(Closed) "How did they spend that much?"

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t go to people’s weddings and think about how much money they spent. So no, I’ve never experienced that. I don’t think it really matters.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It all depends.  Maybe most of the money went to the venue or the DJ or photographers or videographer.  I know these can be pretty expensive.  I know I went to a wedding where the couple spent nearly $30,000.  I wasnt crazy about the venue, but the rest of the wedding was good, like the DJ and decorations.  Decorations can be pretty pricey. 

Also, did she include her ring and his ring and the honeymoon on that $20,000? If so, then that explains it too.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Where was her wedding? In some cities, a $20K wedding is pretty low-budget. If I tried to do my wedding for $20K, I would probably have to have a BBQ restaurant cater it on a Sunday morning…

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsR4ever:  +1. If she included the honeymoon that might explain a lot. We are spending around $8,000 on the wedding itself, but if I included the honeymoon it would be $15,000 total.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@swisea01:  Um…no.  I don’t really go to weddings to judge them and lots of things can have a big impact on the cost. 

We spent a lot on our wedding (not crazy, average for weddings in the US).  Our focus was to have a pretty venue with plenty of good food, open bar and a great DJ so there would be lots of dancing.  We knocked it out of the park on those goals.  Our venue was gorgeous with an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the food was plentiful and really good, the open bar was open all night and the DJ was awesome. 

Our only decorations at the church were a couple of floral arrangements at the alter.  Our cake was delicious but turned out kind of ugly because we went with an inexpensive option.  Dinner was buffet style with stations.  We had minimal decor at the venue and used their linens, plates, flatware, tables and chairs.  Our favors were CD’s we made ourselves. 

I’d feel terrible if someone judged any of it as “cheap” or sub-par. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No, Ive never been to a wedding like that. 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Depends on the location. I have a friend getting married in a big city, fairly touristy, and their venue, while for both reception & ceremony, is still going to cost them a little over half of their budget. Many women aren’t afraid to spend a nice bit on their dress, food, cake, flowers, photography…it adds up quickly.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have never been to a wedding and thought about the cost of things…now being on the paying side it’s like holy moly people shell out a ton to put on a wedding and I took so much of it for granted!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The average cost for a wedding these days is something like 26k. It’s very easy to spend that amount quickly. Our venue has a 10k food and beverage minimum that we have to meet. That’s where the majority of ours is going.

 

I don’t typically go into a wedding judging what I think many things cost. I will say that at one we attended, the amount they spent on food for what they got surprised me. Maybe because I felt like they could have gotten more bang for their buck. 

 

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