(Closed) How much will your wedding cost?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 17
1845 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013



# of guests: 135


Venue: fee waived


Table & Chair Rentals/Lighting/Decorations: center pieces only, $800


Food/Alcohol: food $7900 (includes all linens, chairs, etc) booze approx. $4500


Flowers: only silk handmade for bouquets and bouts about $900


Dress: $1150 (gift from mom) alterations $390


Jewelry/Shoes, Accessories: $500


Officiant: no fee, included with venue


Photographer: $2100 (two photogs, all day and engagement pics)


Cake/cupcakes/smores bar: included with food is a dessert bar, no cake


Grooms suit: $114


DJ: $675 


Total Estimate: $19129




Honeymoon: approx $8500 (going to France/Italy for 11 days) 


Rings: $2500


Including honeymoon & rings: $30129

Eta- I just copied and pasted another bees format/options, but I think I have about $5000 in extras not includEd in the list, things like limo, props, photo booth, cigar bar, etc. 

So in total its probably closer to $36,000


Post # 18
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

# of guests: 70 max, but probably more like high 50s/low 60s


Venue + Food: $1,866


Flowers: < $150


Dress: $500…$635 including alterations


Jewelry/Shoes, Accessories: not sure yet!


Officiant: Free (but will probably give some type of love offering)


Photographer: $900


Cake: $375


Grooms outfit: $250


DJ: $300


Our honeymoon was a gift 🙂

Post # 19
9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@bmo88:  $200k for jewelry?? Dang! Smile

Here’s mine:

$21,000 – 80 guests or so

Venue (ceremony, 6 hour reception with open bar, tables/chairs/linens, setup, cleanup): $5620

Food: $3000 estimate

Photography: $3100 (9 hours, 2 photogs, engagement session, all edited photos with printing rights)

Cake: $575

DJ: $950 (7 hours, technically it’s unlimited though!)

Photobooth: $850 (4 hours, all photos for every person, scrapbook)

Transportation: $550

Hotels: $390

Dress/Shoes/Jewelry/Suit/Veil: $1900

Hair/Makeup: $920 (myself, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 2 mothers)

Officiant: $300

Invites/STDs/Thank You cards/Postage: $700

Flowers/Decor: $1800

Gifts: $250


+$1000 for my hotel/flight to Vegas and my boudoir photos.  But I didn’t include that as it isn’t part of the wedding day.

Honeymoon: not planned yet!  But also not part of the wedding day so I consider that to be a separate budget.

Post # 21
9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@bmo88:  Oops…indeed I did!

Post # 22
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i am hung up on the 1700 for hair and makeup!!! Crazy

Total approx guests -300


venue/food/bar – $28k

ceremony – $1000

ceremony music $600. (Piano, violin and opera singer)

dress – $3000 includes veils, sash and alterations

flowers $2k

rings $2k

Hair/makeup – $ 150

linens and chairs- )2,500

lighting, wine ice cream bar – $1500

dj/singer- $1k (friend)

photographer – $1500 (friend)

tux – $300

steel drum band – $500 cocktail hour

transportation – $1200

gifts $1500

honeymoon -$5k (flights were on points) 

total makes me want to vomit


Post # 25
4071 posts
Honey bee

For 120 people:

Venue: $5000

Catering: $9500

Alcohol: $2500

DJ: $2000 

Officiant: $595

Flowers: $3700

Rentals: $2400

Dress: $6300

Rings: $2500

Photographer: $4500

Hair & Makeup: $500

Shoes & Accessories: $500 + borrowed bracelet

Gifts: $1000

Honeymoon: $7000

I don’t want to think about this anymore, but the total is around $49,000




Post # 26
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@CARA1978:  As a fellow Portlander, I’m curious about your venue! 🙂

Post # 27
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@anemily:  It will be at this small (newish) event space on NE 28th (cross NE Glisan). Its not really on the map of known places yet but I know the owner of the building and he’s a really good person.  

Many of the other places I’ve inquired about were way too large for the amount of people we’re going to have. 

Post # 28
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Gables at Chadds Ford

Location:  Near Philadelphia, PA

Venue:  $1,000  (ceremony and reception space rental)

Food:  $10,000      (includes open bar, seated dinner, cocktail hour and appetizers- hoping we can actually spend less than this!)

Flowers:  $1,500    (20 wedding party members/parents, 16 small centerpieces, no ceremony decorations)

Dress:  $499 (David’s Bridal!  and I LOVE it!)

Jewelry: gifted $500 towards accessories (this was a gift from SIL– not actually spent yet though)

Veil:  gifted by my SIL (valued at $150 though)

DJ:  $1,300 (Cutting Edge Entertainment)

Photographer:  $2,100  (Nicole Leigh Photography- 8hr package)

Officiant: $200 (estimated- a friend of a friend is doing our ceremony)

Transportation: $577 (School bus rental for 10 hours)

Guests: 80-90

Favors:  $300 (made 100 mini homemade bottles of wine)


Other Misc. Costs:   Stationary for DIY invitations/save-the-dates,/programs, gifts for the wedding party, hair/makeup, hotel stay for two nights, our rings, groom’s tux…   


Overall Total should be about $20,000 (not including the honeymoon, and I estimated high on some of the misc. things- so hopefully we will be under budget!  So much for a $10,000 wedding!!!)


**Honeymoon:   $2,500 (this is what we are estimating to spend for a week in Paris.  My fiance’s parents footed the bill for the flight and hotel as our wedding gift)








Post # 29
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@CARA1978:  Very cool! I like that area — glad you found something for the size of your group 🙂

Post # 30
6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

So we had a slightly different type of wedding.  We got married while on a road trip!  We drove from Utah to Canada and did a 2500 mile weddingmoon.  We were married on day 5 of the trip at Canada’s #2 lodge in a national park.  All of the wedding stuff was packed in a box among the sleeping bags, suitcases and tent.  The lodge had an elopement package that we used.  We planned it all in about 15 days – even though we were engaged for 15 months.  Our two witnesses joined us for dinner.



WEDDIND RELATED: under $3300


Photography: $1250, 3 hours

My attire: $701 for everything I wore: hair flower, shoes, bra, slip, jewelry, dress (I did my own hair and MU)

H’s attire: $227 for H’s suit, shirt, tie

H’s Ring: $350 for H’s wedding band, which was originally $700 but I had an old ring to trade in.  I wear only one ring so no wedding band for me.

Officiant/License: $206

Details: $550 for everything else wedding related – 3 course wedding dinner for four, champagne, bouquet, boutonniere, wedding (too large for 4 people) cake, engraved toasting flutes, day of coordination





Lodging: $1852, 3 nights at the fancy lodge, 3 nights camping, and 4 nights in a regular hotel

Gas: $424 for 2500 miles, Utah to Canada and back

Food: $801 for all meals not included in the elopement package (which were 2 breakfasts and the wedding dinner).  We ate out every morning and night.  Lunch was usually on the trail as we were hiking every single day.


All in all, the whole weddingmoon cost $7050. 

Post # 31
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@anemily:  Thanks!

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