- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I’ve seen a few budget breakdowns on here that usually came in, below $20000. I suppose when people spend as much on thier wedding as the cost of a house deposit, they’re more likely to keep it to themselves. Well I’ve decided to share our $45000 wedding budget breakdown with you all, for those that think “where on earth does all that money go”. I would like to firstly say that $45000 did not come easy for us. We were frugal and saved every penny we could find for well over 12 months to make our dream wedding and reception a reality. We also do not have a mortgage or kids. We knew we wanted to do one more big trip before we ‘settled down’, we absolutely love to travel and had planned to go to Europe, before we decided to get married.
Starting from the very beginning…. Our rings, TOTAL $2500
Our engagement party at Rottnest Island WA (including flights, lunch, snorkel hire, ferry tickets etc) $3000
Grooms outfits: beige pants $40, shirts $120, Black suit $350, tie $30, belt $10 (already owned shoes, tie clip and cufflinks) = $550.
My outfits : ($650 wedding dress, $100 alterations, shoes $80, hair clip $25, bag $30, Cardi $10, Reception dress $150, reception shoes $25) = $1700
Flights to Europe, 7 nights Istanbul, 7 night Mediterranean cruise, 3 nights Athens including spending money = $17000
Our ceremony in Santorini, including photographer, all paperwork, celebrant, coordinator, location, bouquet, hair & makeup, 5 nights accommodation = $3500
Our Honeymoon (taken as a stopover on return flight) 7 nights Tioman Island Malaysia $3000
Our reception in Sydney. $14000
*Pre drinks at Quay Bar $1000 *Dinner at Aesops Greek restaurant $9000 (food $5000, alcohol $4000) included MC/DJ, Audio/Visual equip for our slideshow, all set up and pack down and dance floor *Flowers $150, *Decorations (mostly DIY) inc vases, cake stands, guest book, seating chart, cake servers, photo frames, menus, place cards, cake topper etc $1000 *DIY invites and thank you cards $100 * favours $120, Cakes $110, Limo $350 *Accommodation 3 nights $600 *hair and makeup for bridal party $400 * other spending money $1000
Total = $45050
**$9000 gifted by parents for food and alcohol, $350 Limo ride gifted by MOH**
So there you have it. That is how we spent all our money for the last 12+ months and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat !