(Closed) BUDGET. What’s yours?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 137
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Thank goodness my Future In-Laws are paying for the reception or else we wouldn’t be having the wedding we’re having. I’m thinking it will be around $10K for the food and alcohol and cake. If you count the DJ, flowers, photographer, basically everything except for the honeymoon and rings, we’re looking at probably $20K, which I feel guilty spending on one day!

Post # 138
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ms.noodle: I wish my Fiance was as serious about the photographer as I am and you two seem to be. He finds it a ridiculously expensive expense and really doesn’t understand why I am so hellbend on hiring a good photographer. If it was up to him there would not be a professional photog and I’d have to make do with snapshots from cellphones lol. I pretty much just listed it on our to-do list and budget and didn’t give him a choice.. This is one very important item to me, and he’s finally starting to see that..

Post # 139
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re about £10,000, think that’s roughly $15,000.  That’s not including rings, honeymoon or my dress. x

Post # 140
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

$3-4k. Not too shabby.

Post # 141
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

35K for 350-400 people. This does not include any rings, honeymoon, rehearsal dinner, grooms cake, bridesmaids gifts, groomsmens gifts.

Post # 142
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not completely sure of our total budget, but I think it’s in the $20-25k range for 120 people.  Our wedding is in Canada and we live in the States, so I transferred most of my money to my FIL’s almost a year ago to start paying for stuff.  I sent them $16.5k CAD (at the time the exchange rate was a bit better) and that would have been enough to pay for the venue/photog/florist/etc. but I know that his parents have been adding stuff on because they want to (we don’t want the extra things but it’s not an argument worth getting into and they understand that I can’t contribute more to add bells & whistles) so I think that with their extra stuff + things I purchased in the US in addition to what I transferred (i.e. dress, shoes, etc.) everything will add up to the $20-25k range.  Biggest thing we’ve been “stuck with” is that in Toronto there’s like a 13% tax! 

 

 

Post # 143
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not too sure yet, because we haven’t really started planning anything besides getting a guest list together and researching venues, but I really don’t want to get over 10K… my fiance & I will be paying for the entire wedding ourselves.

Post # 144
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

We’re doing it for $5,000 or less for 150-175 people.

Post # 145
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we didn’t really have a budget, but i’m super thrifty, and we’re super crafty so we’re going to end up keeping it under $3000 for 70ish people. 

we’ve been blessed with his family gifting catering (we hadn’t planned on catering – we were going to have a cake & punch reception) and my family gifting the cake (which we were planning on baking ourselves, beforehand).

 

Post # 146
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are hoping to keep it under 40k for about 250 people (overall budget) as of now– its about 38k.

Post # 147
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

total budget including rings, honeymoon and everything else will probably be around $250,000

Post # 148
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We were hoping to keep it around $15k, but my most recent budget estimate put it juuust over $18k.  We estimate between 70-80 guests.  That’s without rings, honeymoon, or rehearsal dinner. 

My mom stunned us when she offered said she’d saved $10k for me to use however I wanted, and then my fiance and I are covering the rest.  (As far as we know, anyway.  His dad hasn’t said anything about if he’ll be contributing anything.  I’m hopeful he’ll at least cover the rehearsal dinner if not more, but I’m not counting on it.  He’s generous, but very discerning with his spending.)

For our honeymoon I’m hopefull that we can get away with that for next to nothing.  I can cover our flights out to Hawaii with airline miles I have saved up from my American Airlines linked credit card.  For hotel/meals we’re doing a honeymoon registry and are hoping that our guests will cover all the rest.

Post # 149
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Im so glad I found this thread, I kept seeing other threads on here talking about $10,000 budgets and I have no Idea how they are doing it!

Im speading just under £14,000 ($22,426) and I was starting to freak out that Im going overboard…but apart from our amazing venue which cost over £4000 of that (I Know!!!!) I really didnt know what else I could get rid of with our losing the feel i wanted for the day.

I feel much better after reading this though. I glad people are willing to spend the same amount as me on the ‘big day’!

Post # 150
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

forgot to say thats for 100 people during the day and then another 30ish in the evening,

Post # 151
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re looking at about 18K, but $5000 is being covered by parents and a really generous friend.  That covers everything except honeymoon and wedding bands.  We’re paying for everything otuside the $5000 ourselves, and will probably be able to save enough before the big day. We’re currently thinking about biting the bullet and putting a short honeymoon on a credit card.  We could pay it off in the month or two after the wedding, and because we’re going to try to start having children pretty quickly, we’re not sure if we’ll get another chance.

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