Post # 1
I’m wondering a few things about wedding cost, just to kind of get an idea of an appropriate budget. I understand it also depends on the location, but this would help me get a better picture of the planning and budgeting.
1) How much did/does your wedding cost (not including engagement rings, wedding bands, and wedding dress)?
2) How many people were invited?
3) Where did your wedding take place (country, metropolitan area, suburbs, etc…)
4) Did you hire a wedding planner (cost included in question #1).
Thanks a bunch!
This topic was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by starrynight898. Reason: changed from "logistics" to "money" thread
Post # 2
starrynight898: 40k for a guest list of 140, with 80 attending. We hosted a semi destination wedding in Sonoma, CA. We hired a DOC.
Big expenses: paying for lodging for immediate family for 2 nights.
Paying for 3 meals – rehearsal dinner, brunch and dinner
Paying for a hand pour coffee bar and cold brew on nitro
ETA: in addition to the typical big ticket items: photographer, venue and catering
Post # 3
We’re aiming for about $10k for about 100 people. It will be fairly simple. Biggest costs will be vanue and food. We are having an October wedding so it has to be indoors.
Post # 4
1) roughly 45000
2) 280 I think were invited and we had about 215 actually attend
3) Ontario Canada
4) no wedding planner
Post # 5
Ours was over the $50k mark not including rings or honeymoon. I stopped counting once it got to that point.
We had ~150 guests.
It took place at a well known country club here in Portland.
I did not hire a wedding planner as I enjoyed the process. A wedding planner/coordinator was provided on behalf of the venue.
Post # 6
I’m still planning, but we have a pretty solid budget.
1) How much did/does your wedding cost (not including engagement rings, wedding bands, and wedding dress)? Our budget is $30,000 including the dress. I’ve allotted about $3k for the dress, so $27k with no dress. My goal is to have the nicest wedding possible while being as cheap as possible (to a certain level).
2) How many people were invited? The list is at 115 including plus ones, but because it’s a (domestic) destination wedding I expect around 80 to show. We’ll probably add more friends since we just moved to a new city and are still a year and a half away. 100 would be ideal.
3) Where did your wedding take place (country, metropolitan area, suburbs, etc…) Charleston, SC. People say it’s the #2 wedding destination in the US after Vegas, but I’m not 100% sure about that. I’d describe it as a southern resort town (not quite “at” the beach).
4) Did you hire a wedding planner (cost included in question #1). Not yet, but that’s the plan. Full service is clearly out of budget so I’m looking for a month-of planner that can provide me with a vendor list. $1000 would be ideal, but realistically I’m thinking I’ll spend around $2500.
Post # 7
Our cost was about 40k for 125 guests.
Location was upstate, New York – about 80 miles north of the city, on a historic estate property.
We didn’t hire a wedding planner. Many details were DIY’d, because I wanted personal touches – a lot of work, but fun!
Post # 8
bitsybee: outdoorbee: teacherbee01: theshannondee: futuremrsgerson: alinyc: Thank you for all your detailed responses! Some of you bees mentioned inviting x number of guests, but expecting fewer guests to attend. When in your planning stages do you decide the final number of guests attending and plan accordingly with the venue/food vendors in terms of how much food to prep etc…?
Post # 9
starrynight898: Well usually you have a rough number in mind .. we told the venue our rough number and they suggested the best room for that amount. The owner of the venue also told us that you can pretty much assume 15-20 percent of people that you invite will not actually attend. We chose the room and were told we had to get back to him the week before the wedding with the final count. So knowing this you would make your rsvp date a few weeks before (allowing for late responses) and then report to the venue with your final count.
Post # 10
starrynight898: I figured out that with my caterer. i requested RSVPs 6 weeks before the day as the venue needed final numbers 4 weeks before the day.
Food vendors needed minimum estimates 2-3 weeks before, depending on the vendor.
Final numbers were 1 week before for all vendors.
Use experienced wedding vendors – they will tell you what they need and by when. Create alerts to remind you a week before, 3 days before and the day of all due dates.
Experienced wedding vendors are worth the $$ for a smooth event. The bigger the wedding, the more important this is. Otherwise, chaos, stress and disappointment can happen.
Post # 11
$2,500 for 30 guests + the two of us… That includes location, officiant, dress, suit, decorations, wedding rings, favors and food!
Post # 12
starrynight898: I think you’re supposed to plan for about 10-15% less people than you invite? (someone correct me if I’m wrong). Get a ballpark number and reach out to people you are not sure will attend to get a better idea. Make sure when booking a venue it will be appropriate to your low and high end numbers of people. When it comes to paying for things per person see if you can do a deposit and then finalize when your numbers come through!
Post # 13
Not married yet but we’re anticipating 100K+ paid for by ourselves, no debt, not including rings, dress, honeymoon and a slew of other things.
We’re in Ontario, Canada and are inviting 300 guests.
We do have a planner which cost us $7,345.
Post # 14
Trying really hard to stay at $15,000 for our day (I imagine it will be closer to $15,750 or $16,000, though).
Guest list of 160.
Suburbs in the midwest.
No planner although I will try to squeeze a DOC in (don’t think I need much help… just a go-to person). I’ve enjoyed the process so far!!
Post # 15
1) How much did/does your wedding cost (not including engagement rings, wedding bands, and wedding dress)? roughly 30k
2) How many people were invited? a lot of people had to travel for the wedding so the final guest list was 76 guests (we had to give the final guest count 2 weeks before the wedding date) we probably invited about 150
3) Where did your wedding take place (country, metropolitan area, suburbs, etc…) wedding took place in temecula (vineyard) in southern california
4) Did you hire a wedding planner (cost included in question #1). No wedding planner but wedding coordinator was part of the venue (lifesaver!)