(Closed) Budget for your wedding

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: what is your wedding budget?
    $1000 or less : (3 votes)
    2 %
    $2000-$4000 : (19 votes)
    15 %
    $5000 - $10,000 : (23 votes)
    18 %
    over $10,000 : (83 votes)
    65 %
  • Post # 3
    3078 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We originally budgeted $5,000.  We’re going to be right around $7,000 when everything is said and done.  That price includes my dress, our rings, favors, gifts for the wedding party, a 20 piece big band, a dixie land band, and a DJ!.  We were lucky enough to get a free venue as well.  Bringing in our own food and alcohol is a HUGE money saver.  We shopped around a lot for a photographer and found an amazing girl who had just graduated from art school that needed some extra money.  It’s all about who you know!  Just take your time and do lots of price shopping!

    Post # 4
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    The average wedding costs $25,000 here in Arizona, and we’re spending just a little bit over that. That includes the honeymoon and wedding rings, but not the engagement ring.

    ETA: Weddings are expensive and at times I wonder why we are spending so much–but at the end of the day, it is what we both want for our special day!

    Post # 5
    6123 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Originally we saved up $10k to have a 75 person Destination Wedding in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  It’s about a halfway point between our families, but only 3 hours away from our house.

    Then that was cancelled (for other reasons), but we also realized we didn’t want to spend $10k on a party for other people who are not really caring!  And $400 on very basic wildflowers in mason jars that are going to be thrown away after 4 hours.  I coudn’t have gone through with it I think.

    So we took out $5k of that and took ourselves on a desintation elopement weddingmoon to the Canadian Rockies and had a wedding a vacation all in one. 

    The other $5k we used to buy Invisalign braces for both of us.  I am very happy with the way we spent the money.

    Post # 6
    2488 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My wedding is 3,000 including EVERYTHING

    Post # 7
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think the average cost of a wedding in our city is over 30K and we spent about 30-40k.

    That does not include rings, or honeymoon.

    Post # 8
    12 posts

    I live in the San Francisco area which is one of the more expensive areas.  Over $50k… not including rings or honeymoon.  At least we got a break doing it in the winter – a lot of savings to be had!

    Post # 9
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    My budget is $10,000….we have gone a little over, but no more then $12,000. I have already started cutting stuff down so I can stay near the budget. Like I’m non floral centerpieces now instead of real flowers. I made my invites, and programs as well. It will be hard to stick to your budget, but you can diy a lot of stuff. That’s what I like about this website, they show you  a lot of stuff you can do on your own!

    Post # 10
    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @akelle13:  our budget is around 10,000 our venue ia 1,000 for 5 hours and has tables and chairs its beautiful and its right off the gulf of Mexico so its a steal and beautiful were hiring a caterer for our food thats running us with the cocktail hour for 100 guest about 2,500 we could cater it our selves but i dont want to do that i want my family to just show up and enjoy them selves. the Dj is 850.00 hes also doing out ceremony music and cocktail hour as well. cake is about 400.00 and photographer we dont know yet but im trying to keep this budget under 10,000 lol our original budget was 18,000 without the honeymoon i got it to 10,000 with our $2,800 honeymoon 7 day cruise ; ) i say im doing pretty good check with your local caterer its not as bad as you think for what they include ours includes

    • China plates, silverware, linen napkins (in your choice of color)
    • One white linen cloth per table (tables seat 6 – 10 guests depending upon size, additional cloths available for $5.00 each)
    • White silky clothes to floor with white linen toppers for buffet and beverage tables
    • Black 12 oz bowls for salads and black plastic 6″ plates for dessert
    • Footed plastic coffee cups with handles
    • Clear 12 oz plastic glasses for iced tea
    • Stainless and glass and pepper shakers on all guest tables
    • Chaffing dishes and all utensils needed to serve food             
    • Fancy stainless steel samovers for coffee and iced tea                 For Buffet Service:
    • Caterer will set up beverage table and assist guests with beverages.
    • Caterer will serve salads(excluding luncheon buffet), assist guest through buffet                 line, clear tables and serve dessert.
                      For Sit-down Service:
    • Caterer will serve salads, Dinner entree, clear tables, and serve desert.
    • Caterer will place on each table:  Butter dish, Bread baskets, Fresh cut lemon, Coffee creamers, Sugar & sweet low caddies, Hot coffee servers, and iced tea pitchers.
    • Prices do not include:

      • 20% service
      • 6.5% sales tax
      • 10% Outdoor or outside of Hernando County Events

      Complete   china service (including china cups & saucers, glass salad & dessert   plates and glass iced tea glasses) are   available for a surcharge of $2.50 per person. For glass wine or champagne glasses add $.50 per glass.

    Post # 11
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Acording to this the average Chicago wedding costs about 53K. We’ve set our budget for around 10k; not including our rings.  We’re also having a smaller wedding (up to 75 guests) and not doing it at a “traditional” venue. So far, Fiance and I will be paying for the vast majority of everything; I’m splitting the cost of my dress with my mom.


    Post # 13
    986 posts
    Busy bee

    The average in our area is $35,000 – I would like to be in the area of $15,000. Looking at a rough budget, we’re going to be closer to $20,000 but that won’t include a honeymoon. Hopefully some things will also end up being DIYs instead of purchases, so that should save some $$$

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

    Our wedding was originally budgeted at $20k, now it is about $26k, which makes me cry a little inside. But it’s going to be epic 🙂

    Edit: This includes everything but the honeymoon, which we’re doing for about 2-3k (but flights and 7 days of hotels are free from our credit card rewards).

    Post # 15
    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My budget was $25K and it cost $22K.

    Post # 16
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We had orginally budgeted $36K for everything, and we ended up at $43k. We added a few things that weren’t in the budget before, videographer, pipe and drape, $2,000 over on floral and $2,000 over for honeymoon. But also, I have been writing down every single wedding item purchased and when I added up all of the items I come to $48K, so there was a lot purchased that I didn’t include in my original budget….shit adds up fast! 

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