(Closed) 10K wedding budget breakdown. Am I on the right track?

posted 3 years ago in Money
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  • Post # 2
    1171 posts
    Bumble bee

    Stamps!  Apparently it’s really common for people to forget to include the cost of mailing invites etc (I’d have forgotten if I didn’t see it in a magazine! ). Also, here in the UK there is a set price for the registrars to do the ceremony bases on which county you’re in so we either pay £425 or don’t get married. So I’d look that up.

    Post # 3
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We also had to pay £70 to register at our local town hall for them to put the notice up. Do you guys need anything like that? 

    Also don’t forget underwear and shoes! 🙂

    and remember people will ads delivery/assembly costs to those. We’re being charged £450 for the cake to be delivered! (on top of the £850 for the cake lol) these little bits can add up too and may only be $200 in total but you may still want to think about it.

    Post # 4
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    You also may not need an iPod; a memory card or MP3 CD may work too and save you loads of money. Or any generic MP3 player? 

    Post # 5
    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Jarielle:  marriage license, postage, cake cutting fees, delivery fees, tax, and gratuities are a few things I can think of that you may need to include.  I highly recommend DIYing as much as you can, especially on the flowers/decor.

    Post # 6
    155 posts
    Blushing bee

    Where are you thinking of having the wedding? Prices vary massively by country and region.

    As for the officiant cost, just be careful if the area you’re getting married in requires a bit more than just 15 minutes of standing there and saying a few words. In some countries, the paperwork the celebrant has to lodge can be a bit involved and the most important thing is that you find someone who is reliable and responsible. 

    Post # 7
    1928 posts
    Buzzing bee

    what about bouquets for bridesmaids? bouts for groom. groomsmen and fathers? rehearsal dinner? Also you could probably get the grooms tux for free with the rental of groomsmen tux’s/

    Post # 8
    1236 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    You have only 30 people and half of them are kids? I would skip dinner and dancing and do a nice brunch/lunch. 1000$ for food, dessert table and cake, 700$ for linens/chairs/plates, 500$ for venue- you can give your guests more and pay less if you get creative (go to a restaurant or community center or museum or someone’s backyard), and give yourself more than 100$ for your hotel!!

    Post # 9
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Have you looked around to see what things cost in your area before coming up with the budget? What things will cost you will vary drastically depending on where you’re living/ having the wedding.

    DH and I had our big day for $10,000 (60 guests). I DIY’d a lot, and shopped around a ton. We were able to have a plated meal at a country club, so it is possible to have a nice, formal(ish) day if your location permits.

    You may have to pay a SOCAN fee to play music at your venue. Check with them to see what the requirements are.

    And you may need to do a bit more in terms of favours (not sure what you want to offer, but our favours (candy bar) were about $3-400 for 60 people).

    I think the biggest thing is to start pricing things in your area to see how realistic your budget is. We started with a $5000 and quickly realized that was not realistic.

    Post # 10
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    ..and here is an approximation of what we spent:

    • Venue & Food: $2500
    • Cake (cupcakes & top tier): $120
    • Dress: $1000 (including alterations)
    • Accessories: around $200-300
    • Photographer: $1000
    • Flowers: $300 (had a custom Etsy bouquet, plus a real throwing bouquet)
    • Centerpieces (DIY`d my own with feathers) $200-$300
    • Linens (used standard whites from venue, included in venue price) but bought sashes, runners and silk to make over-lays for around $200
    • Favours (Candy bar) $300ish
    • Other decor (cupcake tower, cardbox, guestbook, all DIY) $200
    • Officiant: $175
    • Hair: $130
    • DH’s attire: $500
    • Rings (engagement and bands): $2000

    I’m sure there is a bunch I am missing, but all together I think we found our wedding was close to $10,000 once all was said and done.

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    Post # 11
    98 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Instead of having a coordinator I’d ask a dear friend for help, save that 500-700 to use on other things. I think you’ll need more for misc decor or other areas! 

    Post # 13
    1236 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I still feel that for the reception portion, you could find a lot better value for money. I think you could serve your guests full meals and alcohol for the same or even less money than you’ve budgeted (And not DIYing, either). 2400$ for the reception for 20 adults is 120$ per person – hardly what I would call “budget”.  Even with 10 kids that’s 80$ pp. 

    My favorite budget tips I found here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-to-throw-a-wedding-when-you-are-really-cheap/#axzz31GYzOurP

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