(Closed) Did you make a profit from your wedding or was it a wash?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 77
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We got about 15% of what we spent, plus some additional gifts. Not even close!

Post # 78
1495 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Our wedding cost 6.5k, we put out about 2k of that, and received $3500 in cash plus gifts.  We felt very blessed by our family and friends!! 

We had NO idea what the gifts would be when planning our wedding and we would have had the same wedding whether we got $50 or $50,000 in the end.  We were able to treat our friends to a fun party, and they helped us get our life together started.  Win win.

Post # 79
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We spent about $100/pp, and I doubt we will get that for each person, maybe we’ll get $100 per couple. I don’t plan to make a profit either, but I love to come close to cutting out even. (crossing my fingers!)

Post # 80
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t understand the comments about ppl not understanding this thread. Maybe it is just a city thing?But it IS considered rude even to come to a party without a gift..of any sort whether matericalistic or $$. You don’t get married for the sake of making money but when you get married and especially when you throw a party and invite people it is considered wrong to go if you cannot give some sort of gift. Same goes for Sweet 16’s, Confirmation Parties, Barmitzvah’s, etc. It’s just wrong to not give something. I know my FH and I will appreciate everything we get and boy do we need all the help we can get but I think weare going into the planning/budgeting not expecting that all will be taken care of.

Post # 81
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

it is definately a regional thing…my Maid/Matron of Honor said that her family from NY says that weddings there usually make a profit or get close. im from az/cali & we didnt even get 1/8th of what we spent-so i think it is defiantely a regional thing so I wouldnt spend more banking that you’ll get a specific amount back 🙂

Post # 82
2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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Post # 83
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our parents are paying for the wedding, so we’ll definitely make a profit. I don’t think we would if we were paying for it. Even if the guests gave the amount to cover their food, there’s still all the other incidentals that we’re paying for. I think you’d have to have a pretty budget wedding for that to work…

Post # 84
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My cousin profitted from his wedding..they did a lunch wedding and my family gifted them enough to cover what was spent to have us there and more…and when everyone does that, the bride and groom profit.  Because of the economy, I don’t expect to receive as much..but we are having a traditional vietnamese wedding and that usually mean gifts are in form of cash and checks instead of household items.  We’ll be lucky if we end up getting half of what we spent only because we are splurging on the guests and getting the fancy dinner and 6-hour of top shelf open bar.

Post # 85
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Kind of an old thread but I really didn’t think of it in those terms until I SAW the thread.  But yeah, nowhere close.  We received 3 wedding gifts, total. We married out of state and for what few guests showed up it was a big expense just to get there.  We received gifts from 2 of my wife’s hometown friends (from Iowa) and my mother.  Nothing from any of those here in Texas who wanted to come but couldn’t.   Anyway, never thought of it much but just wanted to chime in.

Post # 86
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Our total costs were about $15,000 of which we must’ve paid about half and we were given about $7,000 in gifts (mainly cash and vouchers). 

We were very fortunate to receive such wonderful and generous gifts from our guests and to not have to go into debt with our wedding.

Post # 87
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

just want to reinforce what other has said: do NOT go into wedding hoping to recoup the cost via gifts. Know your budget ands stick with it.


That being said, we paid for our own wedding and the monetary gifts from our guests did not come even close to our wedding expense. Fortunately, our family is very generous, their gifts covered our wedding cost (i.e. if we were planning our wedding to just make money, we would invite just family b/c that would reduce the cost to 1/10 and still the same amount of gifts).


Anyway, we are just happy that our family and friends could be there to witness our unions (regardless if they could gave us a gift, a small gift or no gift at all).


Post # 88
8 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would say we got half back from a 20000 wedding.

Post # 89
71 posts
Worker bee

Ha, ha… I thought this post was going to be about Kim Kardashian!

Post # 90
1525 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NC Girl: Hah, me too. 🙂  Interesting read though!

Post # 91
12270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think we were gifted about 65% of the cost of the entire wedding, but factoring in help from parents we actually came out like 4 or 5k up.

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