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

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

In 2004 I was married with 150 guests. It was easily 34k including the rings. 

This time around I’ve changed a lot and decided that money is better spent on my kids so we are doing a destination wedding with 20 people total. It will cost roughly 5k including the rings. I’ve become cheap over the years. 😂 

Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

blushingbridelove :  I’m getting married in October 2017 and not including rings or honeymoon, our wedding is clocking in at $2600 for 24 guests. This includes venue, food, DJ, photographer, videographer, all decor, pretty much everything etc. 

Post # 48
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Busy bee

200 guests- not married yet but so far it seems to be around 60k. In Los Angeles. 

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Getting married this August in NE Ohio in a small town.  The wedding–including the rings, gown, groom’s stuff, but not the party’s clothing because party supplying their own clothing is the norm here, but not including the honeymoon–is looking like it will run about $7500 total.  We’re expecting around 125 guests.  Of course, there’s still a month and a half, so there’s still time for two dozen people to decide to un-decline.  The fancy venues are all seizure triggers for me.  Try wedding planning when you’re an epileptic.  It’s a whole new ballgame.  Happily, the very basic little club across the street from the church has lights that don’t trigger seizures or migraines, and their $27/head also includes the food, open bar, site use, furniture, set up, take down, and all that.  Yep.  Less expensive and I don’t need to be carried out on a gurney?  Sign me up!

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

blushingbridelove :  Getting married in a few months. Everything has been booked, so I can tell you the cost is about $5,000. We had a long engagement (18 months), so we were able to buy pretty much everything at a hefty discount by waiting for it to go on sale. We also got wedding-related stuff for our birthdays and Christmas gifts from our parents. For example, my mom got me a portable speaker and tripod for my birthday, which we will use at the reception. His mom is buying him a new formal suit for Christmas, which will be the one he wears to the wedding. It also helps that my aunt is a florist, so she is doing all of the flowers for us as her wedding gift to us. We found a caterer that charges per dish rather than per head, and our venue let us buy and serve our own booze. A few of my cousins are going to take turns bartending. The biggest help was having the chance to shop for sale items. I got my dress 80% off, slips and accessories were 75% off. Our rings were 50% off. We did some upcycling, too. I’m from the South, so I asked friends for their leftover Mardi Gras beads, which I pulled apart and cleaned. We used those beads as pearls in the centerpieces rather than buying them from a craft store, which saved a ton! I went to estate sales and garage sales and gathered vases and unique decor items for practically free. We splurged for a gorgeous venue ($1500), a photographer ($1200), and a very nice wedding cake ($700). 

We will have about 100 guests. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

About 150-175 guests outside major US city, wedding in about 1 year – not including rings or honeymoon projecting about $110-$120k. Numbers are rough but that’s the guess. 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We got married last October in the Midwest (resort destination, not a major city). I didn’t keep perfect track of our spending, but we spent about $35,000 for 150 guests, formal wedding reception at a private golf club. That did not include rings or the honeymoon.

Post # 53
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

blushingbridelove :  Getting married next month. We’ve spent about 6,000 for our 50 person wedding.

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

DC Area (live just outside the city in MD) but getting married in Baltimore. And our wedding isn’t for another 7 weeks but right now we are at around $49k for 120, but expect it to go up once we get our final guest count. Does not include our attire, rings or honeymoon.

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

20 guests, around $20k. 

Post # 56
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Helper bee

120 guests, about 40k not including honeymoon, rings or bride/groom attire (my husband’s suit and shoes were $7k which makes him a lunatic.) NYC, informal wedding.

Post # 57
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Blushing bee

80ish guests, we’re set to spend about $12-$13k, not including the honeymoon. I’m starting a new job so we’re postponing that part. 

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We’ll have around 100 people at a ski resort in January (technically JUST off-season, according to our rates thank goodness!) and right now we’re just under 50K. With 6 months to go I wouldn’t be surprised if we wind up near 60… we still need to finalize flowers, food (we invited 190something people… but are expecting a lot of declines because travel will be involved for most guests, so our food budget is up in the air), and we want to hire a shuttle to transport to and from the airport for our guests. 

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

New England later this month. 12 guests. Final number will be $2800-$3200 not including honeymoon. Very casual. 

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Massachusetts in 2016. We had 110 guests and paid around 35k for the ceremony and 6 hour reception, another 11k total for my engagement ring and our honeymoon. 

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