Post # 1
I am getting married in Westchester County this summer and I am constantly amazed by how *@&#%$ expensive it can be. I am currently living out of state and other people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them how much certain aspects of our wedding are costing.
Do you agree? What is the estimated/actual cost of your NYC-area (NYC, western LI, Westchester, Bergen, etc) wedding?
I”ll chime in that we are “bugeting” for ~$55k, not including our honeymoon.
Post # 3
We are getting married in central NJ next year and are looking at around $25k, including the honeymoon, but not including our rings. The venue is a little more than half of that amount.
Post # 4
I’m getting married in BK and my wedding is already at about 70K (Honeymoon NOT included).
Post # 5
I have been to a few nyc weddings (manhattan & LI) – all have been great – but you are correct. They have all come in at or over $70k.
Post # 6
Getting married in the city..we are at around $59K including honeymoon..
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I think you also have to think about size – my budget is high but we are having 300 for a weekend long of events so that will always add cost
Post # 8
The 2 LI and 1 Jersey wedding I’ve been to have all been in the $80-$100k range for around 200 ppl.
The 3rd was at a similar type place in Garden City (=pricey)
Post # 9
We got married in NYC for $10k. It can be done!
Post # 10
Fairfield county for 30K. Hard to do! Making do without many, many things and only 80 people.
Post # 11
Westchester County here
I’m hoping to come in under $30k. About 100 people. No bridal party – so we don’t have a lot of additional costs for flowers & gifts & rehearsal, etc.
Post # 12
We are expecting about 150, have bridal party, getting married in LI at a mansion and budgeting for the low end of your poll.
I think it’s def do-able!! We’re not eliminating food or booze. Just no frill extras and DIY a lot of things!
Post # 13
Why isn’t there a category to vote for under 20,000?
Post # 14
FI & I are both grew up in Westchester Co & have lived in NYC. Our church is in West & the reception’s in CT.
NYC was out – waay too $$$.
Most venues on LI are cheaper but it’s far for a lot of our guests to travel.
We wanted to stay away from all the clubs on the sound and most of the “wedding factory” places. We looked around and I was amazed when the lowest price we found was $140 a head and it was “a great deal” – and that was BEFORE a 22% service charge and taxes!! It would’ve been around $180pp. With around 230 guests it wasn’t an option.
We chose a hotel in Stamford – the price was better than what we’d come across & the rep didn’t try to convince us we needed the premium services so we liked him. The service charge was higher but the taxes were lower and cake is included. It’s only about 15-20min ride up I-95 for our guests.
The venue is more than 1/2 of our budget but we’re trying to keep it around $30k and no more than $40k including rings & Honeymoon.
Post # 15
NYC is just expensive, there is no way around it, unless you really cut corners and have some sort of indie wedding where your friends donate services and help out for free. I have been a bridesmaid in a 200k wedding in Queens, it had close to 400 guests. Most wedding in Bklyn, Queens’ I’d say 40 k is average without too many extras. It is all in the extras, and in our cases we are flying in FI parents & aunt from Europe and footing the bill for accomodation as well.
I’m trying to stay under 50k, but it’s hard, especially when you are paying for it yourselves…they don’t even do this where my FI is from, just really simple style.
One tip is to get married on Friday or Sunday, a bit cheaper, and we saved some $$ by picking Labor Day! I was inspired by my cousin who did the same. I have close friends though who had to move their reception locations out to Central Jersey & Long Island because it is cheaper.
Some of these weddings is like a downpayment for a apt./house…it really makes you think.
Post # 16
We’re estimating (hoping!) for a budget of about $20,000ish. We’re getting married a bit outside of Westchester at an inn in a really nice park. The inn is a lot in and of itself but really not for all it includes–a 5 hour open bar, wedding cake, table/linen set up, and a 3 course meal (about $75 a person for a Sunday wedding) plus an additional site fee for the ceremony site. But, considering all that it does seem reasonable.
That doesn’t include extras like dresses, tuxes, favors, flowers, etc., but we’re trying to cut corners on that stuff. 🙂 This is of course not a response for an actual NYC wedding. We live in the city which inspired us to seek out nature for the wedding…but I think depending on what kind of wedding you want like, how fancy, how elaborate, and how many people, it is possible to make it not TOO bad or super duper expensive.