Post # 16
Hope my information helps! Obviously each place will be different though.
- Reception venue/food: $5K+ – $1K down, but it goes towards your final bill
- Ceremony venue: $150 – paid in full
- Officiant: $175 – pay at rehearsal
- Photo: $1300 – $100 deposit to secure the date, rest is paid day of
- Band: $2500 – $1,250 (half was the deposit), and the rest will get paid the day of
- Dress (with alterations and vail): about $1200 – had to pay for my dress right away, but other stuff will add on once it’s done
- Hair (including trials): $100+
- Cake: Still deciding
- Floral: Still deciding
- DIT projects: $100-150
I went to that Website someone posted, and for my area (North Dakota), the average is between 17K and 28K, but some can go below 10K. The most money is usually spent on the venue.
Post # 17
Kacie209: my wedding will be in dc, where the average is apparently $33,000+! Hair and makeup is only $100 for you? I’ve been looking around, and the decent places are charging around $300!
Post # 18
emi11: I am only estimating my hair/make-up to be around $100. My stylist does up do’s and charges about $65, and would give her a tip on top of that. I’m doing my own make up, so no cost there other than what I already buy.
I have heard that DC is pretty spendy to get married in! You can find some nice vendors in the midwest, but there is definitely a difference in the costs!
Post # 19
(Mind you, this was 2 years ago, for 65 people)
- Venue & Food: $2500
- Cake (cupcakes & top tier): $120
- Dress: $1000 (including alterations)
- Accessories: around $200-300
- Photographer: $1000
- Flowers: $300 (had a custom Etsy bouquet, plus a real throwing bouquet)
- Centerpieces (DIY`d my own with feathers) $200-$300
- Linens (used standard whites from venue, included in venue price) but bought sashes, runners and silk to make over-lays for around $200
- Favours (Candy bar) $300ish
- Other decor (cupcake tower, cardbox, guestbook, all DIY) $200
- Officiant: $175
- Hair: $130
- DH’s attire: $500
- Rings (engagement and bands): $2000
I’m sure there is a bunch I am missing, but all together I think we found our wedding was close to $10,000 once all was said and done.
Where you live will have an enormous impact on costs. Also, how much you are willing to DIY will too. I did all my own decorating the day-of, which saved a ton of money. We also planned our wedding over a two-year span. So I picked away at buying things here and there over that time, so it was much less of a financial shock. The only thing we did not have 100% paid for on the day of was our venue cost (it was on our credit card). But after that, with the money we recieved in gifts, we had it paid off within a few days of our wedding).
Search around, you’ll be able to find some great deals!
Post # 20
Here is my budget, our total budget is about $4000 or less. (51 person wedding, final!)
Chairs (Ceremony): $75
Accessories (Shoes, Hairpiece): $100 – Jewelry Future Mother-In-Law is making it
Caterer: Around $900, just under
Cupcakes/Small cake: $125
Photographer: $1000 (I’m in the business for 10 years, my good friend is a photog and gave me a great deal)
Post # 21
- Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club
I would check out the budget calculated on the knot. You put in your budget and amount of people and it gives you an estimate of how much of your budget should be used for each vender. I think it’s like a certain percentage if your overall budget goes to food, venue, flowers etc.
i started their and transferred the info to an Excel Sheet so I could manipulate it to fit our needs. Depending in your budget and what’s important to you, you might need to move some numbers around. Like our parents gifted us with our attire so we moved the money budgeted for that to our venue which was a little over budget. Invitations were free (I work for a print company), so the money budgeted for that went to increase our liquor budget.
good luck, figuring out the budget is the toughest part!
Post # 22
I’m in the NYC area which is probably more comparable to DC pricing. I’m having a standard and traditional NY wedding venue/grand catering hall. Approx 14 to 15 grand for 125 people and were getting: 5 hour reception, with open bar, grand cocktail hour, plated dinner, and dessert hour (Viennese?), with tax and service charges. It is the largest chunk of my budget. I was trying to get everything else done for under 10k, but I think 15k is what we will end up spending.
And we put down about 20% for each vendor and the venue as well.
Post # 23
Wedding: September ’14, Ottawa, Canada, 50 guests
Venue (Food, Reception + Open Bar) $5K
Flowers (including centrepieces): $1000
Decor rental: $500
Officiant, misc.,: $500<br /><br />Musicians: $500
Wedding Stylist: $1350
Total: $20K – we still have to buy rings, his suit, and I’m sure about another 5K will be added of extras… UGH.
Post # 24
TonyClifton: I just did the calculations with Fiance yesterday, and to get the wedding we want (ok, I want) it’s gonna be about $45,000…
Post # 25
Venue/ceremony space/food/alchohol $7000
photography $1400 (all day 2 shooters)
rentals (chairs linens and drapery) $1000
wedding dress with alteratons $2000
wedding bands $1500
dj $800 (for ceremony + reception)
wedding makeup and hair $150
cake FREE (!!!!)
Favors $25 (left over cake in cute boxes)
decor that I purchased, DIY etc $1000
bridal accessories FREE (!!!!)
rehersal dinner (in laws paying) roughly $800
Grooms tux $200
invitations, save the dates, postage, gifts sparklers, menus, programs, flower girl and ring bearer accessories probaby $500
Wow I could have bought a brand new car!! Lol Jp