Evaluate this budget

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@vegas:  Where do you live?  What kind of dress do you want?  You probably could stay under 5k, unless you live in an expensive city, but it might not get you the sort of dress that some people want.


Post # 5
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think that is completely doable.

Post # 6
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think it’s totally do-able. Enjoy your planning. 

Post # 7
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@vegas:  I think it’s technically possible but unlikely that you & your guests would be happy with the result. The rule of thumb is that about 1/2 of the budget will be spent on the reception. You have 76% (16k/21k) on the reception.  I tried to do something similar and I found that although it’s possible, it’s really hard. It just feels wrong if the budget is too lopsided, like buying a really nice house and then sleeping on a bed made of cardboard boxes. 


If you’re doing your invitations online, that will help a lot with your budget for postage. But I think you still need to send out thank you cards in the mail, so don’t forget to add $22.00 of postage & $5 thank you cards.


With a low budget for photography (I’m assuming $400-$600 for just the ceremony) you will not have a lot of photographers to choose from.


Flowers from Costco still cost money, could be $500-$700+ plus the cost of your materials like vases, ribbons, etc.


iPod for music means you still need someone to make announcements. Do you have someone in mind that would be able to do that for you?  Also, you would need someone to cue up the ceremony music.  Would you need to buy music for the iPod?


I noticed you left out things like:


* Marriage license ($30)


* Hair & nails ($30-$200)


* Shoes ($50)


* Bridal party & family gifts ($50-400)


* Not sure if you included alterations, undergarments, accessories, etc. in the cost of your dress.


* Cake (is this included in the food/drink cost?)

Edited: I just read you’re doing in in LV – that makes me more confident you would be able to do it. I think you should budget a bit more for non-reception costs, but it’s more do-able knowing that.

As an example of a challenge, though, do you have plan to arrive three days ahead of time and have a huge fridge in your hotel room to have the bulk flowers sit?

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

$5000 is tight, but totally doable, depending on what extras you are willing to forgo. I spent just under $4300 on non-food/drink items, and it broke down like this:

Officiant & Licence – $500

Photographer – $500

Dress – $1250

Suit for FI – $480

BM dress for daughter – $200

Shoes/accessories for me and daughter – $150

Wedding bands – $500

Flowers (2 bouquets, 1 bout) – $135

Decorations, favours guest book – $475

Invitations & Postage – $75


Some of those costs may not apply to you (stuff for daughter), and there may be other things you’d spend more on that we did, but hope this helps.

Post # 9
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@vegas:  Yes, I think this is reasonable.  Food and drink will be the majority of the cost for your wedding.

It is totally possible to find a dress for under $800

You can skip lots of expensive extras such as extravagant decorations, limo transportation, videography, fancy extras like cake toppers, etsy accessories, etc

You can try to use perfectly good things that you already own for items like your shoes and jewlery, your husband’s suit, etc

In my opinion photography will be your biggest challenge, but it’s do-able.

So, so much of wedding spending is unnecessary and won’t make a big differnce to the enjoyment of your guests or youw own experience.  

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