biggest chunk of wedding budget

posted 2 weeks ago in Money
Post # 2
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Venue for us, which included food. We didn’t save money for our wedding. We only used what we could already and easily afford. It was a small and relaxed wedding and we had zero regrets.

Post # 3
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

Our venue was also our biggest expense but it included ceremony and reception locations, canapés, dinner and unlimited alcohol. Depends how good at DIY you are and your inclination to spend the time on it (I am not that handy and preferred to outsource) but I think places to save could be flowers and paper items (ceremony booklets, invites etc)? The only DIY we did was the bouquets/boutonnières as my Mother-In-Law is quite creative and this gave us an additional ~$500 to play with. 

Post # 4
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

easy, food!

Post # 5
3473 posts
Sugar bee

We had to bring everything in. But food was our largest expense. This might help you (adjust depending on what is important to you – e.g. we didn’t have video).

Post # 6
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Food! As for saving up, whenever my husband and I want to rapidly save, we put aside 15-20% from each paycheck, it really works for us! 

Post # 7
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Venue and catering…and we had ours on our own property. It ended up costing just as much as if we’d hired an outside venue (probably more actually as the marquee costs were quite astronomical) but we were never going to do that as it was always going to be at our family’s land. Catering was the other large bulk but I really think you get what you pay for there – we wanted great food and wine so we weren’t willing to compromise on quality to keep costs down. If you keep your guest numbers down the catering costs will naturally decline. 

Post # 8
4229 posts
Honey bee

Our venue will be all inclusive which includes food, drinks, cake, tables, glasses, plates, silverware, linens and chairs. So that would be the biggest chunk for sure. But it saves us money to do all inclusive because it would be more expensive to have it in a venue where we have to bring in everything separately.

After this, I would have to say it would be photo and video. But thats’s our choice since we love photos and videos. We picked the best in our area.Lorena1 :  

Post # 9
7070 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Food & Alcohol.

We don’t really have any inclusives venues in our area, except the golf course/country club, so each vendor is booked individually. Our venue was basically a shell that included tables & chairs – but the chairs were ugly so we rented Chivari instead. We had to bring in everything down to the plates/silverware. 

Our food was around $13,000, and was just food.  Were able to purchase the alcohol from a friend who owns a liquor store – he basically sent us what he thought we’d need and we returned the unopened stuff and he calculated what we used and we sent him a check! 

Photo & Floral/Decor+Rentals were our other big ticket items. 


Post # 10
1453 posts
Bumble bee

So far it seems to be our wedding planner, most venues in Italy don’t charge venue hire fees, so we’re only have to pay for food and drinks (plus all the extra things like flowers and DJ etc). Our planner is costing us £2500, but she is doing a lot for that fee including coordinating our entire wedding day, translating the ceremony, submitting legal documents etc. 

Post # 11
1294 posts
Bumble bee

Venue/catering, by far. It’s an exclusive vendor situation, that’s our only choice. Thankfully, it’s all-inclusive (tables, linens, dishes, glassware, etc., but it’s still a huge chunk of change. 

Post # 12
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

Right now for us, it’s the food. We’re also doing open bar at cocktail hour, then the rest is cash bar. The venue fee’s themselves weren’t that expensive. Everything like chairs, tables, dishes, glasses and stuff is included. We did get it for 2k less than what they quoted… cos that’s what my Fiance does best with people lol.

We set up a plan for saving. I give my Fiance $200 a month to put away, and he puts in $800. He figured out this will be enough to pay for everything. We’re funding this ourselves. Once the holiday crap is over, I’m sure I can give him a little more to put into savings.

Post # 13
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Food, easily. Must have taken up half the budget.

Post # 14
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

The venue, which is food and alcohol. We don’t have a “budget” to be honest, but it will be a whopping 73% of the total projected cost.

Post # 15
8280 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Food, booze, and rentals (our venue had nothing so we had to bring in furniture, dishes, etc). All of it was handled by the same event planning company and it was half the budget. The other half was venue rental, entertainment, photography, and transportation. 

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