(Closed) 8k. Realistic Budget, or wishful thinking?

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 17
5282 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Your budget is very do-able! I have a budget of 9K for 100 people and my best word of advice is research, research, research! It takes alot of time, but by researaching you can find the best deals on everything you need for your wedding. Also, use craigslit! We found our officiant, photographer, & caterer off craigslist for waaay cheap! Its those photographers & caterers you find off a random google search that are mucho expensive!

I am also getting my dress custom made, and DIY my flower arrangements, bouquets, boots, invitations & all printed items. Also DIY cupcakes vs. wedding cake, diy favors, Ipod vs. DJ, and using our own car as the get away car.

Post # 18
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

=) I also recommend checking out http://2000dollarwedding.com! 

My maximum budget was $10K, and my fiance and I have been scoping out actual costs in our area, and have lowered out estimated cost to under $4K!

Of course, everything depends on your guest list. If you plan on having 150 people, you’ll obviously have to have a less formal/extravagant wedding than if you have 25 guests. But really, anything is do-able. Don’t let the wedding industrial complex get you down!

Post # 19
6 posts

our budget is under 10k. So far we’re on track.

We’re having 110 people, free venue, we’re using my fiancee’s father’s backyard, which luckily is right on the beach!

the ceremony and the reception are in the same place, so no transportation costs.              I’m making our cake, we’re growing our own flowers, hair and makeup is being done by my sister in law. We chose not to get a dance floor, dancing will be on the grass. we are having a catered bbq, which is costing 3000. My dress is 500. We’re playing an ipod and having a couple of musician friends play, rather than hiring a dj. Also we have asked all of our friends who enjoy photography to bring their cameras for a photo shoot on the beach, rather than hiring a photographer.

doing the cake and flowers ourselves is saving us a ton of money, as is not having a photographer or a dj.


Post # 20
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our budget was 5k… so far we have only booked the venue for the ceremony but getting prices for everything else we’ve only spent 4800 ๐Ÿ™‚ and thats also making everything on the budget the max we want to spend ๐Ÿ™‚ like for the wedding bands we’ve put 2000 but they arn’t going to cost that much ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 21
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think 8K is totally realistic, our wedding in Toledo, OH is falling right around 8K. Our guest list is about 100-110 (don’t have official lists from the parents). Some suggestions (only my opinion) research everything before making a decision, our best money saving thing was finding a venue that allowed our own caterer (yummy BBQ). Figure out where you want to spend money and where you can cut back. Examples: can you make your own STD, invitations, centerpieces? (Only if it’ll save you some money). If 8K is what you want to spend, then stick to it, it’s totally doable!

Post # 22
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it’s totally doable. Our wedding is going to come in somewhere around $3000-$5000 for about 100 guests. But (and it’s a big but) our families are doing the food. We probably would have added another $2000 to $3000 for food if we would have it catered. But we live in a pretty rural/small town area. Our biggest expense is our photographer and we found one for under $700 because she is just starting out. It totally pays to network. Don’t be shy about asking people for recommendations. I found our photographer from my hairstylist. She found her DJ on craigslist. It takes a lot of research but you can pull it off.

Post # 23
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

$8,000 was our innitial budget for our wedding of about 140 guests, but we went over when we realized that we didn’t even account for some of the expenses (officiant fee? hotel room? Hello?? wow we weren’t thinking!)

I am also in accounting and we would still like to hopefully come in at around $8,000. To that end we decided to grossly over estimate some of the categories, but still operate trying to get the best deal possible. I estimated $1500 for photography, but got it for $500. Estimated $2000 for the tent rental, got it for $950. Depending on what we end up spending for food, we might come pretty close to that $8k mark!

Post # 24
38 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think it’s definitelt possible! I’m getting married on a cliff overlooking the ocean, 120 guests, and a served dinner for just under 10k.

Anything is possible!

Post # 25
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes, it’s definitely possible! It sounds like you’re planning ahead and being conscious of costs, so that will help I think.

Our wedding will be under $5000, and that will include everything for the wedding, plus rings and honeymoon, AND our security deposit, first month’s rent, and move in costs for our appartment. The only thing we’re not paying for is decorations for the reception (my mom is taking care of those). The most important thing for us is that we could include the people who have been an important part of our lives, so we’ll have a large (200 or so guests) but fairly simple wedding

A couple things that we did to help cut costs (which may or may not fit with what you’re looking to do) were:

– decided on an outdoor wedding at a local metropark ($50 for our wedding location :-D….and we don’t need to worry about decorations because it’s naturally so beautiful)

– planned an evening wedding with just a dessert reception

– rented a church hall for our reception

– decided on a picnic rehearsal dinner at the park where we’ll be getting married

– bought my dress on the classifieds here (just over $300) and my friend’s mom is doing alterations for me

– we designed and printed our own invitations (it took a bit of time, but it was definitely cheaper, and fun, too)

– hired a friend as our photographer (she’s semi-professional, so we’ll still have good quality photos)

– asked a couple friends to do music for us

– I’ll be doing my own flowers

– told our bridesmaids that they could pick any dress in their price range, as long as it was some shade of brown

– our flower girls had dresses already (we didn’t plan on that, but it was convenient)

So you cand definitely stay under $8000 if you plan accordingly and shop for deals ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

Totally Doable!

decide whats the most important to you- make cutbacks in the other areas.  And the biggest thing is COMPROMISE.  you may not be able to get the exact shades of color you want, or many things customized- but there’s great things out there "Ready to go".  Like the invites at WeddingPaper Divas- amazing and oh so budget friendly.  Look for flowers at the grocery store (some chains like Publix have a floral designer).

again 8k can give you a super bang up wedding! 

Post # 27
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it is totally do-able … we are planning a wedding with a 10K "ceiling" so we are maxed at 10K, but really trying to keep it below.

 – We found a gorgeous venue for our ceremony/reception for $860 dollars

 – We are going to print our own invites (using the packages from Michaels (with 40% off  coupon) <1$ per invite)

 – We are having 100 guests max, and having a cocktail and hor d’oeuvres reception

 – We have a friend who is a wedding DJ who is doing it for travel expenses

 – We are doing it in a smaller city (where we will be living), rather than our big city  hometown (where our family is)

– We are going to DIY our flowers (might source our the bouts and corsages)

I totally think we can keep it under 10K even with splurging on photography because it is really important to us! 

Post # 28
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think you can definitely do it!!

Post # 29
469 posts
Helper bee

I’m in Cleveland and to have an in season, Saturday night, open bar reception we’re spending close to $15,000. However, I am doing very little on my own (I am NOT crafty) and have been looking for a budget florist but I am splurging on venue and photos. It’s all up to you and what you want. If you are willing to do a winter wedding – prices drop. Also, if you are willing to have a cash bar or sunday or friday wedding – prices drop.


If you want info on a highly reccomended florist and limo company that are very well priced PM me! Are you planning a east side or west side wedding?

I think it can be done! You just have to do the leg work and be willing to bend a little oh and avoid downtown lol

Post # 30
28 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I ended up changing my venue to the same venue my sisters had. I was agianst it because everyone has had it but the food and price are amazing! 7,000 for 259 guests 

Post # 30
138 posts
Blushing bee

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mroot :  I know this is a super old post – but I am considering getting married on a cliff overlooking the ocean also, and worried about winds and tents. Do you have any suggestions?

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