(Closed) The cost of a wedding

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Worker bee

Well, I don’t think there is only one reasonable amount or a set amount that is Too Much. Budgets take so many things into account: the couples/family’s finances, style of wedding, other savings goals (i.e. small wedding and down payment on a home), even the couple’s ages seem to play into it.

Our wedding in the Midwest was about $7500. It was a daytime wedding, we only had 65 guests, and we served heavy appetizers instead of a meal. We also did a lot of DIY and my dress came from David’s. My friends who are getting married in our area in the fall will probably have a much higher budget, as they are having a formal Saturday evening wedding with a full dinner.

My point is, there is no one size fits all as far as a budget goes.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

our wedding in hawaii is going to be just under $4K

our SoCal wedding next year is right around $80K

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I agree that it depends.  I’m also having a Midwest wedding, but ours is evening with a plated dinner, and we’re coming in right about $13k.  That was a shocking amount to me, as I had orignally set our budget closer to chrissie’s – $8k-9k. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’m having mine in NYC with 300+ guests and that comes out to over $60K. It really does depend on location, number of guests, formality, etc. I’m cutting costs as much as I can, but that’s the best I can do.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Our wedding in Nassau, Bahamas is going to be about $7K and our reception back home (Small town, Ontario, Canada) will be about $5K. That isn’t including attire (we are paying for everyone), rings, or photography since they are shared. Also, not including travel expenses

Our budget for everything everything (including honeymoon at Disney)is $20K.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our wedding is also in NYC for about 130 guests and it’s pushing $60k. We’re having half the number of guests as ipak but similar budget, so like she said, its dependent on a whole bunch of factors (location, guests, extras like linens, lighting design). Also some people include wedding dress, wedding rings, honeymoon in their budget and some people don’t.  

 I think your budget should be dependent on what kind of wedding you want to have and how much you can afford, given some savings to start your life together. I would think most people would not want to go into debt to throw a lavish wedding.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2008

ipak — how are you keeping a wedding of 300 in NYC under 60k? I have 125 guests in NYC and am struggling mightily to keep the budget under $45k, and that’s with buying a sample dress, NO flowers at the ceremony, bargaining hard with vendors and bringing in an OOT photog. What’s your secret??!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My budget from my parents’ and my funds (not what FI is paying for honeymoon or his parents for rehearsal etc) is about $28,000. That’s for about 150 guests in Texas outside of Houston. Of course there’s no overall "too much" but I think too much for me and the dreams I have would be anything over $40,000. I could definitely come up with ways to spend up to that point, but beyond that, I would just be wasting. It’ll still take a little creativity to stay under $30,000, but I’m not really DIY anything.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

they say the average is 26-28 but im not sure if that includes EVERYTHING!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Im having a NYC wedding on a saturday night in september for ~100 people.  Its a 1/2 ceremony and 4 hour supper buffet reception (little fancier then a regular buffet).  From my dress to the flowers to the night of suite (but not including rings or honeymoon) we should come in around $57k. Fingers crossed!  And I really havent held back on too much.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Also – this site will give you the average cost of a wedding in your zipcode.  No idea how accurate it is, but its interesting! http://www.costofwedding.com/

Post # 14
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Worker bee

that website HAS to shoot high! haha! if not, im doing very well for my area!

Post # 15
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Newbee

We’re having a small destination wedding in Mexico with about 12 guests. We’re already at about $22,000 but that does include travel & hotel for my fiance and me.

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