What percentage of your GROSS income did you spend on the wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Money
  • poll: What percentage of your pre-tax income did you spend on the wedding?
    less than 10% : (38 votes)
    32 %
    11-15% : (18 votes)
    15 %
    16-20% : (14 votes)
    12 %
    21-25% : (18 votes)
    15 %
    26-30% : (14 votes)
    12 %
    31-40% : (5 votes)
    4 %
    41-50% : (3 votes)
    3 %
    more than 50% : (8 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1234 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Since DH and I lived together (for a year)before marriage we equally contributed to the wedding so I took the gross of our salaries not counting bonuses. Doing such we paid about 15% of our combined income on our wedding. 


    Post # 4
    10456 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Well, we are lucky that both of our parents are planning on contributing quite a bit. If I just took the estimated cost of the wedding and compared it to our combined income (FI and I only), it’s probably 15%. 

    Post # 5
    3058 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    As it stands now, we’re planning on spending about 6% of our gross income on the wedding. But that’s a very early budget…it may go up once we start looking more into it. We’re doing a very small DW though so I don’t anticipate it going above 10%

    Plus by the time we get married, our income will probably rise enough to keep it under 10% even if the costs rise.

    Post # 6
    2557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    It’ll probably be about 20-25% of our combined salary.. yikes!  Way more than I care to spend, that is for sure!

    We lucked out though and ended up booking our wedding so that we would have a 16 month engagement.  It’s not like we’re plunking away that much money in a year or less.



    Post # 7
    6125 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We spent 2% of our gross annual income.  It was a private destination elopement.

    Post # 8
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

    Our budget is 6% of our combined gross incomes.


    Post # 9
    8347 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Zero because our parents paid for the wedding. 

    Post # 10
    3701 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t remember exactly what our combined income last year was, but I think I’m close, and our wedding budget was a little less than 7% of our combined gross.  I paid for it, he paid for the honeymoon.

    Post # 11
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Ours is far too close to 25% for my liking, but that’s mainly because we’ll be having 2 weddings (one in Ireland, one in India). We already have all our savings for it done at least, but its still a bit of a blow to spend that much, especially when we are already saving for a house. We are paying for it all ourselves. 

    Edit: Oops I misread it as being post tax – it’s actually closer to 18 – 20%

    Post # 12
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are getting assistance from the parents, so we aren’t contributing everything (about half is my parents, 1/4 is FI’s, and 1/4 is us), but right now our budget is about 25% of our gross income. Now I’m unemployed because we relocated for FI’s work, so it’s bumped up to 50%, which is a little scary looking! Our wedding money is all in a “do not touch” savings account so it’s not like we’re forgoing food or anything for the wedding.

    Post # 13
    1329 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We paid for everything ourselves. It was about 5% of our gross income.

    Post # 15
    10505 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    It really depends on how you calculate that.  DH just started working right before the wedding.

    Post # 16
    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  what?! Less than 0.01%?? You guys must have gross incomes in the millions! lucky.


    we spent about 5% including dress and everything. But my mom paid for some.

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