Post # 1
I was watching Whose Wedding Is It Anyway, and Donnie the wedding planner is groaning over a bride’s "tiny" $40,000 budget. Am I missing something? I thought $40,000 was at least mid-range if not large for an ‘average’ wedding. Ok, I mean, if it’s at the Plaza, maybe not, but for your typical hotel ballroom affair?
The girl was having over 300 people and it was in Houston so maybe that’s why, but the comment made me nervous! If that is ‘tiny’ then I’m not going to able to afford a cake, ha ha!
Post # 3
I think it totally depends on where you live. 40K is exhorbantly high here. Ridiculous for this region! i mean, really! But in NYC that probably IS a "budget" wedding.
40K for 300 people….well, mine’s just shy of 20K for 125 people. I guess if you more than doubled the people our food costs would get us close to 40K, if at least 35. Wow! Glad I don’t know that many people =]
Post # 4
Heh. "Tiny" is relative in wedding terms. For some people, that’s waaaay too much to spend on a wedding; for others, it’s not even enough to make the deposit on their venue.
You can find some statistics on average wedding costs – they’re "usually" around $20-25k. But those are averages, meaning that weddings cost anything from <$1k to who knows how much. My sister pulled off a gorgeous wedding for less than 3 grand, but ours will be a lot more expensive (and probably not nearly as much fun, heh!).
The money you spend doesn’t necessarily correlate to a good time. Pick a budget that’s right for you – there are gorgeous venues for all budgets.
Post # 5
yeah 40,000 for 300 people is not bad actually
usual cost is 25-30,000 for 150 people, so it’s usually about double thta
in nyc. it’s very hard to have a limited budget; mine started at 15,000 for NYC for 50 people; now it’s up to 20,000 for 60 people; mine is more expensive for just 60 because we’re flying in a lot of family and friends from all over the world (that’s what happens when your fiance is worldly); so I could have saved if it weren’t for that- and my venue is pricey; everything is deeply discounted and on sale and very budget friendly–I bargained my little heart off
Post # 6
I’ve heard that 28k is average…28k to me would be an extravagant dream wedding! I’m spending about 3k, although we also won this "nearly free wedding", which is worth about 4k, so in reality, we’re saving a lot of money and it will cost about 7k!
But seriously, there’s a lot of factors that go into this wedding crap. i say crap cause it’s frustrating! lol. We are paying for our wedding 100% all by ourselves, no help from family or friends or anyone. Well, I take that back, my mother is buying my dress, which is great because it’s my dream dress, and there’s no way I can afford it! It’s half my budget pretty much. But other than that, it’s all coming from our pockets. Now there’s people out there who have mommy and daddy to pay for everything, which is great and hell yea I’m jealous that they have help. But I’m sure that they have larger budgets of course.
And like someone else says it depends on where you live. I’m having my wedding in Denver, and I think average for weddings here is probably like 28k or so. I just dont see how people spend that much! I can barely fathom how anyone can spend 10k, lol.
Post # 7
LOVE Who’s Wedding! It’s freakin addicting. But don’t look at how much those people spend, they obviously have extra if they can afford a planner!
P.S. I’ve decided the easiest way to have everything you want at your wedding for a low price is to not invite anyone 😛
Post # 8
We are trying to stay under 20K for 160 (invited) people. We are outside of Boston, and doing pretty well with the budget. We did have to pass on the open bar though.
Post # 9
I was under the impression that the average wedding costs $27K…but that’s for the whole of the United States. Obviously, it’s going to range. A wedding in New York City is going to (usually) cost more than a wedding in small-town Kentucky, for example. Personally, I do NOT want to go any higher than $10K, but that’s just me. =)
Post # 10
Well that a relief! Maybe Donnie is just a snob, ha ha!
Post # 11
Wow $40,000 seems like a lot, but like everyone else said it does depend on where you are. For my Ohio wedding my budget is $8500 for 110 people. FI and I just couldn’t fathom spending a small fortune (and putting ourselves in debt) for a wedding. I couldn’t imagine if we had that much money to plan our big day.
Post # 12
Donnie doesn’t exactly have the cheapest wedding planning services in town. And it is a big wedding with 300 people.
Post # 13
It is all relative. $40,000 in NYC for 300 ppl, that is tough to work with. $40,000 in *fill in the blank*, Wyoming for 100 people would be VERY flexible.
I’d say that weddings likely average to about $28,000 (total guess) but it really depends on where it is, how many people are invited and how big your wedding dreams are!
Post # 14
We were married at the end of March in NY – 165 people – nearly $50,000 paid for by my mother, father and us. And, this was not extravagant by any means. We did not hire transportation – used cabs. The videographer was free; the photgrapher was a friend trying to build up his wedding portfolio; no favors; invitations that were not super expensive and I purchased all the vases/votives online and provided them to the florist. Our biggest splurge was the band and my dad paid for that. So, in another part of the country, this could be considered a lot but not in NY.
Post # 15
I read somewhere the national average was around 30K. NYC is ridiculously expensive – prohibitively so for me. FI and I live in NYC but just can’t afford to do it here, so we are going to CT closer to my parents. Still, that area isn’t cheap either. It really I think depends on head count (mine is 150 max) and region. My friends from Toledo had an absolutely gorgeous, fairly large wedding for like 10K.
Post # 16
Oh, and Donnie is totally a wedding snob 🙂