(Closed) BUDGET. What’s yours?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 197
2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@sparrow02:  Your in my budget category! Im hoping to spend about 2-5k.  Both venues are free, the dress is free, my wedding band was free his was $80.

We need to find someone willing to do photos but will prob just ask family and pay for a portrait session.  We need to pay for food and drinks and someone to serve it all.  We need somone to DJ, we need a cake but my mother and I are good bakers and I wouldn’t be opposed to making that myself.  Invites are diy, I have a laser jet printer and lots of quality paper.  Might do Diy paper flowers as well.  Centerpieces are diy.  No favors, they would just get thrown out anyway.  Will think of something creative and meaningful to give to wedding party though.  Also need to pay for transportion to MA.  Good luck on your budget may we both stay within them. 🙂

Post # 199
1413 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

My Fiance is balking at $5,000. He does not know what wedding’s cost. For the venue I love, he says that he’s not not impressed with the pictures! I’m like, the more impressed you want to be, the more money that will be spent.

My venue I want is for 50 and includes everything but officiante and photographer.

Post # 200
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re looking at 25k including everything for 150 people and absolutely no DIY projects. 

Post # 201
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

3k max. I hope we come up under, but…..idk

Post # 202
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

About $70-80k with 160 guests invited. We’re still more than a year out but have most of the larger decisions made. 

Post # 203
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve only just started but it will probably end up being ~100K before rings and honeymoon (which we’re budgeting about 13K for)

Post # 204
3080 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The reception will probably be around $22,000. I don’t have a final tally yet because we don’t know who is coming (obviously since it’s 22 months away). But it’s around $135 pp and we have a minimum of 150. 

What we booked so far is photographer and DJ. Which together is just under $9,000.

My parents bought my dress & veil which was a little over 2,000. 

So I guess we spent (or are committed to spending) $33,000 already. (wow, did not even realize that). 

We don’t know how much the church is yet, but it’s booked. I think it’s something like a $750 donation. 

 So the whole budget will probably be around 40k-45k. My parents are covering the reception though, so that’s a HUGEEEE chunk of our budget. And his parents offered to pay for flowers or limos. Not sure which one yet. 

Post # 205
9 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@bzybee15:  Sounds exactly like what happened to us!

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@TheFutureMrsNguyen:  I -absolutely- hear ya on the no DIY projects — so jealous of all the crafty Bees but I don’t have the talent or time!

We were originally aiming for an budget but stylish wedding for 250 people (‘small’ by both our families’ standards) in SoCal — initial target budget was $30k, but wasn’t set in stone.  Wanted to be frugal but not have the wedding look cheap/tacky since our parents would have killed us even if they weren’t paying.  

Actual money spent by us, excluding rings and honeymoon, will be probably around $45k; actual total budget will be around $55k (his/my parents are contributing a bit).  What does this money get you?  A long wedding day with two ceremonies, an informal ‘lunch’ (really just light refreshments between the two ceremonies) and cocktail hour followed by a multi-course dinner.

Biggest expenses:

– Food and alcohol – probably around $13-15k.  Quality/quantity of food was the highest priority item!

– Venue + Decor – OMG, we went with a ‘budget’ venue but basically have to bring everything in ourselves (venue $5k; decor including rentals, lighting, floral, dinnerware, etc $13k; grand total of $18k).  HOWEVER, our alternate venues were $27-30k just for venue fees, excluding floral decorations, so I think overall we still ‘saved’ around $9-13k.

– Photographer – $5k+

Things we scrapped due to budget:

– Idea of a beachfront/ocean view venue (hard to find an affordable one for 250 people, especially because we had specific catering requirements)

– Videographer, because I can’t imagine EVER watching the video again and would rather have beautiful photos

– Ultra-fancy photographer — you know, the ones who are splashed around all the wedding blogs.  Shocked to find out most of them START at $8k, which was almost a third of our original budget.

– Live band/dancers/animals/other entertainers for the reception

Big breaks we got:  (I hate when you are amazed by weddings that cost ‘only $xxxx’ but then you figure out that they got amazing free photography and had their reception at the family winery, etc.)

– Most of my wedding clothes were gifted by my female relatives and Future Mother-In-Law, so I didn’t end up spending the $1-5k that could have cost

– No bridal party, so no costs there

– Groom’s clothing budget not included in the total since he considers those investment pieces that he will re-wear

I didn’t have a ‘vision’ or ‘dream wedding’ to begin with.  What was most important to us was that our guests were comfortable and had a good time; plenty of delicious food, alcohol, music, and dancing; and our parents were not embarassed by the whole shebang.

Post # 206
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our budgetit’s 13,000. We Live in Michigan, so definitely not asexpensive as places like NY or CA. Anyway, I’m DIYing almost everything and I’ve found really good deals (I have a lot of time to plan). We are actually about 1500 under our budget with rings! Oh and we’ll have about 125 guests. Having a small budget is totally do able, you really have to do a lot yourself and put a lot of time into it. I like doing all this though!

Post # 207
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

ours is under 2k! Its going to be amazing though, my aunt/uncle have a beautiful house/property which is where we are doing it : ) This included ceremony/decor/reception/food.. everything but honeymoon/after stuff pretty much. We’re having 65 guests invited.

Post # 208
8434 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our reception budget is about $7k, but we’re saving on a huge list of things I’m doing DIY.  Our overall budget was just under $12k (including rings) for an indoor reception with about 60 guests.

Post # 209
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@bellenga:  We’re also having a small wedding (about 50 guests) and our budget is right around $14,000 not including honeymoon or rings.

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