Post # 1
I know this is a redundant topic on this board.. WEDDINGS ADD UP! I’ve basically planned out everything at this point, and it looks like we will be spending around $15 000 for 110 guests.. Granted, 3000 of that is the photographer (yikes.. but those are what last, right?). Just wondering if anybody could give me some input? I feel like I’m so over, considering we originally wanted to just do a ceremony and a dinner with our families and very close friends (~35 guests).. no dancing or any of that. Kind of got pressured by our parents (who are not helping with cost btw) into doing the whole shbang!
I also know that costs vary by location.. this is in a Canadian city.
Post # 3
Aagghh these posts drive me nuts! Have the wedding that YOU want. Don’t let anyone pressure you. ESPECIALLY if you’re paying! Anyway, I think your budget is fine, but you might be overpaying for the photography.
Post # 4
I knew I’d make someone angry 🙂 Sorry! (But I did try to warn you with the title.. hehe) I know, I’m having the wedding I want, I just want to make sure that in doing that I’m not flying off the board!
With photography, I agree its crazy pricey. However, I gathered quotes from all the reputable photographers in the area and average pricing is around $2500 for a medium-inclusive package and the most popular photographers charge an easy $4000+
Post # 5
@MissButterTart: Ok good to know you agree to having this type of wedding 🙂 Which costs specifically are you worried about?
Post # 5
Dude, I just got an email from a florist telling me that her MINIMUM was 6K. I was like “WHAAAAAAT?” I will just tell you to get as many quotes as possible as prices are ALL over the place! I do agree- everything adds up SO quickly! I hear you on the parental pressure- I booked a brunch/lunch wedding, my mother took one look at the menu and said “I think you need a carving station, a ____, a ____” so I said to her “Oh are you going to pay for the difference and then she said yes. So maybe ask your parents if they are willing to help out in order to make your wedding more in line with what their AND your vision is!
Post # 6
I also feel photography is VERY important. I did research for 5 WHOLE MONTHS scouring the internet for the best talent for the most afforable price. I knew what the standard popular photographers charged in my area. Then i found some through wedding blogs, classifieds and Facebook pages of oather photographers. I found one for $1600 with bridals and engagements and albums and full rights CDs.
So you could always do research and find a better deal but just as high quality photographer.
Post # 7
It’s pretty hard to find a truly good photographer for under $2,300ish, but it certainly has been done. I don’t see $3k as being super extravagant, as it’s arguably the most important service you receive on the big day. Just do your research. Make sure the photographer you book is the one whose work you’ve seen, & that they know the types of shots that you want. (Some of the best pictures in their portfolio may have been the bride’s idea & not their own.)
If you can comfortably spend $15k, great! That’s definitely enough to throw a big ol’ bash for 110 people (in the states, anyway). But like redheadem said, you spend whatever you’re comfortable spending. It sounds like you’re not super keen on having something big & fancy… If your parents aren’t paying for any of it, they have absolutely no say in how much money you spend on your wedding. You could have a fairly small ceremony/reception & just spend a few extra dollars on all the details that make a wedding “shebang-y.” Ha Or you can always just do a simple $2-5k thing & use the extra money you planned on spending to fund an epic honeymood. Totally up to you. Either way, it’s about you two celebrating your love for one another. Just do what you feel.
Post # 8
It all depends what city you are in. If you’re near a major city like Vancouver or Toronto, things generally will be more pricey. For 110 people, it sounds like a reasonable number to me. We are doing 100 people for around 10 000, but we are cutting a lot of corners (and maaay end up being a bit over budget)
Post # 9
Its sounds like a decent deal. My wedding is NOWHERE near wheere I thought it would be. In fact, my budget doubled. If you can comfortably afford to spend that amount then you are fine.
(Those are Canadian dollars and the exhange rate is around 1CD to .98 USD, right?)
Post # 10
I read somewhere that the average Canadian wedding is $25,000 so I’d say you’re doing pretty good. That stat makes me feel better about my wedding that is going to be close to $30K. Lol. I absolutely love everything we’re doing but sometimes the cost makes me want to throw up a little.