How did you determine your budget?

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 16
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

Use “The Ultimate Wedding Cost Checklist” from Buzzfeed, which is #7 in the article! Here’s the link:

To figure out our budget and how much we need to save each year (we’re paying for the wedding ourselves), I created a “Wedding Budget” list with prices for all of the vendors, the venue, decoration and flowers, stationary, etc. I based this list off of “The Ultimate Wedding Cost Checklist” to make sure I didn’t leave out any expenses. I found the prices of vendors, etc. using the prices listed on their weddingwire pages, the vendors’ or venues’ websites, and I also e-mailed people asking for quotes. 

We also looked at our salaries; we’re both PhD students, so we have a limit on what we can save for our wedding without sacrificing trips, eating out at restaurants, etc. Basically, asking ourselves how much can we put away and still pay our living expenses (rent, groceries, etc.) and still have some “fun” money left over.

Post # 19
2168 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Everyone says to plan the wedding you can afford. If you know you’ve got a large family and there are certain things you want in your wedding, plan away girl! Nobody is ever going to be upset if they oversaved for their wedding. Being diligent now will pay off. You can start getting pricing sheets from different vendors so you have an idea of what everything will cost and go from there. Whatever you do, don’t go cheap on photography, I regret that and think you should spend a decent amount to get stellar photos.


Post # 21
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Disclaimer: I should start off by saying I am an older bride (41). This is my second wedding. My first wedding ( I was 21 and my parents paid for the whole thing) was huge and had all the bells and whistles. Now, I feel like the whole huge , elaborate wedding thing is all out of my system if that makes sense. My fiancé is fine with whatever I want ……elaborate or simple.


So this time around I just asked myself “how much are you willing to pay for a party?” …… Boom! That was my budget and I have adjusted everything accordingly. It’s actually been very easy! Now I know it’s just not any old “party” – it is special and should be treated as such but at the end of the day it is “a special party” …… and I personally was not willing to spend 50k on a “special party”. We are in Southern Orange County (CA) and prices for anything “wedding” are beyond cray-zee!

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