Realistically… what am I looking at?

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Why not contact a few vendors in the areas you want to have your wedding/reception for pricing for the timeframe your looking at, along with airfare? 

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

It really depends on what you want- open bar? Live entertainment? Cocktail hour with food? Plated nice meal? Those are what really rack up the price. 

I bet if it was 50 ppl you could do a restaurant rental/private room thing for much cheaper than a traditional “wedding venue”.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

We had a similar wedding to the one mentioned by the PP – restaurant wedding with on site ceremony.  I got a nice dress ($2K), decent photographer (another $2K) and we are having a DJ.  We are doing a lot of DIY.  We are spending about $11K on the wedding, not including honeymoon or rehearsal dinner. 

So it’s doable to have something nice on $10K.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Our budget is 8K, and realistically we are going to be within that. We’re not doing a formal sit down (app/dessert reception), but with what we’re spending on that portion we could have paid for a sitdown (our venue doesn’t accomodate everyone, roughly 130 people, so we got creative so everyone could come).

You can do something really nice for under 10K! You can save tons on decor, get crafty and DIY girl!

Btw… Canada bee here! I suggest talking to some venues, or do a backyard BBQ!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Canada too, and for 50 guests, no open bar, no DJ, no professional photographer, and buying very unexpensive attire and accessories, we would have spent 10K once we added the taxes and all the fees. We weren’t looking at expensive venues either, but each came with their own restaurant (we couldn’t choose a caterer or bring or alcohol, for example) : of course, the prices were incredibly high just for food and alcohol. 

I would plan around the 10-15K range and see what is possible to do. You could end up paying way less than this amount, too. But 10-15K seems reasonable (and doable) for the number of guests you mentioned. Set your priorities, see where you’re willing to compromise, and I’m sure you can have a very nice wedding for that amount or even below. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Dreaming42:  I’m UK and am having a civil ceremony wedding in a hotel (everything in the same place) with ~45 guests – we’re looking at about £3000 for:

Ceremony cost (reigstrar to come to hotel + marriage certificates), venue ceremony room hire, wedding package with 3 course meal and bridal suite for the night, more food for the evening, and house DJ. Obviously there’s then all the decorations/flowers/outfits etc you might want on top of that

We also looked at some hotels that had a £1000 package and there were obviously ones that went a lot higher. Hope this helps 🙂

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