(Closed) How Do You Feel About The Average Wedding Budget?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 74
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 

To all those who are saying “just cut things” or DIY!, cost is extremely regional. My friend DIY’d her entire wedding. She had 250 guests, outdoor wedding…$40k.  

For those asking for the median cost, here’s some info: http://www.costofwedding.com/ The median is $19-33k. Also, more helpful, you can plug in your zip code and find out what’s reasonable for your area. I found a photographer whose most basic package was $2,600. I asked him if he had anything lower because my max was $2,000. He actually laughed. The cheapest photog I found was $800 and the photos had lens flares. We went with a $1,800 photog and know that we got a “deal” for our area.

Post # 75
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It doesn’t bother me, exactly, that people spend that much on their wedding, because it’s really none of my business. I just find it a little crazy! My wedding, INCLUDING all 3 rings, my dress, the food and everything else, was about $3000. And that number is even too high to me and makes me a little sick to my stomach to think about lol

Post # 76
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m 26 and my Fiance is 30. We both have excellent jobs and could afford to have a ‘average’ wedding at home with all the trimmings. But I dont desire this! Spending so much on one day makes me think twice about the whole affair. 

We have just spent our life savings on buying our first house (We live in England) and the thought of spending exactly the same on our wedding turns my stomach! 

So we have decided to cut the guest list and go abroad… We are having a luxury wedding in Italy for £11,000. I’m falling under budget on most things so hopefully that figure will go down. 

I’ve been really lucky as my mum is putting £5,000 in to the kitty. 

Other than cutting the guest list from 126 to 70, i have been finding other means of saving. Instead of renting Suits which would have cost £140 I have found a suit in a next store for £99 and the ties are £5 each from Tie rack. Going to ask the boys to fund their own shirts, My biggest saving after the cutting of the guest list was finding a bridal store that had febuary discount of 20%off all designer dresses. Shop around!! 

As for favours, i’m not having them either and saving approx £300… It all adds up! 

xxx

Post # 77
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think that’s a lot of money!  I think they are also including the price of the rings in that amount as well.  But nonetheless,  I think that having a nice wedding is completely doable for under 10K.  Sometimes, you just have to cut corners!

Post # 78
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@MrsBroccoli:  Yeah, when I was planning, every time people were like “oh just cut something or DIY!” I wanted to scream. The lowest price for a reputable caterer I could find for our buffet was like $45/pp and that was before the bar package ($25/pp). Costs are extremely regional.

Ours ended up being about $25K. The average for the zip code we got married in was 20-34K so we were on the lower end of average. My new brother in law got ordained online to marry us, our DJ was a family friend that did it for free (that was a big money saver, cheapest one we found was $1200 for 5 hours!), we had a buffet, I did non-floral centerpieces. It wasn’t like our wedding was incredibly fancy or anything, it was pretty much average. All but about 3K was paid in cash, and I’m totally fine with that, the debt is already paid off.

Post # 79
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Kenic315:  From the website I believe OP used: “On average, US couples spend $26,542 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,907 and $33,178. This does not include cost for a honeymoon or engagement ring. Understanding wedding cost now can help you with your wedding budget later.”

So I guess it includes the wedding rings, but not the engagement ring. 

Post # 80
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Newbee

Personally, I think it is absolutely preposterous the amount spent on an event that lasts less than 12 hours. I know getting married is a big deal, but having a huge, extravagant wedding does not ensure anything. It doesn’t make a marriage stronger. It doesn’t make a marriage last. It doesn’t create a stronger connection between you and your spouse. Sometimes I feel like some weddings now-a-days are an act of over compensation for a less than perfect relationship. I completely understand wanting to celebrate an occassion like this with your friends and family. But it seems weddings today are getting absolutely absurd. /rant

Fiance and I are spending a couple thousand on our elopement/honeymoon (mostly the honeymoon). We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Post # 81
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Newbee

Personally, I think it is absolutely preposterous the amount spent on an event that lasts less than 12 hours. I know getting married is a big deal, but having a huge, extravagant wedding does not ensure anything. It doesn’t make a marriage stronger. It doesn’t make a marriage last. It doesn’t create a stronger connection between you and your spouse. Sometimes I feel like some weddings now-a-days are an act of over compensation for a less than perfect relationship. I completely understand wanting to celebrate an occassion like this with your friends and family. But it seems weddings today are getting absolutely absurd. /rant

Fiance and I are spending a couple thousand on our elopement/honeymoon (mostly the honeymoon). We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Post # 82
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

How Do You Feel About The Average Wedding Budget?

It sucks but it’s a sad reality.  Mention the word “wedding” and costs triple.

Post # 83
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171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it’s nice that you can spend as much or as little as you want, and you still get to commit yourself to your partner forever. I think that if you want to spend a lot of money *and you can afford it* then there’s nothing wrong with that! If you would prefer not to spend as much, or you aren’t in a financial position to do so, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

We’re spending more than the national average by a fair amount, but we’re doing it in an area where it’s just really expensive to have a wedding. Nothing we’re doing is especially elaborate, but it’s definitely going to be nice. Certainly, if you’re just having a large affair to keep up appearances that would be a problem, but we’re both in a good place and we know what we want. Getting to have our family/friends around us and eat a nice meal while we celebrate is just a nice bonus.

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

when i first saw that number before i started wedding planning i thought it was way too high and that must be what people who are crazy rich must spend. After a major reality check our 90 person wedding is costing close to $20000 so i cant say that it was as far off as i thought. Maybe my area is just expensive….

Post # 85
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970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

my wedding budget is 5k. I’m cheap I guess haha when we went to the party rental store I asked for the cheapest tables chairs, and tablecloths and I’m going to make them my own with some fabrics and DIY details. 

Post # 86
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My parents are giving my a budget of 20,000 and my fiance’s parents offered to chip in as well. We both have huge families. I live in SoFL and it’s really expensive here.

I have family members who do Sweet 16’s for 50,000 with only 120 people and on the other side, everyone does 5,000 or less weddings in cheaper parts of the US.

I’m going to cut my guest list as much as possible so that I do stay within budget. 

 

 

Post # 87
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes the average amount that people spend on a wedding and also those lavish weddings you see on tv does bother me. I just think there are too many hungry children in the world to spend that much money for one day. Fiance and I are budgeting $5500 for our wedding. We are young, dont have stable jobs, have 3 kids. I think people get so wrapped up in wanting their wedding to be the BEST to OTHER people and forgetting who it should be important to.

Post # 88
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The average for 2011 for the city where I got married (which is probably one of the more expensive cities in Canada) was a bit over $23000.  The average age of the engaged women was 29 (which means marriage age could have been 30).  I don’t know how they collected the data, but I suspect it only included people who had a full ‘wedding’ but not those who got the licence and paid a marriage commissioner but otherwise didn’t do much to celebrate.

I agree, that 20k is a lot of money, but many couples also get help.  If the bride and groom each save 5k (which I think is doable, even as a student) and each set of parents kick in 5k, you’re at 20k.

The stats I read also mentioned that 23k wasn’t the budget, the budget was lower, but people tend to go over it.

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