How did/are you prioritizing your budget?

posted 1 year ago in Money
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Helper bee

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!

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Honey bee

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!

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Honey bee

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.

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Bee Keeper

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!

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Bumble bee

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.

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Buzzing bee

Our priorities were venue, food, and guest comfort.  We are spending roughly equal thirds on venues/rentals/food/liquor, photo/video, and everything else.

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Buzzing bee

Our original budget was 10,000 but now it is closer to 12,000

Reception rental, tables, chairs, tent 2,200

Venue 1,800

Food 1,600

Dress 1,500

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

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Busy Beekeeper

@michiru4ever:  Same here, started as $10k, now looking like just under $12k

Food & Drinks (w/tax and gratuity) $5500

Photography $2100

Attire (dress, jewelry, veil, alterations, tax) $1100

Videographer $650

DJ $600

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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