(Closed) BUDGET. What’s yours?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 122
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our budget is looking like it’ll be around $6000 for 100-120 people, not including our honeymoon. We’ve DIY’d a lot of stuff and our parents are jointly paying for everything but I still can’t help cringing a bit at the thought of spending $6000 for one day.

Post # 123
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our budget started out as $22,000 not including rings, honeymoon and rehearsal dinner. Now, the goal is to keep it under $30,000! I think we’ll hit right about $29,000 but if you add in all the little small expenses and the money my parents have spent on sprucing up their house (the venue), I’d say $31,000 is probably a more realistic total. I have been very lucky to have such generous parents!!

Post # 124
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My parents just offered to pay for everything which, I’ll be honest, is a huge relief but I’m still gonna stick to our 5K budget for our backyard wedding for 50 people.

Post # 125
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

our budget is around $150-200k for around 200 guests…a bit high but will definately be the wedding of my dreams! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 126
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We started at 10k but realized for 200 people its a tad more so are budget is 13k and im not going over that reception including food wedding cakes grooms cake ceremony decorations and centerpieces  the only thing we have to bring in is alcohol and photographer and dj good thing we know a ton of great people helping us out!!

Post # 127
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The budget I had in mind when I started planning was around 7.5k. With some location-finding set back I am looking towards having to up it with 1k, which in itself isn’t a problem (we can afford it without having to break the bank) but I am having a hard time actually spending that much on our (relatively small 35 dayguests, total of ~90 for the reception/party) wedding!

We are planning on buying a house next summer and every penny saved on the wedding is one we can spend on the house.. which makes me an awfully scroogy wedding-planner (though a friend of mine prefers to call it ‘sensinble’ ;))! Whenever something ends up being more expensive then I had budgetted in for, I start scratching stuff from the list. Just to add some back lateron cause I really do love to have such and such detail on the day.. Tis a bit of a viscious circle that I find very hard to break!

I know it is “just one day” but it IS a special day so I want it to be just that, special. With a nice location, good food&beverages, some nice little details, music and merriment, shared with family&friends so that our special day will be one to remember and look back at with a big smile. So I don’t mind splurging on it a little, cause it’s worth it — but at the same time, we can only spend our money once so every time I do a total budget calculation and it adds up some again I just cringe a little..

Post # 128
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Newbee

Our budget will be about 60K without rings, honeymoon and rehearsal dinner.  This is for 100 guests in a pretty big city.  Rings, honeymoon and rehearsal dinner will probably be another 30K.  My fiance and I are putting half the money and his family and my family are contributing the other half.  This was the amount my fiance and I could comfortably save in the year we were engaged.  I feel blessed to be able to spend this amount, but believe it or not, there are a few things that I would like to have done that I cut out due to cost.  So even though it sounds like 60K is a good amount to spend on a wedding (and it definitely is), I would have ideally spent around 75-80K ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 129
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Incuding everything for ceremony & reception (dress/honeymoon too) $8500.

Our goal was to keep it under 10. Our wedding is this Saturday so I think we’re done spending!!!

Post # 130
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m such a frugal kind of girl that we are doing it for about $2500, that is our absolute cap and we cannot go over. We have a lot of things that friends/family are doing super cheap for us.

photog is a student that needs the experience and has a fabulous portfolio- free

dj, who happens to be one of his fellow firefighters- $150 for 5 hours

cake, his mom make fabulous cakes- free

dress alterations, again his mom used to do them in a bridal shop- free

reception location, keeping it local in a rural community- $150

dress was discontinued- $299

I could keep going but really those are our best deals. We’re dyi a LOT of stuff.

Post # 131
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It amazes me the amount that people are spending on their weddings! I sure wish I had that kind of cash!!!! ๐Ÿ™

My parents gave me 6500, and my Fiance and I think we will be spending around 4000 ourselves, which puts the budget at about 10500 dollars. And seriously, although 10k seems like a TON of money to me, we are really having to get creative. Our biggest expense and splurge was PHOTOGRAPHY, since it is the only thing that will last forever.

Post # 132
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@heatherrobyn

You are definitely not the only one who is amazed (stunned at times) by the amount that some are able/willing to spend on their weddings. I am not at all judging anyone, but I personally couldn’t see us spend all of our savings (which we are saving up for the downpayment on our new house which we planning to buy next year after I graduate university) on our wedding. No, I am pretty happy with our current budget of ~8.5k (which feels like a TON of money to me as well) and while yes it means we have to cut out some of the details I would have liked to have, and DIY some stuff, I can’t help but feel proud for pulling it off on a rather small budget. I am really a bit envious of those who manage to do so for half or even less our budget!!

Our biggest splurges will be the venue, and the photographer. Well, and my ring, since it will be a custom made one, using my grandfathers weddingband – as well as FI’s beautiful watch that he picked out.

In the end I think what’s most important is that we all plan the type of wedding we dream of and feel most comfortable with and make it a beautiful great day — whether tis on a small or extremely large budget. Tis the start of a new era in our lives so it will be special regardless!

Post # 133
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$25k for 100 people.  My parents are paying for everything (except the rehearsal dinner, which FI’s mom is handling) and they wrote me a check the day after we got engaged (guess my dad was expecting it…) and said, spend it on what you want.  Good thing we already owned our house, because I would have been really tempted to save it for a downpayment and elope.  As it is, I am having a really hard time getting my head around spending this amount on one day.  But I’m only doing this once, and it’s important to my parents (and me! and FI!), so cest la vie.

The fact that my parents gave me the money upfront has actually been great because I decided I was not spending a penny of my own money (except on honeymoon and rings).  I have been so determined to be budget-savvy and negotiate that I just added everything up and we will be about $5k UNDER BUDGET.  Awesome.  Hawaii here we come.  I am actually kind of surprised, as we are getting married in a really expensive part of Northern California, but I guess I know I can be a penny pincher now!  Wink

Post # 134
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

$3500 for 40 people, and my Fiance spend $1100 when he bought the rings. No honeymoon.

Post # 135
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

At first we were working with a 7.5k budget, which had to be upped by 1k cause of the venue of our choice being more expensive then we had thought/hoped. After 2-3 weeks of terrible communication and bickering with the venue, we decided we had enough and found ourselves a different venue for the wedding. We are much happier with this location and even been able to – instead of adding 1k to the budget – knock 1k off! Woot!

I’ve been a little create with some other items on the budget list and we are currently hoping to close ~6000k! That includes everything (so also the rings) except for my dress (gift from my sweet mum), for a wedding with 40 dayguests and 90 evening guests.  I am quite proud at having been able to pull it off with such a relatively low budget.

Post # 136
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was really trying to stay in the 15-20k range (for 150 guests), although it might get a bit higher than that. Our biggest splurge was the photog, but both Fiance and I agree that photos are an important thing to have and not skimp on. I was able to get a really good last-minute deal on the venue, and got a David’s Bridal dress that was on sale. Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are from Target ($39!!). Rehearsal dinner is going to be in the church hall, just a bbq kinda thing…we’re cutting corners wherever we can!

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