(Closed) Budget break downs??

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4035 posts
Honey bee

I wouldn’t say I am compromising on too much because I am allocating money to areas where I felt it mattered/meant more to me….my budget is $7,000. I have opted to DIY some things because it does save money, even though it will take time. But I love doing crafty and creative things ๐Ÿ™‚

In order of cost…

  • $1,900–Photography (included engagement photos)
  • $1,700–Catering (buffet stations) for 70 guests
  • $1,500–Venue, decorations & event rentals (i.e., chairs, tables)
  • $1,150–Dress, alterations, shoes & jewelry
  • $300–alcohol (beer, wine & champagne–we are bringing in our own, so it is at cost)
  • $150–2 tier cake & 70 cupcakes
  • $120–flower bouquets & bouts (calla lilies–DIY)
  • $0–DJ (Grandfather owns the company)
  • $0–officiant (Aunt is doing this)

I am not factoring in our rings though…which came to $3,800 for my e-ring, band & FI’s ring

Post # 5
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

* Food: about $5-6K (parents are paying)

We are paying for everything else:

* reception hall: $1400

* ceremony space $350 + maybe $200ish for lighting/decor

* photographer: $1499

* DJ & uplighting (at reception): $600

* cupcake cake: $425

* my dress: $695 before alterations

* officiant: donation to a charity of her choice. We’ll probably donate $100

I haven’t gotten flowers, decor, or invitations yet but I am going with silk flowers from thebridesboquet.com and one of my BMs is a graphic designer so she is helping with DIY touches for decorations and invites.

I would REALLY like a limo but don’t think it’s going to be in the budget. That’s the one big thing I’m disappointed in.

With everything else, we set a budget/limit and stuck to it. Took a lot of extra work/research to find good, quality vendors in our price range but there ya go. I also stayed away from crazy trends, over the top nonsense, and insane details that no one will notice.

Our wedding is going to be pretty big (about 250-270 people) but we are working hard to not break the bank. We have plans to buy a house this year and that is more important, money wise, than the wedding.






























Post # 6
14660 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Post # 7
1112 posts
Bumble bee

Our budget is $5,000 so we have to “compromise” on a lot.

Two biggest items:

Photography ($750) and Ceremony/Reception venue ($800)

For food, $300. We are doing light refreshments.

For my attire, $600 total. For his attire, $300 total.

Everything else is smaller than those amounts. But it’s really not too bad! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Stace126:  wow that’s awesome and seriously impressive for your guest count!

Post # 9
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Our budget breakdown. Origianally we budgeted for 10,000 but now it’s about 12,000.

Ceremony and Reception Venu plus rentals (Tent, Chairs, Tables) – 3,500

Food – 1,800 (buffet for 60)

Cake – 600

Photography – 800 (7 hrs coverage plus engagemnt photos)

Videography – 700

4 Piece Band plus DJ – 850

Decorations – 600

Bridal Attire – 1,600 (dress, accessories, and undergarments)

Bridal Party Attire – 225

Groom and Groomsmen Attire – 500 (Vests and ties for groom and groosmmen, suit for Groom)

Officiant – 230 (Ceremony and Rehersal)

Flowers for Bouquets and Bouts – Estimated 320

Stationary and Stamps – 230

Favors – 100

Attendant Gifts – 150



Post # 10
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mstellah: Thanks! It has NOT been easy! I’m excited, though, that we’ve been able to pull together a fun, classy affair that’s not too uptight and not too casual.

A Happy Medium has been my motto but it’s been a lot of work!



Post # 11
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@myluverbuny:   You can find Tungsten bands for WAYYYYYYYYY less than 300.

We got my husband’s on Amazon for $40. They have a huge variety.  Just get him fitted at a jewelry store before you order it.

We skipped the limo and chartered a school bus. It was half the price – and provided transportation for ALL of the guests to and from the wedding.



Post # 12
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We started with a budget of $6,000. It’s crept up twice, to $7,000 and now to closer to $8,000. Doesn’t include my engagement ring.


-Wedding bands, was $500, may be closer to $1000 as we have to have my band custom made. I’ve decided to have it done in rose gold in platinum though, which will be both gorgeous and less expensive!

-Venue is $2600 and includes my bouquet, the cake, the officiant, 2 nights at their hotel for us, and  a great wedding coordinator, plus all the usuals such as linens, etc. 

-Food is about $25/person, max 35 people for brunch, waiter service, order at the table choice of french toast, crab eggs benedicts, or stuffed chicken. A brunch wedding was my #1 dream so I’m excited to make it happen!

-Dress was $650 (50% off at a sample sale) and alterations are estimated at $150

-About $250 for DIY supplies

-Groupon for PearTreeGreetings.com for our invites & thank you cards, $35 for $75 of products

-An extra $250 budgeted for extra flowers for the ceremony & b-maid bouquets, don’t have the quote from the florist yet

-We bought my bridesmaids their dresses, which were $80/each, total of $175 with shipping

-Our photographer is a friend who is just starting out, so she’s charging us $700. I had $800 budgeted though, so I’ll pay her that as long as everything turns out nice. That includes a DVD of all pics, a book, and 10 sheets of prints, so I think it’s a real steal. 

-Our ceremony musicians are $250. We’re making a playlist for the reception on spotify.

-The wedding license will be $60 or so

-I’m budgeting $100 to get my hair done in a trial run & on the big day

-Only other thing we need to pay for that I haven’t priced yet is his suit/tux and maybe the groomsmens as well

Post # 13
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@myluverbuny:  I don’t think we comprimised on anything, but we certainly didn’t go high end all the way.  I got my gown for 50% off at a sample sale. 

We did an 11 day roadtrip weddingmoon through Canada (mostly BC).

We did camp 3 of our 10 nights out (which all had showers), but that was because we wanted to and like to camp, not to save money.


 $7020 total for 11 day trip and everything related to the wedding.

Our Destination Wedding elopement: forecasted $ vs. actual $ :  wedding actual wedding cost destination elopement elopement budgeting Graph1

Lodging – 3 days at a lodge for the wedding, 4 nights in different hotels, 3 nights camping – we slept in seven different towns

Details – champagne, 3 course wedding dinner, wedding cake, bouquet, boutonniere, wedding gift from lodge

Ceremony – officiant’s fee and marriage license

Photographer – 3 hours of photography and 180 edited images

Attire – H’s suit/shirt/tie/wedding band, my gown/shoes/hairflower/jewelry/slip/bra (I did not want a wedding band e-ring was reused)

Food not in package – all the other meals we ate that were not part of the elopement

Extras – Canadiana Park Pass x2, more champagne, etc.

Gas – gas for our 2500 mile road trip

Post # 14
4035 posts
Honey bee

@myluverbuny:  The total of the rings was more than I would have preferred, but my e-ring alone was $2,900 alone. I asked for a ring that cost around $800 and he decided to spend way more than I wanted him to…but I love the ring, so I have accepted that my ring cost more than my car ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Wow this is kinda fun:)

Our budget was $20k (without honeymoon)-His family is paying the rehearsal dinner, my family gave $6k, we are paying the rest without using any credit cards either:)

Venue Ceremony and Reception- $9,250 (INCLUDES, DJ, Videographer, Photographer with photos and CD, Cake, Food, Bar included beer wine and soda, photobooth, some of the flowers, limos for bridal party and froom party) for 150 people

My dress- $500

Other flowers- $500

Centerpiece stuff for DIY- $300

Gifts for Parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen-$700

My jewelry- $30

Ring Bearer Suit- $25

Flower Girl Dress and Head Piece- $30

Officiant fee- $150

Invitations and Save the Dates with Postage $700

Rehearsal Dinner for 50 people- $1000

Hotel room for the night before with the girls and the wedding night for me and him- $600

His ring- $1300

My ring- $1600

Gifts for each other-$200

His tux rental was FREE with the other paid rentals:)

Miscellaneous expenses along the way $1500

Total- $18,385- Still more to spend I am not thinking of that will come up I am sure


Post # 16
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Oh yes I am having a complete budget break down. I mean… crying, gnashing of teeth, moaning…

Oh! Not what you meant ๐Ÿ˜›

My original budget was a hopeful $10k with me sort of giving myself elbow room for up to $12.5k

Venue: $3575 (small B&B that we get for the whole weekend, from 12 friday to 12 sunday… includes 4 rooms that sleep up to 16 guests, breakfast for the overnight guests both sat and sun mornings, 150 white chairs for the ceremony, and a deal on a tent rental. They also provide a small ceremony tent and a caterer’s tent in case of weather.)

Rentals: $1250 (tent, chairs, tables, and tablecloths)

Hired help: $1635 (two bartenders, one chef, and 4 waiters)

Drinks: $800 (DIYing our bar)

Food: $1200 (DIYing most of our food.. heavy hors d’ouevres)

Dress: $975

Brooch bouquets: $200 (part of the bridesmaids gifts)

FI’s suit: $150

iPod: $350 (for songs, and possible equipment rentals. I am hopefully overshooting here)

Officiant: $300 (his “fee” plus paying for his travel and his overnight.. at least I think)

Tips: $350 (but I kind of have to bump this up a little)

Photography: $1,500

Rings: $750

Bridal party gifts/men’s bouts: $400 (5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen)

Decorations: $675

Stationary: $350

As you can see….. $14,000   0_o

I’m trying to cut corners by having guests RSVP online, doing the iPod reception (it really may come in for less than $350), I got many of my decorations for free from other brides who were friends or I’m borrowing… I am having no flowers, so I think that has cut costs down compared to what we’re spending for the brooches, bouts, and centerpieces. I am DIYing a LOT. I am hoping that I am slightly over estimating for the bar and the food, but with a guest list of probably 165 (actually attending?), I don’t want to get my hopes up :/



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