How to Plan a Chic Chicago Wedding Under $10,000

Chicago Chic Wedding Under $5k

Dreaming of a beautiful wedding in Chicago but worried about the costs? Fear not, budget-conscious brides-to-be! With some smart planning and a few creative ideas, you can definitely pull off a memorable wedding with a price tag under $10,000. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key aspects of a budget-friendly wedding, from the venue and décor to photography and outfits. Let’s dive in!

  1. The Perfect Venue: Securing a stunning Chicago wedding venue under $5,000 is possible! Look for venues in the $3,000 to $4,000 range before taxes and admin fees, allowing you to stay within your budget of $5,000 to $6,000. The best part? Many of these venues come with a unique vibe and charming decor, ensuring your wedding is far from a plain and uninspiring event.
  2. Affordable Florals: Flowers play a vital role in wedding decor, but working with professional florists can be expensive. A savvy alternative is to skip the hefty floral bills by purchasing a few bunches of flowers from places like Costco or Trader Joe’s. With some creativity, you can transform these blooms into charming table accents without breaking the bank. This way, you can create a gorgeous atmosphere without the pressure of relying solely on grand centerpieces.
  3. Capturing Priceless Memories: While wedding expenses add up quickly, allocating a reasonable budget for photography and videography is essential. A professional photographer and videographer will capture the most cherished moments of your special day, preserving memories that will last a lifetime. Explore Chicago-based photographers and videographers with costs ranging from $2,000 to $2,500 on the lower end to $3,000-$4,000 in the mid-range, or consider special discounts available in July. Some places I’ve reached out to are Beige Corporation. They stared in LA and expanded to Chicago. I’ve also reached out to The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2022, Lily & Lime. Remember, your photos and videos are a long-lasting memento of your wedding, so allocate this part of your budget wisely.
  4. Stunning Outfits on a Budget: Looking and feeling amazing on your wedding day doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Allocate around $1,000 to $1,500 for your wedding attire, and you’ll be amazed by the stylish options you can find within this budget. Consider shopping at sample sales, outlet stores, or exploring second-hand dresses. Personally, David’s Bridal and Anthropologie Wedding Dress Sales Page have great prices and selections. With a bit of patience and an open mind, you’ll find the perfect outfit that fits both your style and your budget.
  5. Allocate Wisely: As you plan your budget-friendly wedding, be mindful of how you distribute the remaining funds. Allocate about $1,000 to $1,500 for transportation, flowers, rings (surprisingly under $300), and hair and makeup services (surprisingly, can be more than a ring, but check The Aveda Institute in Lincoln Park – they have bridal parties come in all the time for hair and make-up under $100 each. Note: They are not open on Sunday’s). By carefully prioritizing your expenses, you can make the most of your available budget and ensure all aspects of your big day are well taken care of.
Amanda Whitfield
Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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