(Closed) How much did your wedding cost?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Busy bee

Under 5k for 40 guests in Atlanta

ETA this includes our week long out of country honeymoon

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

About 26K, including honeymoon and rings. 250 guests.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

With the rings and honeymoon included it’s around $25,000

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Before honeymoon it’s 14,000.  We had a DW and this includes air and hotel for that.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours was $22,000 and that includes rings, honeymoon, everything. We had 70 people and it was a destination wedding.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

$3000 for 35 people

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