(Closed) Expenses so far…

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
183 posts
Blushing bee

@eecuadrado:  Omg, thinking about this makes me want to throw up, lol.  We have been very fortunate though to have a lot of help from my family.  My parents are paying for the venue, photography, and DJ, and also paid for my dress.  This is the biggest chunk of what has been spent on our wedding thus far.

Venue (incl. catering, open bar, and wedding cake):  appx. $19,000

Photography (incl. album and engagement session): $3800

DJ (incl. gobo light): $1200

Dress & veil:  appx. $1900

In addition, Fiance and I have paid for (or have signed contracts to do so):

Honeymoon:  $5500

Limo: $700

Wedding rings: $700 for both

Cocktail hour musicians: $300

Photobooth:  $240

Boudoir photos: $230

Post-reception transportation for bridal party $300

Flowers (centerpieces, bouquets, boutennieres, and welcome table arrangement): $2200

Save the Dates:  $280 + postage = about $350

Materials for DIY ceremony decor: $80

Champagne flutes:  $30

Personalized napkins: $60

Bubbles: I honestly forget how much these cost me, lol

Bridesmaid gifts: so far I’ve spent a total of about $450 for all of my 6 bridesmaids combined.  Still have one more gift to add in for them though.

Post # 4
2894 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve spent a little over 1,7K so far, on a budget of 7K. 🙂 16 months to go, though. Once the deposits start to chip in, the numbers will get higher. Now the 1.7K is mainly for Fiance and I’s attire, shoes, accessories, cardbox, etc. 

Post # 7
183 posts
Blushing bee

@eecuadrado:  I know, it’s ridiculous.  We live in a very expensive area — what we are paying for our venue is actually considered “cheap” here, believe it or not–well, cheap for a traditional style wedding, anyway.  If it weren’t for my parents we would be having a backyard wedding or a destination wedding instead. Our guest list also increased by about 50% once my parents got involved, lol.  If it was just up to me and Fiance we’d be having something a little smaller (not that it’s huge to begin with, that figure covers just about 150 people).

Post # 9
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

 My mom is paying for the venue, wedding favors, and hotel room for us to get ready in. Here my wedding expensives so far:


Venue: 12,000

Chair and Linen upgrade: $2600


Photography: $1200


Videographer ( Friend of the family): $350


DJ ( Friend of the  groom) :$350


Dress. $990


Wedding Invitations: $664.00


Boudoir photos: $125


Flowers /Decor: $3000


Save the Dates:  $54.00


Wedding Cake: $500.00


We are trying to keep our portion of the wedding under 10K. My parents were a big help but just looking at these numbers make my head hurt…








Post # 10
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@eecuadrado: Date twin! And ironically I was just working on our budget spreadsheet when I saw this post.

Our projected expenses are roughly:

Venue/Catering/Bar $24,000.00
Photographer (incl. engagement photos & album) $4,500.00
Florist (centerpieces, bouts, set-up/tear-down) $1,600.00
Officiant $400.00
Hair & Make-Up for Bridal Party (bride + 4 BMs) $1,200.00
Mani/Pedis for Bridal Party $250.00
Bridal Gown $1,250.00
Gown Alterations $250.00
Bride’s Jewelry/Accessories $600.00
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets (making myself) $200.00
Bride’s bouquet (made myself) $90.00
Hotel Rooms $1,000.00
After-Party $1,500.00
Invitations $160.00
Save-the-Dates $40.00
Bridesmaid Gifts $200.00
Groomsmen Gifts $800.00
Groom’s Tux $200.00
Cupcakes $400.00
Bride’s shoes $80.00
Wedding Bands $1,000.00
Favours $150.00
Photo Booth $700.00
Honeymoon $7,000.00

TOTAL $47,570.00

We have paid roughly $4,000 in deposits on the bigger vendors ($2,000 to venue, $800 to photog, $500 to florist, $200 to officiant, $600 to hair/makeup) so far and purchased lots of the smaller things (invitations, save-the-dates, accessories, etc) already. We’re very lucky in that my parents are covering the venue costs which is astronomical. We were prepared to pay for everything ourselves but they’ve insisted, which is exceedingly kind. I’m gobsmacked by how quickly the costs add up. We’re also having a large guest list (220+) so that’s worth noting! It’s obvious when I look at our break down what matters to us – we SERIOUSLY cut corners on things we don’t care too much about (invitations, flowers, I didn’t care to have a big name designer gown) and put more money toward the stuff we felt was more important (nice venue/food, photographer, honeymoon).

Post # 11
617 posts
Busy bee

@eecuadrado:  Im super lucky because we are getting help from my mom but we are still on a tight budget! Im realy early in the planning but we have still spent a good hunk of money!

Venue- $925 deposit down ($900 to go)

tent table chairs linens ect- $750 deposit down (minimum of $3k balance)

Dress and sash- $600 (still need alterations)

Dress undergarmets -$150

Preserved flower samples-$150

so we are at about $2500 right now 

we have also been gifted photography, a wedding cake and transpartation so that is HUGE!


Post # 15
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just finished the final entries for our “budget” last night on my spreadsheet and almost had a heart attack. The little things sure have added up!!! I have kept everything low key, DIY with no fluff (but somehow still have 180 guests) and even doing that, so far we’ve spent just over $10,000 with $18,000 to go. Our budget was $15,000 when we started….FML. Is it too late to elope?

Post # 16
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@eecuadrado:  So jealous you have been able to keep your costs so reasonable!!

I would have preferred to elope but Fiance wanted a wedding, so we are doing it his way, and paying for it ourselves.  But we are keeping the guest count to a maximum of 100 guests.  I think about 90 will actually attend.  It is a quasi-destination wedding, being in the same state where we currently live but still far enough to require a considerable flight and drive for attendees.  We selected a nice barn and we have to bring everything ourselves.  Because our guests will be expending some effort to transport themselves there, every guest is also invited to attend the rehearsal dinner.  

EXPENSES (rounded to nearest $500)

Venue (for 2 days): $10,000

Wedding Planner: $4,000

Photography (two photographers): $5,000

Decor and Rentals (incl. flowers, every piece of furniture, etc.): $15,500

Food and Drinks (incl. rehearsal dinner): $18,000

Entertainment (band, DJ): $3,500

TOTAL = $56,000




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