(Closed) How much do you make a year? What is your budget?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Don’t rely on what other people’s budgets/bank balance/life circumstances mean.


Do what works for you and your fiance.  If you really really want a wedding, then figure out how much you’re comfortable in paying and stick to a strict budget.  No shame in a courthouse wedding with a backyard BBQ reception.  Don’t feel like you have to go over the top to impress others.  I also agree that putting money into a house is a better investment than a wedding.



Post # 4
4522 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsLevell2Be:  I’m sorry to hear you’re having such a hard time with surgeries and trying to factor in a wedding at the same time :-/ I can only imagine how discouraging that must be for you.

We will be paying for everything ourselves, as I am well-aware of the “he who pays has a say” rule and we’d like to keep the reigns in our hands 🙂  We are planning to get married between June and September of next year on a in-state “destination” wedding in FL.  Estimating so we, we think everything will cost around $4-5k.  We are doing a small ceremony followed by, basically, a backyard BBQ and then a reception(party) back in our home state.

You should really check out Offbeat Brides website: there are alot of girls on there with micro budgets (literally, like $400).  Some of them don’t have anyone helping them out, some are just frugal and others have fallen on some hard times and still made their wedding remarkable.  It’s honestly very inspiring to read.

Keep in mind: we all are aware of what a “typical” wedding consists of…but a wedding can be anything YOU make it. If that’s a huge blow-out with a sit-down 6 course meal, then cool…but if it’s 5 people in a tiny ceremony followed by a potluck meal, that’s great too 🙂

I wish you the best of luck and hope that you can still plan something special 🙂


Post # 6
3694 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What we make means nothing to you.  We are both engineers over 30, well established in our careers.  Our wedding budget was not quite 7% of our combined annual income and I didn’t even spend it all.  We did spend a lot on what we thought was more important: my rings and our honeymoon.  But all that combined was not 24% of our combined incomes and was not all spent at once.  We also already own a house and our cars. 

Focus on what is important to you.  Do you just have to have a dress or it’s not a wedding?  You can find one second hand, even in a thrift shop for a couple $100.  Have a friend do your hair and makeup and wear it to the courthouse and have your mom take a few pictures.  Do you have friends or family that could help you cook something simple for a little party afterwards?  It doesn’t have to be a wedding reception, just a party. 

All you need to get married is $50 for a license and someone to marry.  And 50 years from now that someone is going to be all that matters. 

Post # 8
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Seen that there are two of these same threads, so I’ll post my previous response – not sure which thread you’ll check up on!


We make around 50k combined. Wedding is costing us about 22,000 total, including honeymoon.


I don’t think you’ll get a good idea of what your budget should be vs. everyone elses. Everyone has differant expensive – some buy alot of “wants” and some save all their money. It’s impossible to compare two financial situations.


My best advice is to spend what you can afford/feel comfortable with, based on what you want from your wedding.


Me & fi originally wanted a budget of around $6,000 – but honestly, I we weren’t going to get the wedding we wanted for that price, and still be able to invite everyone we wanted invited. The most important things for my wedding are all of my loved ones being there, great food, & an open bar.


Post # 9
4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I won’t give an exact number, but I will say that last year I made basically nothing while DH earned a good salary.  I think our wedding was somewhere around 3 or 4k, and our parents covered most of it.  We were able to have great food, a string quartet, and an overall beautiful wedding by having it in my mom’s backyard, having less than 30 people total, and going for simple instead of fancy for our decor.  My mom used a lot of Home Depot cards earned from rewards points to get the backyard looking beautiful.





Post # 12
7658 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our wedding budget is about 25% of our combined income, however, we are only paying for about 8.5%. Like PPs have said though, do not base your wedding off of what others have done. Everyone’s situation is extremely different.

Post # 13
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Do what you can afford and don’t worry about what other people think. Just because something is done a certain way in your area doesn’t mean you have to do it that way, too. 

I find it insane that some couples are planning weddings that are half of their annual salaries. To me, that is unbelievable! Our wedding will cost no more than $2000, if that. We’re keeping costs waaaayyyy down.

Post # 15
4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@solidarity:  agreed – it doesn’t seem wise for a couple to start off their married lives that way!

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