(Closed) Cost of a wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much does your wedding cost?




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  • Post # 32
    1 posts
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Our wedding is going to be about $16,00 and I’m doing alot of the decorating myself ๐Ÿ™

    Post # 33
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Ours is about $45k for 150 people in nyc.

    Post # 34
    803 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    can we have more price options to be more spicific?

    Post # 35
    1313 posts
    Bumble bee

    Rough breakdown, and right now I’m at ~$4,000.. tons of wiggle room to get to $5K!


    Venue Rental (for ceremony and reception.. comes w tables and chairs… AND is exactly what I dreamed of!) … $500

    Food…$850 (Hog roast and family members making sides)

    Beverages…$500 (yeah, we’re drinkers….)

    Cake…$75 (I’m making it.. my first trial is baking in the oven right now, I will post pics later!)

    Gown…$300 (my dream dress is $700, so we’ll see on this one…)

    Alterations, jewelry, mani + pedi… $130

    Tux rental… $100

    Officiant.. free (my step-mom)

    Flowers… $15 (growing them myself, this was the cost of seeds.. although I will budget more in case of emergency)

    Decorations for everything… $250 (will probably go over this amount)

    Dinnerware… $150 (I am getting the Ecoware wooden cutlery!)

    Music…$150 (haven’t figured this out yet, DIYing it with an iPod but have no clue what the cost to rent the sound system is)

    Photographer… $175 (found an amazing student for $10/hr plus travel)

    Invitations…$200 (DIYing)

    Favors…$100 (donation)

    Attendant gifts…$200

    Parents gifts…$200

    His ring…$55 (mine came with a set)

    Website… $10 (for domain name, I found free hosting!! I am designing it myself)



    Post # 36
    650 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    our budget is 5,000. heres the breakdown were counting on having 80 guests.

    food/- 1100 (appertizers, full meal (were doing a barbqu food but were getting it catered) icecream cake and candy buffet.


    tent rental with chairs, tables, lights- 950

    Bed and breakfast for use of land-500

    hotel rooms-300

    my dress/acessories- 530



    hair-free (my friend is a hair stylist)

    dj-free (friend is a dj)

    decorations/invitations/programs/centerpieces- 400

    bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts-50


    officant: no idea yet….

    this adds up to 5,135 so were 135 over budget but i am sure we can find a way to cut costs.

    Post # 37
    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We are at 23K right now and I hope it stays that way.  Our honeymoon is already there but the spending money is not.  So hopefully, everything stays under 30K.  This is for 130-140 people ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 38
    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Here’s about what we’re spending…so far

    Inviting: about 160 – expect about 100

    Center / reception and ceremony = $7,000 (a HUGE deal as my husband knows the owner – normally the center we’re getting married at / reception at is rediculously expensive)

    Flowers = $200 (silk)

    Cake Topper = $400

    Photography = all day / unlimited = $1500 (yup, got a steal!)

    Vidographer = 2 cameras, 4 hours = $700 (yup, professional and another steal! contacts, ROCK!)

    DJ = 6 hours = $760

    Alcohol = not sure on this one yet = maybe $1500

    Dress = paid for by my mother (so not including in cost) = $1,100 and that’s with veil, gloves, shoes, etc…)

    Invitations = all DIY/hand made by yours truly = about $100 (not including postage)

    Catering = this one not sure yet as my husband is a manager at a catering business and honestly we may not even have to worry about our catering…depends on what his boss decides. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Centerpieces = all hand made / DIY = as of right now, about $50

    SO far we have paid off the center, bought the flowers, down payment on photography & videography – and have spent about $7700 so far – with less than $5000 more to spend.

    I hope to keep the total under $13,000

    Post # 39
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    $85K for 150 people.  This doesn’t include rings and honeymoon.  Ring and honeymoon are around $23K.

    Post # 40
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I agree you need to wide the price range. I choose 15K+ but ours is coming in around 37K.  This does include rehearsal dinner, host gifts, parents gifts, etc.  Does not include honeymoon or rings.

    Post # 41
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Our budget is 21K to 22K. This budget does not include honeymoon, rings, my dress or his tux


    So far:

    Venue/Reception including food,2 hr host bar, basic cake- $12, 435

    Additional host hour $1,000 (maybe)

    Sushi Chef- $1,200

    Outdoor Ceremony at venue- $989

    Priest- $400


    Cake Upgrade- $250

    Save the Dates-$75

    Reception & Ceremony decor estimate- $1750-2000




    Post # 42
    6 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Oh my! My wedding is only going to 10K for 350 people! Am I being unrealistic here? I’m doing a lot of diy and creativity

    My dress a wopping: 150

    suit= 100

    ceremony flowers 500

    Ceremony/Reception (same place)= 2500

    Photography: 3000

    so that’s practically half our budget…

    Decoration including linen, flowers, favors, centerpieces ect.=1,000

    food/caterer = 1,000

    cake= free!…hubby’s mom is a cake masta!

    rings = 800

    lots of paper and fabric for my diy includes invites, STD, some centerpieces/favors = 500

    DJ=not yet but family has to help pay something right mother?

    and that’s it so far…

    Post # 43
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Our will be over 30K

    Rehearsal Dinner: $1000

    Bridal Party Gifts: $600

    Reception Venue is 80pp (~15K) Food, Open Bar, Cake

    Ceremony On site $750- site and decor

    Officiant: $400

    Dress +others: $1500

    Flowers: $2000


    Photo/Video: $4500

    Transportant: $1000

    Cigar Roller: $1000

    Rings: $900

    Honeymoon $4000

    And Im sure Im forgetting more

    Post # 44
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    The plan was to keep it at or under $20K and in reality we’re probably going to spend about $30K after all is said and done.

    Post # 45
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We have yet to nail down a final few vendors so I’ll refrain from posting a budget breakdown just yet.  At the moment it’s looking like it will be $18-20K.. excluding rings and honeymoon.  That’s for approx. 80 people.

    Do keep in mind, though, that location (ie- state), type of reception (ie- brunch/dinner/dessert only & alchohol included or not), and especially the amount of guests will make your poll answers vary widely.  The costs for a wedding will differ HUGELY if thrown for 50 guests vs. 200.

    Post # 46
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We ended up spending a little over 10,000.00 for a 100 people in Vancouver.


    You can see my wedding on the bee under real budgets ๐Ÿ™‚

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