Bees with a 15k budget (or close)

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 16
3450 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Not exactly close to $15k but still more than anticipated now that I have confirmed figures. Under our $7k budget, could spend more but we’d rather use money elsewhere. Food, drinks and guest comfort were our main priorities. Based on 50 guests in San Francisco Bay Area. We agreed on 40 guests but someone kept adding extras. 😒

Photographer $1200 – super responsive, excellent customer service, love the style, Sunday packages are cheaper

Park Rental $210 – beautiful park, awesome gazebo, quiet and about 5 min from home

Dress/Reception Outfit/Shoes/Flower Headpiece $623.99 – Nordstrom

Groom Suit/Shoes $271

Food $1667 – our favorite Cuban restaurant has been catering weddings for awhile but we weren’t aware. 2 tapas, 2 entrees, 3 sides, fruit & cheese platters, bottled juices, bottled water, serving utensils, dishes, 2 servers

Equipment Rentals $2310 – 11 ft tilt umbrellas, farm tables, chaivari, tolix or fruitwood chairs (indecisive), silverware, glasses, dinner and dessert plates, napkins, white ceremony chairs, banquet tables, set up, break down and delivery

Wood Puzzle Guest Book $80

Save the Dates/Invitations $104 –

DJ $0 – long time friend of Fiance, I was fine with a playlist but he wants the DJ. Fiance will likely offer him a few hundred but the official charge is $0.

Transportation $0 – Its 5 min from home, I can drive myself.

Centerpieces/Flowers $0 – not bothering, I don’t care and guests won’t remember.

Favors $0

Make-Up $65 – found someone that doesn’t charge *bridal* prices, planned on doing it myself prior to this

Hair $125 – regular stylist

Cake $228.50 – Nothing Bundt Cakes, one small cake and 10 dozen bundtinis. So good!

Alcoholic Beverages $0 – beer, wine, champagne and two mixed drinks. MOH/sister offered to purchase.

Grand Total: $6884.49 – $2000 contribution from my parents = $4884.49

Honeymoon $4526.36 – 7 Day Royal Caribbean cruise on Harmony of the Seas, with stops in Haiti, Puerto Rico and St Thomas + JetBlue Mint Suite flights. Not sure if honeymoon should be included, some think of it as part of wedding costs others don’t. 

Post # 16
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2026

$14k for 80 people


dj + photographer $2k

venue $3k

catering $5.5k

dresses $500

flowers $700

decor $280

rings $340

cake $133

officiant $160

suit $400

invitations $70

hair and makeup for 5 people $430


These are prices in US dollars. 

Post # 17
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

medaisies :  We hired a hobby photographer who we know very well and she does great work. She’s done multiple weddings and has been doing photography for over 5 years. We actually have a second photographer for a couple hours so we can get more shots of the ceremony and get candids of cocktail hour while we are doing our photos. The price without the 2nd shooter was $800 for over 8 hours. 

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