Post # 1
So FI and I sat down the other day, and using a bunch of different information and formulas we found on the internet worked out a budget for our wedding. However, since I am the first of my friends to get married, I don’t really know if this budget will work or even makes sense. So I was wondering if you lovely ladies would look it over and let mw know if there are areas where I have way over budgeted or way under budgeted so I can work on fine tuning this thing. My FI is one who likes to stick to a budget he has set so once things start rolling, he isn’t going to take it well if things are way off.
Details- We are getting married Aug 2012, at the Jersey Shore. We are inviting 200 people and expecting about 170 to attending (some are out of town so we expected they will decline.) We have ten people in our bridal party and will need to send out 100 invitations and STD’s.
Bride Accessories- 277
Groom Accessories- 150
Tuxeo rental- 200
Wedding Dress- 1200
Hair Service- 100
Makeup Service- 100
Boutonnieres & Corsages- 175
Bridal Bouquet- 175
Bridesmaid Bouquets- 250
Ceremony Flower Arrangements- 400
Flower Girl Flowers- 60
Reception Decorations- 375
Reception Flower Arrangements 700
Reception Table Centerpieces- 700
Gifts for Attendants- 500
Gifts for Parents- 180
Gifts for the Bride- 25
Gifts for the Groom- 25
Wedding Favors – 570
Ceremony Programs- 200
Guest Book – 50
Invitations & Reply Cards – 500
Reception Menus – 150
Save the Date Cards – 150
Table or Place Cards – 165
Thank You Cards- 115
Wedding Band – Bride – 650
Wedding Band – Groom – 300
Limo & Party Bus Rental – 600
Reception Venue + Services – 22000
Ceremony Officiator – 250
Hotel Room for After Reception- 125
Rehearsal Dinner- 1370
TOTAL – 34,600
Post # 3
Where are you getting your tux from? because most tux rental places have a deal where the groom goes free!
Post # 4
The only thing that looked off was the amount for hair looked low. Unless you have some sort of hair dresser connection where they are giving you a discount, I think it’s usually more expensive than that (especially with a trial).
Post # 5
Alright so I need to take from the tux rental and put in the hair budget… that’s good to know. Thanks so much ladies!
Post # 6
Looks pretty good to me! You’ve obviously spent some time researching vendor prices. I don’t see photography on that list though…
Post # 7
Where are you getting married down the shore? Just curious lol – I love shore venues!!!
Post # 7
I’d say to remember to budget in taxes and gratuity for your reception and rehearsal dinner- they can add up to a pretty big chunk of change. Also, an officiant might be a LITTLE bit more. Unless it’s your home church’s pastor, a lot of the officiants I contacted were $350+.
Post # 8
@PrairieGirl: OMG!! You are soooo right!! I am glad I posted this because I didn’t even notice!! That’s insane!! How could I have missed that…. going to go work on that right now! Thanks so much!!
Post # 9
What about photography?? And you can get the grooms tux for free at many places! Are yall going on a honeymoon? If so you need to include passports, clothes, and extra spending money for that.
Post # 10
@Miss.Lace: My FIL are paying for our honeymoon as a wedding gift so we didn’t include that in the cost, and we already have our passports… however I didn’t not think of the clothes we will need for the honeymoon or say a dress for the bridal shower or the rehersal dinner. Thanks for pointing that out. So glad I posted this.. so many things I missed!
Post # 11
Just making sure — does the $500 for your invitations & reply cards, and the $115 for your thank you cards include postage?
Post # 12
You only get the groom’s tux free if you have 5 other tuxes being rented (at Men’s Warehouse anyway). We didn’t qualify for that deal so we had to pay for my husband’s tux. Did you mean to say $22,000 for the venue? It says $220,000.
Also, did you include tips for anyone that you are planning on tipping?
Post # 13
Are you doing out of town bags or anything? Tips for non-owner vendors? I think your reception decorations might be low (guest book, pens, bathroom baskets, toasting flutes (if you want them) special cake cutting knives, cake topper, these things add up)?
Post # 14
PM me your email address and i will email you my generic wedding budget spreadsheet. it’s in excel 97 or whatever the old one is.
my sister-in-law-to-be is also using it 🙂
i got the percents from Bride magazine and did the formulas myself 🙂 yay!
(it includes tips and stuff to help you out)
AND if I forgot anything please let me know 😉
Post # 15
@MapleMoose: Yes.. that seems a little low to me… would you agree?