(Closed) Is this realistic?? Planning/budget question.

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i am planning a destination wedding in NYC and am not hiring a wedding planner, did not even want to hire one.  you can definitely cut costs by doing alot of your own research and contacting restaurants, etc!

$10k includes everything?  Your hotel?  Transportation?  Food?  Are you hosting a group activity?   etc?  or does this mean you’re willing to spend $500/per guest? 


Post # 4
8428 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

soontobemrsm11:  Hm. It depends on if you are including accomodations and transportation. Will you pay for the bridal party’s lodging? Have you figured in the costs of *all* your accessories (this really added up for me). What about gratuity? Bar tab?  I say this because I literally just had a 20ish person wedding a week ago in the Chicago suburbs. I did a Sunday 2pm ceremony followed by a luncheon. The venue seemed like a steal to me. I was one of those brides that never really had a budget, just bought what I needed here and there and didn’t really consider cost – *although I never really splurged on anything and made super sensible choices, like a $160 dress, $275 photographer (2.5 free hours of service wooot!) and a free cake.* Anyways, here’s my cost breakdown:

*Edited for weird formatting, thanks new WB!*

<table border=”0″ width=”283″ cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”0″>
<td width=”214″ height=”20″>Venue, Food, Gratuity 21 ppl</td>
<td class=”xl65″ align=”right” width=”69″>$1,360 </td>

Venue, Food, Gratuity 21 ppl = $1360

Bar tab = $500.04

Hotel = $400.12

Dress = $162.99

Hair = $40

Tanning = $63

Nails = $40

Shawl = $31.99

Sweater = $29.99

Shoes = $89.99

“I Do” Stickers = $4.00

Crinoline Petticoat = $50.00

Thank Yous (bridesmaids) = $208

Makeup = $150

Brooch Bouquet = $240

Photographer = $275

Groom’s Attire = $175

Groom’s Coat = $100

Mom Thank Yous = $30

Garter = $22

Sash = $35

Earrings = $50

Groom’s Wedding Band = $17.99

Bride’s Wedding Band = $810

Groomsmen Gifts = $55

Officiant = $50

Marriage License = $18

Other Dress (oops) = $160

Cake = $0


Grand total = $5,168

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by  DrAtkins.
Post # 5
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

soontobemrsm11:  I would think it should be possible if you are flexible, not paying for everyone’s accomodation (that is going to be a large part overall I think) and the cost of flights from wherever you live. Also, it depends on where in NYC. Parts of Manhattan will be a lot more expensive, Brooklyn may be more affordable, etc.

I know people who have gotten planners for around $2k for really small weddings in large cities, so I’d shop around and see what you find, although I’m not sure having one is entirely necessary depending on your venue.

I think if you want to stick to $10k you really need to shop around and like I said before, be flexible! Good luck!

Post # 7
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

soontobemrsm11:  i think you can definitely make $10k work for your whole wedding.  it depends on what you “must” have at your wedding/reception and maybe what you’re ok dealing without…<br /><br />you can cut back on flowers.  have your reception at a well decorated place.  get married at city hall/central park.  do your hair at a blowdry salon.  get makeup done at mac.  go to whole foods for a cake (delish).  don’t have a wedding party.  i don’t know how much airfare is.  get hotel room block for a better rate.

Post # 9
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I definitely think its do-able but that also depends… like if you are planning on a $6000 dress then its going to be hard

I would try to use a budget like this as a guideline:

$2000 on food (about $100 per person inclusive which comes out to about $70 pp + tax & tip) – this is very reasonable for MANY restraurants especially if you were going to do a friday lunch or something like that. I would look into private dining rooms as 20 is an easy fit and you wouldn’t have to rent out a full restaurant

$1000 on booze including a champagne toast and wine with dinner (that breaks out to about $35 pp which is like 3 or 4 drinks)

$1000 on your attire — this is everything for you – dress, alterations, shoes, under garments, veil – every thing!!!! (that likely means that you dress needs to be <$500 unless you are luck enough for it to fit with no alternation needed)

$250 on his attire (sorry groom but life isn’t fair!!)

$500 flowers – nice bouquet for you, something for hubby and two or three arrangements for the tables

$100 cake (though I might talk to the restaurant about doing something non-traditional)

$1500 transportation0/ 2 night in a hotel – I hope that you live a cheap flight away (<$350 each)

$150 papergoods (STD, invites, thank you + stamps)

$300 city hall or outside ceremony (including officiant)

$250 beauty (hair, makeup, nails etc)

$500 transportation (10 p limo for 6 hrs)

$1000 photographer

total $8550



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