Post # 1
It seems like many of our engaged friends are spending about the same as us, but I’m not sure if we’re all just crazy or what??
We’re spending about $25k for 120 guests. This does not include our honeymoon costs (which are currently TBD). Our biggest goal is to be debt free after our wedding since we’re paying for everything ourselves and so far, we’re on track.
Weddings in our area (SF bay area) are generally much more expensive than what we’re paying, which is crazy enough, but we do also live in an expensive area. However, I keep hearing things about weddings under $10k and I’m practically in shock.
So I know this is kinda personal, but now I’m curious — what is everyone’s wedding budget? How many guests do you have? What type of reception are you doing? Are you paying for everything yourselves? Will you be putting anything on credit cards/getting loans?
Post # 3
Excel has been my best friend since I’ve started wedding planning. Love that program 🙂
Post # 4
$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
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
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
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
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
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
Ours was $25,000 for 80 guests. San Diego = $$$$$
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
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
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.