(Closed) Does anyone else?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@future_mrs_taylor:  I’m not engaged yet, but we’ve discussed and basically we’ll have a budget that is exactly what we can save in the year it’ll take to plan the wedding. We’ll be VERY lucky if that is $15k. Even that seems like a HUGE number to me, but we’ll have about 200 guests. So, yeah… we’re gonna have to friendor the HELL outta our wedding. Luckily, I have cousins who are really good semi-professional chefs and a professional baker in the family.

Post # 4
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748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@future_mrs_taylor:  Depends on what you consider huge. The term is relative. 

Our wedding is going to be about 45k when all is said and done for 119 people. A year ago I’d have considered that huge, but now it seems just kind of expensive. Huge to me is when you get closer to 100k.

Post # 5
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4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re spending around $7500 for our wedding of 50 guests. This doesn’t include the honeymoon though

Post # 6
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776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agreed – huge is certainly relative. I set a budget, then I’ve pretty much ended up spending 15k over it. Not because I’m terrible at keeping budgets.. but I set a budget based on what I thought things were worth, not what they actually cost. I have family/cultural obligations to meet so the budget had to go up to keep in line with them. Such is life. 

Post # 7
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11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@irishphoenix:  Agreed–“huge” is really relative, and very dependent on where you live. 

Our budget is well below the national average, but we’re spending more than most of our friends/family did on theirs.

I know there have been a few big budget ladies on here, though.

Post # 8
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8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I tend to consider $50,000 a huge budget….My mom paid for my wedding and basically said to try not to exceed $30,000.. but I knew I didn’t want it to cost that much…It ended up being roughly $22,000. (not including the dress)

 

Post # 10
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7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@sanjessica:  Seriously though! I swore we could have a catered backyard wedding for $4k. Um. If we’re eating off paper plates and everyone brings their own tables and chairs maybe! Sigh. 

Post # 11
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776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MexiPino:  exactly. Here I was, naive as ever, thinking you could have a reasonable wedding at a reasonable cost. Apparently someone needs to give me a dictionary as a gift because it would appear I need to adjust my definition of “reasonable.”

Post # 12
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7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@sanjessica:  Dude… somebody needs to give the wedding industry a dictionary! My cousin keeps screaming “potluck wedding!!!!” and I’m starting to think she’s got a good idea. SIGH

Post # 13
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We set a $15k budget b/c that’s how much money we had on hand.  But then we actually started reasearching venues and making draft guest lists and wow was it expensive.  The average in our area is $30k and it looks like we’ll be spending $25k, but that’s including wedding rings and honeymoon.

Post # 14
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514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@future_mrs_taylor:  So you don’t actually have a budget yet? It really depends on your area what is considered a big budget and even then each person is different. Our wedding will be 60-70 people on the beach and its going to cost around $25,000. To me that’s a lot, considering the size and location. but if you were in NYC that would be nothing.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree with PPs it’s really relative to where you are.

To me, 20K is a LOT…I’ve had a few friends have weddings that costs around that much.  They were really nice, but for me, I’d rather put that down on a house or something.

We don’t really have a set budget.  My parents as well as Fiance and I are contributing. Our planning so far has consisted of figuring out what we want, and the best/cheapest way to get it.  Luckily, we have “Friendors” for our caterer, DJ, Officiant, Photographer…all of which is either free (minus their expenses) or at a very discounted family friend rate.  FI is a computer programmer and game designer, so we designed all of our paper products ourselves.  Adding up what we’ve spent so far and what’s left to spend, I’m projecting around $9k for our wedding for 170 guests, not including our honeymoon, which we are paying for ourselves.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vorpalette:  Yeah. Including honeymoon and rings, we’re looking at about 50k. 

But I’m in CT, and stuff here seems to be pricey in comparison to other areas of the country. :0/ I’m jealous of people who can get packages with open bars for less than 35 dollars per person.

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