(Closed) BUDGET

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It really depends on where you live.  We spent about $7,000 for about 30ish guests.  I spent a lot on photography because that was really important to me.  But it’s not something where people can just say the average is X because it depends on how much you do yourself, what things are important to you and what things you don’t care about as much and will spend less on.

Post # 6
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think having it on an off time will definetly cut costs.  Try to DIY as much as you can, and prioritize!  If you decide that flowers aren’t important to you, don’t go crazy with flowers and use the money for something else.

Post # 7
4381 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Also, you can order a white/ivory bridesmaids dress to wear as your wedding dress. That can cut that cost bigtime!

Post # 9
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012


I’m in Australian but the exchange rate is almost the same now!


Ill probably budget for about $20,000 for approx 80-100 guests,  half of that is going to go on the reception, @ approx $100 per head and $3k for the 24hr experience at the venue, with accomodation, private party etc.

I’m going to try and stay under $1k for my dress, I really love maggie Sottero and I think her dress (destination) are pretty reasonable.

The guys won’t be having tuxes, I just want them in grey suit and a white shirt with hankerchief.

I’m only having two bridesmaids, but will probably buy regular dresses (ie not bridesmaids) to keep costs down.

Photography is really important to me too, but we’re lucky that a close friend on FI’s is an amazing photographer and recently won some awards, so we’re hoping for a good discount there. I’d be happy if I got him for $1500.

I’m considering parasols for the girls instead of flowers to keep costs down, the venue is already very green and set in rose gardens so we won’t need heaps of flowers to decorate. They also have a selection of centerpieces we can use.

I’m quite happy just to have an ipod playlist playing through the speakers at the venue, has anyone done this? Does it take anything away from the atmosphere?

I’m quite handy too and Fiance is artistic so we will probably make the majority of invites, place cards, menu’s, service etc. 





Post # 11
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

well i live in east tennessee and just got married this past september and our total wedding was around $7,500. Thats including rings too and my ring was around $3,000.  We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony by the lake and the reception was held under a pavillion and we were estimating for around 75 guests. It all depends on what kind of wedding you want and what you can and cant live without. I regret wasting money on a dj, would have had a friend do it if i knew then what i know now. Having it where you can have the wedding and the reception together usually helps on the costs too, I also DIY a lot of stuff.

Post # 12
392 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I live in the suburbs of Denver, co…..as for how much my wedding is, i’m going dirt cheap and hoping to stay under 3k….but there is but! I found somewhere that is giving away nearly free receptions (aka, i paid 750 deposit, other than that its worth 4k!!). so in reality its going to cost like 7k, but i got 4k for free. But if i wouldn’t have won that i would have had the same amount of money, 4k! diy is definitely saving me tons, my mom bought my dress (thank god, cause its a maggie, with veil, alterations and everything, i’m estimating probably 2250 for that thing!), and i have lots of friends helping out with the diy projects, cause most everything is diy. I’m not doing too many flowers, if any at all, I’m  doing branch centerpieces, if i do flowers it will be my bouquet, the bridesmaids, and thats it, i think boutonniers are tacky (just my honest opinion) so they aren’t gonna happen, no corsages for anyone. and as a gift my sister is buying my shoes, they are only like 60 bucks, but still, thats a huge help for me! So i would say to check out good deals like that. doing it on off season will definitely help! Mine is in the middle june, but its a tuesday, and we’re in colorado, so off season for me, means snow, and i hate the snow and cold, ironically, lol.


Post # 13
216 posts
Helper bee

It totally depends on where you live. Long Island, NY (where I live) happens to have some of the highest wedding costs of the nation. I believe the average being $35,000 here. I am only having 45 guests and my bduget is coming in around $15,000.

Post # 14
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m an StL bride! We’re planning $10k for 70 guests. We’re using smaller, local vendors, DIYing when necessary and keeping it small.

$40/head in StL is pretty reasonable. A lot of reception halls and such are in that range. Hotels and casinos and golf courses tend to be higher, though. I think I scouted every venue in StL before settling on mine. lol.

Post # 15
5497 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are thinking around 5k for 175 guests! We are having it in FBIL’s backyard, and using several friendors. = )

Post # 16
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi there!  Weddings in StL can be done for $10k!  Definitely consider DIY your flowers and not typical locations.  I don’t know if you’ll get the Jewel Box or the Coronado, but there are definitely options.


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