How much did you really spend on your wedding if you are a US bride ?

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 31
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

we got married last month in seattle and spent about 15k for ~65 people. that includes everything but the honeymoon. we splurged on save-the-dates, invitations, and favors (about 1300 total for those).

Post # 32
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m an unmarried international bee but there should have been a poll. It’s so interesting to see the spread of budgets. 

Post # 33
3421 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Got married in April 2017 in New Husband. Total cost (rings, dress, reception, room we stayed in, etc) was about $16k for 20 people (22 including ourselves). Doesn’t include honeymoon because we decided  to do an anniversary trip instead since we had new moves/jobs occur right around the wedding.

Post # 34
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m a Chicago metro  bride but I’m an hour south of downtown so there are substantial savings in my area. We have about 175-200 and the wedding is this October. So far we have spent $27,000 (our original budget was $15,000) 

Post # 36
422 posts
Helper bee

Just for stuff the day of wedding it will be 40,000$ for 75 people. That doesn’t include dress and rings.

Post # 37
410 posts
Helper bee

I got married September 2016 in southern Wisconsin.
We had 175+ people in attendance, no dancing (mid-afternoon reception, not evening), and no alcohol; it was self-decorated and a self-catered luncheon.
Total cost was ~$5,000, including license, photography, pastor, musicians, church, reception hall, decorations, flowers, food, and dress. 

Post # 38
7201 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

Just under $14,000

Southern California – October 2015

170 guests (including about 50 kids)

Catered buffet, wine & beer open bar, venue on the ocean

Also including rehearsal dinner, air B&B for a week surrounding the wedding

Friends/family gifted: cake, officiant, dj

Not including: engagement ring nor honeymoon per se. 

Post # 39
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Ours cost about $17,000 for everything but the rings. This was for the dress, alterations, save the dates, invites, rehearsal dinner, hair for all bridesmaids, ceremony, decorations, reception, all food and drinks, DJ, videographer, and photographer. We had about 145 people total. It was just this past Saturday in Ohio. 

Post # 40
167 posts
Blushing bee

13000 for 120 people in the Midwest . 

Post # 41
1 posts
  • Wedding: November 2017

I too agree there should be a poll.

Post # 42
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

Wedding this April in Oklahoma.  180 guests, band, lots of food and drink, total of $38k.  Includes 2 nights hotel for parents & wedding party (about 10 hotel rooms/2 nights).  Does not include rings or honeymoon.

Post # 43
953 posts
Busy bee

We live in Los Angeles – it’s expensive. 

Our oroiginal budget was $10k, after looking at venues we increased it to $25k. 

Three day costs (rehearsal dinner, wedding, and sunday brunch) came to $28k and change for about 110 guests. We DIYed the flowers and the lighting, we did donuts instead of a cake, we did not provide any guest transportation, and we had a taco cart for the sunday brunch. 

Rings were an additional $5k (ish) and Honeymoon was about $3500


I suggested eloping at several points in the planning process but Darling Husband really wanted a big wedding. I never wanted a big wedding but now that it’s over I do NOT regret it at all! Our wedding was absolutely magic! And our parents all had a blast – it was great watching them have fun with thier siblings! 

The wedding industrial complex is real. Regardless of if your budget is $10k or $100k – stick to your budget. You’ll be glad you did. 

Post # 44
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Friendship Plaza

Our projected costs are estimated around $7500-8k. This is for 45 people outside of Atlanta in an exurb. It includes renting out the restaurant, two cakes, fresh flowers, room and board for a long weekend for five couples, the rabbi, custom invitations, and more. Not our rings (which were also obscenely affordable) or Honeymoon (which will not be – vacations are where I tend to splurge!).

Dear Fiance is making our chuppah, Mom is paying for the alcohol, my sister is doing the photography, and we’re really doing our own -thing- while keeping it traditional and fun. We wanted simplicity with emphasis on having a good time. I mean, a chunk of our budget is being spent on a BumpBoxx, which is where our music will come from. But we’re weird.




Post # 45
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Married a year ago in New England, 110 guests, full formal affair, 55k for the weekend (accommodation for family, rehearsal dinner, brunch, etc), 45k for the wedding ceremony and reception.  Rings and honeymoon not included in either. 

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