(Closed) How much is too much?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

How much you spend and on what is totally up to you!! Personally, my big things were good food and a DJ, so I splurged. I also didn’t want to pay A LOT for my dress, but I wanted to feel like the star of the evening too! Flowers and decor are what I could careless about, so those costs are drastically low (like $200 total)!

Post # 4
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2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Everyone’s budget is so different — there is no too much or too little when it comes to your wedding! As long as it fits YOUR budget, then it’s the right price! 🙂

Post # 5
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10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@crh1729: Are those the only things that you’re incorporating into your wedding because if so, based on typical weddings you’re missing quite a bit.

Of the items that you’ve mentioned, you could go without the limo and just drive yourself. 

Post # 6
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You can get much less expensive veils online if you shop around. I haven’t bought mine yet but I’m not planning on spending more than $50.

I agree with PP’s that it depends on what matters to you and what you like.

The easiest way to keep your spending low is to have a smaller guest list and not serve a ton of food.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think there’s such a thing as too little, if I could have my wedding free I would!

And in the beginning of our engagement I said we’d have a 10k budget. Then I found out how impossible that can be in NJ. So we upped it to 15k and I wanted to stick to it. But the details… everything adds up fast. Total budget now including honeymoon and rings = 22k eek!

And yet my wedding won’t have that much, we aren’t doing flowers at all, keeping our guest list limited, I haven’t bought a single extra “cute wedding thing” and somehow, here we are.

The list goes:

honeymoon

rings

dress/shoes/accessories

Suit

Bouquets

Hair service

Officiant

Band (live music was one of the most important things to us)

Photographer

BM/GM gifts

Parents gifts

Wedding favors

Guestbook

Save the Dates

Invitations

Place cards

Decoration (centerpieces/ ceremony)

Food

Drink

 

That is our most basic list of what the budget holds. Location is  a big factor into how much weddings cost, and it’s all about perspective. We’re spending only $1250 for one photographer, which Fiance thought was too much and I thought it was a bargain for how awesome they are. However a 2k dress sounds astronomical to me and I could never fathom it.

 

Post # 9
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10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@crh1729: Ohh, ok. I was confused by the “Anything else to add to the list?”. =)

Post # 10
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@UpstateCait: heh yea that’s why i broke it down too. now i feel like a crazy person with my giant ass post

Post # 12
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@crh1729: haha good! We actually set up a spreadsheet to figure all this out. It allocated a percentage of the budget to each one, so we could see that our food and bev was taking up 40%, our band was 13%, stuff like that. I have found that no matter what, when it comes time to buy something there’s still sticker shock though, you should consider having a “reserve” category for expenses you didn’t see coming. Could be anything like ordering new STD’s because you had a typo on the first one, or all the tips you’ll have to give on the day of the wedding.

Post # 13
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335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

$250 for the reception site is dirt cheap.  We paid $3,500 for ours.  (just the site, nothing else)  And the parking was separate and was an additional $500!

Post # 15
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@crh1729: If you are working with a small reception site and talking directly with the owners, they are not supposed to accept tips. Our venue includes gratuity, but I am still planning on tipping the bartender, my photographer, and the band. For any service related job it’s usually 15% so I’m sticking with that.

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