Post # 1
Sorry, kind of a personal topic.. but it would be helpful to know numbers for my conscience. We started out the budget at $10k, then it went to $15k and now it’s at a definite $20k and everything is essentially settled so it won’t be climbing any further (thank God). This is for 100 guests. We’re paying for it ourselves with a little bit of help from family and we figured out a budget and it will take us a year to pay it fully back which does set us back. I am very happy about everything we decided, but I’m surprised at how much it changed and how outside of our budget we have gone! How much did you pay? Did you start at an original budget and stick to it, or go way over like I did?
Post # 3
We spent about 5K on our (private) wedding trip. Ceremony, transportation, and the trip. (Got married while on a 5 day vacation to NYC)
We budgeted about 5-6K for the anniversary party a year later. It actually ended up way under budget, but mainly because we had a lot of people RSVP “regretss.” Ok by us though! It was super fun and we spent the rest of the money on a Kenyan holiday. ; )
Post # 4
We thought we would spend about £5k ($7.5k); that was before we actually sat down and did any sums/research, and realised that was never going to happen for what we wanted.
Our total spend now, without the rings and honeymoon, is around the £21.5k mark ($30k). With the rings and honeymoon, it brings it to about £30k, or $42k.
We’re not even having a big wedding: we’re having 60 people for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, then an additional 40 for the evening reception, and that doesn’t include a fully open bar, which would take it soaring up by around another $6k realistically… We haven’t gone mad; we have splurged on photography, but are paying an average price for the cake, are DIYing stationary, have no decorations bar some simple flowers, aren’t having transport, etc. The bulk of that cost is food and drink, which comes to around £9.5k, or around 45% of our budget.
Where I live isn’t cheap!
Post # 5
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Ahhh though I love the wedding we have planned, I do envy your prices!
@barbie86: It adds up incredibly fast doesn’t it!? I feel like I really only splurged on one thing, but all those small details really add up.
Post # 6
We origianlly set our budget at £6-7,000 (9-10,500 US). Then we realised that we simply couldn’t do it. Extra expenses were:
– The church costs. Yes, using a church often costs a lot more because you have to pay the organist, the choir, the church donation fees, and transportation costs to and from your reception venue. The only advantage, financially, is that you don’t have to pay the registrar call out fee, as you would for a secular ceremony.
– The free bar. We decided we wanted to treat people, so we chose a space which was a blank canvas and bought in alcohol. This was a shocker…
– FOOD AND DRINK (including alcohol). We are having a champagne reception, followed by a four course silver service meal for 80, and then a free bar, buffet, and evening reception for 100+. The cost of this alone will be above £5,000, and could be even more.
– The rings were also quite expensive… almost £700. I’m not including my engagement ring in that price.Then there were a lot of other expenses… decor ended up being expensive because we found it was cheaper to buy the glassware and linens than to rent them, and that went into our decorations budget.
New total: In excess of £10,000 and slowly (very slowly now, thank goodness!) rising. It will probably end up being £10-11,000 (around or over 15,000 US). I just don’t get how it got so out of control when we are DIY-ing so much of it and not having so many things. For example, we’re using a student photographer, I’m cooking the buffet… etc etc.
Post # 7
We are spending about $7,000 total (not including the honeymoon). We stayed in budget pretty easily. This is for ~50 guests.
Post # 8
My budget is $30k and so far everything I’ve gotten (venue, photographer/videographer and DJ) has come in under budget. I’m using the budget tool on Wedding Wire and it helps me tremendously. I can delete categories I’m not having and add things I am or move things around to places I need them. I can’t say what our final cost is going to be, but I’m thinking it’ll end up right around 30k.
ETA: I think a lot of areas have different budgets, kind of like with houses. So what $10k gets you in, say, a small town, might not be what it would get you in a bigger city.
Post # 9
We originally planned to spend about 20k for maybe 100 people…but now it’s more like 35k and 130-150 people
Post # 10
We spent around $6k, not including honeymoon or rings. This was for 100 people, and we had a full meal and cake, but no alcohol.
Post # 11
@krrmee5: We had originally set a budget of $10k. I began planning just after we got engaged almost a year ago. I am a DIY bride so I did a lot of things myself. But with the wedding in 3 days, we came in under budget at $6984.62. The nice thing is, we won’t owe a dime when it’s all said and done!! We were able to pay for everything in cash! Including the honeymoon. And I loved planning my wedding so much, i think i just might try my hand at being a wedding planner for DIT brides and brides on a budget. Well enjoy ladies!
Post # 12
@krrmee5: I think I’m going to be over too.
Our original budget was 35k and it really depends on how you slice it to say if we’re “on budget” or not. I think in the end we’ll be “around” 35 if you don’t include the items that were gifted to us (aside from the exact cash gifts from the parents, thats included in the 35k) but it does not include the wedding dress or most of the stationary and there are a few small items I’ve not tracked as part of the wedding costs.
Realistically I tihnk it’ll be around 40k which I don’t think was TOO bad considering I budgeted for 150 guests and we now have a minimum of 200 with 260 currently invited. My big fear is actually running out of invitations 🙁
Post # 13
@krrmee5: Yeah, we kept costs low, but really we just knew from almost the beginning we didn’t want a bunch of people around on our wedding day.
Truthfully, the anniversary party was really nice, but I think the reason it stayed pretty cheap was because I more or less DIY’ed everything – except catering. We hired a friend to bartend and only had beer and wine, hired another friend to get a PA and had a playlist (although he is awesome and basically ended up DJing), I made and decorated the cake, and my family had a florist forever so we had all the flowers wholesale and my mom and grandma “gifted” me the design. Otherwise, it probably would have cost like – easily – 3 times as much. It was exhausting though! haha
Post # 14
Our budget was $15K and we ended up spending between $17K and $18K. I don’t regret it at all! (This doesn’t include our rings or honeymoon)
ETA: We had about 100 guests too.
Post # 15
My original kind of “I think we can come in around this amount” before we booked everything was $20k. We ended up spending about $23k all in – that includes things like paying for tuxes/dresses for the wedding party, hotel room for 2 nights for our friend that officiated, postage for thank you notes (and ALL mailed items), lunch the day of the wedding. I built in EVERY little detail, I didn’t just spend money here and there and not count it.
Even if someone else paid for something, it was counted in the overall cost of the wedding. I think it is kind of deceptive as a comparison point when someone gets their dress or bar or catering paid for and they don’t include that in how much their wedding cost. When we were talking about weddings, Darling Husband was like, “My brother’s wedding only cost $5k!” Well, yeah, but all the meat for their BBQ was given to them and cooked for them as a gift (so way lower catering bill) and all their alcohol was gifted to them for their bar! So it wasn’t a fair comparison. /end rant
So – about 15% higher than my original ballpark guess. But I did have the money set aside for it so it wasn’t a budget buster.
Post # 16
I kind of *hoped* I would spend about $15K, but that was before I really researched anything. We are going to end up spending about $24-$25K, and with the honeymoon it’ll be more like $32K. We are having a fairly formal wedding with 135 guests and all the fixins’