Post # 1
Ok, so in my other post… MOST of the people who voted went WAAAY off my chart (what I had set for the original poll) and so here I am making another, since I can’t edit that one.
If you don’t mind sharing… how much is your wedding going to cost or how much did it cost?
Post # 3
Our wedding was $30,000 total but this included everything! Vacation house rented for week for bridal party–$3300. Wedding bands–$1000. Dress–$1000. Etc., etc. If you just count up the Venue, catering, DJ, photography, flowers, open bar, and decor it was probably about $24,000.
Post # 4
I think it’s important to remember that the cost of a wedding can range – geographically, some areas are significantly more expensive overall, different couples have more or fewer external parties contributing finances (like parents), or choose to fund the wedding themselves, people have different financial situations and are in varied stages of life… We have a pretty broad crowd on WB!
Finances do NOT dictate the quality of a wedding, and I don’t think you can financially ‘measure’ the quality of a wedding – more expensive does not equal better, IMO. Time and effort spent making all the small decisions to ensure the best time for your guests and the most cohesive and fluid experience, whether that means a well organized potluck with homemade table cloths and home grown flowers, or a grandiose seven course, open bar ballroom dancing experience with elaborate favors and a tiered cake.
Try to focus more on using what you have been blessed with to create the best experience, and less on comparing financial notes with others – whether your budget it small or large, I think it’ll be easier to be happy with your own wedding if you’re not too focused on the money.
At least, that’s been my experience.
Post # 5
$18,500 in the midwest. Includes ceremony and reception and everything those involve.
The only things our budget didn’t include were my dress ($400), our honeymoon ($3800) and our rings because we didn’t pay for the first two and the latter just weren’t part of the budget. We had a separate ring budget thanks to combat pay and a BIL with jeweler hook ups =]
Post # 6
pretty much the same as @ejs4y8 in the midwest. we also are not including our honeymoon and dress into the equation because my parents are extremely wonderful. so what i started with 25,000, i brought it down to a much more reasonable 17-18,000 here in the midwest.
i’m sure that could almost double, however, if we were located elsewhere. also, because we are young professionals, just starting out and paying for our own, thats quite a bit of money for us. if we were a bit more established, i’m sure it would be closer to 30k. however, if we were to look at the opposite end of the spectrum and i was still a student, you better believe it would be under 5k!
for me, whether it’s a 5k or a 40k wedding, all i really care is to make it official and have an awesome dance party with my friends and family to celebrate with lots of photos to remember! all the hoopla doesn’t matter much.
Post # 7
Ours topped at about $7K including honeymoon.
Post # 8
Ours is about $24K for the wedding itself and the rings. That doesn’t include the rehearsal (~1K) and the honeymoon (~6K). I’m in the Boston area.