(Closed) Freaking out about wedding costs

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4027 posts
Honey bee

@PaganJenny:  I realize that Vancouver is a more expensive area, but that would $100 a head for just food and beverage. What does the menu look like? Are the food options amazing?

That is a lot of money just for the venue/food & drink, but depending on your total budget and what you can afford, it could be totally worth it.

I think freaking out can be a wake up call to the cost of a wedding. Either you are being realistic and keeping track of your expenses (and are a little sticker shocked) or you are realizing that your expectations and budget are not lining up. It’s up to you to figure out why you are freaking out.

Post # 4
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would be freaking out too! You can do your wedding for waaaaaaaay cheaper! 

Post # 5
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Wow!  That sounds like a huge amount!  I think you could do better.  What are you looking for?  Do you have photos?

Post # 6
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@PaganJenny:  Wow, that’s crazy!! All things wedding related seem to come with a price.  Luckily the venue we choose doesn’t have a rental fee.  All the expenses is simply the cost of food and beverages.

Post # 7
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yep having a wedding (vs eloping) is super expensive. In the beginning we did a budget for every little thing, or so we thought – finding out you just can’t budget for every single thing !!

Post # 8
4045 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think it’s normal to freak out a bit, especially if you’re new to this. I know when I first started planning, my mother (who is paying) and I figured we could stay within a $10,000 budget. We quickly realized there was no way to do a Saturday night wedding like we wanted on that budget, and now we’re looking at closer to $15,000.

I really couldn’t believe how much some of this stuff costs because I had never thought about it all before. Now I can see how it adds up quickly. It was overwhelming at first because I’m definitely a saver too.

Make sure you stay realistic and keep a budget. Don’t spend money on things that don’t really matter. Figure out your priorities and spend there.

Post # 9
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

$14k in Vancouver is actually not bad at all. Hotel MacDonald (Fairmont) in Edmonton: there’s a mandatory chair covers and linens rental. The quote was at least $150 per table.

Weddings ARE expensive.. in Canada, especially with a guest list of 100+. You are correct about the gratuities: that might come up to another $2 to 3k.. or more.

Post # 12
2633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@PaganJenny:  well that does sound pricey.  My reception will bee $10000 including food drink room rental tables linens chairs and ceremony location. 

But you seem to be very happy about the place. Is there really no opition for open bar (I heard horror stories about consumption bars…the venue what they do is give people drinks then they constantly clear half consumed drinks so people go get another new one … PRICEY! ) can you do cash bar? Or only do consumption for a few hours? 

Post # 15
12 posts

Yours is not bad.. My quote for 150 ppl is 20k…. Wait til you get decor & photographer…. $$$. Vancouver is just overrated.. I regret having a big wedding….. Would have just done a cocktail party instead…

Post # 16
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I also live in a high cost area and that price is normal for here.

Neither of us is used to spending that much money.  So we decided to have a lunch reception instead.  It’s still gonna cost a lot but it will save us a few thousand dollars.

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