(Closed) The Budget

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

So, based on what you told me in the last thread, I would say that you need to figure out how much you can afford. If you want to know the average, you can google wedding budget prices in your area. Example: Average wedding budget in Raleigh, or something like that.

Honestly though, I think that you need to think about what style wedding you would like. Do you want the whole thing outdoors, or just the ceremony? Would you like an afternoon or evening wedding? Elegant black and white? Or in a barn and rustic? All of these can vary the price. Is a backyard wedding a possibility for you?

Hope this helps! PM me if you want more specific help! I would be happy to do it!

Post # 5
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just thought of something else. Another thing that will really affect your budget is your guest list. How many people are you thinking and what can you afford per person would be another thing to consider when looking at an overall budget.

So, To condense it down. 

1. Google what’s average in your area.

2. What do you want your wedding style to be like?

3. What’s your guest list looking like?

4. What can you afford?

Does that help a little?

Post # 7
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It could be whatever you want it to be depending on what type of wedding you want and where you want.  My cousin in Virginia is having a beautiful wedding for only about $10,000 but I’m in NY and spending about $40,000 (not happily but by choice).  You also have to think time of year you want to get married for peak season prices, how many people to invite, buffet or sitdown, flowers or no flowers, etc.  There’s so much that goes into it so you can make it whatever you need it to be.

Post # 8
6893 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think that is definitely a preference question as well as a personal money situation question.

Like PP said, it’s sooo dependent.

People on here have weddings that range from a few hundred bucks to probably 70K or up. It varies SO drastically. Also the region you are in dictates how expensive your basic wedding would be anyway.

Don’t feel as if you have to spent as much as the “average” though. You do what you’re comfortable spending.

Post # 9
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This is how we set our budget.  After we got engaged we came up with an idea of when we wanted to get married, we decided on next fall, so that gave us around 17 months to save.  Then we made a household budget and decided how much we could afford to put into the wedding savings each month. So we multiplied our monthly savings by how many months we had to save and that became our budget.  After we set a budget we started researching what type of wedding we could afford to have and came up with a guest count estimate. I found it much easier to have a budget first and then start planning because it was easier to quickly eliminate what we can’t afford rather then making plans and then realizing we can’t afford it and having to change our ideas.

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