We spent about $60k for 160 people
Venue – $24k ($135 per person for a Friday in May)
Videographer – $4,775 (10 hours, 2 shooters, 2 DVDs that included ~10 min highlight video, ~90 min full length video, as well as a hard drive of all the coverage – husband is a video editor so we wanted it all)
Photographer – $5,750 (10 hours with 2 shooters, engagement shoot, print release, and a 12×12 album with about 80 images)
Limobus for wedding party – $1,260 (FIL gifted shuttles for guests between hotels & venue)
Officiant – $550
Dress & Jewelry – $3,500 (including alterations, and Mother-In-Law gifted veil)
DJ – $1,600 (Included a photo booth)
String Quartet – $3,200 (acoustic for ceremony, electric for cocktail hour)
Flowers – $4,800 ( 12 low/6 tall centerpieces, 9 bouquets, 9 bouts, 2 corsages, head and misc table displays)
Makeup – $180 (included trial)
Hair – $185 (included trial)
There were a ton of things in addition not included above. I got my girls a bunch of little gifts and jewelry, and I paid for one of their dresses. Invites, postage, a guest book and a card box from Etsy, marriage license, gift bags in the hotel rooms with snacks & water from Costco, plastic cups with a personalized saying for the gift bags, TIPS for the vendors. (Don’t forget those!) I’m sure there were other incidentals I’m forgetting.
Rings, we probably spent like $5,200 total for both.
Honeymoon in Aruba appx $4,000 (we got about $620 of that in gifts from our honeymoon registry). We did not stay at an all inclusive so we tried to budget for food as well as we could. I wouldn’t change it though because I loved the place.
Honestly it cost a LOT more than we anticipated. We were fortunate that both sets of parents helped us out a lot. But we probably split it evenly 1/3 each. My parents paid for my bridal shower, and my in-laws paid for the rehearsal dinner. So we are VERY grateful for their generosity. At first I most definitely wished we had less guests and a less expensive place (since now we’re saving for a house down payment, and it’s a BEAR), but in the end I’m so happy everything turned out the way it did.