(Closed) How much are your big ticket items in your wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

full open bar ($1500) and photography ($2100)

Post # 4
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The photography was the most ast $1270 for 3 hours.

Post # 5
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our wedding cost 4K– The food/cake/Mimosas at the reception cost $1400

The photog was $950

The party bus to take 20 friends out dancing that night was $700 (w/ fees and tip)

My dress was a gift, but it was $1800! So more than we paid for our entire reception!

Post # 6
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Photography is our big splurge for sure. I’d rather have a less fancy venue and a better photographer :-X

Post # 8
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JL4SM:  haha, I prefer photojournalists so that is the style photographer we’re going with. They do tend to be more expensive.

Post # 9
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Catering is definitely our big item on the list, we’re having 150-200 guests, appetizers and a family/country style 5 course dinner, and it’s looking at costing us between 4-5K which is nearly half of our budget.

Photography would have been the second most expensive, but I found an incredible deal because our wedding is so far off, we’re getting our photographer for $799 + tax (works out to $900 exactly). We get him for the whole day til midnight too (which is when our reception ends).  

@JL4SM:  By the way, love your wedding date. 😉

Post # 10
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Rentals! we did a backyard wedding and reception, so the location was free, but we had to rent  everything! Tent, tables, chairs, bathroom, generator, lights… This was our biggest single cost – $3740. The food – though we got that pretty reasonably priced – $3008 for 2 hot appetizers and a 2 meat buffet for 160 people. Then alcohol and bartenders at about $1000. What got me was all the gifts we got for people (bridal party, family, friendors) really has a way of adding up – $1020! We also hired a day-of-coordinator, who was pricy but worth every penny – $1300! We got a great deal on a photographer – $800. And the DJ was also $800. I was also surprised at the amount we spent on disposable plates, napkins, cups and silverware and linen tablecloths- $691 – that also really adds up! Plus other little stuff here and there came to a total of about $16K

Post # 11
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Venue:  $3700 but that is for the entire weekend.  Will be having ceremony and reception in same location.  All guests accomodations is included in the price.

Photography:  $3050 for 7 hours

Private chef:  $1500, plus tip, for 10 very lucky guests.  Not doing traditional reception.  Opted to have a very nice private dinner.


I did a lot of shopping around, so I did find some really great deals.  So I would have to say that our biggest expense would be the photographer, follwed by the personal chef, and then the venue.  Of course, I have not gotten an estimate on flowers, which I expect to be around $1000.  All I know is I look at my bank account and see that this wedding stuff is stupid expensive.

Post # 12
9581 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Venue: $5800 for ceremony, 6 hour reception, 6 hour open bar for 100 people, all tables, chairs, linens, setup, cleanup, lounge furniture for the bar

Catering: $3700 for dinner buffet and appetizers for cocktail hour (45 min actualy) for 100.

Photography: $3100 for 9 hours, engagement session, 2 photogs, all edited photos with printing rights

Those were the most expensive things.

Everything else is less but adds up ($1500 floral, $1000 for my dress, $950 DJ, $750 for hair and makeup for everyone, $600 for my cake, $400 transportation, $250 suit, $750 photobooth)

There are tons of little expenses that add up ($400 invites, $100 postage, $300 bridal party gifts, $230 hotel room, $150 accessories, $70 cake topper and ring boxes)


Post # 13
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

All I know is I look at my bank account and see that this wedding stuff is stupid expensive.

@thumpurr:  +1000000, this exactly!!  Fortunately, I saved on my flowers so that wasn’t so bad ($320).  Food for my reception was actually more than both the photography of the bar, but since I consider that to be essential I don’t really see it as a big ticket splurge.  I think the total food cost for 50 people (welcome dinner, cocktail hour, reception dinner and thank you brunch) came out to about $3500.  We had everything in one location (hotel, ceremony, reception, etc) and our guests loved how conveneint it was.

Post # 14
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@JL4SM:  Reception venue – $3500
Photographer – 1600
Entertainment 675
Wedding dress 1200
Limo N/A
Wedding rings Mine was a set, so $2600 total and his was $250

Post # 16
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

  • Photography: $2000, 8 hours two photographer, engagement session, all photos on CD
  • DJ: $1,200 for ceremony set up & music, reception music for 6 hours
  • Food: $3,500 (estimate)
  • Dress: $1,000

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