Post # 1
Whether you are in the planning stages or are already married, what is/was your wedding budget, not including your dress, accessories, or rings?
Inspired by my cousin who got married for a $50 marriage license fee and $3 judge/court fee.
Post # 3
My wedding budget was 5K but with so many dumb mistakes it ended up being 7K. If I would have went ahead with a DW like I wanted it wouldn’t have costed over 3K airfare included and we would have came back and had a nice dinner at a restaurant to celebrate with family who couldn’t/didn’t make it and that would not have cost over 1K.
Post # 4
Mr TTR & I Eloped… so Ceremony alone… like your Cousin.
Florida Wedding License = Under $ 100
Ceremony Location – Officiant – Copy of Vows – Photographer for 1/2 Hour and Uneditted CD of aprox 50 Photos = $ 300
Bridal Bouquet & Bout = $ 100
So Ceremony alone = just under $ 500
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Now you add in the Extras…
My Dress- Accessories (foundation garments) – Headpiece – Jewellery = $ 400
Hair & Makeup = $ 200
His Attire = $ 200
And it is another $ 800
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ADD on the 3 Nights in our Wedding Destination
Honeymoon Suite – Champagne – Drinks – Romantic Meals out etc.
And it is another $ 2500
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TOTAL = Somewhere around $ 4000
And that was just the beginning, before we went off on our Caribbean Honeymoon Cruise
Or our Rings, Wedding Presents to one another, or countless other stuff… (like the Back Home Reception after our Honeymoon)
So ya, Elopements aren’t always inexpensive !!
Post # 5
My budget was $25,000; however my mom said to go up to $30,000. I wanted to keep it as inexpensive as I could… Total ended up being $22,000.
Post # 6
We spent $3000, but that included my $900+ wedding dress.
Post # 7
Not including the dress which I bought before we set up a budget, the wedding cost us about $2,400 for everything. We were able to negotiate with the church and our pastor over the fees to use the church and have the pastor marry us which included/required premarital counseling. Our reception venue was free as it was in the home of the daughter of the founding pastor of our church, she and her husband said it was their wedding gift to us, after the wedding they gave us a $150 bottle of wine as well. Our friend is a professional chef so he did the food (we got married early afternoon and just served appitizers since we figured the reception would be over in time for most folks to have dinner) at cost. We were able to negotiate price with our DJ, cake, and flower vendors, and everything else I did DIY with things I found at Hobby Lobby.
The funny thing is if we had gone along with our origional plan of getting married in my home town rather than where we lived (still live there now) it would have been more affordable because with the exception of hiring an officiant and possibly paying to use the Gazeebo my grandfather designed at Fort Vancouver, everything else from the food to the photography to the flowers could have been done by my family and friends.
Either way it would have been stressful for me, we had to deal with nonsense from my mom and dad about the fact we weren’t having a Catholic wedding (I was raised and confirmed when I was 16, I left when I was 21 after much study of Catholic doctrine and prayer, Hubby got as far as his first communion). And since we were getting married too far away for my first choice of maid of honor to attend, the job went to my baby sister who faught me tooth and nail on every bridesmaid dress I suggested to her. (Unfortunately I couldn’t use other bridesmaids against her since she was the only one, and she wound up not getting her dress until two weeks before the wedding and it was this dreadful skin-tight thing that was highly inappropriate but since it was so close to the wedding there was no other option than to let her wear it.)
Post # 8
The budget was $10,000. I’m confused at why the dress, accessories and rings should not be included….we came in at $9,000 with those things.
Post # 9
Not sure of the total yet but at least 20,000
Post # 10
@AlwaysSunny: When I think about my budget, I don’t consider in rings or attire. I think about the actual “celebration” itself.
Post # 11
Well my dress was paid for by my father so I don’t really include it in our actual budget since the money for it didn’t some out of our pockets. Rings were cheap so i can include them or not. I don’t include honeymoon because we used money we received as a gift for that even though I had it booked before we got married. My wedding cost less than $4500 for everything.