(Closed) Wedding Budget

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

A lot of this is going to depend on where you’re located/having your wedding and reception. For example, we have a bridal party of 6 (3 and 3) and are expecting about 100 guests. HOWEVER, we rented a very cheap (meaning inexpensive) venue, are DIYing decorations, and getting our food (heavy apps) from a local grocery store. Our total budget, including rings, etc. $1.2k.

What things are most important to you? What can you stand to let go? We’re having a dry reception, which automatically saves us 4-5k in alcohol fees alone. Start with a list of what’s super-important to you and your fiance, and cut the rest as much as possible.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think $15k is more than enough for 60-80 ppl, with out sacrificing anything. 

Post # 5
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@leahb98: i know!! 15k is alot

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think $15K is more than enough but I also second the fact that you need to figure out what’s most important to you.  I have set budgets but I’m willing to go above some of them.  Photography was important to me but my friend had the mindset that you just need memories captured, not art.  We decided to have a friend use a video camera on a tripod so we could splurge on photos.  But I honestly do think you’ll be fine with that budget but it also depends on where you live.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Aurellya:

We’re saving a considerable amount of money by having a cocktail reception instead of dinner. I know this doesn’t work for some people, especially if you have a lot of young kids in your life, but it’s exactly what we want. Our ceremony will be at 8pm, and reception at 8:30. This way, we know we can give everyone plenty of booze, good desserts, and assorted midnight munchies – just the kind of fun party we had in mind. Our families were ecstatic about the savings.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My bridal gown cost me $1200 because it was something my mom wanted to buy for me.  Also, we’re entertaining the idea of my fiance using his suit and just getting him a tie to avoid a tux rental.  I personally don’t have a bridal party really, just my brother and his brother which saves on bridesmaids bouquets.  My makeup I think she said will be around $30-$40 because I’m getting it from the girl who does my hair at my Aveda salon (hair is around $80 to $90).  Also, negotiate with people.  Our photographer gave us about a third to a half off her rates because we talked to her about what we could afford and she said she understands the economy right now (some people will not be willing to do this though).  Also, our ceremony is in a gazebo in a public park (surrounded by trees and greenery even though we’ll be coming out of winter, but still, no decorations needed) so with chairs (we have about 30 guests invited) it’s calculated to be around $200 to $250.  And food was important to us but we’re not big dancers so we’re having our reception in a private room in a restaurant.  I hope some of this long post helps somehow.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I paid $5,000 for my daughter’s wedding for 65 people, and it was beautiful and she had everything she wanted.  Both she and her husband loved their day!  I found lots of ways to save money that I would be willing to help you with.  It (also) depends somewhat where you are located, and on your priorities, but I bet it can be done.  Contact me if you’d like some help. My new email is [email protected] or you can PM me.  I sent you a PM.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

IMO $15K is a big budget for just 60-80 people.

If you’re doing an evening reception (ie dinner, not appies), this will likely be 50% of your costs. The next buggest budget is often photographym then honeymoon. At least, that’s what it is for me.

My $25K wedding for 120 people will be $12K food and drink (open bar); $4K photographer $3K honeymoon $1.5K rings.

The things that aren’t important for me are flowers and transportation. So my flower budget is $200 and that’s enough for my bouquet, BM bouquets. Centrepieces are non floral.

There are a lot of things you don’t “need”

-I’m also not going a limo/car rental
-No pew decorations, no chair covers, no cake cutter/lifter (borrowing from caterer)
-All my decorations are on clearance/second hand (check websites like craig’s list)
-I’m getting free invitations and save the date magnets by going with this tuxedo rental shop

My dress was a bargain at $300. I have big skin issues, and because I’m spending so much on photography, I want to look great, so I will probably spend about $100 on make up artist. Remember with hair and make up, if you want a trial, you’re basically paying them twice.

Just prioritize what’s most important to you and your FI. That helps you spend your money.

A word of advice, I started my budget by thinking I could have a $15K wedding. I’m now up to $25K. There are a bunch of things you don’t think about and it really adds up. My parents almost fell off their chair when I told them the budget was $25K and I’m actually quite proud and think we’re having a bargain wedding.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

We are also having a wedding for about 65-70 people and our budget is looking to end up around $9k. We actually got really good deals on our venue, invites, photography, my dress and my jewelry. We’re having a saturday evening ceremony on stage at a historic theatre and then dinner at the hotel next door. Overall, our wedding is more expensive than what we are paying for it. We’re actually saving somewhere in the neighborood of $5k-$10k.

My tips:

Cut out unnecesary things. Like spitfire, we are not renting transportation or getting chair covers. We also dont feel like we need tons of paper goods, so we are not doing programs or any of that.

Prioritize your budget. Decide which elements are the most important to you and spend the most money on those things. For us, it was photography and venue/food, so thats what we spent the most money on.

Shop around. We took tons of inspiration to different vendors and “price-matched”. Some places would do it, some wouldnt. Our cake was the main one. We saw a cake at one bakery and they wanted like $800 for it and would only do it in fondant. We took that same cake to another baker who would do it in buttercream (we hate fondant) for half the price, including delivery.

Use small businesses. Our florist is a tiny mom-and-pop shop and were far more willing to work with us to get the most for our money than the bigger florists. Our centerpieces from them are $100 cheaper than what some other places quoted us.

Haggle!
Most vendors will give you a discount if you ask for it. Due to different circumstances and our wedding date, our photog gave us $3k off of our package. Yep. $3k.

Second hand. Thrift stores, ebay, craiglist, garage sales, etc. All awesome places for finding stuff. We got my aisle runner for $2 at a garage sale, it was brand new and still in plastic. We also got our candy buffet dishes at thrift stores, the centerpieces for our cocktail hour.

DIY
. The most important thing about this is to do what you are capable or doing. I made my own jewelry, I assembled our invites, we’re sewing the BMs dresses, amoungst other things.

Use friend(or)s
. My mother runs a Curves (gym) and her ladies have helped out a lot in doing stuff for me. One is monogramming bathrobes for me BMs for free, we just supplied the materials. Another’s husband printed our invites for free. One, who works as a banquet coordinator for a chi-chi venue in my city, is going to be my weekend cooridnator/DOC for free. My aunt gave us use of her timeshare in Puerto Rico for 4 nights for our honeymoon. You never know who will step up and do things for you. Just make sure to show your gratitude. We’re going to get them all a little something.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think that’s actually a pretty decent budget for that many people.  Very similar to ours, if it doesn’t include rings/honeymoon.  I didn’t find I had to sacrifice too much. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

for the amount of guests you have, i think you wont have to make too many sacrifices- hopefully!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m going to be planning a wedding for potentially 100-150 ppl on a 3k budget. You don’t know what streching a $ looks like until you attempt that feat! LOL

It can DEFINITELY be done beautifully on your budget!

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