(Closed) Is Cost of Wedding.com accurate for your wedding?

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Post # 17
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yikes! We’re trying to keep it under $10,000. But for the area in Jersey, I got $22,878 and $38,130.

Post # 18
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow, they must not research for deals. 

I’m live in wonderful sunny Cali so cost are outrageous.  We were married in Dana Point and had our wedding dinner in Santa Ana.  Supposely the avg in Dana Point is 21k-36k for 140 guests.  This equates to $145-$182 per person.  I spent around 45% of the the avg by utilizing:

-Local park for ceremony.  Dana Point has over 20 different parks that you can rent.

-Dress budget- I was able to purchase my Badgley Mischka, Chinese made reception dress, and alterations for under $1400. 

-Photographer-Up and coming.  And w/ the ocean as a backdrop, my non pro photos are AWESOME.  Can’t wait to get my pro pics.

-Wedding dinner instead of reception.  Ipod instead of DJ.  Cupcakes instead of a cake.(Easier to get people to take xtras home)  Flowers for myself and bridal party(2) as well as Mom’s and readers.  Transportation our own cars.

Since I couldn’t have my Destination Wedding in DR, I tried to re-create a Destination Wedding wedding near the beach.  It did require me to do a little research but it was worth it.

Post # 19
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah I’m with 

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@squeak35: !  I’m in the same area and they don’t search for deals.  I looked at both ways in their site.  The initial way of just inputing the zipcode was closer to the cost, but still not very close, and the more indepth way with inputting what you actually had was WAY more!

The initial way said “$21,930 and $36,550″  for “average number of guests estimated between 188 and 202. A single guest could add between $135 and $165 to the overall cost of your wedding.”  Also when I looked at the separate categories there was only 1 that came close to what we spent and that was the attire one!  lol  Everything else was well over. 

When I did the budget calculator and put in the things we’d actually have, it said “$25,124 and $41,874″  for a casual wedding for 50-99 people.  lol

Our actual final budget was $6600 for 76 people.

Post # 20
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@dodgercpkl: Oh, wow. I just did the budget calculator, and I think the only things where we get up into the range they suggest are photography, food, cake and invitations… and that’s because the cake and invitation estimates are mysteriously low. Interesting.

Post # 21
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in St. Paul: On average, couples that live in or travel to St. Paul, MN spend between $15,297 and $25,495….. guests estimated between 133 and 147.

But I am getting married in Disney World (zipcode not found, so using Orlando): On average, couples that live in or travel to Orlando, FL spend between $18,546 and $30,910….. guests estimated between 130 and 144.

Our wedding cost is about $7000… unless you also count travel and accomodations, which brings it to about $11,500. Either way, I’m still under. LOL and my guest count is 18.

Post # 22
7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The zipcode search is way low for our wedding. Their entire jewelry budget is the cost of my e-ring and wedding band alone. The health and beauty line is low, the venue and catering line is low, etc. But I think it depends on the kind of wedding you want. We chose a small, luxurious wedding where we would be able to spend as we please and pamper our guests. We could have done a lower budget affair, but that is not how we entertain at home, and is certainly not how we would entertain our guests for our wedding.

The wedding estimator is way high for our wedding. Go figure. The low end of the estimator is about $15K more than what we are actually spending. the high end of the estimator is about 3 times more than we are spending.

Post # 23
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

$19,855 and $33,091 for 148-162.

We only had 80 guests and we thought we could do it for $10k…but once everything was said and done, and all of our resources were dried up – it was more like $38,000.

Our venue’s prices kept shooting up and they over charged for EVERYTHING. I hated them. I wish we would have saved up 10 grand before we planned the wedding and said “this is our set budget. nothing more.” but we got wrapped up into wanting a great wedding and somehow completely blew our budget.

Post # 24
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did the “Wedding Cost Estimate” and it came out to ” based on the zipcode … the number of guests (150-200), and the items selected, the estimated wedding cost is between $10,291 and $17,151 for a Theme wedding.”

YIKES!  I’d elope before spending 10k on the wedding.  


Post # 25
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

On average, couples that live in or travel to Lower Allen township: Cumberland County, PA spend between $19,178 and $31,963 total for Market Summary

The totals above are based on the average number of guests estimated between 124 and 138. A single guest could add between $176 and $215 to the overall cost of your wedding.

This is very correct. Which is why were getting married an hour away (we live in a very uppity high class area, so were just travelling to save some dough) I checked the listing for the town were getting married in and it however is 100% wrong listing a price close to this one (slightly less) but were not going over $5000 on the wedding our venue alone is only $600

Post # 26
4885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine’s between $20k and $33k, which is a HUGE spread.  I don’t care for this website to be honest.

But yeah, I’m spending between those two amounts.

Post # 27
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I live in Orange County and they predicted $22,021 and $36,701 for 188 to 202 guests. We are only having 100 guests and we are doing it all for $5k. This definitely isn’t easy in “The OC” where everything is really pricey. But, I made some sacrifices and we are getting married at the Norman Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. The newer part of the building is GORGEOUS and looks just like a country club in my opinion but only cost us $1500 for 8 hours of time. They let you use all your own vendors and we can even supply our own alcohol which is saving us a ton of money! We are having the catering done by our favorite Mexican restaurant Las Golondrinas, which would normally be a good deal, but since our good friends own the restaurant we are getting a KILLER deal! Most of the wedding is DIY, but we are hiring a professional DJ and bartender.

Weddings can be done very cheaply, you just need to have the time and patience to make it happen!

Post # 28
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@Alexis22:  My wedding reception was there too!  🙂  I love it there!  Are you going with the bigger rooms with the theater stage in them?  Mine was in the Palo Verde room.  The prices can’t be beat either!  

Post # 29
22 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

“Between $15,568 and $25,946”

This is fairly accurate for our area. I’m spending right in the middle and inviting 200ish guests.

Post # 30
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

it says between 17k and 28k roughly as an average in my area… Our wedding isnt till November but everything is already paid for except the cake and Rehearsal Dinner but with those things and anything I need last min like tape for decorating etc we will be under 8k We were on a budget and a tight one.. I worked hard and did my homework and am very happy with how everything is turning out.

Post # 31
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

On average, couples that live in or travel to Sevierville, TN spend between $16,199 and $26,999 total for Market Summary.

We are right in the middle of both with budget of $20k, and only spending $18k. That includes the weekly cabin rental, food, flowers, photographer, videographer, venue, chair rentals, linens, travel costs, cake, and honeymoon. It doesn’t include our rings. I think it’s probably a realistic estimate for brides who aren’t planning on doing alot of things theirselves, and just renting everything.

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