(Closed) BUDGET. What’s yours?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

Our wedding ended up costing more than I expected for 150 guests(I remember wondering how the national average for my area was $25k and how people could possibly spend that and suffice to say we ended up spending plenty more).Then again, I found myself “having” to have overlays Chivari chairs, upgrades on food and bar etc. (i.e. a lot of things that are absolutely unnecessary).

Would I do it again? Probably, but only because I knew as I was adding items that we would not have debt after the wedding (We had a 2 year engagement so we could pay for it all, my parents were generous and I worked extra side jobs to pay for the extras). I’m also generally someone who lives well within my means and my wedding was my “splurge”.

That being said, some of the most beautiful and meaningful weddings I have been to have been the simplest ones with the smallest budgets! Elegant does not always = expensive (or extravagant via Ms. Ribbons’ post). Heartfelt touches, DIY and a bride and groom in love go a long way, so don’t let yourself get talked into extras because you feel like they are expected!

On a more practical note, Rich Bride/Poor Bride gives some great insight into what real couples have spent for different elements of their own weddings, and this website can give you an estimate for your area by zipcode and guests: http://www.costofwedding.com .

 

Post # 48
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Newbee

Our reception alone is 25K (venue + food) for 130ppl.  And that’s on an off-day in the off-season and NOT in Manhattan where we live.  (Sunday in November).

Total budget is about 49K without honeymoon and 57K with honeymoon.

You would think we’re having one of those platinum weddings, but the sad thing is that we’re so not!  NY metro is just insane.  We had wanted to spend 30-40K all in, but everything has been 2x-3x the amount I thought it would be.  e.g. had budgeted 1K for video, but quotes are starting at $3K (no way in hell)…and they’re not even that good!  Our venue requires the use of one their florists.  One interfaith minister quoted me $2K (hell no!).  And the list goes on and on… 

Post # 49
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ours started at around $15K and has quickly grown to $20K.  This is for approximately 480 guests, though!  So I say we’re doing well!!  πŸ™‚

Post # 50
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Our wedding was a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for about 22 people. It ended up being around 8K for the package we got. I tell you, destination weddings are actually much less expensive than most people imagine, and these days since many guests have to get on a plane anyway, it’s a great way for everyone to escape. And, like another poster here, I used http://www.myweddingworkbook.com/ to plan the entire thing and keep me on budget.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

Is too much an answer? Wink

Our budget without rings and honeymoon is $25k, but we’ll see….

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I started out wanting to spend $10-15K for 75-100 pple, but in NYC (and even surrounding areas), it doesn’t look like we can get away with less that $20K. The good news is that my mom is willing to contribute up to $15K, so that leaves us about $5-7K to contribute (not including our honeymoon), which I am really grateful for. It’s still very unsettling to my FH, but he’s getting over it. I think we have a tolerance for how “budget” we’re willing to do, so after presenting him with those options, he is slowly becoming more ok with a total of $20K.

Post # 53
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Bumble bee

We are shooting for $20K with rings, but not honeymoon. Honeymoon probably won’t be under $5k (we are doing a 2 week trip to Hawaii with lots of activities). We started with a $10K goal, but we were assuming our photographer would be free (family connection that didn’t work out). And we splurged on our venue, so those two things really brought the budget up. 

Post # 54
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

we should be staying around 7,000 for 50 guests in Los Angeles. also includes an at home reception in TN 2 wks later. love the search for budget items!

 

 

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we’ll be close to 75k for 140 guests in Southern California.

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Ugh, upwards of 40k for 175 guests…Yeeeeesh! 

That does not include honeymoon or rehearsal dinner/post-wedding brunch…

For just the reception, rentals are coming in about 8k and the food is going to end up being around 10k…

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we are trying to keep it around $18K. but theres no real budget – mostly we are “paying as we go” – nothing is on credit and have an idea of how much we want to pay for each thing. like i knew i wanted to pay less than $2K for my photographer. And i know i dont want to pay more than $900ish for my DJ or $1K for my alcohol, etc. so when i added up what my maximum is for everything its around $15K – but some of the things like my dress – i didnt have a budget for at all. what i liked i got! πŸ™‚

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our original budget was $15k…but it looks like it will be more like $20k for 150 people. It’s surprising how it all adds up. 

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh boy this is the subject of the century lol!

My parents gave us 15k to start, we got our venue (Epic Hotel in Miami) for 13,975 (Including taxes and fees) they include 5 hours of open bar, the food, a fondant cake, chivari chairs, pin tuck linens and a night stay for us at a suite (not bad) So now we have to pay for the church (2,000.00), the flowers I have no idea how much lol and the DJ and Limo that my fiance and my parents will be helping to pay for thank Goodness. We are paying for the pictures ourselves and my make-up, shoes and tux πŸ˜‰ My dress is being made by my best friend (http://www.jorgemanuelweddings.com) YAY I loooove him, it is a gift from him to me πŸ˜‰ So the idea is to stay under 30,000.00 =)

Post # 60
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

about 65-70K for 200 people in Brooklyn, NY!  I wish I could do a 200 person wedding with a 25K budget πŸ™

Post # 61
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Bumble bee

Oh my goodness!!!

I am almost to faint at the prospect of spending $4 – $5,000 for a 150 person wedding.

I could only wish I had a budget like the most of you. Have fun planning and good luck to all!

I am growing my own flowers and DIYing just about everything. Sometimes there’s love, but not money, LOL

 

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