(Closed) Budget Questions

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee

I will give your some estimates but please understand that rates vary a lot throughout the country. 


Church/minister donation – Typically $100 – $250


DJ – For a professional DJ, estimate around $500 – $1000.  They can cost more than this if you want top of the line or more lights or features.  You can also find ones that are cheaper but double check how much experience they have with wedding.


Flowers – Are you doing boutonierres and coursages?   For DIY, you could probably do these in the $50 to $100 if you buy wholesale flowers.  For a florist, I would estimate $200 – $500 again depending on who you choose.  You may be able to find an independent floral designer to create these for less.

Post # 4
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Okay, like PP mentioned – these prices are really very specific to your area.  But, here is my experience.

(1) I paid $200 for the minister (donation) but then our church also had a large fee to use the church and its wedding coordinator for the rehearsal and the ceremony – I think we paid $400 for that

(2) We only looked at regular limos (not busses, stretch-SUV’s, etc.).  Most of the limos I found charged by the hour.  We paid $135 per hour (which included tax and tip).  This was a VERY good deal though – the best price I could find in my area.

(3) Regarding flowers – if you only need bouquets and boutineres, I don’t think your flower bill should be too pricey. I also had 3 bm’s and 3 gm (+ 4 parents, 2 grandparents, 2 others) I think our wedding party flowers were somewhere between  $200-$250.  But depending on where you go, you can easily spend $250 just on your bridal bouquet.  It just depends on what you want…

Post # 5
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m getting married in center city Philadelphia on a holiday weekend so I find things are way more expensive than a lot of other place. We are members of our church so here were the suggested donations:

Clergy: none required but $300 suggested for pre-marital, rehearsal and wedding

Church: none required $250 suggested

Program: $75

Organist $250

Sexton: $75

Bell ringing: $250

My BM’s bouquets are $60 a piece, the bouts are $10. Mine is I think $200 but I have a really large bouquet and I am using an expensive florist. I know that, he’s just worth every penny.

I’m getting a trolley for 4 or 5 hours for $1,000. We have a band so I couldn’t help on DJ pricing.

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