Our budget as of now is only about $5,000 and is likely to stay that way and I think we are going to invest mostly in the photographer (because photos last forever and we're not settling for second best) and possibly the food because catering can be very expensive. My dress isn't even a huge concern to me right now. I'm doing a lot of the wedding DIY, and FI's mother is making our cake. We have not picked a venue yet as we live in a resort town; there aren't many options because most places in the area cater to wealthy tourists who vacation here. There's only one church big enough in town for our number of guests but they don't marry unless the couple is a part of the church which we are not. So in the meantime, we are focusing on what is important to us where money is concerned.
I'm interested in hearing how y'all have or are prioritizing your budget, what you thought was most important to invest in, how you made decisions, sacrifices, etc.
Half our budget has gone on food and drinks! The rest of the budget is being spread out across photography, dress, entertainment, suits... basically everything else!
We've managed to take advantage of a lot of deals which has made it easier to have everything we want by using friends with businesses and I'm DIY'ing everything that can be DIY'd!
Its hard, but I'm loving it!
Food and drinks/Venue costs are over half of our budget but with 200 guest I think that is normal... Everything else is split with that is left!
I don't at all have a budget set yet, but I do know my top priorities will be photography and food/drinks. I love photography and that is going to last a lifetime, and I am such a big foodie, so I want to eat something good!
I don't care much about an expensive dress or venue. Decor will be DIY. I really don't think anything will be nearly as expensive as the photography and food.
I think weddings are about hospitality, so about 50% of our budget is going on food and drink. Other big costs were venue rental, bride's and bridesmaids' entire outfits, and decor including buying in linens and glassware. I'm hoping to get a friend to do the photographs, otherwise we will have a serious problem, LOL!
I think everyone prioritizes what is important to them. For me, food wasn't that important - i mean i wanted good food that tasted great, but i wasn't that picky. Our venue came with its own caterer and that was fine with me.
What was most important for me was venue. I wanted something different - we got married at a pioneer village. The second, but almost equally important thing was my dress and photography. However despite the fact that these things were my priority, I had a set budget and chose things within that budget.
Our priorities were venue, food, and guest comfort. We are spending roughly equal thirds on venues/rentals/food/liquor, photo/video, and everything else.
Our original budget was 10,000 but now it is closer to 12,000
Reception rental, tables, chairs, tent 2,200
then the cake, photographer, videographer, and the band are all about the same 700-950 range
Ceremony and reception decorations 500
Bridesmaid dress deposits 350
@michiru4ever: Same here, started as $10k, now looking like just under $12k
Food & Drinks (w/tax and gratuity) $5500
Attire (dress, jewelry, veil, alterations, tax) $1100
Ceremony location $500
Everything else is under $150 (invites, flowers, centerpieces, escort cards/stationary, guestbook, officiant, etc). I had to get my FI a ceramic wedding band because he's allergic to metals (we tried tungsten, gold, silver, titanium, surgical steel) and I'm going to wear my engagement ring on it's own. We are also doing our honeymoon locally (enjoying golf, fishing, and relaxing by the pool in our community) to save money.
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