(Closed) Break down on pricing (I am floored at how expensive weddings are!)

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can find this in real weddings. But all of it is dependent on where you live, how many people you’re inviting, your “must haves” (things you think you can’t go without at a wedding) & the amount of freebies or discounts you can get (from friendors or by DIYing etc).

You can do a super nice wedding for a small group and spend $40,000 or you could do a cake and punch wedding for a huge group for $40,000. You’re going to find a large range of budgets so the best thing to do is see what your local vendors charge.

Post # 4
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know right!  Totally sticker shocked!  For us the most expensive thing was the venue.

I’ve always heard the average was $35K, but I’m not surprised it’s gone up.  When I looked at that number years ago it included the e-ring and the honeymoon…so that made me feel a little better.

Good Luck!

Post # 5
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second Camrie πŸ™‚  It’s definitely location and guest number relative!

Post # 6
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I won’t say what my wedding is costing total, but I will say, percentage wise, it broke down roughly as follows:

Venue: 10%

Catering (alcohol (open bar), food, table rentals, linens, chivari chairs, etc): 50%

Photography: 10%

Videography: 2%

Officiant: 1%

Dress, shoes, vail: 8%

Band: 10%

Transportation: 3%

Wedding Planner: 3%

Misc. Items: 3%

Total: 100%




Post # 7
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

heres my rough breakdown for about 150 people πŸ™‚

reception hall: 1700

food and alcohol:  3000

favors: 300

church fees: 575

flowers (some diy): 400

photographer: 900

dj: 550

cake: 575

dress (my budget since i havent bought yet): 1000

rings: 3000

honeymoon: 3000

so right now i am at 15000. this isnt including things like hairstyling, shoes, tux rental, rehearsal dinner, bm/gm gifts, etc.  so im sure ill be up around ohhhh 17000 ish…. gosh… how depressing!


Post # 8
29 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think it’s all relative to where you live, how many guests, and how fancy or casual you want your wedding to be…

My wedding will have 400 guests (at least we are trying to keep it contained to 400), and here’s our breakdown:

Venue (ceremony + reception + includes coordinator) = $8,400

Food (buffet)+alcohol (beer/wine/champagne)+cake = $15,000 (parents)

Photographer = $3,100 (wedding gift so we’re not paying)

Flowers = $2,500 (wedding gift)

Photo booth = $1,000

Favors (chocolates) = $700

DJ = $300 (friend of a friend)

Dress = $1,100

Rings = $1,500 (know a wholesaler)

Ceremony Officiant = $250 donation (but it’s a family member)

Honeymoon = $3,000 (wedding gift) 

With other stuff that Stephanie (above) mentioned, our total cost will be give or take $40,000. However, we have 400 guests, so I think that’s pretty good. Plus, with a lot of stuff being paid for as wedding gifts, my Fiance and I are really only spending $12-15k.

Post # 9
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We have a lot of things given to us as gifts such as dress, cake, decoration, planner/director. Even if we were paying for everything we would end up spending around $10-12K. We are planning to have around 200-225 people. It just depends on what you want. We will have a full meal, full bar and DJ. We are however doing a lot of DIY such as invites, photobooth (building it from scratch), and a few others. It just depends on what you want. Give yourself plenty of time to shop around for deals. I got our 120″ round white table linens for $6 a piece and found an amazing photographer for $800 including our E-pics, bridals, rehearsal and 8 hrs on wedding day. It can be done on a smaller budget. Just don’t go broke on that one day!

Post # 10
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


My daughter’s wedding cost $5000.00 for 65 people.  She had everything she wanted, and both my daughter and son-in-law were VERY happy with their wedding.  I could have even done it for less-but I wanted them to have everything they wanted.  I found awesome deals on everything.  It couldn’t have been better! You just have to know your priorities, and know how/where to look for the best prices.  My bookmarks are full-so if you get engaged, and want help, PM me!  πŸ™‚

Post # 11
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My wedding is for about 65-60 people. Here was how is broke down:

Venue w/food & bar, parking and cake- $4900

Photography (including engagement and boudoir)- $1500

Flowers- $775

DJ- $645

Invites- $100

Candy buffet -$300

Dress- $450

Rentals- $400

Our total budget is about $10k, right now we’re sitting 1k UNDER budget at around $9k. This number is from what my parents are paying. We’re not taking a honeymoon, attendant gifts are being paid for by us and so are our rings. But, even with that we’re still under $10k total.

Post # 12
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you look online there are lots of percentage break-downs of what is ‘typically’ spent.  For our wedding, we figured out our budget and then calculated what dollar amount each of these percentages would be.  Then we calculated where we wouldn’t mind going up or down in price (being realistic).  For example, most websites say 10% of the wedding goes to the wedding dress.  I really didn’t want to spend $1500 on my dress (of our approximate $15000 wedding), so we lowered this.  I ended up spending about $620 with alterations.  I don’t have my budget breakdown with me so I can’t tell you the rest exactly, but I know we spent about 27% on food, less than 2% on the cakes, 5% on photography, about 26% on rentals (we had it at my husband’s grandparents house so there were no ‘venue’ costs outside this), and about 3% on rings.  We are taking our honeymoon in March.  We spent a good chunk on alcohol, mix and ice but had a fair amount left over also.

Post # 13
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My wedding will be $20,000 plus honeymoon. That being said, we are having 200 guests, serving steak as dinner and our church charges $1500 to get married there. So it could have been done for much less if we had to.

Post # 15
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think 40,000 is much higher than the average!! I read somewhere that the average is 20-25k — that seems so much more reasonable to me! πŸ™‚

Here is my breakdown:

Reception: 38%

Photographer: 17%

Church: 9%

Rings: 5%

Flowers: 5%

Videographer: 5%

Dress: 5%

Invitations: 2%

The rest have much smaller mixes. πŸ™‚

Post # 16
140 posts
Blushing bee

i think the biggest costs are the venue and catering.  you can save a bundle if you find a venue that does not have an exclusive caterer.  otherwise, be prepared to pay up. 

according to one wedding budget worksheet i downloaded, the default breakdowns were:

apparel: 6%

flowers 4%

photography 8%

stationary 3%

rings 5%

misc 2%

ceremony 3%

rehearsal dinner 8%

honeymoon 10%

reception 47%

favors & gifts 4%

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