(Closed) How much did you spend?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
956 posts
Busy bee

Guess it depends on what your budget is but I can break down ours roughly for you.

Venue $3500

Food $10k

Alcohol $5k

Dress $2500

Hair $1000 (me and bridal party)

Make up $1000 (as above)

Flowers $3k

Decor $4k

Bridesmaid dresses (we paid for bridal party) $1200

Groomsmen $1000

Shoes (just mine) $350

Hair trials $180

Photo booth $700

Band $2300

Accom $1000

Photography $1,500 (went with someone newish I liked)

All up we spent around $35-40. I haven’t added the above but those were our rough costs. Things that popped up were like having a make up trial, buying a shawl when I realized it would be cold, shape underwear when I realized I had put on weight lol, decor I bought and never used, table runner issues that cost me another $80. 

Post # 4
956 posts
Busy bee

Which country are you in? We were forced to use our venues wine as it was a winery and we paid extra for spirits. Our wedding was 90 people. Ahh on top of that were staff meals but they were $40 a head 

Post # 5
956 posts
Busy bee

Bugger I left out 

Favours $350

Limo $350

Cake $650

But really it depends on what you want, what’s important to you. We could have easily sacrificed stuff but had money to do so. If we had been going to cut things, I would’ve gone for cheaper shoes, cake, no limo, I would’ve just said no to parents requests for things they liked, less flowers lol! 

Post # 7
4897 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It really depends on your budget. I am halfway through planning, and have just paid for most deposits. So far, an estmated break down is as follows:

  • Reception venue/food: $5K+
  • Ceremony venue: $150
  • Officiant: $175
  • Photo: $1300
  • Band: $2500
  • Dress (with alterations and vail): $1200
  • Hair (including trials): $100+
  • Cake: Still deciding
  • Floral: Still deciding
  • DIT projects: $100-150

I’m sure I’m leaving stuff out, but that is what I can remember at the top of my head right now.

Post # 9
415 posts
Helper bee

About half of our overall budget went to the venue which included full set-up and take down of the ceremony and reception, food, drinks, and decor.  It was just under $5000.

Post # 9
415 posts
Helper bee

About half of our overall budget went to the venue which included full set-up and take down of the ceremony and reception, food, drinks, and decor.  It was just under $5000.

Post # 11
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

we had a destination wedding of around 25 people.

Accomodation and venue: $5000

Ceremony (Officiant): $375

Photographer (3 hours): $1000

DJ (3 hrs): $600

Food: $2000 (including silverwares and buffet tables)

Bartender: $200

Drinks (wine & sodas): $600

Hair: $600 (we paid our 2 flower girls & my sister)

Cake: $600

Decoration: $500 (mostly DIY)

Dress (with alterations plus my veil and accesories) $2100

Wedding favors: $100 (petit fours)

Rentals (tables,chairs,tent and dance floor): $2000+

We also provided lucnh and dinner the day before the wedding: $600

Our wedding band and my engagement ring isn’t included on our wedding budget. My husband and I decided to have a very simple wedding because he paid everything with cash and we didn’t want to have to loan for the wedding. 


Post # 12
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Our wedding was for 120 people

  • Rehearsal Dinner (food/drinks/venue) $990
  • Reception venue $200
  • Food $5,000
  • Alcohol (beer & wine) $700
  • Ceremony venue $800
  • Chair Rentals for Ceremony $700
  • Officiant: $550
  • Photo: $2000
  • DJ (ceremony & reception) and Uplighting: $1200
  • Dress (with alterations and veil): $1300
  • Hair : $90
  • Makeup: $75
  • Cake: $400
  • Floral (personal flowers only): $1,000
  • DIY projects: $300
  • Linens/Rentals $1,200
Post # 13
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

emi11:  Hi there! Congratulations on your wedding planning! It can seem very daunting when you’re not familiar with weddings or costs of weddings (probably the majority of people — myself included).

When I began planning, I had NO idea how much weddings cost. What really helped me was http://www.costofwedding.com/. You input your zip code and it gives you the average price and breakdown of money spent on a typical wedding in that area. After a two year engagement and a wedding in one month, I ultimately found the numbers to be very much on point. 

Cheers and hope that helps!

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