(Closed) breakdown of your wedding cost! interested.

posted 7 years ago in Money
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  • Post # 3
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think you left out the cost of the reception? Food, etc?

    Post # 5
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We had a small Destination Wedding in Mexico. Think this is accurate: 

    $4,050 – Travel / honeymoon (Us)
    $2,000 – His parents’ travel (Us)
    $2,000 – My parents’ travel (Us)
    $   400 – Officiant (Us)
    $   100 – Flowers (Us)
    $   155 – My hair/makeup/manicure (Us)
    $1,300 – Wedding package (ceremony + small reception, including food) (Us)
    $   750 – My ring (Us)
    $   100 – His ring (Us)
    $   270 – Invitations (Us)
    $   123 – Save the Dates (Us)
    $   480 – Dress (My parents)
    $   160 – Dress alterations (Us)
    $    26 – My shoes (Us)
    $  180 – Groom/Best Man attire (Us)

    Total: $12,094

    Our Total: $11,614

    My Parents’ Total: $480

    Obviously we could have saved $4,000 right off the bat by not paying for our parents’ travel expenses. However we wanted to do this for them.


    Post # 6
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m far too lazy to type out the full breakdown. 

    • Total wedding cost (formal event for 75 guests): Approx $12,500
    • My parents contribution (covers about 99% of the total venue bill which includes all catering and limted open bar): $5,000
    • Fiance parents contribution (flowers): $600 (but they’re also paying for the Rehearsal Dinner which isn’t factored into our total)
    • My aunt and uncle (wedding cake): $600
    • My grandmother (wedding dress plus a little extra): $1,000
    • Us (everything else): Approx. $5,300

    We were originally planning a Destination Wedding in Bermuda and I found it to be about right around the same amount as our stateside (upstate, NY) wedding. 

    Post # 7
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @sarsah82:  Ah, I see.

    We had a small wedding, 55 guests, at my mother’s home. Split 3 ways between my mom and stepdad, dad and stepmom, and ILs.   Cost breakdown:

    $6250 – food, servers, rentals, tips

    $850 – Beer, wine, champagne

    $1000 – Dress

    $60 – Shoes

    $242 – Save the dates, invitations, thank-you notes, postage

    $52 – Guestbook

    $775 – Flowers

    $1000 – Photography

    $500 – Groom’s ring (I had no engagement ring, and my wedding ring was my grandmother’s)

    $1000 – Groom’s suit

    $390 – Salon (for 4 of us)

    $225 – Hotel room and licensing fee for officiant (friend of ours)

    $50 – Backyard lighting

    $150 – materials for the chuppah

    $100 – babysitter for small kids

    $150 – hotel room for night of

    $750 – day after brunch

    $270 – rental car for week of wedding/honeymoon (we don’t own a car)

    ??? – rehearsal dinner; his parents graciously paid and didn’t tell us how much it was

    Total: just under $14,000.  We’d originally projected $12,000, but some of those costs snuck up on us – like, we decided kind of at the last minute to do a brunch, and we hadn’t thought of other details like the babysitter and backyard lighting. Other things cost more than we originally planned, like the groom’s suit – but that was totally worth it because after losing a lot of weight, he didn’t have ANY that fit him. He ended up wearing it to a job interview a week after he bought it, and got the job. So as far as I’m concerned, the suit paid for itself!

    It makes me a little ill to realize how much it was, even for a small wedding at a private home!!  But I don’t regret it at all. It was a wonderful evening with the people who are most important to us in the world. Worth every penny.

    Post # 9
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @sarsah82: We kept ours at pretty much the bare minimum as well. When you look at it, our actual “wedding” expenses were only 1/3 of our total budget.

    Post # 10
    877 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m not going to do a breakdown, but totals in each category.

    • Attire (including wedding gowns, traditional dress, alterations, shoes, accessories, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, hair, makeup, and Groomsmen tuxes): $2750
    • Flowers (flowers, vases, centrepiece accessories): $470
    • Rehearsal dinner (including day-after brunch, and dinner for girls who helped make florals): $655
    • Ceremony (officiant, location rental, aisle runner, and marriage license): $510
    • Photography (including location booking and gutestbook): $1900
    • Music (Pianist and DJ): $720
    • Invitations and Stationery: $300
    • Reception (bar, wine, food, cake, decor): $7900
    • Gifts and prizes: $400
    • DOC (was free, but we gave a $200 tip)
    • Hotel rooms for Out of Town guests: $1400

    Grand total: about $17K for 130 people. We had budgeted $19.5K, we were over budget on a few minor things, but very under budget for the open bar. Our guests drank way less than we expected! We paid for everything ourselves.

    Post # 12
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Ours was kind of a little destination, it was 40 minutes north from where we live.

    750 Dress & alterations

    285 jewlery/ headband/ shoes/ bolero

    1000 Venue

    2600 Catering/ servers/ bartender

    650 DJ / solo violin for ceremony/ lighting

    400 Cake/ Pies (7)

    110 tablecloths (we will resell)

    900 Photographer (2 photogs for 8 hrs, full edit cd of images)

    450 Park  & Insurance(For ceremony)

    175 Chairs for park

    415 Hair/ Makeup for me, 2 maids and mom

    300 Darling Husband Suit

    300 Tux Rentals for 2 Groomsmen

    Free Flowers gift from sister

    Free Veil Gift from cousins

    Free Officiant (friend)

    80 Favors

    525 (misc. decor…all centerpiece items, LED candles, personalized napkins, invitations, Save-The-Date Cards, guest book, card box, postage, table numbers, Out of Town Bags)

    350 soda and alcohol and wine

    free Our hotel room for 2 nights (it was free for having our block of rooms there)

    Total $9290.00 for 75 people

    I think I am off on stuff cause it was below 9k I think, or I added it wrong to begin with. My parents paid for around 8k for the wedding. My Darling Husband and I paid the difference….. his suit, tuxes, and some decor. We also paid for our rings and honeymoon but I don’t include those in the cost of the wedding. It was an additional $3600 for that stuff.

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