Budget Breakdown $10,000 – $15,000 Wedding Range

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@lovelyduckie:  Your breakdown is almost identical to mine.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Location: Minneapolis, MN (northern suburb)

When: Sept 28th, Saturday

How Many People: 250


Venue: $0, Its in our backyard! ๐Ÿ™‚

DJ: $500 for Dj & Karaoke Services!!!

Dance Floor Rental: $500, It’s an outdoor dance floor.

Alcohol: $800 (We will be buying all our own alcohol, crazy uncle will be bartending)

Catering (w/gratuity and taxes): $500 for DIY pig roast, $1000 catering for sides (undedided, we may do this ourselves for WAY cheaper)

Photographer: $1000 (7 hours, 2 photographers, all rights to pictures)

Flowers: $250 DIY

Misc. Decor: $250 DIY

Favors: 0, choosing not to do favors.

Misc. Rentals (chairs, tables, and platterware): 3500 (tent, chairs, tables, etc)

Wedding Bands:$300 for mine, $100 for FH

Invitiations/Stationary: not determined, but definitely DIY

Dress: Don’t know yet, hopefully staying under 500

Hair/Makeup: 40-60 bucks, doing my own make-up

Bridal Party Gifts: $400 or so, I like to give gifts!!!


We are really hoping to stay under 10,000 for everything.. but we will see!

Post # 5
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just finished reviewing my budget and we are coming to just under $15K.


Location: Monterey, CA 

When: “In Season” on a Sunday morning

How Many People: 30


Venue: $2850 for 5 hours (w/coordinator, all furniture, and all china)

DJ: N/A 

Dance Floor Rental: N/A

Catering (w/gratuity and taxes): $4500

Photographer: $3150

Flowers: $800 (TBD)

Misc. Decor: $100

Favors: N/A

Misc. Rentals (chairs, tables, and platterware): $375

Wedding Bands: TBD

Invitiations/Stationary: TBD

Dress: $1900 + alterations + $200 for shoes

Hair/Makeup: $200

Bridal Party Gifts: TBD

Post # 7
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lovelyduckie:  We really debated, because it would have been much easier to have it a a “true” venue, but this just fits us. ๐Ÿ™‚  Luckily, Future Father-In-Law has a double pig roaster!!  I LOVE pig roasts!  And truth be told, we will be paying about what we would have paid at our preferreed venue, but we now can invite about 100 people more.  We will be having both the ceremony and rececption at our house.  Golf carts to help shuttle people, boucy house for the million kiddies that will be there, and just generally, a good ol’ party!  We are definitely on a budget, but I had a hard time “cutting” people off the guest list!

Post # 8
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oooh, great thread! I will post when I get home. Don’t have all the numbers handy right now. I set up a budget and hit 15000 pretty much exactly! Though barely anything has been booked yet, so who know where we will end up. 15000 should be doable for us though (excl honeymoon).

Post # 9
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Location: Wedding at City Hall in San Francisco, Reception in Sacramento at a historic building

When: June – a Thursday mid-day and a Friday night

How Many People: 40 for wedding + lunch, 76 at reception

Venues (we had 2): $1200

DJ: free – used iTunes playlist and borrowed equipment from a friend’s band

Dance Floor Rental: $0

Cake (well, cupcakes): $300

Alcohol: $800

Catering (w/gratuity and taxes): $3000

Photographer: $2300

Flowers: $400

Misc. Decor: $500

Favors: $0

Misc. Rentals (chairs, tables, and platterware): $0

Wedding Rings: $4000 for my ring and his

Invitiations/Stationary: $250

Dress: $1400, Shoes: $200 for two pairs, Purse: $100, Fur stole: $45

Hair/Makeup: $250 for two days

Bridal Party Gifts: $0 (no bridal parties)


Post # 10
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

pinning this for later to write my budget when I know it all

Post # 11
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

don’t forget your cakes!!!

Post # 12
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@redness82:  I was just looking at your breakdown and I would like to recommend Dickey’s BBQ (We did the Eagan location) for the sides. They were our caterer and they were VERY affordable and DELICIOUSSSS! 

They do a delivery buffet, as well as full service.

Post # 13
9190 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Ooh I’ll play!  This will help me organize a bit.  Who knows how accurate this will end up being…  This also includes all our rehearsal dinner costs (which will be open to the entire guest list).

Location: central Wyoming

When: Saturday August 24, 2013

How Many People: ~150 (inviting ~200)

Venue: $3,000 (outdoor venue – includes tent, tables/chairs, 8 cabins for friends and family) + $100 rehearsal dinner venue (city park)

DJ: $575 (our friends in a band who usually charge $2500, but we’re just getting them rooms and gas)

Dance Floor Rental: $0 (although might look into this?)

Alcohol: $1,700 (BYOB just beer/wine – our friends like to party)

Catering (w/gratuity and taxes): $4,200 – $3200 for wedding reception, including desserts and cleanup, $1000 for BBQ rehearsal dinner

Photographer: $2500 (1 photog, all night, includes flight from OR, rights to all pix)

Flowers: $100 (DIY, flowers from parents’ giant garden)

Misc. Decor: $250 (DIY, paper lanterns, white lights, couple etsy purchases)

Favors: $75 (koozies)

Misc. Rentals (chairs, tables, and platterware): $300 (most included in venue fee)

Wedding Bands: $0 for mine (family heirloom), $50 for FI’s (stainless steel)

Invitiations/Stationary: $140 ($100 save the dates, $40 emailed Paperless Post)

Dress: $200 (dress from Macy’s + small alterations)

Hair/Makeup: $75 (DIY but might get hair highlighted)

Bridal Party Gifts: $100 (only 3 people total)


Total: $13,250 or so.  CRAZY how fast it adds up, since a lot of our costs are fairly low…

Post # 14
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I”m thinking mine will come in just under 10k….

Location: Denver, co

When: March (off season)

How Many People: 120


Venue: $1850 for all day (w/coordinator and some chairs/tables)

DJ: $600/7 hours

Alcohol: We can BYOB, not sure what to budget? $700?

Catering (w/gratuity and taxes): $3000

Photographer: $1000 (all day with free e-pics)

Flowers: $not sure yet, minimal flowers needed – $400?

Misc. Decor: $500

Favors: $100 or less

Misc. Rentals (chairs, tables, and platterware): $700

Wedding Bands: Not included

Invitiations/Stationary: less than $100

Dress: $200, not including alterations or accessories

Hair/Makeup: $85 for updo, $95 for makeup, free trials for both

Bridal Party Gifts: $200

Post # 15
8449 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

K here’s what we have so far (looking to be about $12k)

Location: Charlotte, NC

When:  April (in season) on a friday

How Many People: 60

Venue (ceremony and reception, all rentals included, DOC):  $500

Catering (cocktail hour and reception, cake, tax, gratuity):  $5600

Alcohol: $1000 (approx.)

Gown w/alterations (I had a corset back put in): $1100

Photography: $2100

DJ (ceremony and reception): $600

Tux Rental: $120

Invites and stationary:$107

Flowers (DIY): $120

Centerpieces:  $17

Gifts:  $260

Favors:  $15

Materials for Jewelry: $55

Misc (cardbox, cake topper, aisle decor, etc): $200

Rings: $60 (for his, ceramic band, I’m using my E-ring)



Post # 16
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are hoping to keep ours around/under the 15,000 mark

Location: Minneapolis MN 

When: May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day Holiday)

How Many People: 100 max (hoping for under once RSVPs and Invites go out)


Venue: $2750 (Includes the venue all day and night with all the tables, chairs, linen, ceremony set up and tear down, and tons of extras decor and uplighting included)

DJ: $400 (5 hours)

Alcohol: Full Open premium bar $2100 (and My dads request and his $$) 

Catering (w/gratuity and taxes): W/ cocktail hour appetizers, full plated dinner & bitty burger bar late night food $8000

Photographer: Free (Gift from Maid/Matron of Honor husband)

Flowers: Unsure tho know it will be under $1000 due to an amazing local florist who is doing us a favor as long as she can use the picutres for future advertising.

Misc. Decor: $500

Favors: $0 Choosing not to do favors

Misc. Rentals (chairs, tables, and platterware): $0 (all provided by the venue)

Wedding Bands: Not included

Invitiations/Stationary: less than $100 DIY

Dress: $900 with out alterations (Gift from my parents so not apart of our budget)

Hair/Makeup: $0 (I am a MUA and have many friends in the industry, Bridesmaid or Best Man is doing my make up as a gift and good friend is hair as a gift)

Bridal Party Gifts: $200 – sounds about right tho not sure yet. 

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