Just being nosy … wedding budgets/cultural differences!

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 61
2479 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

summerrain123 :  For sure, I will be starting a thread on it very soon.  Stay tuned!! 😉

Post # 62
47 posts

we are in Ontario. Our budget is $20K. We havent finished the wedding planning process so I am not sure what the final amount will actually be. 


So far…

Venue- $8000

Dress- $1500

Photographer- $3000

Caremony- $ 1000

We are having a small intimate wedding with just immediate family at a cozy rustic restaurant. approx 40 guests. 

We will not be having a DJ since we do not foresee anyone up and dancing after dinner. 

We only have to mail out about 10 invitations. So we save there as well. 

Our wedding bands will likely be around $2000 for both since we have already both been out looking and have one in mind. 

I am currently looking for a cathedral veil and headpiece so I have no idead how much that will roughly cost same with hair and make-up

Bouquets, Grooms Tux, & Florist are on my To-Do list and I dont know the rough cost of those either.

Gifts for the wedding party will be about $1500 total. 





Post # 63
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

RobbieAndJuliahaha :  no, I loved that venue though! It’s The Fermenting Cellar in the distillery district. 

Post # 64
232 posts
Helper bee

dreamreve1 :  So many ontario/GTA brides! I just solidifed my venue! It’s just plain expensive to get married around here!!

Post # 65
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

UK wedding, all approximate numbers.  We’re having 74 guests (paid for the minimum of 80)

Budget was originally £25k but is now coming in at £34 (not including the honeymoon which was £4k)

Ceremony is at 2pm and we get moved out of our main recepton area and into the hotel bar at midnight.  I’m assuming we’ll be going till at least 2 or 3 am.


£8k venue and food package (£70 per head for day + £22 per head for evening buffet)

£2k Drinks Package

£1 Canapes

£3k Dress and alterations

£500 Cake

£2k suits

£2k other accessories (shoes, veil, robes, Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen shoes etc)

£500 Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses

£250 Bridal party makeup

£150 Bridal hair

£800 rings

£1.5k hotel rooms for us

£1k hotels for guests

£2.2k Photographer

£1.5k Band

£1.3k Venue decoration

£900 Flowers


I know there’s loads more.  Our wedding is hopefully going to be really relaxed and we have really maxed ourselves out on good food and a great band to make the evening a great one for us to share with our friends and loved ones.  I never ever ever thought I would spend so much money on a dress but in my mind and epic cake was always non-negotiable 😀  But to be fair I never thought I would have a big white wedding in the first place, even after we got engaged I thought we would either elope or have a family only and restaraunt evening affair.


A lot of cultural differences as I understand them from other posts on the Bee seem to centre around the run up the wedding (so many events and so much money!) I just get the impression a lot of the time that there seems to be so much that people will get offended about where weddings are concerend – in my experience here people just turn up to a wedding, have a good time, drink a bit too much and then leave having had a good day.  There also seems to be a lot of huge expectations around (mainly American) wedding, I feel that here it’s still a bit more laid back.

Post # 66
94 posts
Worker bee

mandakay0021 :  

Wow, thank you so much! Did you find that using a caterer was cheaper than going for a venue with a wedding package? That’s awesome she cooked from home, homemade food is always the best in my opinion. I have also considered looking at places slightly outside of where I live, but I don’t want to go too far that it’s inconvenient for both me and the guests, since most of my family is local. The cost of photographers is what stresses me out the most. It’s really expensive and I’m hoping to find someone we know who does it. Thank you for the tips! Will definitely keep this in mind.

Post # 67
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Souzie :  Awesome!!! I envy big budget brides 🙂

Post # 68
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’m from California, getting married in the Lake Tahoe area. 


Our budget is was $55K now its around $75K (including honeymoon). 

My breakdown is as follows:

Venue (includes lodging for 20 people for 5 days and 4 nights): $21,000

Catering: $12,500 not including alcohol my in laws are paying for all ofthat so idk how much that is

Coordinator: $1,750

Shuttles: $1,600

Celebrant: $675

DJ (includes uplighting, ceremony music, reception music & MC, photobooth & attendant) $1650 

Dress (plus alterations) $,3,400 

Accessories: $300

Wedding party gifts: $500

My wedding ring: $825

Bridal party hair and makeup: $1,085 

Flowers and venue decor: $5,000

Invites (we messed up 2 times ugh so these got expensive): $600

Cake (small cutting cake and nothing bundt cakes): $600

Photography: $5,000

videography: $4,500

Hot mini donuts (late night snack): $850

Post wedding brunch for 120 people: $2,500

Honeymoon (11 days in Cancun): $6,000

Gifts for each other: $5,000

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