(Closed) How much did you spend?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


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.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  Kacie209. Reason: added some information
Post # 18
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

(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!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  urchin.
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Post # 20
1285 posts
Bumble bee

Here is my budget, our total budget is about $4000 or less. (51 person wedding, final!)

Venue: $600

Chairs (Ceremony): $75

Dress: $550

Accessories (Shoes, Hairpiece): $100 – Jewelry Future Mother-In-Law is making it

Caterer: Around $900, just under

Cupcakes/Small cake: $125

Flowers:  $300

Photographer: $1000 (I’m in the business for 10 years, my good friend is a photog and gave me a great deal)


Post # 21
347 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
302 posts
Helper bee

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
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Wedding: September ’14, Ottawa, Canada, 50 guests

Venue (Food, Reception + Open Bar) $5K

Photography: $4400

Dress: $3000

Invites: $300

Flowers (including centrepieces): $1000

Tent: $1750

Decor rental: $500

Officiant, misc.,: $500<br /><br />Musicians: $500

Chairs: $750

Wedding Stylist: $1350

Video: $750


Total: $20K – we still have to buy rings, his suit, and I’m sure about another 5K will be added of extras… UGH.

Post # 25
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Let’s see…. 

Venue/ceremony space/food/alchohol $7000

photography $1400 (all day 2 shooters) 

rentals (chairs linens and drapery) $1000

flowers $2000

officiant $175 

wedding dress with alteratons $2000

wedding bands $1500

dj $800 (for ceremony + reception) 

wedding makeup and hair $150

honeymoon $3000

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  

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