(Closed) Cost of your wedding

posted 4 years ago in Money
  • poll: What was/is the cost of your wedding (excluding engagement ring, wedding bands, & wedding dress)?
    cost : (4 votes)
    2 %
    $5,000 < cost : (16 votes)
    9 %
    $10,000 < cost < $15,000 : (45 votes)
    26 %
    $15,000+ : (111 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    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 # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    $2,500 for 30 guests + the two of us… That includes location, officiant, dress, suit, decorations, wedding rings, favors and food!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    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
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    Worker bee

    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!) 

     

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