BIG budget woes…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah I think it must be a CA/big city thing. 

 

Ours went like this

 

Venue w/ all linens, set up, etc – $200

 

Prime rib & chicken buffett – $19/person x 300       average for area

 

Full premium open bar (4 btl beers, 4 wines, daquiris/cosmo/margs, all mixed drinks & shots) – $15/ person for 4.5 hours

 

Chair covers, up lights, all reception decor – $1K

 

 

 

Including dress, ceremony, reception, photog, catering, etc our total will be between $15-20K

 

Post # 4
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110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

That seems extremely high – we are in CA and are doing ours for a total of about $20k for everything – including flowers, photographer, etc.  We have around 80 people.  I think you have to look at what is important to you.  There is no draping or lighting in the world that I think would be worth $7k – unless you have an unlimited budget of course 🙂

 

Post # 6
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6032 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@rdevaney:  +1

in Boston we are getting two shuttle busses for 5 full hours for under $2k so that price seems way out of whack, but honestly it might be a poor choice of venue if you need $11k in “extras” just to have a wedding there. No parking = I’d absolutely look for another venue before I paid $4k for shuttles. I think you need to examine every single line item and see where the money is going, then see if you can live without that item or substitute a lower cost item. My head is kind of spinning to hear $85k for 150 people (and your catering actually sounds reasonable so where’s the other $70k going?!?!).

Post # 8
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6032 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@helpabeeoutplease:  rest rooms you can’t skimp,on but do you really need heat lamps in July? And I’m just not convinced that $7k for draping and lighting is worth it. Why can the guests not park at the ranch? 

You’re just not getting the proper value for your money with all that crap. $85k for 150 people, you can fly them all to Vegas for that kind of money AND pay for their hotels! You could have a pretty posh ballroom wedding in NYC in that price range so why are you spending the same $$ for (as you call it) a shed?!

Post # 9
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3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@helpabeeoutplease:  getting married on the ranch seems like a huge expense. You probably could have found a venue with charming decor for $100/plate and no need for shuttles 🙁

The cost of everything else seems normal. Your catering costs is actually really competitive.

Post # 10
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@helpabeeoutplease:  When you have to bring in everything the costs add up quickly. That goes without saying and would apply to any larger city area.

We started out thinking we could do it with a 25K budget and spent over 75K. Our wedding was perfect and we were happy to spend that much but like you we never anticipated the extreme costs associated with anything wedding.

Post # 12
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6032 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@helpabeeoutplease:  then show them how ineffective it is to make the ranch suitable for a wedding and get yourself to the nearest Hilton!

Post # 13
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yeah…I’m sorry but that’s insane.  I think the whole inlaws location thing is the root of the problem.  For $12k in food you could host at a hotel and save yourself the $7k in decor and the $4k in transportation.

 

Post # 16
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@helpabeeoutplease:  No, thankfully we didn’t. We got married at the Grand Island Mansion (http://www.grandislandmansion.com)

We did bring in loads of extras though despite having basic items provided for free (like linens, napkins etc) as we had a certain look and color scheme we wanted. Decor and flowers were a large portion of our budget.

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