Broke-Ass Tag: $10K Wedding Budget


Greeting all my fellow Broke-Ass brides and bros! I’m Danielle, everyone calls me Dee. My guy (finally) popped the question and I’m green for go on releasing the wedding kraken! WOOT WOOT! Michael and I will be getting married in Central New York in September 2017. We have a budget of $10,000, although we are pinching our pennies to have a $2000 emergency fund. Our hope is to stay under budget and use the $2000 for our honeymoon or to go into the house fund.

Real Bride Danielle and the Michael

I am living in Central New York right now and my fiancé, Michael, is living in Norwalk, Connecticut. He moved there for work about a year and a half ago and I’ve been trying to find work down there ever since. Fingers crossed y’all, one of those resumes has to land me something, right? It’s only a four hour drive between him and me, but it does hinder hauling him around to look at venues, vendors, etc. My bridesmaids rock my world and are standing in for a lot of that.

I am currently working on my Masters degree online while holding down a full-time job. Oh, and that whole long-distance relationship thing takes up a lot of time. Yeah, life is happily crazy right now as I try to hunt down work in Connecticut/New York border area. So, since I know my fall semester will be insanity with my thesis and last class, I’m trying to get some of the bigger items out of the way. Michael is super supportive and doesn’t really care what goes into the wedding besides myself, him and as little money as possible. So, with Michael’s occasional head nod, I’ve run off and gotten tons done y’all, I feel like a total boss. So far I’m kicking butt to stay within our $10,000 budget.

We are getting married on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Why Sunday? Well, sometimes Sundays are cheaper, depending on the venue, but we landed a Sunday because all of the Saturdays in the year of 2017 were already booked. Yeah, I know my heart stopped a little when I heard that too. We have a sweeeet location: Arrowhead Lodge in Brewerton, NY. If anyone in Central New York is hunting for a cheap, yet classy venue, I highly encourage Onondaga County Parks. My venue cost us $650 and includes the tables, chairs, use of the entire park grounds, kitchen and a few other perks. I nearly cried with joy when I erased the original $2500 I had budgeted and put in the $650 instead. Can you say, bounce house anyone?

Real Bride Danielle Arrowhead Lodge Interior

Real Bride Danielle Arrowhead Lodge Outdoor

Arrowhead Lodge

So far I’ve landed the date, location, theme, dress, registry and possibly picked out tuxes. It’s going to be a carnival wedding y’all. The one and only thing I wanted was a bounce house at my wedding. So come hang out with me as I plan our insane carnival BBQ wedding with a bounce house and games. YEEHAWWW!

Welcome to the team, Danielle!