Post # 1
Basically, I’m just wondering about the price of expensive items in your city, and how they vary to mine…
I’m from Australia, and my town has probably 90,000 people in it, so it’s not a small town, but it’s not a huge city.
These are my biggests expenses:
Reception venue (60 adults, 7 children main meal and dessert) – $4,300.
Photographer (up to 6 hours of shooting, and a couple of included prints) – $2,000.
Entertainment (a DJ/MC – hoping to book him – he is widely known and a well respected entertainer) – $2,000.
Wedding dress budget – $2,000.
Limo (worked out cheaper to hire a limo, than it did to hire a couple of cars) – $1,000.
Wedding rings – $1,000.
= $12,300 just for those things. Man, weddings are expensive!
edit: I didn’t factor in alcohol costs yet, because we aren’t sure what package we’re going with yet… but it will be $1,000+
What are your biggest expenses?
Are there other vendors you would have gone with if you had more money?
Post # 3
full open bar ($1500) and photography ($2100)
Post # 4
The photography was the most ast $1270 for 3 hours.
Post # 5
Our wedding cost 4K– The food/cake/Mimosas at the reception cost $1400
The photog was $950
The party bus to take 20 friends out dancing that night was $700 (w/ fees and tip)
My dress was a gift, but it was $1800! So more than we paid for our entire reception!
Post # 6
Photography is our big splurge for sure. I’d rather have a less fancy venue and a better photographer :-X
Post # 7
@adoc86: me too. however, our photographer is exactly who we want, we’re just lucky she’s a little less expensive than a lot of other photographers in our area. there are a lot of photo-journalistc style photographers and they’re charging $5,000. not a fan of that style, so no thanks.
Post # 8
@JL4SM: haha, I prefer photojournalists so that is the style photographer we’re going with. They do tend to be more expensive.
Post # 9
Catering is definitely our big item on the list, we’re having 150-200 guests, appetizers and a family/country style 5 course dinner, and it’s looking at costing us between 4-5K which is nearly half of our budget.
Photography would have been the second most expensive, but I found an incredible deal because our wedding is so far off, we’re getting our photographer for $799 + tax (works out to $900 exactly). We get him for the whole day til midnight too (which is when our reception ends).
@JL4SM: By the way, love your wedding date. 😉
Post # 10
Rentals! we did a backyard wedding and reception, so the location was free, but we had to rent everything! Tent, tables, chairs, bathroom, generator, lights… This was our biggest single cost – $3740. The food – though we got that pretty reasonably priced – $3008 for 2 hot appetizers and a 2 meat buffet for 160 people. Then alcohol and bartenders at about $1000. What got me was all the gifts we got for people (bridal party, family, friendors) really has a way of adding up – $1020! We also hired a day-of-coordinator, who was pricy but worth every penny – $1300! We got a great deal on a photographer – $800. And the DJ was also $800. I was also surprised at the amount we spent on disposable plates, napkins, cups and silverware and linen tablecloths- $691 – that also really adds up! Plus other little stuff here and there came to a total of about $16K
Post # 11
Venue: $3700 but that is for the entire weekend. Will be having ceremony and reception in same location. All guests accomodations is included in the price.
Photography: $3050 for 7 hours
Private chef: $1500, plus tip, for 10 very lucky guests. Not doing traditional reception. Opted to have a very nice private dinner.
I did a lot of shopping around, so I did find some really great deals. So I would have to say that our biggest expense would be the photographer, follwed by the personal chef, and then the venue. Of course, I have not gotten an estimate on flowers, which I expect to be around $1000. All I know is I look at my bank account and see that this wedding stuff is stupid expensive.
Post # 12
Venue: $5800 for ceremony, 6 hour reception, 6 hour open bar for 100 people, all tables, chairs, linens, setup, cleanup, lounge furniture for the bar
Catering: $3700 for dinner buffet and appetizers for cocktail hour (45 min actualy) for 100.
Photography: $3100 for 9 hours, engagement session, 2 photogs, all edited photos with printing rights
Those were the most expensive things.
Everything else is less but adds up ($1500 floral, $1000 for my dress, $950 DJ, $750 for hair and makeup for everyone, $600 for my cake, $400 transportation, $250 suit, $750 photobooth)
There are tons of little expenses that add up ($400 invites, $100 postage, $300 bridal party gifts, $230 hotel room, $150 accessories, $70 cake topper and ring boxes)
Post # 13
All I know is I look at my bank account and see that this wedding stuff is stupid expensive.
@thumpurr: +1000000, this exactly!! Fortunately, I saved on my flowers so that wasn’t so bad ($320). Food for my reception was actually more than both the photography of the bar, but since I consider that to be essential I don’t really see it as a big ticket splurge. I think the total food cost for 50 people (welcome dinner, cocktail hour, reception dinner and thank you brunch) came out to about $3500. We had everything in one location (hotel, ceremony, reception, etc) and our guests loved how conveneint it was.
Post # 14
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@JL4SM: Reception venue – $3500
Photographer – 1600
Wedding dress 1200
Wedding rings Mine was a set, so $2600 total and his was $250
Post # 15
@Scorpio88: love yours, too 😉