  • Annette, Wedditalia (Weddings in Italy) on February 22, 2013

    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!
  • Ilaria - Wedding Photography & film on February 22, 2013

    This is proof that even with a low budget weddings can be beautiful and full of details! Thanks
  • Dominique on February 21, 2013

    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!
  • Lauren on February 21, 2013

    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.
  • Abigail on February 21, 2013

    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!
  • E.W.A.M on February 21, 2013

    Absolutely lovely...Loving this "Wedding Pie" Idea.


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