(Closed) I truly thought we could have a wedding for 12k!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We didn’t include our honeymoon in our budget because we will not be taking it until December. We’re going to come out anywhere between $3K under to breaking even. I modeled my budget off of my friends budget who had almost the same amount of guests so I think that is why our actual amount is going to come so close to our budgeted amount.

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am still far out but we should be pretty close to budget. I budgeted based on figures I had already researched. I knew my photographer would be around $3000, for example. I am not purchasing anything that was not already accounted for in the budget. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We didn’t have a strict budget, but our wedding came to about $6000 UNDER what we had planned. We allowed for about $15000 on the wedding, but managed to get it all done for about $7-8000. Hurrah!

ETA: That doesn’t include the honeymoon, because we’ll probably be doing that for our first anniversary (we’re buying a house and puppy in the meantime), but the honeymoon shouldn’t be more than $5-7000

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had the same budget, but didn’t include honeymoon.

I honestly thought I could probably manage 10K, but it looks like it’ll end up being around 4K over budget, because we’re having more people than we anticipated. Not too bad, but still more than I hoped it would be.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Where we are from, it’s virtually impossible to host catered dinner at a decent venue on less than a $20K budget. Once you factor in photography, food, venue fees, invites, and cake, you’re looking at at least $15K for an event hosting at least 100 people. I think the sticker shock surprises many people.

Post # 12
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1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@gorusticorgohome:  I know! I thought I would be under budget because I really thought I factored everything in. The venue’s catering taxes are a killer, though. I’m hoping I don’t get the “last minute” flood of replies!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wanted to do $5k or under before we started planning. We’re right around $10k now, with my dress/shoes and our rings. Honeymoon isn’t included because we don’t know if we’ll be able to afford one soon.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@gorusticorgohome:  I don’t think I could! We got by so well because we knew a few people who were willing to cut us a deal with most things, and because my family and community are the kind that will happily pitch in and help with anything going on!

My parents provided the venue (their garden – free); local CWA catered for most of it ($22/head for 150 people); local butcher’s shop donated the meat (at about $1.50/head); some friends worked the bar (for free!); decorations were either flowers from the garden (free), lace curtains from an op shop (maybe $5), ribbons from craft shops (about $10); my parents knew a guy that ran an events company, so he said he would hold a marquee for us until 5 days before the wedding with no deposit – there was no rain forecast, so we didn’t use it (saved us about $3000); chair and table hire was from the local hall (free); we bought alcohol whenever it was on special in the stores, and some wines from local vineyards (came to about $2000 and there was heaps left over).

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@gorusticorgohome:  

We were aiming for $10k, but are currently at $14k… I have high hopes it won’t go above $15k. So yeah, I know what you mean!

I was not a girl who had ever looked into wedding related stuff before getting engaged, and when we did up a “budget” early on, there were so many things we didn’t account for – transport, night of accom. So many things I under-budgeted for (or ended up splurging on) – celebrant, groom’s attire, my shoes, flowers…

Fiance never worries about money, and keeps saying we only get to do this once. It’s nice, but doesn’t help me stick to a budget!

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