Wedding budget and breakdown

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LeeBee88:  Your budget is totally doable, and your priorities look to be in the right places!

My budget is around $20k, however, 6k of that alone is the honeymoon. I’m also having alot of “extras” that are completely optional.

As of right now, we have saved in quite a few areas so I’m pretty sure we’ll come land right around the 10k mark for the ceremony/reception.

We are inviting 123 guests [as of right now], although we only expect 60 to show [many from VERY far away]. However, we are planning as if we are expecting 100 [to make sure we have enough of everything].

This is what my budget looks like.. also these estimates are rounded to the HIGHEST POSSIBLE amount I was willing to pay for the items I wanted :

Brides Attire [including dress, rings, jewely, undergarments, hair/makeup ect] – $1200

Bridesmaid Attire [including 2 bms, jewelry, hair/makeup ect] $700

Groomsmen Attire [for 2 gms] $500

Grooms Attire [attire & ring] – $400

DIY Bar – $100 [alcohol was gifted by my mother]

Buffet [including main dishes, sides, salad, breadsticks, soup & warmers, and all serving supplies – $1200

Cake Table [includes 8 tier cake display, cake, 2 punch fountains, 1 chocolate fountain, cutter/server, punch cups & personalized napkins] – $550

Candy Buffet [all containers, candy, scoops, trays, tongs, decorations & take-home bags] – $600

Ceiling Decor [uplighting, organza swag, 3 chandeliers, twinkle lights & extension cords] – $600

Ceremony [decor, chair sashes, flower girl basket, love letter ceremony, marriage license, music, shepards hooks, pomanders] – $225

Cigar Bar [containers, matches, lighters, small side table] – $250

DIY Cocktail Hour [all single-serve containers, cocktail spoons, drinks, food, platters, serveware] – $300

Outside Lounge Area [hale bale seating, fabric to cover seating] – $140

Flowers [all bouquets, bouts, corsages, flowers for DIY centerpieces] – $600

Gift Table [card holder, swag, candles] – $50

Guest Books [standard sign-in for the ceremony, sign-in decorative mirror for reception – $100

DIY Late Night Snack [nacho bar] – $250

Linens – [all table covers for guest, head & other tables, napkins, rosette table runners, chair covers, head table swag] $560

Outside Smoking Area [draping for doorway, patio set, tabletop heater] – $460

Photobooth [props, film, cameras, backdrops] – $330

Rentals [Dj, ceremony & reception space, hotel day before & of, officiant] – $1400

Stationary [diy save the dates, invites, programs, menus] – $300

Table Decor [includes all candleholders, vases, water pitchers, table signs, candles, led lights, butter bowls, salt & pepper shakers, bowls, plates, forks, spoons, knives, salad plates, drink & wine flutes, toasting glasses, framed seating cards] – $700

Welcome Party [food, drinks] – $500


For a total of $12,015.

We are about $4,000 in right now, but I’m pretty sure this will be down to around 10k when all is said and done.

I hope this helps! It CAN be done if you are willing to put some work in yourself! I just don’t know how much of this will be possible for you if you are having your wedding in a differant place than where you are from!


Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh boy there’s alot of spelling mistakes in that, hopefully you can make it through it, lol.

Post # 5
567 posts
Busy bee

@LeeBee88:  My biggest things are draping $2,000,flowers $2,000, Food $8,000, Open Bar $3,000, my dresses $3,000….

I am getting 144 small candles for $70

and 60 tall candles for $60

Hoping to not spend more than $800 on all the other little decor items, programs (fans), frames with pics, candy bar, etc..

Dj $600


Post # 8
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hi LeeBee! I am getting married in Vermont so maybe this will help you get and idea of how much things are!

We have a budget of 20,000 for 80 people

Venue (includes tables, chairs, linens, plates, silverware, etc): $7500

Photographer: $3100 (major splurge here)

Food: $3000

Dj, Lighting, And Photobooth: 2495

Videographer: $900

Dress plus accessories: $800

Reception Decorations: $800

Invitations: $300

Favors: $300

Ceremony Decorations: $280

Tux: $200

Bridesmaids Flowers: $200

My Bouquet: $150

Cermony Accesories: $120

Hair and Makeup: $100

other Stationary: $100

Boutineers: $40

Flower girl dress: $30


we are paying for our wedding bands and honeymoon seperatly.

Post # 9
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LeeBee88:  its completely doable! i’m doing it for around 150 people at $10,000!

Venue: $1700

Caterering: $2500

Photographer: $200 (a friend)

Alcohol: $1000

Dress: $800 w/ alterations

Flowers: $500 for bouquets and centerpieces (using dried lavender)

Linens: $300

Misc. Decor: $300

Cake/Desserts: $200 Grandmother is making my wedding cake (a simple classic southern bundt pound cake) and a friend is making desserts to go along side

Favors: $200 (bought $40 worth of lollipops – attaching notes stating that in leiu of favors we have made a donation to the CF Foundation)

Hair/Make Up: $100

Music: $500 (live guitarist/singer)

Invitations/Save the Dates: $500

Wedding Party Gifts: $600

Lodging at Location: $400




Post # 10
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@LeeBee88:  While the farm you are looking at is beautiful, if you would like your wedding to cost $10K or less, and you are using up approximately half your budget for just the venue-$4500 without tables, chairs, etc, and you haven’t addressed your top 3 “must-haves” of  food, photography, music yet.  

Based on those factors, that venue just won’t work.  This is not to say that you couldn’t find a gorgeous venue that will work for your price of $10K for 125 people.  New England is expensive, however, there are places that you could potentially rent that you could likely have a wedding for $10K.  (However, for a $10K wedding, that is only a TOTAL cost of $80/pp for #125 people, no matter how you spend it).  

Generally, the venue and the food would likely cost about 50% of your budget.  

You would need to rent a minimum of 16 tables, plus cover them-even if you are not using floral centerpieces.  

If you want to Private Message me, with your general location, I could try to make some suggestions for you to keep within your budget.  

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