Post # 1
Okay, so my parents are pretty much paying for everything except for the “extra details” such as lighting, the specialty chairs & tablecloths etc. that I just “had to have.” Luckily, I am in a place financially where I can afford all of these extras, but I feel myself getting a little out of control. As of right now the total will be right around $35,000 which to some may be excessive and others it may not be that much. Photography & Music are the most important things to me and I wasn’t going to budge on those even if I had to chip in. My photgrapher is $3,500, Ceremony trio + singer $850 and our wedding band (they are incredible) $3,000. Do those prices seem normal? I really wish we could cut back somehow on cost for cake & lighting since they aren’t all that important to me. I guess I just don’t know what is normal. Out of the $35,000 for my “extras” I would be paying like $8,000 which when I think about it so absolutely ridiculous. Does anyone else feel bad about how much they are spending? And what areas did you end up cutting back on?
Post # 3
We’re going to end up with a $50,000 wedding. That doesn’t include a honeymoon unfortunatly. We have help from my parents, some from fi’s parents, and some from my grandparents. In our culture, large monetary gifts are the norm, so some of those gifts will go towards paying for the wedding as well, but we should have left over for furniture and honeymoon!
Post # 4
Were spending just under $15k for the wedding only. With rings and honeymoon closer to $25k. 150 guests at an afternoon ceremony and cocktail reception afterward.
Post # 5
I think the national average still sits around 27-28K so statistically you’re above average, but hey, if you can do it and you’re getting everything you dreamed of then go for it. I think most people just don’t want to see friends, family, people in general go for broke over one day of their life.
Ours will cost under 10k, but we had quite a few awesome money saving opportunities fall into our lap! A close friend from h.s. is a successful wedding planner who is doing our entire wedding for next to nothing, our venue is my grandmother’s beautiful 3 acre estate, our officiant is my FI’s aunt, my BM’s footed the bill for our DJ and wedding band which is just amazing!
So I think it just depends, everyone’s situation is different. If YOU feel like you’re spending too much than look into cutting back, but don’t concern yourself with what others think. 😉
Post # 6
Under 5k for 40 guests in Atlanta
ETA this includes our week long out of country honeymoon
Post # 7
About 26K, including honeymoon and rings. 250 guests.
Post # 8
Our wedding will be about $65,000, not including rings, honeymoon or my dress and accessories.
For us, food and the band were the most important. We are having a 9-piece band (they are awesome!) and they will also be doing live music for the ceremony and cocktail hour – we are paying around $8K for them. Our venue/catering is the most expensive and most important thing for us, we are paying about $38K for 185 people.
We cut back on things that weren’t so important to us, such as flowers. I think its worth it to spend the money on aspects that are meaningful to you and your guests – food/entertainment/photography.
Post # 9
With the rings and honeymoon included it’s around $25,000
Post # 10
We will be just under $50K. Your prices seem normal to me. For comparison, my photographer is $3,000. My ceremony musician is $875. We have a DJ instead of a band, but I think you got a fair price on the band! Our biggest expense was the food and open bar, which is around $25,000.
Post # 11
Before honeymoon it’s 14,000. We had a DW and this includes air and hotel for that.
Post # 12
Right now there are 178 people on the guest list. For everything, not including honeymoon (morning ceremony, afternoon reception), $15,000.
We cut back on flowers (only doing bouquets and possibly boutonnieres). We decided on a lunch reception so we would feel comfortable cutting out alcohol, we are not doing favors (seems like a waste of money), I’m designing our invitations instead of ordering them. We wanted to not necessarily make cuts due to money restraints, but we just didn’t want to spend money on what we felt were unnecessary things.
Post # 13
Right now I am in btw $60-70k with the venue taking up more than 50% of that. That total doesnt include honeymoon or wedding bands.
I dont have a band bc I despise them but my DJ is about $3,000…photographer right under $4k (a great price for my area)…flowers about $3k (again, low for my area)
It all adds up very quickly!
Post # 14
Our was $11,000 (not including honeymoon) for 110 guests. We were going to buy a house when this was over, so we kept it on the less expensive side. If you have the means, go for it!
Post # 15
Ours was $22,000 and that includes rings, honeymoon, everything. We had 70 people and it was a destination wedding.