Post # 1
Wow! The cost of a wedding is absolutely amazing. I have decided (since I’m paying off school debt and we want a house) to go with a picnic theme for my intimate wedding of ~30 people. I thought it would be the cheapest option (public garden/park, minimal flowers, picnic baskets, mid-afternoon so food is kept to a cheese, fruit, wine, tart sorta thing), but once I started looking at the numbers…it’s expensive, too! Ceremony chairs alone cost $2.75 each!!
I made a LIST of EVERYTHING I needed. Nothing really cost hundreds, it’s just all the $20 here and $50 there. It’s all those little things that really add up! I’m gonna have to figure how to slash costs even more!
So – I ask you Bee’s…what has impacted your wedding budget the most. Is it the little things that really add up or the big things (ceremony, photographer, caterer)? What were your “OMG, that really costs that?” shocker?
Post # 3
Exactly what you said 🙂
Our budget ended up being 5 times what I had origianlly thought we should be spending and I am in the wedding business. Our budget grew because we want certain things for our day. They are not necessarily needs, but wants. This is our special day and we want to make the most of it. We could have done it for a lot less, but with what we want, it just isn’t going to happen.
Post # 4
The thing that killed my budget was food. If we didn’t have to have food our total would be a little over $3000!
Post # 5
It’s the food and drink that’s killing our budget, it’s over 50% of the total cost. I guess we could have gone for a lighter option with less food but we are having people flying from different countries to be there for us and I feel at least we should give them a proper meal you know.
Other than the food it was music. We really wanted a live band (like Noritake22 this is a want rather than a need) and I thought for $1500 we could get a band, boy was I wrong.
By now I’m past sticker shock, I’ve got to the stage where I expect everything to be really expensive and I catch myself saying things like ‘that’s ONLY $300’ – I need a reality check!
Post # 6
YES! I don’t think you can look at the prices of wedding things and not be shocked. Though we are paying for our own wedding. I son’t even want to relook at the budget.
Post # 7
I am in shock at the moment! I just booked our rentals for the big day and that alone is 1500.00, food @ 15.00 per person+ 15.00 per hour for food attendents+18% gratuity, the venue, the band… the pictures…. I have to go and BREATHE right now….
I know it all adds up, and now I know why people elope.. : )
Post # 8
We actually worked hard on the budget ahead of time and made it fairly realistic, so we weren’t shocked with cost. Plus I already knew that average wedding prices in our neck of the woods were around $30k. Our biggest ticket items were all expected: Food/Drink and Rentals, since we had a tented wedding in my husband’s grandparents’ backyard. Combined they were more than half our full budget!
Post # 9
yeah, projected costs are always lower than the actual price I find, even when shooting high!
Post # 10
I’m glad i’m not the only one who has had sticker shock. The silly thing is, I’ve stalked wedding boards for years and I’ve read all about the cost of weddings, but I dunno, I just wasn’t prepared for what it ACTUALLY cost with all the “little” things added in! Vases, directional signs, platters, shoes, gown undergarments, coffee carafes, emergency kits and mints! It’s just all sooo much!
Post # 11
I was definitely shocked by the reception cost at a few places we looked.. One place even has a $5000-$8000 drink and food minimum.. It really stinks because our wedding isn’t going to be very big and I originally didn’t want to go over $3500 total now its going to probably be at least a grand over for it all..