(Closed) How much is (was) your wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 90
2329 posts
Buzzing bee

~$32K for hopefully ~65 guests

Budget Breakdown:

Venues: $6,000
Bride’s dress/shoes/alterations: $4,500
Groomm’s suit/shoes: $1,000
Catering/dessert table/late night snack: $5,000
DJ: $900
Photobooth: $600
Photography: $4,500
Flowers: $1,500
Rentals: $3,000
DOC: $1,500
Hair & Makeup: $600

The balance is comprised of smaller items, like officient fees, gratuities, invites, etc. 

Our rings, all said and done will be ~$32,000

Honeymoon budget is ~$15,000

Post # 91
216 posts
Helper bee

We’re doing $5k for 45 people and so far we’re way below budget as most things are DIY. 

Post # 92
728 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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.

Post # 93
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I think we are around 30k for approx 200.  For us, it will be worth it – my parents are contributing a lot of the budget because my family and friends make up approximately 75% of the list.  This was the agreement I made in high school when I opted out of private hs and chose a tuition free college option.  I met my husband after 1 year of public school so I clearly made the right choice!

Post # 94
314 posts
Helper bee

I am amazed & impressed that people are managing to have weddings for 5K for 50-150 people. Makes my 5K for 8 people seem so outrageous, but the license alone was over $600… I’m just gonna say it’s because the UK is expensive. 😩

Post # 96
2819 posts
Sugar bee

~23k for about 50 guests. That includes rings but does not include gratuities, which I haven’t figured out yet. Honeymoon is another ~ 6k for 10 days. All in we’re spending close to 30k. 

  • Venue (ceremony + reception): 4250 
  • Rentals (linens, silverware, china): 1100
  • Alcohol: 800
  • Catering and waitstaff: 3500
  • Cake: 500
  • DOC: 350
  • Decor: 500 
  • Lighting: 1200
  • Wedding dress & alterations: 1300
  • Bridal shoes: 200
  • Suit: 800
  • Shoes & belt: 350 
  • Maid/Matron of Honor & Bridesmaid or Best Man attire: 600 
  • Rings: 1350 
  • Photographer: 4000 
  • Marriage license: 150 
  • Liability insurance: 150 
  • Invites and postage: 350 
  • Stds: 50
  • Travel to wedding location (hometown not DW): 700 
  • Hotels: 1000


Post # 97
9 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

Our wedding was about $15,000 for 60 people, including our honey moon (our honey moon was only local though so it was budget friendly). 

Post # 98
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

We originally had our budget set at 5k for our 50 guest wedding.  Then I started actually getting prices, and I doubled it to 10k.  We should come right around that amount.

General breakdown of what we’ve already booked:

$1150 for venue (having such a small wedding we were able to book two buildings at the county museum for dirt cheap.  Includes almost all tables and chairs we’ll need and was our #1 choice before even getting engaged – it’s a huge win on all accounts)

$1225 for photographer for wedding and engagement photos

$1500 for catering, buffet style with servers

$500 for flowers – I was able to find a local florist that’s comparable to online DIY places

$911 for the day of coordinator

$600 for cake

$310 for hair and makeup for myself and 2 bridesmaids, also includes the H&M trial I had last month

$750 for rentals (linens, tableware, tables for caterer, etc)

Officiant – free.  Friend of ours that has experience is going to do it

DJ – skipping it.  Will need to purchase a quality PA system

Still have to purchase attire for us and the wedding party as well as gifts for them and our parents, reception and ceremony decor, alcohol, book the bartender (going through the DOC for that, it’s $45/hr), favors will cost around $125 total, venue insurance, and the rest of the stationary, I’ve only bought STDs so far and that was $24.

I think I’ve covered it all.  Rings and honeymoon aren’t included in the wedding budget.  So far it’s looking like we should come right in around the 10k mark.


Post # 99
717 posts
Busy bee

Our budget was £7k but it’s going to be more like £10k 


dress: £700 (second hand Sophia Tolli, including alterations to fit and adding lace sleeves)

veil: £10 (second hand)

shoes: £30

venue/catering: £6000

flowers:£300 (making my own out of real touch flowers)

suit: £150

decoration: £300

cake: £60 (am making my own)

Stationary £200

Photographer: £1100

make up artist: £350

Wedding rings: £650

registrar: £570

This is for 60 guests

Post # 100
208 posts
Helper bee

We were at about $45k for 120 people in NYC, not including attire, rings or honeymoon (although our honeymoon was only like $1k.)  If we add in attire and rings it brings us to just under $100k.

Post # 101
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We spent a around $2500 11am ceremony w/lunch reception, 44 people total

Ceremony site $500

Reception site free w/a $750 minimum (favorite restaurant)

Food and drink around $1200

Floral: $125


Officiant:  Free (more on that later wink)

Invites and postage $100

Hair/Makep/waxing: $200

Musician $350

Honeymoon and rings are not included as they are not a cost directly involved in the comfort of our guests.

Post # 102
2352 posts
Buzzing bee

I wanted to spend under 10, but it was closer to 15 I think for 75 people.

We did not have a honeymoon because of lack of funds. We did NOT have any debt after the wedding. So yay us!


Post # 103
697 posts
Busy bee

Only like 6,000 not including the rings. We decided to elope, since it’s his second marriage we didn’t want his relatives to feel like they had to travel for us (again) and give presents (again). Plus for me, I never dreamt of a wedding day and it’s not important to me. Instead, we’re buying a nice cruise to Hawaii and planning to elope there. It’s a elopement and honeymoon all in one! Haha. But afterwards when we come home we’ll probably invite our close knit families out for a nice dinner.

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