Real Wedding Budgets of Southern California Brides

Three Southern California brides dish on every single wedding expense.
by Alison Goldman

It sounds easy -- 10 percent to flowers, 50 percent to catering -- but let's be real: There's no way to plan each purchase down to the cent! Here's what three Southern California brides spent on their weddings and which pros they used to stick to their budgets.

Kelley Giberson & Dan Lazarovits

April 25 | Lake View Terrace | 160 guests

Their Budget: $40,198

Their Breakdown

Site $3,750. Middle Ranch, Lake View Terrace, (818) 897-4029

Ceremony accessories $440 for a Kiddush cup, hurricanes, a ketubah and a ring pillow.

Photography $3,139 for an engagement photo shoot, a photographer and an assistant for seven hours, an album, a disc of images and a $100 print credit. Steve D Photography, Los Angeles,

Videography $1,300 for one shooter for five hours, three DVDs and two Blu-ray discs. Jason Daniel Productions, Anaheim, (888) 813-6001

Consultant $1,450. Lina Wallace, A Stunning Affair, Winnetka, (818) 634-2507

Officiant $800. Arthur Rosenberg, Encino, (818) 906-3177

Gown $1,200. San Patrick by Pronovias, MaryLinn's Bridal & Tuxedo, Pasadena, (626) 585-8200

Alterations and veil $505 including hem, bustle, flower girl sashes, garter, veil and hair comb. In Stitches with Reene Alterations, Woodland Hills, (818) 222-4434

Hair and makeup $510 for Kelley's and her mom, plus tips for the bridal party's services. Karis Staley, Huntington Beach, (714) 881-9068

Rings $400 for Dan's.

Other jewelry $900 for a bracelet. Jessica Fong, Ben Bridge Jewelers, Northridge, (818) 701-6001

Bridal party gifts $490 for wristlets. Coach, Westfield Fashion Square Shopping Center, Sherman Oaks, (818) 995-4573

Groom's formalwear $600. Men's Wearhouse, Northridge, (818) 882-8951

Stationery $510 for invites and DIY escort cards and programs.

book $80.

Flowers $4,000. Jackie Combs Floral Design, Burbank, (818) 843-7200

Rental equipment $1,298 for table overlays and chiavari chairs. Elegant Designs Specialty Linens, Irwindale, (626) 334-3999/Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent, Lake Forest, (949) 235-8767

Catering $13,671 for a two-course plated meal and an open bar for five hours. Cynthia Brooks Distinctive Catering, Pasadena, (626) 793-4420

Ceremony music $150 for a DJ. DJ Music Unlimited, Los Angeles, (818) 515-6575

Reception music $3,200 for a band. Full House, Los Angeles,

Cake and desserts $707 for cake and pastries. Pastries by Edie, Canoga Park, (818) 340-0203

Transportation $500 for vans and drivers. Enterprise,

Hotel room $318 for two nights. Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, (866) 716-8130

Katrina Kalatzis & Jim Hetrick

October 12 | Azusa | 130 guests

Their Budget: $24,184

Their Breakdown

Site $11,000 for the venue, rentals, food, drinks and cake. Lindley- Scott House, Azusa, (626) 334-5215

Ceremony accessories $40 for a vase and materials for a DIY aisle runner.

Photography $1,300 for an engagement shoot, one shooter for eight hours of coverage and image discs. Zenia Photography, Los Angeles/ Orange County,

Videography $1,700 for one shooter for six hours, with a second shooter at the ceremony, three edited DVDs, a highlight reel and the raw footage. Sketch Images,

Officiant $450. Rev. Robert L. Jabro, Seal Beach, (714) 293-4081

Gown $850. Oleg Cassini, David's Bridal, Torrance, (310) 370-6499

Alterations $140. In Stitches with Reene Alterations, Woodland Hills, (818) 222-4434

Hair and makeup $240. "She came to us!" Leah Garcia, Long Lasting Impression, Ontario, (714) 470-3623

Veil and hair accessories $100. "I bought my veil and headband at a liquidation sale."

Rings $1,640 for his and hers. Icing on the Ring, Los Angeles, (888) 565-6150/

Bridal party gifts $700 for dresses, robes, day-of jewelry and tote bags for the girls/ flashlights and wallets for the guys.'s, Culver City, (310) 390-8911/David's Bridal, Montclair, (909) 621-2000

Groom's formalwear $0 with the guys' rentals. Friar Tux Shop, Arcadia, (626) 445-0540

Stationery $500 for invitations, programs and menu cards/$100 for a Manzanita-branch escort card display. The Cheshire Kat Design Studio, Los Angeles,

Flowers $1,660 for bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, ceremony décor, centerpieces and a guest book table arrangement. City of Commerce Flowers, Los Angeles, (323) 265-4377

Rental equipment $850 for table linens, chair covers and sashes.

Ceremony and cocktail hour music $800 for a brass quintet. BrassWorks, (951) 684-2433

Reception music $875 for a DJ and assistant for nine hours and lighting. California Sounds, Los Angeles area, (818) 631-7831

Cake $250 for a tiered cake. Some Crust Bakery, Claremont, (909) 621-9772

Other desserts $150 for a candy buffet. Bath & Beyond, Los Angeles, (310) 478-5767/

Favors $300 for candles and Jordan almonds (a Greek tradition). Barn, Long Beach, (562) 498-0675

Hotel room $450 for three nights. Embassy Suites Arcadia-Pasadena, Arcadia, (626) 445-8525

Annie Ryan & Clifford Hilo

July 2 | Malibu | 140 guests

Their Budget: $22,193

Their Breakdown

Site $2,700. Malibu West Beach Club, Malibu, (310) 457-7725 x2

Photography $1,400 for one shooter for unlimited time and an image disc/$400 for a second shooter for six hours and an image disc. Nathan Wauk Studio, Secord Photography,

Videography $0 for UCLA film students to shoot the raw footage.

Consultant $500 for day-of coordination. Theresa Shlimanoff, Hustle & Bustle Wedding Day Coordination, Studio City, (310) 597-2374

Officiant $400. Rev. Clint Hufft, Los Angeles, (323) 936-9027

Gown $2,400. "My friend found it!" Monique Lhuillier, community boards

Hair and makeup $360. "She did a great job." Kelly Zhang, Pasadena, (626) 277-8649

Hair accessories $60 for a feathery flower. Heart N Sole Jewelry,

Rings $1,360 for two bands.

Other jewelry $125 for a bracelet. Dana Saylor Designs,

Bridal party and family gifts $800 for women's jewelry/$330 for men's jackets.

Groom's formalwear $140 for a tuxedo, cufflinks and socks. Ralph Lauren, Friar Tux Shop, Los Angeles, (310) 559-4889

Stationery $123.

plate $60. Clay Club, Woodland Hills, (818) 716-6340

Flowers $650 for bulk flowers and supplies. Los Angeles Flower District/

Ceremony and reception décor $1,025 for the huppah, aisle runner and lighting. Carrie Fick Sawyer, CFS Design, LLC, (310) 291-1119

Catering $5,100 for appetizers, dinner, cake, servers and some rental equipment. Mona Lisa Catering, Northridge, (818) 363-0188

Drinks $800. "I bought the alcohol, and our caterer provided a bartender."

Ceremony and cocktail hour music $560 for a string quartet. Fiddlestix String Quartet, Southern California, (818) 249-3602

Reception music $500 for a DJ. Robert Hilo, Hilo Bros. Mobile Dj, Orange, (808) 372-2700

Other entertainment $1,150 for a photo booth. Cheesy Photobooths, (714) 656-6390

Transportation $680 for a limo bus. Crown Limousine LA, Los Angeles, (310) 737-0888

Hotel room $200 for a suite. Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel, Agoura Hills, (818) 707-1220

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