Post # 1
I’ve always found budget posts really fascinating, with a huge range of numbers, geographical locations etc. But, is the range similar if a couple is paying for everything (and I mean everything) themselves? Apparently it’s quite common now, so I’m curious 🙂
What’s your budget?
Where is your wedding being held?
How many people are you planning on having attend?
How are you funding? Credit cards? Savings? Incremental spending?
To answer my own question:
$15,000 (so scary!)
Combination of savings and purchases as they come up
out of checking
Post # 3
Ok, so we have a little bit of input from our parents, but mostly for the rehersal dinner (his, of course) and an open house by my parents. They are also buying my dress (which is about $600)
Budget: $25,000 (w/o rings and honeymoon)
Wilmington, NC (destination wedding)
Savings and incremental spending (my fiance has been saving for awhile) No credit cards or loans or anything like that.
We are also buying a new condo in the spring.
Post # 4
$5,000 or less (I know we’re crazy)
100-175 Reception will be held from 2-5 so just a light lunch will be served. Then an after party held later in the evening for close friends and family only (40 people max).
Savings and incremental spending.
The vast majority of the money is for the reception and after party. We want a very simple wedding, no flowers or bridal party. We plan on begging and borrowing everything we can.
Post # 5
$15K. Held in Napa Valley. And incremental spending (which I think has worked out the best for us). We are hosting anywhere between 50-65 ppl. My parents (we weren’t anticipating helping- but I am in grad school so I guess they took pity on me/ really want to expediate things to have grandchildren) are assisting with my dress and the initial deposits.
Post # 6
$5,000 or less. His parents have offered to chip in $2,000 but my parents cant afford to help out. So our limit is $7,000 total. We’re nowhere near that yet.
~70 people (thats if all singles on our list bring a guest)
Savings and incremental spending.
Post # 7
We are paying for everything ourselves, in cash.
Post # 8
$45,000 We are paying for everything
Using savings & incremental spending( NO loans or credit cards)
Post # 9
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What’s your budget? ~$32,000 (excluding honeymoon and engagement ring)
Where is your wedding being held? NYC
How many people are you planning on having attend? 100-110
How are you funding? A combo of incremental spending and savings.
This could all change though if Fiance gets laid off, which is a distinct possibility.
Post # 10
We are getting a little help, $1,000 from my p’s and his parents are going to cover their guests & rehearsal dinner. But the majority is coming from us.
Quad Cities, IL
380 on the guest list but I hope no more than 300 (I know terrible, right??)
Incremental spending and savings.
Post # 11
All ourselves except for Rehersal Dinner and my mom insisted on buying my $1200 dress
Budget $50,000 (including honeymoon to Croatia and Czech Republic)
Wedding held: Cape Cod, MA but we live in So Cal
Attendees: Approx 150-180 (we’ll see when the rsvp’s come in)
When: June 09-Sat night (cause I think that helps with understanding peoples budgets too)
Savings and incremental spending: no credit cards or loans
Post # 12
That’s a good point. I am having a daytime wedding, which reduced the price considerably.
Post # 13
Our parents each contributed around $5,000, but that went into the downpayment savings for the house we just moved into, so our budget is $7,000 of our own savings (though I guess you could say that OUR money went into the downpayment, and our parents are paying, but that’s not the way we’re looking at it, and our parents are THRILLED to be helping with the downpayment b/c we lost $25,000 when we moved out of our last house and had to pony that up as well).
120 people — no "and guests" invited
Saturday night in May, 2009
Incremental spending and draining that wedding savings account.
Post # 14
Budget – $50,000 (not including honeymoon or e-ring)
Wedding – suburbs of Chicago
Attendees – approximately 200
Day – Saturday, June 09
The money is coming from savings.
It may also depend on how old you are. Some of my friends got married straight out of college which limited their budgets and spending considerably. My fiance and I are older and have had the time to save throughout the years.
Post # 15
Good point about the time of day…ours is taking place in the afternooon.
Age is also a huge factor I meant to ask about…we’re 23 and 24 respectively.
Post # 16
Budget – $6,000 but we’re trying to get it down to 5K or less. (The Fiance made me write the "or less" part. LOL.)
Wedding – Seattle
Attendees – 150-175
Day – May 2 2009 (Saturday afternoon)
The money is coming from savings and checking. No credit cards. No parents. No debt.