Post # 1
Seriously, how much should this whole shindig cost?! I mean, we are creeping up on about $18000 right now. This does not include our honeymoon expenses. I know this might be a personal question, but I am curious what other brides are looking to spend? I live in Charleston, SC and I know my area can be a bit pricey. My parents graciously gave us a $12000 budget so the rest will be out of pocket, but I just get a bit overwhelmed. I sit here like, yup, that is almost a brand new car, or a sweeeeet down payment on a house. Haha. Clearly I am losing my mind. Thank goodness that I have plenty of time to rethink vendors.
EDIT: I didn’t know where to post this… :/
Post # 3
Ours is in the Los Angeles area and will be between $75,000 and $80,000. The crazy thing is we are also not going totally overboard with costs, we are doing things to save money such as hiring a DJ rather than a full band and its still costing this much.
We are paying for our wedding rings and honeymoon ourselves, so that cost will be an additional $23,000 (including the e-ring). Granted if we had to go into debt for this, we wouldn’t be spending this amount on these items. Fortunately, my parents are paying for the wedding and reception.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2009 - Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado
Our wedding was approximately $20,000 with about $2000 for the honeymoon in addition. We originally tried for $10,000 but it didn’t happen. Know you can always negotiate prices, especially in these economic times.
Post # 5
For us, that is a lot of money, but if you can do it, and it won’t put you in the poor house, then go for it.
I have set our budget at $5,000 with a cap of $7,000 for everything; including the honeymoon. I can’t justify spending more than that. I am doing a lot of stuff DIY too, so that will save us a lot of money. And that total does include a wedding planner.
Post # 6
Ours is in Lexington, KY. We don’t really have a budget that my parents have given us (thought I expect they think it’ll end up being 50k) but I would be devastated to go above 25k.
Post # 7
I think ours is teetering around 20K… its being split between my parents, his parents and ourselves. We are doing what we can on our own and doing some DIY. I am doing TONS of research on budget and costs to be sure we don’t get anything for more than we should pay!
Post # 8
We live in NYC..my original budget was $45K ..now its closer to $60K not including the honeymoon…more than I wanted to spend since we are paying for it ourselves but having what I want and it being nice is more important than saving an extra $15K…
Post # 9
Also in NYC…right now our budget is around 65k, with that being split between our two sets of parents and ourselves. It’s definitely more than I thought we would spend, but it’s really really REALLY hard to do an inexpensive wedding in New York, especially when my FI has 100 invites from his family alone!
Post # 10
We have a $10,000 wedding-only budget in Sedona, AZ for approx 60 people. That doesn’t include our rings $2,300 (a steal from http://www.IDoNowIDont.com) or honeymoon to Italy $5,000. So I guess technically it’s $17,300. Wow, I think that’s the first time I’ve included Italy and rings.
Post # 11
Ours cost around 31K, but that doesn’t include my e-ring, wedding rings, or the honeymoon. We were trying to stay around 25K, but that just didn’t happen for us.
Post # 12
um…so I’m doing a wedding in FL for under 10K. Hopefully. I guess, we aren’t high end area though…
We have 120ish guests.
It also includes our wedding rings though our honeymoon is being paid by his parents and they gave us a few thousand dollars to go to Europe. I’m not sure where yet. Maybe Italy 😀
Post # 13
I’m in Chicago and trying to do it for under $15,000 for 75 guests. Wish me luck! I’m planning on doing lots and lots of bargain hunting, especially since my FI and I are paying for most of it ourselves!
Post # 14
Hey ladies! This is all very GREAT information!
I am personally a wedding vendor and with these tough economic times i am willing to work with brides on their budget.
If you guys are trying to save some money buts till get a BEAUTIFUL wedding, try a wedding on an off day, like a Friday or Sunday. Sunday weddings have been very popular here in Georgia.
Also, there are slower months that we offer discounts for as well, Jan, Feb, July
I think it’s great that you guys are all trying to stick to your budget, along with doing some DIY things! Very cool!!
Best of luck to all of you!
Post # 15
I’m on Plan C now and it’s the easiest yet. A simple Hawaiian ceremony on a beach with just the two of us: $2000, plane tickets $2000, honeymoon $2-3000, plain gold wedding bands $600, my dress $300, veil $100, groom’s tie $50, accessories & misc wedding related stuff I’ve been buying $50.
That’s approx $7000 – 8000 and if I add a ukelele player, new beach attire and slippers for the Fi, and earrings, it all equals to much more than I am fooling myself to believe!
BTW, the $2000 ceremony includes photography (pictures on a CD), and flowers.
Post # 16
Our wedding, reception and pig roast the day after ran us about $5,000. Then again, the venue was free and we just had light refreshments and cake after the service. Actually, I paid for the wedding and he paid for the honeymoon to the Bahamas.