Our $3K San Francisco City Hall Wedding Was Colorful and Joyful

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Sum-up of the wedding vibe: Light-hearted and happy!

Planned budget: $3,000
Actual budget: $3,000
Number of guests: 6
LOCATION: San Francisco, California

Where we allocated the most funds:

Celebratory dinner at Acquerello!

Where we allocated the least funds:

Not sure… we didn’t shortchange anything. Our rings were probably the least expensive, compared to average.

What was totally worth it:

Professional photography, of course! Not just for the photos, but Chloe helped so much with the actual flow at city hall since she had so much experience with weddings there. To my surprise, the professional makeup was also worth it. I rarely wear makeup, so I figured a DIY would be special enough. But the professional job looked extra amazing in the photos! Also, getting an Airbnb with my family; it was so nice to spend the night before the wedding with my parents and brother. And, having a super-fancy, gastronomic dinner with only eight of us. The best wedding food we’ve ever had!

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What was totally not worth it:

We think we did a good job of not doing the things that wouldn’t have been worth it. We stuck with things that brought us joy!

A few things that helped us along the way:

Our friends were invaluable in sharing advice (and accessories!). And our parents were wonderful in treating us to dinner the night before and the night of the wedding.

My best practical advice for my planning self:

Don’t get anything altered until you have the whole ensemble. I altered my skirt, then almost lost my mind trying to find a top to go with it.

Favorite thing about the wedding:

The energy of our families, especially the moms. The night before the wedding was actually the first time our families had met, and it was just such a good vibe. They were so happy to be here, to celebrate, and to experience so many new things (Burmese food, a gorgeous city hall wedding, leek ash, and other gastronomic delights). It was divine.

Something else We’d Like to Share:

Our priority was being married, not getting married, which helped us keep everything simple.

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