What was (or will be) the cost of your elopement?

posted 2 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Including our weekend getaway (minimoon?) ours will cost just over $2000. Includes his ring but neither of mine. Also includes a hair cut for me (eh, I’ll be in the salon anyway for hair & makeup so I might as well get a much-needed cut!) and our meals and entertainment for the weekend. 

My shoes will cost more than the dress, lol – but I do plan on wearing both again!

I nearly bought an $80 sash but ended up buying ribbon and some bling at Michael’s so I saved $50 right there! 


Post # 3
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Ugh we are pushing 12k. We are not having any wedding just us. The major portion is the room rate/flight which is slightly over half of the total. The rest of the costs are offsite photographer, hair/makeup trial/day of, romantic candlelight dinner, excursions, flowers, dress, his outfit.  The wedding package itself was covered since we are staying 7 nights. It includes cake, honeymoon dinner blah blah. I don’t even know everything that comes for free. 

We we could have done it much cheaper but most important to us was room (we sprang for the butler category), photographer (hired a local one to take us all over and end with TTD) and my dress! Lol 

extra costs we will incur on resort are steaming of my wedding dress If my handheld doesn’t do the job and on site photos from sandals since my photographer isn’t allowed per sandals rules. We will just pay per pic for the ceremony pics we like. 

Post # 4
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

Will probably end up around $8000, for flights and six nights in Maui, wedding package, hair and make up, dress, dinner, etc. We are traveling from Japan and it’s peak season so it will be a bit pricey, but still much cheaper and better value than getting married locally. Weddings in my area are around 15,000 minimum, but usually over 20,000. 

Post # 5
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

peonytuliplove:  Our wedding and everything related to it came to $3300 total.  We drove up to the Canadian Rockies and got married while on our weddingmoon. 


Here is how we spent our money:

My attire: $701 (dress, slip, shoes, bra, jewelry, hair flower, alterations)

His attire: $233 (suit from Kohl’s, shirt, tie, hankie)

His Ring: $350 (it was $700, but I traded in a ring that was valued at $350).  I did not want a wedding band.

License/Officiant: $100 + 106 = 206

Photography: $1260 (3 hours, plus her 4 hours of travel)

Details: $550 (we did an elopement package and if I remove the costs of the lodging from the pacakge, I’m left with $550 which included bouquet, boutonierre, bottle of champagne for toasting or dinner, 3 course wedding dinner with reservations, officiant booking, wedding planner, fruit/cracker/cheese platter while we got ready in our room, wedding cake that we designed, engraved toasting flutes, plus use of this stinning lake overlook in the mountains with a rain back up plan built in)

TOTAL: $3300

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Now we got married while on an 11 day, 10 night vacation to the Canadian Rockies.  If I include the lodging, gas, food – that all comes to $3700 for just the vacation part.  So the whole shebang wedding + vacation was $7000.


Post # 6
43 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ours will be right around $3,000 – maybe a little less. $900 is for the photographer. $660 is for a suite for two nights. We’re doing a long weekend that will basically be our honeymoon. My dress is the next most expensive item (about $400 with alterations – not quite sure yet). This counts his suit but neither of our rings, which won’t be too expensive. And I hate to even count his suit since he’ll wear it for work later. 

Post # 7
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LoveLikeCrazy:  according to my budget tracker ours is around there too!! I don’t feel like we are even getting all that many things but it all adds up. Ours isn’t AI though so I haven’t budgeted for food/drinks yet or tips. In attendance will just be my parents and brother so planned elopement/super private wedding and I’m including the cost of our one week stay. 

Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Not including my rings…  somewhere around $1500.  Including a new suit for DH which he needed anyway, since all he had were sport coats.  Also including dinner at a very nice steakhouse and a nice bottle of wine (just the 2 of us).  

Post # 9
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Between £500 and £1000. It’s about £300 to actually get married inlcuding all the fees. I have shoes already to wear and all I need is a pretty dress, say £80. FI has a suit. All that is left are the wedding rings. We are going for a minimal, simple thing. We go to town, spend 20 mins getting married, go for lunch in a pub. Job done. I doubt we will even be out of the house more than 2 hours!

Post # 10
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We were just over $5,500 for the whole thing. It included our flights to Mexico, then our families home state for a celebration, then back home; a week and a half at an AI resort in a suite which we usually wouldn’t have paid extra for (doubled as our honeymoon once our 4 guests left); $1,500 was for the marriage package at the AI which included everything but my bouquet (made it from flowers at the market for like $10); A $500 budget for food & decor for our celebration after the elopement back in our families home state; $500 on lodging/car rental for the celebration weekend back home; and $650 for our photographer for 3 hours… I didn’t include my dress since my dad was awesome and paid for that, and I didn’t include our rings since DH used his dad’s old ring as his band…. 

In the beginning we paid more than that, because we paid for my brother and his girlfriends hotel & flights but they paid us back in cash- they don’t have any cards they could have booked with. We got legally married in Mexico and they require you to have 4 witnesses so it wasn’t a true elopment- we invited my brother & his GF, and DH’s brother & his wife. It was either invite 4 people, pay extra to use resort staff, or get legally married at the courthouse ahead of time (which I was dead set against as I go there daily for work)… 

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Post # 11
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We paid around $18,000. I know that sounds ridiculous but we were also paying for the trip of a lifetime. We spent a week and got married in Santorini and then honeymooned in Rome, so had to pay for three connecting flights to get there and three back, plus accomodation in both places.

It also included the dress and suit, coordinator’s fees, photographer, hair/makeup, translators and all the legal paperwork.

It was worth every penny.

Post # 12
6 posts

peonytuliplove:  We are getting married in September with just our parents in attendance. Even though there will only be six of us, the costs do add up quickly. The current projected total is about $20,000. However, about half of the budget will go towards our honeymoon, which will last three weeks. About $4,000 went to airfare, $2,000 for my dress, $600 towards a tuxedo, $500 for a harpist, $2,000 for the photographer, $1,000 for reception dinner, $700 for car rental, $4,000 for honeymoon hotels, $1,000 for wedding hotel rooms, and the rest for food and miscellaneous wedding costs. We could have done it cheaper, but we decided to go all-out on the details and take a month-long Weddingmoon. 

Post # 13
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

All told, we spent about $1100. This includes new engagement ring and pave band for me, wedding band for him, all the administrative fees for the license and judge, bouquet of flowers for me, plus a 3-night “minimoon” in Napa (which was the biggest cost by far.) I already owned the dress (ivory sundress from Target), and my MOH/bff gave us champagne and “wedding cake” (vanilla buttercream cupcakes from our favorite bakery) as a gift.

We’re planning a one-year anniversary/”elopement reception” to finally celebrate with family that we’ve currently priced out at about $6k. That includes permits (outdoor park), food and alcohol for up to 200 people, and seating (scattered chairs/tables but mostly picnic style.) DJ friend and photographer friend are donating their services as a wedding gift.


Still way cheaper than a traditional wedding!

Post # 14
413 posts
Helper bee

About $3500. Flight, hotel, ceremony, limo photographer, dinner, and dress.

Post # 15
8 posts

We got married at a small outdoor venue about an hour from home.  The costs (rounded) were: 

$250 venue

$400 photographer (weekday elopement rate)

$500 guitarist/singer (he learned new music for us)

$250 officiant

$200 flowers

$50 wedding cake

$30 license

$500 wedding night lodging, dinner and champagne

Total $2,180.

We each paid for our own wedding attire (I spent $1,500 on gown, alterations, shoes, undergarments and jewelry), and I purchased and engraved my husband’s ring for $570. 

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