(Closed) How much did your ENTIRE wedding cost?

posted 12 years ago in Money
Post # 62
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am so glad that other people are just as over budget as I am! Our original budget was 10k for the wedding and reception (not including honeymoon or rehearsal dinner).

However, the wedding is exactly 10 months away and have only purchased a couple things.. and have almost reached our budget!



Ceremony Venue- 750

Reception Venue-1050


Do the math! No way we can make it under 10k when we still have not purchased any alcohol, flowers, decorations, hired an officiant, musicians, etc. IT WILL BE CRAZy!!!

Post # 63
451 posts
Helper bee

Talk about over budget for me too!! I orginally budgeted for $14,000. Now we’re at around $16,000. But if I’m truly honest….it will be more like $18 to $20,000. We got some awesome deals with the DJ by booking early ($650) and the venue ($6000 for food, open bar, venue, set-up clean-up and breakdown, tables, chairs, wedding planner, table clothes, use of decor rental if wanted), but the things that we’ve gone over budget on have made up for the money we’ve saved. Our photos are THE most important thing to us. We figured if we got the best photographer in town they could make ANY wedding look like a million bucks. Turns out they cost a million bucks! Hahahahaha! Anyway, we’re spending $4000 on photos. But she’s so good…it’s worth the splurge.

Haven’t got the flourist, cake, or my dress yet (not to mention all the little details like hair and makeup, plus attendants gifts). I told myself if I want anything extravagant for the wedding I have to save up my own money on top of what I’m contributing to “the wedding fund” and buy it myself. So my wedding shoes ($1000 Manolo’s) and my gown ($1500 most likey) I don’t add into the wedding budget, but to be honest they are an expense towards the wedding and I should be counting them. My groom is going to spend a pretty penny on his formal military sword too. But I told him if he wants that it can’t come out of our combo wedding budget either but has to come from his own pocket. Gotta make sacrafices for what we really want I guess! 🙂 Luckily my groom agrees!!

Post # 64
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would say my budget is going to be around 35k for everything.

Post # 65
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

90 people, sit down dinner in NYC with 6 months to plan– we were aiming for 10k and we well well under budget until we added in the rehearsal dinner and fell in love with slightly expensive (for us) wedding bands.  Which, I think is not that bad of a splurge . . .  I think by the time it’s all said and done we’ll be looking at $12k.

Post # 66
14 posts

Pilotsgirl09 , I really think that a wedding budget comprises a dollar amount that you actually spend on the wedding, not necessarily where you pull your money from. So even if you don’t pull from your “wedding fund” for your $1000 shoes, you will still be $1000 in the hole, regardless  if you pulled from your own account or not.

We decided to be really honest with ourselves and include every little wedding-related thing in our 15K budget because we really had to measure what both he and I would have leftover after the wedding. So we kept track of everything on Excel.

And sometimes, it’s not always about how much you spend, but what you’re paying for.

For a Los Angeles wedding for 101 people, a sitdown luncheon reception at a Zagat rated restaurant, open bar, church ceremony (including mandatory prep classes), priest donation, hotels and honeymoon night suite, transportation (including insurance and gas), wedding coordinator, DJ and Polynesian dancers, materials for all DIY projects, wedding party gifts for 29 people, rings, the first dress I bought but ended up not wearing and still must sell, my 2nd dress and all accessories, any grooming (hair, makeup, manicure, pedicure, facials, waxing, etc), his clothes, flowers and tester flowers for DIY projects, all materials for DIY projects, decorations, all stationery and postage, photographer and videographer, marriage license, things we ended up not even using, rehearsal dinner and a weeklong honeymoon to Kauai (including airfare, lodging, all excursions, food, rental car, gas and souveniers)…

We spent $14,400


Post # 67
1626 posts
Bumble bee

I’m getting sick just looking at this.

Post # 68
75 posts
Worker bee

Budget was $7,000, spent $8200. Which is fine. We budgeted low. We could have gone up to $16k and been fine.

Post # 69
2 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

Wow…well I’d be lying if I said I didn’t *wish* I had $40,000 to spend on my wedding. But my Fiance and I are paying for everything ourselves. So as it stands we’re having a non-traditional (our choice), backyard ceremony and reception. We were shooting for $2,000 but it looks like we will be closer to $4k.

We are estimating 70 guests Max, if everyone can come (which is not likely because we have alot of out of town guests)

Venue – $1300 (ceremony & reception)

Photographer – $500

Dress – $500 (including alterations and accssories)

Food/Drinks – $500 (BBQ foods/Wine/Beer/Sig. Drink)

Decor – $200 (paper lanters/strings of lights etc)

Paper products – $200 (plates/cultery/cups etc)

Table/Chair Rentals – $200 (Round tables for guests/Rectangular for Bridal party)

Wedding Favors – $110 (personalized M&M’s in personalized tins)

Centerpieces – $100 (vases/candles/votives)

Fiance Outfit – $100 (estimating – we havent found his outfit yet)

DIY Invitations – $100 for 50 (Black and Fuschia tri-fold invites – made by my Fiance and I!)

Marriage License – $88.90 (or $39.90 if pre-marriage classes are taken)

DIY Wedding Cupcakes – $50 (Estimating for Ingredients & everything needed)

STD’s – $35 for 50 (I made the maganent design myself on vistaprint.com!)

Total – $3983.90

I rounded up for alot of these amounts, only because I’m sure there are a few unexpected things that I’ll find along the way. But all in all, I think that my Fiance and I are doing exceptionally well on such a tight budget. I am sooooo excited about our wedding because even though we have a comparitively tiiiiiny budget there are so many DIY projects that we’re taking on. I know it is going to be alot more work, with alot of time and energy invested but I really feel like it’s going to make the experience SO memorable for us <3

Oh and we are not sure what we’re going to do about our honeymoon yet. More than likely we will use the gift money that we’re anticipating, to plan our honeymoon. But that won’t be till at least a few months after the wedding itself 🙂

Post # 70
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

For everything, about $30k.  We are paying for everything, and we are paying CASH.  Nothing will be charged, because that’s no way to start a marriage…in debt because of one wedding day.  The venue is the most expensive, because it’s just really beautiful.  We are having a photographer, videographer (great deal on them BTW!), cheap DIY favors & a dj.  We are also doing a fireworks display but that’s only around $3k, so it’s worth it.  I’m spending $200 on my dress, and my bridesmaids are wearing $15 black cocktail dresses from Deb.  Because the venue itself is so gorgeous, we aren’t doing much as far as decor goes….it doesn’t need it.  Plus since our ceremony and reception are at the same place, we aren’t paying for limos.  We aren’t doing bachelorette/bachelor parties, we aren’t doing a big rehearsal dinner & we already bought our rings when he bought my e-ring.  We are also taking off the next day to an all-inclusive resort for a week for our Honeymoon.  That’s all included in the $30k.    Oh and it’s for 175 guests on a Friday evening, sit-down, served dinner. Smile

Post # 71
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

UGHHHH! I try not to think about it. I don’t have a breakdown of exactly what we spent because that is something that organized people do…and unfortunately that is not me.

I know the venue, including full dinner and competely open bar was $10,000 for 120 people. I’m guessing that we spent another $10,000 on photog, ceremony venue, limo, dress, etc. etc. etc. So without rings and the honeymoon I’m guessing $20,000. Ewwwww.


Post # 72
32 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

I budgeted for $6,000 and ended up at $5,208 – not including the rings, which weren’t budgeted. It was for 10 people, but we could have doubled the amount of guests and it wouldn’t have really changed the cost.


Hair and Makeup $200
Veil $150
Shoes $2
Dress and Alterations $650
Her Ring – wedding -already owned – $1300
His Ring  – already owned – $225
Grooms Suit $250
Maid/Matron of Honor dress and shoes $16
Bridesmaid or Best Man clothing $50


Maid/Matron of Honor gifts $75
Bridesmaid or Best Man gift $50

Out of Town Bag

Bags, TShirts, Brochures, Pens – $20
Snacks $20


Officiant $200
Wedding Photographer $500
Engagement and Bridal Photographer $250
Cupcakes $25
Hotels $700
Venue $100

Invitations and Reply Cards $50
Announcements $5
Thank you cards  $10
Postage $50
Save the Dates $25


Gas To & From Detroit $100
Airfare $600
Baggage fees $100



Candles $5
Place cards/favors $15
Drinks $95


Spending money for “Honeymoon” $1500


Thing we didn’t pay for
Nails $70 – mom paid for
Eyebrow Wax $12 – mom paid for
Pedicure $35 – friend paid for
Hair trim $40 – mom paid for
Reception dinner $350 (Wedding Coordinator told our waiter to comp our drinks for the night, but he comped the dinner)
Cruzan Rum Shooters for guests at Reception $15
Cruzan Rum in the Out of Town Bags $25

Post # 73
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We ended up having 130 people and I think it came to somewhere around $85K or $90K, but I’m not even sure. 

Post # 74
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010


Includes everything we otherwise would not have bought (including services, like manicure and spray tan, or airline tickets and lodging to go visit our destination venue) if he hadn’t proposed, from the day he proposed to sending my gown off to be preserved and printing off wedding pictures.

Post # 75
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

60 guests, 35K total, not including the majority of my dress extravaganza. I’m making most of that back by selling the dresses.

Post # 76
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Its nothing crazy but I really dont even want to think about it.

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