(Closed) How much did your ENTIRE wedding cost?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That’s a good point….Hmm..

Dress: 100

Shoes: 40

Hair & Makeup: 80

Venue: 1050

Caterer: 800

Photography: 900

Videography: 150

DJ: 150

Cake: 300

Flowers: 280

Decor: ~150

Rings: ~200


Grand Total: 4200


Pretty darn good deal if you ask me. I’m a bargain shopper!


Post # 4
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had an original budget of 30k and it is pretty much met (with things we sdont have nailed down figured in) and we are steadily climbing over…

Dress: 5600

Veil: 1200

Shoes: 220

Church: 2000

Reception: 4500

Flowers: 4-5000

Photographer: 2400

Wedding Planner: 1800

Caterer: 12000

Open Bar: 4500 to start

Honeymoon: 6000

Rehearsal Dinner dress: 450

Yea and we still have a lot to do! Some things will fluctuate up or down. I seriously dont know what I was thinking but Im amazed at how expensive a wedding can be and how carried away you can get. Ours is in the city and for about 200 guests, and its an evening Saturday wedding that’s formal. Yikes!

The Future In-Laws are paying for the rehearsal dinner, the Sunday brunch, alcohol, and the honeymoon and possibly more. Breaking it down makes it scary lol.

Post # 5
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Once you factor in the honeymoon, rehearsal dinner, brunch, and misc things like a rehearsal dinner dress, ours will probably be over $40,000. Which is totally crazy. That does include a splurge honeymoon and EVERYTHING else related, including things that will be used/appreciated long after the day, like shoes, Rehearsal Dinner dress, highlights, that kind of thing. Yikes.

Post # 6
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our entire wedding weekend (getting to Pgh for the wedding, rehearsal/reh dinner, all things wedding-related, day-after brunch & flights back to NYC.  Does NOT include our honeymoon or my e-ring) is looking to come in between $23k-$25k.  The wedding day itself will be about $15k-$18k-ish).  This is for about 130-150 guests (about 25 guests each for rehearsal/reh dinner & day-after party), and we’re also providing lodging for our entire bridal party & their dates for 2 nights.

That all said, I still think I can shrink another $1-2k out=)

EDIT: Our honeymoon is hard to pinpoint since we haven’t booked anything beyond hotels & flights yet, but we’ve budgeted $10k for 10 days in Australia.

Post # 7
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just under $9k for EVERYTHING…..for a 85 guest wedding on the beach.

Post # 8
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

OMG I sooo envy you ladies who can do their wedding for less than $20k!!  In the area I live just to reserve the venue( not including flowers, dj, photographer, dress. tux alll that type of stuff)  it is a min of $20k!  It makes me crazy!  I should just elope!  I think is is awesome that some ladies do it for I dont want to say cheap because NONE of it is cheap but lets say cheaper than $20K. 


Standing ovation for you ladies!!! 🙂 

Post # 9
7769 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

20K, then 15K for the ring on top of that… 

Post # 10
33 posts

Mine came out to $25K almost exactly (for 110 guests in NYC).  This includes everything except for the honeymoon (we were gifted airline tickets from my dad and some money for travel from his parents).

Post # 11
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re both finishing up grad school so are on a tight budget….here goes:

dress: 700 (fits like a glove, so no alterations!! yay)

veil: 42

shoes: 43

Hair and Makeup:  will DIY

flowers: 485 (includes 1 bridal boquet, 1 Maid/Matron of Honor boquet, 3 corsages, 4 bout, pew decor, and 8 little centerpieces)

church:  775

sit down luncheon reception: 1645 (plus tax and gratuity. this includes food and non-alcoholic drinks for 47 ppl and no rental fees)

cake: 277

invites:  140 (for 50 invites, reception card, rsvp cards)

rings: 487

FI’s suit: <400 (not yet purchased)

photographer:  free!! (FI’s step brother is a photographer. Score!)

Hotel rental at fancy-schmancy hotel for night before wedding: 285

Honeymoon: to be determined

That comes to 5279 plus honeymoon….but some things will be used longterm such as rings, shoes, and my FI’s suit (will be used for business meetings, etc)…. so it’s more like 4389 for wedding alone


Post # 12
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Around 9000$

Post # 13
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The wedding: around $550 & includes Dress/shoes/vail/tiara. FIs shirt/ties (FI already owns a suit). Flowers. Photographer. Venue & food/punch for a dessert reception of 250 guests.

The rings we’re going to get on our honeymoon cause it’ll be more fun for us. If we can’t find anything, we’ll just get rings off of Etsy when we get back. Estimating $100 for rings.

Honeymoon cruise: around $2800 for a 10 day cruise, including travel expenses

Plus, we’re going to get my BM/MOH & his GM/BM their gifts on our honeymoon, so I suppose I should add that to our wedding budget. I just don’t have a clue what to get them yet! Estimating $200 for that.

A total of about $3600 all together :).

Post # 14
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Including the rings, honeymoon, and everything in between… I don’t even wanna know!  LOL– I’m guesstimating like $40,000 when all is said and done.  Tongue out

Post # 15
40 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hm, considering how costs just start creeping up and differences between ‘planned’ and ‘actual’ become more glaring, I am afraid to even think about it. But we should be able to be under $20K for our DW wedding, including tickets and accomodation, honeymoon, and rings.

Post # 16
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t do a final analysis, but with EVERYTHING, probably around $40K. 

Honestly, I know we could have spent less, but we got married in about 8 months, and on NYE, so we didn’t have as much wiggle room when it came to vendor shopping as most others. We kind of had to use who we could and go from there. It definitely increased what we spent. 


I really have no idea how people spend less than $10K…I wish I had that talent!

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