(Closed) Cost-wise, where does your wedding budget fall?

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: Cost-wise, where does your wedding budget fall?
    $5,000 and under : (52 votes)
    13 %
    $10,000 and under : (80 votes)
    20 %
    $20,000 and under : (121 votes)
    30 %
    $30,000 and under : (69 votes)
    17 %
    $40,000 and under : (40 votes)
    10 %
    $50,000 and up : (39 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I picked $5,000 and under, but what my Fiance and i can spend personally is more like $2,000.  Our wedding is going to be a BBQ at Dad’s house.  Dad said he can buy and cook the food, he’s a printer so he’ll take car of the invites too. I’m making my dress.  A friend is a DJ, another friend has a Banquet hall and will be lending me the tables and chairs, my sister is baking the cake.   So my big expenses are goign to be a tent and maybe a dance floor.  Alcohol. disposable linens and plates, and decorations.

    we’ll make it work! and yes i know i could just have it at the friends banquet hall, but its in a not-so-great neighborhood and the parking is TERRIBLE. (for all you philly folks, K&A.)

    So friends Family and elbow greese =cheap fun wedding!

    Post # 5
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    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    we’re really thankful for all our friends.  It does help that we live in a major metro area.  But i think that alot of brides could find similar help if they think to ask around.  Remember, there are more kinds of wedding gifts than cash and dishes!  Alot of people will be more than excited to help thow the party of the year. 

    Post # 7
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    453 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We are $5K-right at it. This includes everything except my engagement ring. Honeymoon, honeymoon spending money, food, my dress, florals, cake, etc. I’m a special education teacher & I have a mortgage and kids…those things that come along help to keep things in perspective. For example-we decided for favors, that we are doing bubbles at the door and a large, pretty basket of those mints that say "thanks for sharing our day"-simple, sweet and to the point. I even decided that the several dollars difference between the general ones and the personalized ones wasn’t worth it either. I have given myself permission-so to speak-to let the not so important things go and focus on the things that really matter-which is the happiness of the day and making sure that my children (mine, he thinks of them as his, so therefore ours) understand that we are a family now-the four of us. This day is about David and I and we weren’t willing to break the bank to celebrate it. 🙂

    Post # 8
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    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Haha, this conversation with my parents went something like this:

    Parents: I’m sorry [Miss Burgundy], but we are not millionaires like the rest of your relatives. We can give only you $40,000 for the wedding and that’s it.

    Me: …I’m sorry, I think I had some water in my ear from going to the beach earlier. What did you say? $14,000?

    Parents: Um, no. $40,000, and we’re sorry we can’t give you more.

    Me: …so…wait, what? *shocked*

    It was a very pleasant surprise, my parents tend to be kind of simple people so for them to put so much money up for my wedding was completely amazing. We got our dream venue and everything! I know I’m very fortunate though, and if I can make it somewhat under that while still having it at our dream venue, I will.

    Post # 9
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    818 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    The only reason my Fiance and I are able to have the wedding that we are is because we have very loving parents and grandparents. Otherwise, we’d probably be going to the courthouse and then a local motel for the honeymoon (totally nothing wrong with that, just not what we want).

    Post # 10
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    43 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I am getting married on a Thursday night and saving a ton of money. First off, my site charges 500 per hour on Saturdays, and only 50 p/h on thursday! That was a no brainer…plus all of my other vendors have thrown in extras or discounted their prices too, since they are looking at getting a job on a day that usually wouldn’t. We’ve figured that we have saved over 7,000, just because of that! We are going to NYC for a week for our honeymoon, and instead of renting a hotel room, we rented a penthouse apartment (24th floor in Times Square!!!) for about 2,500 for the whole week, vs almost 5000 to stay in a midrange hotel penthouse. We are going all out, but since we were willing to compromise with our day, we have really been able to afford the type of dream wedding we want.

    Post # 11
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    16 posts
    Newbee

    I am in the mid-lower range of this survey… the resort I’m choosing for our wedding location is uber expensive, but guest accommodations around it are very affordable, I’m not having a real wedding cake (great cake already comes with our food), we’re making the centerpieces, and just putting all of our efforts into people having a great time at a fabulous place… without the extras!  If it weren’t for the economy, the budget would be doubled, but I’m totally happy with what I have right now. 

    Post # 12
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Ours is about $5,000 but we’d like to keep it closer to $3,000. And that includes total budget, including what our families are helping with. My dress/veil is about $600 (my only splurge), the ceremony/reception location is about $350. $350 for a DJ and about $600 for a photographer. Family members are going to do the food for us-buffet style. The only thing I haven’t checked into yet is the cake and the alcohol. His suit should run us about $150. A few other small things here and there but that’s all the big stuff.

    This was the wedding/budget we’d planned even before I lost my job. We don’t want a big, lavish, and expensive affair. Even if we could afford a $20,000 wedding (expensive in our area) we wouldn’t. Its just not who we are. We just want to be married. In fact, now we wish we’d have picked this June instead of September!

    Post # 13
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    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    The Fiance & I are extremely lucky to have financial, emotional and labor help from both sides of the family.  I wouldn’t say it’s a lavish affair, I prefer to call it a fun inter-cultural gathering.

    The reason why I decided to have a bigger wedding than what we originally planned was quite simply because a) I realized I wanted one that I get to have fun planning for! b) for family. My mom gets a lot of flack I think (more than she tells me) for me dating a white guy and frankly she no longer cares and can give 2 hoots what my extended family thinks. But I want to give her an opportunity to show off that her only daughter is marrying well. A professional with a college degree and a great job. SO THERE! And for the FI’s side they never really got to be a big part of his 2 older brother’s weddings. So I think it will be great for them too to be a big part of our wedding. On the day of and the wedding planning portion.

    And. We want to celebrate with friends!!! And when we throw a party. We throw a party!

    However, I do wish I was as lucky as some of the brides out there that know friends who are photographers, DJs, etc. Trust me, we don’t. Sigh. Those would be huge budget savers.

    Post # 14
    Member
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Fiance and I are just barely nudging over $20k with our estimates. Both of our parents are helping out and we’re also saving for about half the wedding ourselves. (Ahh! I can’t believe it’s less than a year away!)

    Post # 15
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Wow look at all the savvy 5K brides! If I had all of your incredible hook ups, our 15K wedding would be down in the single digits….our biggest expense (about 10K of our budget) is our venue, which includes our DJ, the ceremony, the reception, all the food. Then $400 for my dress (gift from my parents), about $200 for all my accesssories, I spent $200 on all 6 of my bridesmaids’ dresses, 3K for my rockin’ photographer, and very minor odds and ends. Basically, everything but food and photos I’m doing myself. It helps that Mom and Dad gifted us our 4K honeymoon and helped with the down payment on our house as a gift…so otherwise, we’d be in the cheapies, too. We’re very frugal people, and 15K still sounds like a ridiculous amount of money to me.

    Post # 16
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    179 posts
    Blushing bee

    5K is all we will have for everything, including honeymoon. 🙁 It kind of sucks.

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