One of our iHEARThmong readers was wondering about a general budget for a Hmong-American wedding. Well, here it is!
Keeping your wedding budget on track is the most difficult thing to do. Our original budget was $10,000 total but, that definitely was not feasible after knowing were going to have over 500 guests and the venue we chose. By the way, John and I both felt that we still weren’t able to invite many of our friends as our families made up the majority of the 500 guests. So sorry we couldn’t invite everyone! We wish we would have invited more of our friends!
1) Make a list of items you want for the wedding.
Pick and choose the list of items with your groom (i.e. a videographer, photobooth, photographer, flowers, etc). I was fortunate to have a laid-back groom. For me, having a videographer and photobooth were on my priority list. I would say that there were times we didn’t agree on everything and got into heated discussions… but, post – ‘wedding’ day it was all worth it. Hint: Sometimes he won’t understand what you are talking about until post-wedding day. lol!
2) Connect with family + friends.
We were fortunate to have talented and supportive family and friends! Singers, photographers, fashion designers, make-up artists, etc. Many of our family + friends helped with the wedding as our wedding gift. You could make a list of tasks and delegate to your close family + friends. Thank you to all of YOU who helped (you know who you are) and making our wedding day simply amazing!
To give you a general idea, here’s our initial budget for each item. Items add up quickly and you get through $10,000 pretty fast. For each item, I would research that item, contact vendors for price quotes and create a spreadsheet of the item, vendor and price quote. If a vendor was out of my budget, I would let them know. For example, wedding chair covers and sashes typically cost $2.50 to $3 per chair. It took me quite a while before I found my vendor on craigslist. He rents out quality chair covers for $1 to $1.50 per chair cover. Check him out at garzarental.com. He’s based out of St. Paul, MN and was great to work with via email/phone. You definitely need a HUGE van to haul those chair covers. Also, make sure to have money saved up for all the deposits you will have to make for each vendor.
Drinks + Wait Staff + Kitchen Rental $5000
Wedding Dress $1000
Decorations + Flowers $300
Printing + Programs $100
With research and detailed planning, you can have your dream wedding under your budget. We saved for an entire year and post-wedding we came under budget by $5000 with the help of family + friends!