Our budget is about $10,000 and here's the deal....
Right now my destination wedding is planned as a 9day/10night trip (because of residency requirements by law in St. Lucia) to the Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia. I shouldn't even really call it a destination wedding though because nobody can afford to come other than my future-in-laws.
It's $4600 for the trip + $1800 for the wedding theme I want + $1500 for photography. Airfare for FI & I will be about $1,000 total round trip. Giving us a grand total of roughly $9,000.
NOW... if we were to have a traditional real wedding, our guest list is about 75, but we could probably cut it down to a little closer to 50 to cut costs.
The plan would be to cut the trip down by 4 days to 5day/6nights which would bring the trip down to $2900. We would still have the $1000 for airfare, but would also elimate the combined $3300 for the photography & wedding theme at the resort.
So our honeymoon would be 5days/6nights for about $4000 including airfare & passports. That gives us a budget of $6000 to have a REAL wedding with guests & dancing & drinks! Unfortunately, you all live on Long Island like I do & I have no idea where I can consider having a wedding on such a cheap budget!
I already have my dress so that's a big weight off my shoulders. I need to be able to do the venue, ceremony, reception, dinner, photography, and everything else within this $6000 budget. I'm catholic so I could have the ceremony at a church if that would help cut costs, but religion isn't a big deal to me... or my fiance. So whatever's going to be cheaper at this point is best.
ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!
Thanks in advance!