Big Budget Brides (50k and up)

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
10876 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It’s wonderful that your family will be able to provide that for you. By the time you add in your invitation suite, printing, hair, make up, bridal accessories, postage, calligraphy, favors, transportation, cake, etc., your wedding likely will be well over $70K.  I’m sure it will be absolutely gorgeous, though!

Post # 3
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

pisces315:  Congrats on your upcoming wedding!   We are going to have a small-ish wedding for 100 people.  Here is our budget for 100 guests.  When all is said and done I think we will spend $95,000.  I like to categorize the costs as ‘event costs’ and ‘related costs.’   The former are more restricted to the hosting of the wedding itself and the latter are more ancillary.  I am starting to get more comfortable with this big budget as I was very much in the “let’s elope” camp before compromising and settling for a smaller wedding.   

The event costs for the wedding will be about $57,500 before gratuity.

  • Wedding Planner: $4,000
  • Venue: $10,000
  • Food and Drink: $18,000
  • Decor, Rentals, Floral: $15,000
  • Photography: $5,000
  • Transportation; $1,000
  • Invitations: $500


Other related expenses are going to be about $36,000, incl. the honeymoon.

  • Dresses (rehearsal, ceremony, reception… all re-wearable for another occasion.. I’ll walk down the aisle in a simple white sheath with no veil): $6,000
  • Group activities the day before the wedding: $5,000
  • Rings: $5,000
  • Honeymoon: $20,000




Post # 4
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

pisces315:  Congrats! That sounds lovely. 

My parents are paying for most of it but for my 15th bday (Quincenera) they spent like $20 grand, so I was like for my wedding I get to triple that right?? 

Venue (includes nothing but security) – $13,000 Rental of an entire Musuem (the petersen automotive museum including rooftop and all 3 floors of exibits)

Planner/Food/Cake/Drinks/ Rentals (150ppl) – $22,000

VIDEOGRAPHER (day only) – $1,800

PHOTOGRAPHER (day only) – $3500

Music $4200 (cermony harp/cello reception – hip hop violinist and DJ)

Flowers- $4000

extra photographers $1000

Favors $ 800

My look (2 dresses, 2 veils) – $6200

His Look – $ 1000

Rings $1200

Wedding 2 nite hotel $1000

BM gifts $850

Grooms Gifts $ 850

Hair & Make up for all girls $ 950

Rehearsal Dinner  $1500 (beach rental +food)

Bach parties $2500 (vegas)

HM= $4,500

Total = 71000

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Post # 7
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

We arent quite 50k + but we are pretty high up there.

We have a minimum of 12k before tax and gratuity with disney which translates to 15k really, and we have about 5k in travel costs since we just extended our hotel stay to run the wine and dine half. So we are looking minimum 20k. Plus our meals down there for 12 days we anticipate 1000+. The actual wedding ceremony costs after gratuity we expect 18-20k since we wanted upgrades. This is one of the minor reasons moved the wedding out to make it bigger which means we dropped the photographer off disney’s tab and will be paying about 2700 for 8 hours of coverage, plus 3000 for a welcome/rehersal party. I also anticipate about 1000 for welcome bags and gifts. My dress was 3800 purchased for 900, it will have about 400 in alterations. My daughters dress is another 150. I expect us spending another 1000 in the parks because i buy a lot of stuff there. Tips we anticipate another 500, hair/nails 500. We are fast aproaching 35k+ :/ not cheap. However 2 nights with our family together fireworks, fine dining, a 12 day honeymoon seems worth it to me.



Post # 8
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Um…..can I come? I’ll pay for myself.

Post # 9
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

pisces315:   Venue: $27,555 ($165pp-this includes taxes and gratuity) we had 167 guests. We had a cocktail hour, 4 hour reception, top shelf open bar. We had 4 different stations and 6 different appetizers being passed out. I dont remember them all. We also had a 3 course dinner and wedding cake was included and on top of that an ice cream bar

Ceremony was held at DHs parish- $500

Photographer/Videographer- $4100 (9hr coverage, 2 photographers and 1 videographer, all photos edited and photoshopped, rights to all pictures, 2 hr engagement shoot, 45min documentary style video with unlimited consults, a few other extras i cant remember)

Flowers- $2800 (included 17 tall centerpieces, 4BM bouquet, my bouquet which was cascading, 3 corsages, 8 boutineres, 2 baslets for the church as well as decor for the pews, and a dais arrangement for our sweetheart table

Dress- $2400 

Tux- $165 (rental)

Dj- $2,000

Favors- $400





Wedding bands-$2100

Music- $600 (we hired a cellist and guitarist for the ceremony for 1 hr

Wedding party gifts- $800

Tips (Dj, Maitre’D, Bridal attendant, photographer&videographer, limo driver) – $1000 (we split the $1000 btwn all the vendors listed)

Rehearsal dinner- i dont have an exact price bc my  wonderful mother in law paid for it, but I know the restaurant very well and I am estimating it was about $3K

Honeymoon- $4500 (this is the price for hotel abd airfare) we went to Paris and Barcelona. We were in Paris for 3 nights and Barcelone for 7 nights. I am estimating we spent an additional $2K on food and drink during our stay

Total: $53,121

My mother paid for the venue, my in laws paid for the rehearsal dinner and limo. Everything else was paid for by myself and DH. We are very fortunate that my mother paid flr the biggest expense. Without her, i would not have had the wedding of my dreams. She explained that when my father passed away he had set aside money for my sister and i for when we got married. I was 13 and my sister was 9 when he died. 

I also agree with you, I cannot stand when people judge others based on how much we  spent on our wedding. I don’t judge people who have small wedding or elopements bc thats what THEY wanted to do. So dont judge me on what WE wanted to do. I dont regret how much we spent. My wedding was like a fairytale, like something out of a movie. I loom back and my pictures and video and its like i am reliving the day all over again! 

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Post # 11
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

pisces315:  I just completed tink and the GSC at princess back to back for a coast to coast! The disney races are awesome. It was hubs (disney is our big wedding with family) who reccomended the W&D after doing his first 10k at princess. I plan on doing Goofy in january and Avengers next november too. I totally forgot STDs and invites plus other paper will probably cost another 2k :/. Wedding costs they’re keeling me.


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Post # 12
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

pisces315:  We were close to 50k not including honeymoon (yet to go on, but planning for 3 weeks in asia this year,) and not including rings.  We had some assistance and paid about half of it ourselves and we will obviously pay for our honeymoon ourselves (and paid for our rings ourselves.)

<br /> The breakdown:

Reception venue and food (5 hour buyout of a cocktail bar/resto included 100% open bar for all bottles, any beer and wine, actual champagne toast and enough heavy hor dourves and oysters to feed an army…we ODed on the food a bit)- $25000ish, may have been a bit closer to $27k all said and done

Dress/accessories (cust made dress and accessories, $40 shoes ha)- $2500

Hair/MU/nails for self and BMs (i paid for hair for all the girls, makeup for three of 6)- $1700

Hotel for two nights- $900

Photographer (2 photogs for 9 hours)- $4000

Private lunch buyout (for 29 people)- $4000

Custom suit and DH shoes (martin greenfield suit and ferragamo shoes I think)- $7000

Misc decorations/DIY stuff (I don’t even want to add up all the etsy stuff)- $1000

Invitations/Postage (etsy again)- $600

DOC- $400

Misc gifts for BM, family- $1000


I think that rounds out to about $48k. We also bought a 2k scooter for a friend who did a TON of work on my wedding (including things she does professionally) but refused to accept any (much needed) cash.  She had a shitty scooter that kept leaving her stranded around the city, so we bought her a new one as a gift instead of cash. 


Post # 13
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Tagging so i can come back later… my wedding was about 80k all in. I’ll post my spreadsheet!

Post # 14
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

pisces315:  Thanks!  We are having our wedding at a ranch, and the owners were kind enough to let us use to entire property for two days.  We haven’t planned the honeymoon yet.  I would love to go somewhere with really good food.  What about you?  

Post # 15
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

pisces315:  absolutely no criticism here and I’m not at all a bif budget bride but I can NOT wait for your recap!!!! 🙂

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