Post # 1
I’m just curious… my first wedding was when I was 26 years old and my parents footed the entire bill. We paid for the honeymoon and the grand total rang up at $28k
This is both my FI’s and my second wedding. We each have a small child (under 5) and we each have a mortgage. So, since we are paying for everything ourselves this time and we already have some major expenses we are trying to stay “small and simple”. Unfortunately, my goal of being under $10k has now gone to trying to stay under $18k. I can’t believe how much more expensive everything has gotten in only 8 years! 🙂
Post # 3
Fiance paid 15k for his first ten years ago.
We’re paying 12k for ours. We are having half the guest list but a way funner time 😉
Post # 4
My parents also footed the bill for my first wedding in 2001. We did in my home country in Turkey and they went all out, 150 guests in the most luxurious hotel that used to be a palace; and still I think the total was about $15K. This time I paid for the whole thing and tried to kept it modest with 60 guests, Monday wedding, less lavish choices on everything…And it still came to $35K. Gotta love the cost of living here in SoCal. My mom almost passed out when she heard what we paid the photographer alone.
Post # 5
My first wedding I was 18. Parents paid for all of it. We didn’t do a dinner or dance, it was a cake & punch reception. No alcohol. It was in a small town, reception was in the church’s fellowship hall. Dress was only a couple hundred dollars. Borrowed decorations. I don’t know exactly how much it cost, less than $2000 I can pretty much guarantee.
This time around, my fiance and I spending about $10,000.
Post # 6
My first wedding was so long ago, I don’t even remember what the budget was… In fact, I don’t think I knew what it was then.
This time our wedding was under $5,000 for our destination elopement. We’re trying to keep our reception celebration under $3,000.
Post # 7
My first wedding was in 1977. So although I don’t remember the exact numbers, it was considerably less expensive than my second wedding in 2009, even though we paid for the second wedding ourselves and economized on a lot of things. (Total budget was $10,000 for the second wedding.)
Post # 8
I got married in 2001 and my parents paid for the entire thing. I believe it was 28k. This time araound they are paying for their extra guests utside of the family I am inviting. It’s my FH’s first wedding and he doesn’t want to play it down at all. I will be wearing ivory. We are spending about 45k. My father has offered me $ to elope, and I have seriously considered it. But then I would have no reason to blog on weddingbee!
Post # 9
I think my fiance’s first wedding was 30K or more, but the bride’s family paid. Our wedding will be less than half of that, and we’ll pay for it (plus an extended honeymoon) mostly ourselves.
Post # 10
Eeek! My prior wedding was only $7k when all was said and done. This one is about the same size, and it’s just under $20k. But, I’m getting the wedding I dreamed of, to the man of my dreams, so I’m ok with splurging this time 😉
Post # 11
My first wedding was when I was 20. We planned it in a week and had a potluck dinner in the church basement. My mom bought my dress the day of for $200 and the shoes for another $50. He already owned a tux and the food was brought by guests. There was maybe $500 spent total. . .and that’s high.
This time around, we’re 30 and it’s FI’s first wedding. We’re going the very traditional route and spending far more than we wanted to. Our initial budget was in the 20-25k range. I’m sure we’re over that now.
Post # 12
My first wedding was in 1989. There were about 120 people for a sit down dinner reception. The total (with my dress) came to about $6500. My parents paid.
My second, paid for my me and my Fiance, will cost us about $10K. There will be about 60 people for a sit-down lunch reception. I actually thought I could get away with spending the same amount money as I did 20 years ago…argh. But looking forward to it!
Post # 13
My first wedding probably cost less than 1K. I was 18 at the time.
The second wedding cost nothing past the marriage license and a flower bouquet.
My third (and last!) wedding cost 5 K – that was for the wedding, reception and pig roast the next day. Darling Husband paid all the honeymoon expenses.
Post # 14
My first was 2003 and my parents/his parents covered most things, I would think the entire thing came in around $24k for 105 guests.
This time we’ll probably be around $10k for 150 guests, no honeymoon and a large portion of that is from my parents.
They like this guy way better 😉
Post # 15
We both were married before very young.. he got married at 19,( went to court house) I got married when I was 24( when I found out I was pregant) my parents paid for everything which was about $12K nothing fancy at all. We both said we got married just becasue we really didnt know what love was then
This time I am ready a christain woman and I know God blessed me with my Fiance so we are paying for our entire wedding which is about $28K we still have some last minute items so roughly I would say $30K. We are doing it big becacuse we never had a big wedding before and we consider this a blessed union made by God .
Congrats to all you ladies, I know you all have found true love this time.
Post # 16
First wedding in 2003, I was 22 and threw together in 4 months and paid about $4500 for everything (including ex’s divorce from 1st wife. Yeah I know, don’t go there, but I was pregnant and trying to do the right thing.)There were about 50 people and it was in a small restaurant.
Fiance’s first wedding was 1992 but it was in his ex-SIL living room. Cake and punch with about 12 people.
Even though we were both married, we consider this our first “wedding” so we’re going all out and traditional as possible. We’re spending about $15,000. But it’s so worth it. We had a little get together with some family members and when someone suggested he do the toast, he raised his champagne and looked at me and said, “Here’s to getting it right.”