biggest chunk of wedding budget

posted 2 weeks ago in Money
Post # 16
803 posts
Busy bee

Our biggest was like many PPs venue (which included food and drink)

Next was in order:

– music (10-person live band)

– flowers (I tried hard to keep this cost down but failed)

– photography

– transportation

– attire

– paper

– miscelanneous (favors, hotel room, etc.)

Post # 17
6673 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Lorena1 :  lol, pretty sure our biggest expense was UTV rental to get guests to our ceremony. That was just under 2000 so you can tell we had s pretty inexpensive wedding. We self-catered, had beer as the only alcohol, got husband clothes from J.C. Penney and mine offline for a low price (I wore a swing dress, not a gown), my mom altered, had a half-day photographer, rented speakers and plugged in iTunes for music, used *gasp* paper plates and plastic cutlery, rented a place for $10 a head and had under 40 guests, held the ceremony free on public land, got Father-In-Law to ‘marry’ us and a license was a whopping $40. Used a florist for bouquets and corsages but did our own centerpieces from grocery store flowers. Probably more but it’s been awhile.

Depending on where you live and what your priorities are, a cheaper wedding isn’t hard. 

Post # 18
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Definitely catering! Followed by venue, then music.

Post # 19
2265 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

Our venue & catering were an all in one deal, so that, clearly. 2nd was photography, because it was the most important thing to us, apart from the location. 

Post # 20
2469 posts
Buzzing bee

Catering/alcohol, by far.  This was a priority to us though, as we are foodies and so are many of our friends.  

We did save several thousand dollars by getting married on a Sunday; venue, caterer, and most of our vendors charge higher prices for Friday and Saturday weddings.  I know our venue would have been almost twice as expensive on a Friday, and the catering would have been about 20% higher.  

I know Sunday weddings can be less popular but it’s fairly common in our crowd. Dinner was over around 7 pm and then we had cake and dancing which ended around 9 pm.  

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