(Closed) A very cheeky poll – Wedding budget/cost

posted 7 years ago in United Kingdom
  • poll: How must was your/is your wedding budget? (not exact costs)
    under £1,000 : (6 votes)
    4 %
    £1,000 - £5,000 : (24 votes)
    14 %
    £5,001-£10,000 : (36 votes)
    21 %
    £10,001-£15,000 : (35 votes)
    21 %
    £15,001 - £20,000 : (31 votes)
    18 %
    £20,001 + : (36 votes)
    21 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’m in the US, but we spent $25,000, which the currency conversion site is telling me is L16,000.  We had 50 guests and very much considered it a high-end affair (black-tie, open bar).

    Post # 4
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    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Doesnt the cost want make you want to cry? The average wedding in New Zealand is $30k which is about 15,000 pounds. What the fuuuuuuuuu

    Post # 5
    Member
    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Our budget is £32k-ish including honeymoon but excluding engagement ring. I came into this expecting a wedding to be expensive so I wasn’t shocked by the statistics. I’ve actually been hounded off a forum (obviously not this one) for openly being a “bigger budget bride”. We’re not getting into debt and our day is hardly obscenely showy! We just come from huge families (formerly orthodox Jews and highland Scots, our families alone make up 300 or so guests if we invited them all) and were dead set against a cookie cutter wedding.

    Post # 7
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    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Scottish_lassie:

    Scarily the average has come DOWN over the past couple of years. I expected to be on a tight budget but our families have been really generous.

    Post # 9
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    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’ve had a few friends spend about $50,000 (AUD) on their weddings. 

    Another friend who did things cheaply (ie had less than 40 guests) spent $15k on their wedding.

    I don’t know how we’ll be able to afford it.

    Post # 11
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    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Scottish_lassie: I actually enjoyed hers the best. It was more intimate and we actually got to spend time with the bride and groom. Plus they spent a lot of time planning things (music, decorations) and it really added to the atmosphere. 

    Post # 12
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    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Scottish_lassie: One of the loveliest weddings I’ve been to was done on a budget of £6k. They kept numbers fairly low, got married in December, grabbed a “last minute” deal (three months out) and called in a lot of favours. It was held in the hotel where the bride worked as a falconer and it felt really personal and lovely.

    Post # 13
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    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We spent $40,000 USD (£31,500) for about 70 guests which included open bar.

    Post # 14
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    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @winklkr: That makes me feel much better. 😀

    We have a similar budget but for 140 day guests and 250-300 total evening guests. (No open bar, though, as that’s suicide in Scotland!)

    Post # 15
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    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We included wedding rings and a £5,000 honeymoon in our budget, so that bumped it up. We spent over £20,000. We went over budget. Sad face. The things that bumped our budget up were paying for everything for my 7 bridesmaids & flower girls, and booking a separate part of the hotel for me and all my girls to stay in the night before the wedding. Totally unnecessary. We could have easily spent way less than that, so dob’t worry about your budget!

    Post # 16
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    23 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We’re earning pounds so we are planning on £10k – but we’re getting married back home in NZ, so when we convert it we double our money!  And get a $20k (NZD) wedding.  We have 180 people on our guest list and will be paying for everything, including the bridal party gear and a full bar.  I think $20k (NZD) is pretty average, we certainly aren’t doing anything extravagent – and trying to cut costs where we can (i.e. DIY, Bridesmaids dresses made online etc).  I’m trying to keep my dress cost to under £500. 

    Most of the money will be spent on food and alcohol, unfortunately though, where we are getting married there really isn’t much choice/competition.

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