(Closed) Compare Budgets

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Ours is 18-20K for 75 people including rings but not honeymoon. We also are saving a LOT and got deals on most vendors.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re having around 100 people and will probably spend 20K, excluding rings and honeymoon. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We are at 55 people and probably going to end up around $15k.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think your cost is that surprising especially if your wedding is in a more expensive area.

We’re planning for 30-40 guests and it will cost around 10k (not including rings or honeymoon).

I think the cause of this is that there are a lot of “wedding things” that just cost what they cost no matter how many or how few guests you’re having.  Your dress and accessories, his clothes, bride’s bouquet, ceremony music, reception music, photographer, etc.  All this stuff is pricy and gets you to a big $ amount fairly quickly before you’ve even invited a bunch of people.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think everyone has different definitions of what they’re willing to cut or add….ours will be around $12K for 100 people, including rings but with no honeymoon. But we’re doing an informal ceremony, so no big dress costs; not having a bridal party; beer/wine only (though that’s all our venue allows anyway); white sapphire instead of diamond (though, again, what we’d do anyway—but definitely saves $$); not having a band/dj; DIY flowers; just a photographer, no videographer….the list goes on! Those were all choices we were willing to make to have the people we wanted within the budget we had, but for others they might not be worth the tradeoff.

It does also depend on where you live; we’re in a pricier area so it would have been extraordinarily difficult to do 100 people for under $10K, and $30K is the average. In other areas, you can do it for less easily, and there are a couple of places where costs are even higher than they are here.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

wow, we are spending $5K on everything! Dress, venues, flowers, food, booze, invites, etc. We had to get creative here and there, but we are really not losing out on much.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing $17-20k for 200

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

$7500 for 75 people in Denver, CO.  Catered picnic, live acoustic music, not including rings.  Add $3K for rings.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

About $16k for 80 people in Philadelphia. Not including rings or honeymoon.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hi date twin!

We’re doing $8000 for 95 people, including wedding bands, but not engagement ring, including hotel for honeymoon, but not spending money.  We’re having a park ceremony, recepetion at a resturant with full dinner and dancing, and a honeymoon we can drive to.  I think a lot of budget depends on the area.  We got our DJ for $500 and our photographer for $750- I doubt most urban area can match those prices…

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are averaging $150/guest, including food+alcohol+tax/tip

it does not include snacks, centerpieces, favors, photographer, lighting, etc.  just the “food”

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are averaging $150/guest, including food+alcohol+tax/tip

it does not include snacks, centerpieces, favors, photographer, lighting, etc.  just the “food”

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

80 pple for around 25K, but inching closer to 30K. Its all highly dependent on your area, so don’t feel bad at all.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

About 150 people for $20K, not including the honeymoon. We wanted to have a simple wedding too. We aren’t even having liquor, just wine and beer. An open bar would have just been outrageous.

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