(Closed) Just wondering… what is everyone’s wedding budget?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: What is your wedding budget (minus E-rings/honeymoons)?
    $1,000-$5,000 : (53 votes)
    11 %
    $5,000-$10,000 : (67 votes)
    14 %
    $10,000-$15,000 : (105 votes)
    23 %
    $15,000-$20,000 : (57 votes)
    12 %
    $20,000-$25,000 : (46 votes)
    10 %
    $25,000+ : (137 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    $10,000 for around 200 people. I’m in West Texas, so things are cheaper, but also, I’m def a DIY bride so I’m not paying a caterer or a florist.

    Post # 5
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    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our budget is $10,000 (but we’re closer to $11k now). This is for 75 people in upstate,NY. This figure is also not including my e-ring or our honeymoon. If we take that into consideration, we’re closer to $15,000.

    Post # 6
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    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    10-12K for a backyard wedding in MA for 70 people. Not counting honeymoon or (non-existent) engagement ring. I think there was a thread recently where a lot of people broke down what they were spending on everything – that might be helpful to you.

    Edit: We are not paying for almost any of it. Our parents are (extremely generously) splitting the cost.  I feel a little guilty about spending so much, since Fiance is unemployed and I’m a grad student.  But they offered and want us to have a nice (if not extravagent) wedding. In fact, I’ve been MUCH more ruthless about cost-cutting than, say, my mother, who is hosting it at her house! lol

    Post # 7
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    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    To give you a clearer sense of how we’re managing to spend that amount, here’s what I’m NOT paying for: venue, band/dj, wedding party, invitations, (friend is doing it for cost of supplies), full bar (just beer/wine/champagne), coordinator, favors, escort cards, programs, my wedding ring (heirloom), transportation.  Probably other stuff I’m not thinking of at the moment too.

    Stuff I am spending money on: catering, limited bar, dress, flowers, save the dates (cheap off zazzle), cost of supplies for invitations, FI’s suit, shoes, and ring, my hair (and possibly makeup), rentals (through the catering company) of tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, drinkware, etc., gifts for parents, cheap photography (semi-pro family friend).

    Post # 8
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    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I initially budgeted $13k for 150 people in Pittsburgh.  Looks like we will be closer to $17k.  Venue/Caterer & Photographer were just more than I was originally anticipating.  Everything else, we really kept minimal.  This does not include honeymoon because we probably won’t take one right away.

    Post # 9
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are planning for about 8k for 100 guests in New Orleans.  I might go up to 9k but no higher at all.  We have managed to find some great deals on photography and my Future Brother-In-Law is a pro DJ so he is doing that for us. 

    Post # 10
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Ours was $25,000 for 80 guests. San Diego = $$$$$

    Post # 11
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    923 posts
    Busy bee

    We’re spending $20,000 for an April wedding in Washington state for around 85 to 100 guests. Things are actually really affordable in our area and we could have spent waaaaaay less but we’ve been saving up for over a year for a vow renewal (got married in Montego Bay Jamaica for less then $1000 at a Sandals). I splurged on things like buying a $1000 pair of Manolo’s Blahniks and my SO has bought a fancy military sword. But the biggest ticket item is by far our photography!! It turned out so horrible from Jamaica that we wanted to make sure we got the best photographer with the most options in our package. We’re spending $4000 on it. But I know it will be worthit.

    We are also paying for everything ourselves and have no debt and still won’t next year so we’re in a good place. This cost doesn’t include a honeymoon because we can’t go on one right away due scheduling stuff.

    Post # 12
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    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We spent about $5,000 for 100 guests in southwest Virginia.  It was a self-catered, heavy appetizer, outdoor ceremony and reception with lots of DIY elements. 

    Post # 13
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    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Estimated $22,000 for an April wedding in northern New Jersey fir 115 people.

    Several of my colleagues have spent about $50,000 in my corner of the world.

     

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee

    wow – these are such low budgets I am amazed!  We have about 175 guests on the list (maybe only 150 will rsvp?) and although we don’t really have a set budget, I think we will end up spending around $25,000 that does not include honeymoon or engagement ring!  We are getting married in Stowe, VT – which I guess is kind of pricey.  But we are paying for everything ourselves and really wanted a nice rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch.  It adds up for sure!

    Post # 15
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ours is about $50,000 for 250 people. That’s not including our honeymoon which is a gift from my fiancées parents. However, we are also have a huge rehearsal dinner and a departure bunch. And traditionally in our culture we pay for all the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen tuxes (We have 16 attendants all together). 

     

    Oh and we are in the philadelphia area 🙂  

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    32k for 100 people in Clearwater not including my Engagement Ring/Honeymoon/Rehearsal Dinner. We could’ve gone much cheaper but we majorly splurged on the venue.

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