I didn’t see my engagement coming. My fiance and I were both living in our parents’ home on Long Island with no hopes of ever moving out. You can’t get engaged if you can’t live on your own, right?

Soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson

We had been planning to move to North Carolina since December 2009 and our chance came when I was offered a job at a satellite office for a former employer. Suddenly I was signing paperwork, putting in my resignation and planning a move to Raleigh, N.C., which is 550 miles away from my hometown of Holbrook.

In the midst of all that, Chuck, my boyfriend of two and a half years, decided it would be a great time to pop the question.

So here you find me planning a wedding on Long Island with a guest list of over 150 people on a tight (and I mean TIGHT) budget of $15,000 from over 500 mile away.

New posts will be published on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a smattering of stuff in between if I so feel inspired. I want to keep growing and expanding so keep checking back because change will be constant. I’d love your feedback on what I can do to make this blog better.

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  1. I really don’t understand how $15,000 for a wedding is classed as ‘budget’. That is a huuuuge amount of money, surely? I can’t imagine most of the population of America spend more than that on their weddings, or no one would ever get married, who has that kind of money to blow on one day?

    If you said you only had $1,500 to spend, then THAT would be a budget wedding.

    • I can understand that $15,000 seems like a ton of money to spend on a wedding and to be honest, it is.

      But, when compared to the average costs of a wedding typically held on Long Island, it is in fact a “budget” wedding. My friends’ budgets ranged from $30,000 to $60,000 so comparatively, my wedding is indeed on a budget. Take the typical cost of hosting your wedding at a catering facility. You are looking at $105-$150 per plate without including alcohol. Right there, that’s an average of $19,000 just to FEED your guests. Tack on the cost of a videographer ($1,600), photographer ($1,500), DJ ($1,500) etc. I think you start to see where $15,000 is a “budget” wedding.

      But, like I said, these are typical Long Island costs. Long Island in general is incredibly overpriced, which is why I moved to North Carolina. Now, I can guarantee that the costs would be significantly less if I got married here. I would be getting much more for my money. But, it was more important for me to have friends and family present than to have real flowers vs the crocheted ones I’m making.

      And it is unfortunate, but I’m confident that most Americans spend much more than that on their wedding day. We’re a culture that’s obsessed with glitz and glamor and it shows its face when we get married. If we weren’t then the DIY/budget wedding culture wouldn’t be so popular right now. Recession weddings are a big thing only recently and that’s because Americans were forced to scale back their big day.

      I hope that clarifies things for you a bit. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Wow, you have really opened my eyes to sometyhing I was completely unaware of! When you put it into perspective like that then I can see why your Long Island wedding is classed as ‘budget’! I didn’t know Long Island was a particularly expensive place. Good on you for doing something so brave and different from the norm and trying to keep costs as low as possible.

    Thinking about it, even here in England prices of weddings will vary greatly depending on the location, simply because of the hiked-up costs of venues and caterers etc. at the most popular and expensive locations. It is a bit sad isn’t it? Businesses charge ridiculous amounts because they know they can.

    I hope you have as glitzy and glammy a wedding as you want on your budget, I’m sure you’ll have just as great a day as if you’d had $150,000 to spend! The most important thing is celebrating your marriage with your friends and loved ones. All the best.

  3. Just a thought, but could you not just get friends to take photographs and video it for free? Tat would save a ton of money and result in more ‘action’ shots of the wedding. My sister did this for her wedding, it seems these days everyone has an expensive good quality digital camera.

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