- 2 years ago
I’m just being completely nosy, so obviously only answer if you are comfortable, but I am interested to know what people’s wedding budgets are and what their breakdowns are? Obviously I can’t talk about these things in real life because it is rude af, but sure you are all internet strangers and I’m interested! Also, interested in your location, as obviously that affects things!
I’m in Ireland. We pay for our wedding party’s outfits. I’ve never seen an open bar at a wedding, we usually have a champagne reception (sometimes with other options like wine and beer) after the ceremony, wine with dinner, and champagne or a drink of choice for the toasts, plus a cash bar open throughout the event. Our weddings go on all day, typically from about 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. or later (depending on how much fun everyone is having). I’ve also never been to a wedding with a buffet, they are always plated meals, usually 3-5 courses.
We tend to have a casual BBQ or some sort of event the day after the wedding (we are having a party in our local bar with platters of food for our afters).
I’m trying to think of other differences but the main one I can think of at the moment is that bridal showers are just not a thing. This is just in my circles, but we don’t ever register for gifts and most people give cash, but is isn’t expected and people can give what they want (or not give anything).
Also just in my circles, but we all tend to go abroad for our hen/stag parties (we did Barcelona for the hen, and the lads did Madrid), and we are a bit involved in the planning of them, along with our bridesmaids/groomsmen. Oh and I guess in my circle all of our weddings are ‘destination’ weddings, because we are based in a city but all of the weddings I’ve gone two, bar a few exceptions, have taken place in venues in the country and require an overnight stay (because everyone drinks heavily at an Irish wedding and parties all night)!
Also, again just in my circles, most weddings don’t have children in them, or if they do there will only be one or two who are especially close to the bride and groom. We don’t have any children coming to ours.
Our budget is (around) €45,000 (including honeymoon). My breakdown is as follows:
Venue (includes getting ready room with breakfast and champagne for bridal party, indoor ceremony space, drinks reception with wine and beer, 4 course dinner with wine, a drink of choice for the speeches and run of the entire private venue (an old manor house and grounds) for the whole day/night) €14,000
Registration and celebrant €720
Ceremony and drinks reception music €500
Band and DJ €2600
Dress (plus alterations) €3800 (more than I meant to spend, but it was the only dress I liked)
Bridesmaid dresses and shoes (2 bridesmaids) €400
Groom and groomsmen suits/shirts/ties etc (2 groomsmen): €1500
Wedding party gifts: €400
My wedding ring: €12653 (we got lucky because my Fiance has an heirloom ring he is using)
Bridal party hair and makeup (plus trials) €860
Flowers and venue decor: €1400
Day 2 party: €400
Honeymoon (12 days in Maldives): €8000 (idk if this belongs here but whatever)
Future time spent mourning the fact that I dropped a stupid amount on one day: priceless. JK. Sort of.