(Closed) How much did you spend on your wedding? (POLL)

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much did you spend or plan to spend on your wedding?

    5K or less

    10K or less

    15k or less

    20k or less

    30k or less

    40k or less

    more then 50K

    more then 100K

    What do you care?

  • Post # 46
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    We’re keeping ours under 10k, but we’re from the world of small town young couple weddings; and so weddings here are kind of a church/family/town wide affair where everyone offers to jump in and help out. I don’t think we could afford to get married otherwise!! 

    The church is free. My soon to be Mother-In-Law is a professional baker and immediately offered to make the cake and the cupcakes. (Confetti, red velvet, and chocolate, all with white chocolate ginoche.  I may be most excited for the cake…). A friend of mine who’s an epic seamstress is making the bridesmaid dresses. My Mother-In-Law and I are making the flower girl’s skirt. Another artsy friend is making our cake topper. The church and family ladies (aka the potluck brigade) have stepped up to help us out with the catering. (It’ll still cost a good chunk, but it won’t be 5 grand. There are only two catering companies in this town and both aren’t that great. We’re ordering the main courses from a local restaurant and then letting the potluck crew handle the rest). Our officiant is a family friend of ours who’s doing the wedding for free. (He’s done probably close to a hundred wedding ceremonies, and does each one personally for the bride and groom. He’s helping us write our own ceremony, something else that I am super excited for.) My MOH’s Dad happens to be a fantastic photographer (And he’s shot quite a few weddings before), and gave us a steal of a deal for our photography. My Grandma made our invitations (She made them for my parents wedding too, which makes the whole thing even better). 

    Gotta love small town weddings!

    Post # 48
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

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    stephaniee24 :  It is so awesome! I think every wedding in our area goes down this way. I think one of my favourite parts of the day is going to be how so many different awesome people from our lives are going to have been a part of making it all come together!! 

    Post # 50
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    We are trying to do $8,500. The venue, food and booze are the 3 big costs. We’re cutting out DJs, morning after gift opening, reception dinner and no gifts for Bridesmaid or Best Man. 

    Honeymoon will just be us hanging out together for a few days before going back to being a long distance couple until paperwork finishes. 

    We are only having a photographer for 2 hrs so it’s $600 instead of in the thousands. Doing mostly fake flowers. Inexpensive/small decorations. 

    Post # 51
    1052 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Minus the honeymoon, we spent $10,260 on our wedding. (This includes rings.)


    Food was a huge bargain for us. Since we had around 50 guests, a friend of the family cooked for us. We did tacos and an ice cream sundae bar with breakfast the next day. Total cost for all of those ingredients was under $800… currently fighting with this person to accept money as a thank you!  We had tons of food left over the next day and donated it to a local homeless shelter.

    Also, we skipped the DJ and bought a portable PA system for $100. I used my iPad for music. We had unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails so nobody really cared about the music anyway. They still stayed up until 4AM partying. (My aunt and uncle bought the booze as a gift to us, but said they got it at wholesale pricing from a nearby bar and didn’t spend over $1000.)


    Our venue cost $2,100 which was a splurge for us. It had room for most of our guests to spend the night if they wanted to… for free. That alone made it worth it.

    Another splurge was DH’s suit. He had always wanted a higher end, tailored suit to add to his wardrobe. We wound up getting one for about $1000 that he used in the wedding.

    Post # 52
    32 posts
    • Wedding: August 1991

    my wedding was so cheap 25 years ago but i just paid for my daughters wedding in Disney world which was about $60k not including rings ,honeymoon etc. which she paid for !!! One more daughter to go!!!i I hope she elops …

    Post # 54
    23 posts
    • Wedding: January 2017

    Mine in total will end up being 5,000. Including rings. No honeymoon. Just happy to be married to my love surround by family. Everything has totally falling in place. The venue, menu, photographer, planner, attire, rings all got the best deals on because friends of family etc. Couldn’t be more happier. Just can’t wait!

    Post # 55
    284 posts
    Helper bee

    We spent about $25K aussie dollars on our wedding. Australia’s just expensive for everything… But we only had about 50 guests. We splurged the most on the reception venue and flowers.

    Spent about $10K on reception venue (got some refunded due to their faulty airconditioner) and about $4K on flowers. We saved a lot on things like invitation cards (got them online in Asia for 70cents per card but in Sydney, if you have it custom made, it’s about $10 per card), placecards (made them myself by just printing them off computer using nice paper) and thank you cards etc…

    I think we did okay. Overall we got lots of compliments on the wedding, everyone thought it was luxurious and was surprised when I told them how little we spent.

    Reception venue: 8K

    Flowers: 4K

    Photographer/dress hire/tuxedo hire/wedding car hire/make up: 7K

    Videographer (friend’s friend, semi-pro): 1K

    DJ: under 700

    Lighting and decorations: 1K

    Church/priest: 650 (donation)

    bridesmaids’ dresses: 700

    Gifts to friends/bridal party: approx 1000~1500

    bridal jewellery: 70

    Cake: under 700 (3 tier cake)

    wedding shoes: both bride and groom under 200


    Our honeymoon was about 3K-4K, rings about 15K(including E-ring), and we bought each other nice rolex watches which cost over 20K (probably the biggest splurge).

    We cut down on things like invitation cards, placecards, guestbook which could cost well over $1000 by doing them DIY and making cakes smaller 3 tier- still have a 3 tier but by making it small, you can save heaps.

    We hired gowns..and this saved sooo much money for us.



    Post # 56
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    When I started planning, it was a 5k destination. We are currently around 40k. 

    Venue (ceremony and reception): 5500

    Catering (off 140): 14k

    Cake: 800

    Florist (currently at 2000 without bouquets, corsages, ceremony flowers/decor. I’m adding some curtains and looking at lounge furniture for a deck space): 6k

    Dj/lighting: 2k

    Photographer (engagement, 10 hours day of, books): 5k

    Transportation: 1k

    Dress: 3k

    Headpiece: 500

    Veil: 200

    Earrings: 259

    Shoes: 142

    Paper (STDs, invites, RSVP, envelopes, liners, addressing, two color thermography on this gorgeous handmade paper that I’m having the hardest time justifying and talking my mom out of): 3k

    And it just keeps growing… 

    Post # 57
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Beautiful place.

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    stephaniee24 :  thank you!!! 😊

    Post # 58
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

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    futuremrsferrell :  Well if you were impressed, that is all that matters! Not everyone finds vendors the way others do, and I personally think thats okay. You do what you want 🙂

    Post # 59
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    we spent just under 30K for a wedding with about 100 guests. I regret spending so much. Never wanted to spend that much and should have put my foot down.

    Post # 60
    3791 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I voted for under $15K, as I never really figured that stuff in to the dime. My parents graciously gave us $10K to use, and whatever wasn’t spent, we got to keep. Well, that was close to $4K that we kept and used towards our honeymoon.

    So the around $6K included my dress, some jewelr, cake, photography, partial of the reception cost, silk flowers and what went in to make them, and some other odds and ends. DH’s parents paid for partial of the reception. Both parents helped pay for our band (which was our splurge). We put the deposit down, and they split the cost of what was left.

    Our reception cost the most (food, alcohol, late night food, decor included). Next was the band, and then photography.

    All in all, everything including honeymoon was probably around $15K. Our guest number was around 225.

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