Cost of wedding vs income

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA

Our wedding was about 4% of our income.

Wow, I was concerned about the expense, but seeing it phrased this way, it was a steal!  We both wanted a memorable, intimate ceremony, so we paid about $220 per person for the ceremony and reception venue at a seaside English pub.  We have just bought a house, so we wanted to spend our income doing renovations and repair on that, and not the wedding.

Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours was just under 30% if you look at the total cost of the wedding compared to our income, however my parents and his probably covered about 20%?

Our wedding wasn’t really that expensive (compared to others I know), we were just really young and poor when we got married, so it was a big chunk.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee

About 20% of our combined gross income, and we’re paying for it. It’s coming out of savings and we will still have a robust emergency fund & long term savings/investments, but we don’t have a house or cars (we live in a city with good transport and high home prices).  

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

About 30% of our gross combined income. However, my parents chipped in for about half.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

25% of our combined annual income, but we’re saving for 18 months so technically it’s less than that

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Around 10% for us. I’m surprised at how common that seems to be on this thread! I was disappointed that we needed to be responsible adults and couldn’t afford any of the nice things I had envisioned like a silk dress and cute floral centerpieces. This makes me feel much better.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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zzar45 :  3% not including my dress, our wedding bands, and honeymoon (cause we’re not taking one!)

Post # 38
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Blushing bee

Not engaged yet but our max budget would be 10% of our income

Post # 39
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Busy bee

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zzar45 :  less than 5 percent including honeymoon and destination elopement clothes hair makeup flowers officiant and photographer

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

0.5% because we had a simple enlopement ceremony. 

Post # 41
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Busy bee

0.25%, roughly, but we were gifted the money from my parents. We eloped and didn’t do anything overly expensive. But if you include rings and honeymoon (I’m never clear on the “standard” when it comes to discussing costs of a wedding) then it was more like 5%.

Post # 42
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Busy bee

Less than 1% 😁 Had my whole wedding for around $2,500!!

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Maybe 25%? I wasn’t working at the time though. Our parents contributed half of it. 

Post # 44
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Bumble Beekeeper

Ours was about 2.5% at the time, but then I got a big pay bump at a new job, so it was only a very small percentage of that. We just didn’t see a lavish wedding as priority. It was just nice to be married and to have family and friends to celebrate.

Post # 45
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Busy Beekeeper

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zzar45 :  Ours is somewhere in the vicinity of 5-6%. A big one-day event is just not what we want to spend our money on, so we had a low key wedding – bbq hangout style at a rental ranch.  Fun, but definitely not bank breaking, and since we’d just bought a house the summer before, more logical.

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