Post # 1
Hi NYC bees! I’m very delicately approaching the issue of budget. I don’t feel comfy asking people I know IRL how much they spent on their weddings (obvs) so I was hoping some of you could share where you had your wedding and how many guests you had and what you ended up spending – or what you expect to spend. Even if you ended up getting married upstate or in CT or out on LI because I’m considering those options as well.
I just want to set a realistic budget, even if it’s bigger than I want it to be – so I can plan accordingly! Or at least wrap my head around the awful number!
Post # 3
I am getting married in LI in Sept (on a Fri night) – our budget (even though much more than I wanted to spend) is pretty realistic I think.
Here is the breakdown:
Venue (Ceremony/Reception/Catering/Open Bar) for 140 guests – about $16,500
Flowers (bouquets, feather & manzanita tree centerpeices) – $2500
DJ (with many perks, plus Steel Drummer for outdoor cocktail hour) – $3250
Photographer (Harlowe Studios – Bklyn..amazing deal!) – $2350..all day/night on wedding day, includes engagement & bridal session.
Decor (table overlays from Etsy, Charger plate rental) – $200 – I will be adding to this for chair covers but I haven’t done that yet.
So this is what I can think of for the big stuff. Grand Total so far is $24,800.
Post # 4
@rocknrazzle: Thanks so much for the info! May I ask which venue you decided on? I’m going to have two ceremonies/receptions.. one Jewish and one Indian and I think the Indian one will most likely be on LI which I’m not as familiar with (I grew up in Jersey but most of my adult life in NYC). As you can imagine two weddings is really giving me some stress!
Post # 5
I’m still in the early-ish stages of planning, but here’s what we have so far:
Venue/catering/open bar: $32,000 (150 guests) including mandatory gratuity and tax
…and our (hopeful) budget for the rest:
Floral: $3000 – $5000
Church donation: $1000
Misc.: (including ceremony musicians, printed menus, escort table cards, and so on) $1000 – $2000
Post # 6
@KatieBklyn: your budget is closer to what I was thinking/fearing! But at least I’m being realistic – that’s a start! 🙂
Post # 7
Ours was Manhattan, Sat night at Pratt House. $40k all-in. I did a LOT of ebaying and DIYing, though. 😉
Post # 8
Hey, check out my Blog..I have some good info on there after doing lots of Budget Researching myself. Best of Luck
Post # 9
@nushka – We are getting married and having the reception at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, its beautiful!!!
Post # 10
Thanks so much for the info! Really hope I can DIY on some things but it’s so hard since I’m living abroad!
Post # 11
For our 100 person wedding in Brooklyn (prices approximate)
Catering (food, staff, utensils and linens): 21,000
Table/chair rentals: 800
Full open bar: 1100
Misc decorations: 500
Post # 12
Hey there My budget looks like its going to end up being around $35-40K. We are getting married on long island. The breakdown of things i booked so far is as follows
Venue( based on 175 guests) – $18,000
DJ – $1350
florist – $2000
DOC – $650
Dress/hair/makeup – estimated $3000
I am Indian as well. My fiance is Catholic, we are only doing the catholic ceremony cuz I did not want to deal with the stress of both weddings, i definately feel your pain. There are quite a few halls on Long Island that cater to indian weddings, and they are fairly priced. I hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck!!!
Post # 13
We set our ceiling to $75,000 and a “reach goal” of $65,000 if we can cut down on some stuff. So far the quotes I’ve gotten back look promising and if your caterer can offer day of coord services, you save on that aspect, or if you choose to print out your own programs, you cut out a lot of costs too.
Here are the big ticket items we’re looking at:
Venue $10,700-$15,000 (will likely be $15,000 because we want to use the entire space)
Catering $18,000 to $23,000 (includes food, drink, tables, linens, equipment, etc)
Dessert Truck $1700
Hair/Makeup for everyone $1000
Decorations $2000 (we’re doing more DIY creative stuff rather than using flowers as centerpieces)
Day of Coordinator: $1500
Stationery (Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs) $1000
Rehearsal Dinner + After Dinner Gathering for everyone $4000
Post # 14
Hi! My big day is in July…
We set our budget @ $10,000, and told ourselves we wouldn’t exceed $11,000. It’s in Queens and there are about 75 guests (invites are going out soon, so this is just an estimate). It’s on a Thursday evening.
Venue (Ceremony & Reception) – about $5,500 (though it depends on our final count)
Reception stuff (centerpieces, guestbook, etc.) – $350 (DIY)
DJ – Free, because my brother is a DJ
Flowers – $800
Invitations, Programs, Favors – $200 – All DIY
My dress, tux rentals, flower girl dresses, shoes, accessories, make up hair – $2,200
Photographer – $1000 (it’s a family friend)
We driving our car and the bridal party will carpool in two cars.
We’re still finalizing an officiant and some other small details (like rings!), but we’re hoping it all still falls under budget! Good Luck @ nushka! All the best!
Post # 15
It’s really interesting to see how people decided to allocate their wedding funds!