(Closed) My wedding budget so far.

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Looks pretty reasonable, but all the little things that you’re missing add up.  Decor?  (Lighting, paper lanterns, signs, etc.)  Guestbook?  Flower girl / ring bearer attire and things to carry?  Any late-night snacks?  Parents’ gifts?  Tips?  Invites / save the dates?  Rings?  Cake topper?

All that stuff kinda murdered my budget…

Post # 4
12003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@simone_s:  veny similar to my budget but because we’re having an outside caterer there’s an extra $2500 for staffing

Post # 6
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Some of the little things that got me were shoes and veil for the dress, makeup and hair, tailoring for the dress and/or suit, the men’s accessories like vest, tie, shoes, cufflinks, a hotel for the night of the wedding, the favors/take-homes, chairs for the ceremony, postage, and so on!

You could probably get your suit for less unless you have something specific in mind. My fiance waited until there was a sale at Jos. A. Bank and got his for something like $250, and it’s a great suit, marked down from like $800.


We are having an October wedding for 50-60 people, and the total we’re spending so far is just over 10K. I wanted to spend 5-8K, but all the things I listed above wound up adding onto the cost. 

Post # 7
7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you having a wedding party? If so- gifts for them.

Who is officiating your ceremony? Do they charge?

Not sure if this is in your invite budget but postage for the STD (if you do that), invites, RSVPs, and thank yours added up really fast for us.

Post # 8
1285 posts
Bumble bee


Unity candle/sand mixing unity..whatever you are doing for that

Tips for officiant or Donation to pastor for church



altering for dress

hair/makeup (yourself and bridal party)



Post # 9
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

What about a DJ or a band? I don’t know what your plan is for music but you’ll need to factor that in. Also, if you are having a wedding party, you will want to budget for bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts, as well as a gift for the flower girl/ring bearer and gifts for the parents of the bride and groom. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing for the parents, but I think I’ll be taking to Etsy soon for ideas!

Are you going to block off rooms for your guests? If so you might want to look into a shuttle back and forth from the hotel(s). If you were going to get a wedding shuttle for yourself/the groom/the bridal party, you could always see what it would cost to have them make a few trips back and forth throughout the night, but that’s totally up to you. Also, if you do set aside rooms, you usually provide hostess bags (or so people have been telling me).

$100 seems a little low for invitations, mainly because you’ll have to pay postage for all your save the dates, postage just to send out your invites, and postage for RSVP’s to come back to you, and my guess is that’s at least $100 in postage right there. If you can get them all done for less though, let me know where! Because that would be awesome!

Programs? Favors? Photobooth? Some of those are optional but I’m assuming that you haven’t factored in program costs yet.

You might not be doing some of the things I mentioned, I was just trying to cover all bases! Good luck with planning!

Post # 10
1285 posts
Bumble bee

@SoccerBee86:  $100 is good for invites. I’m having 60 guests at my wedding and only need about 20-25 invitations to mail out. Very inexpensive.  


OP, postage should be separate from invites, if you are budgeting just on invites alone.  You’ll need 2 stamps per invite, plus if you are sending STD’s, add another stamp just for those.

Try looking into a lot of DIY things, like the programs, favors, invites, STD’s, decorations, Sam’s Club for DIY flowers.   


Post # 11
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re not doing your own flowers, $500 is way too low unless you’re not doing any flowers other than the personal bouqets, etc.  I have 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man and my price for our bouquets, 2 small ceremony pieces, and 8 centerpieces was almost $1400.  And that was the cheapest I found.  Most were about $1800.

Cake seems really low unless you’re just going to have something sheet cakes or something from the grocery store.  For 100 people mine is $500, but would have been a minimum $400 or so.

IMO the suit is a little high.

What about all the other stuff?

  • Invitations, RSVPs, postage

  • any other decor?

  • officiant

  • gifts for wedding party

  • hair/makeup?

  • DJ/band?

  • transportation?

  • hotel rooms?

  • jewelry and accesories for the day of

  • rings

All the other stuff seems insignificant when you’re just starting out…but it adds up FAST.  My total budget now is about $22k.  I spent around $6000 is for the “other stuff” I listed above.

Post # 12
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@simone_s:  Invitations and Save-The-Date Cards seem too low unless you are buying the cheapest thing imaginable OR doing them yourselves (all the design work and printing).  If you want to order decent Save-The-Date Cards or invites online (places like weddingpaperdivas.com) it would probably be more like $200-$300 on up (depending on how many pieces you have).

Post # 13
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes, I should have added that I have no bridal party, no bouquets (not even one for me) – so I’m only providing centrepiece flowers. And I’m not including things like the dance lessons we’re taking for our first dance because they aren’t essential for a wedding 🙂

Post # 15
48 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi there,

First off, congratulations!  Ooh the sweet wedding budget, my big day is just over one month away and I am STILL finding things I’d forgotten about.  Here’s some advice: 

–Wedding dress: Find a designer you like and try to hit up a trunk sale to purchase your gown (you get a 10 percent discount on the sale).  If you really want to search for a bargain, look into purchasing a sample gown at cost and then having the alterations done yourself.  Glamour Closet in LA and San Francisco has great deals on gowns like this.  Another smart option is to go for a white desinger evening gown — you can get great deals for less than $1000 — try Neiman Marcus, Nicole Miller, Theia — I love shopstyle.com because you can search by price and style.  

–Be wary of alterations!  The alterations for my dress are $700 — way more than I expected!

–Buy flowers at a flower market!  If you live near a big city you can purchase your flowers at cost if you buy them from a flower market.  There are many great articles about there on how to DIY your own bouquet — huge cost saver if you’re near a flower market. 

–Sales, sales, sales: Buy your rings on sale!  I purchased mine for half off on a summer sale.  If you live near a big city with a jewelery district (like LA or NY) you can snag AWESOME deals on jewery at cost.  Jewelry stores mark up over 400 percent, if you can get something at cost it will save you a bundle!

–Prioritize: For me, the photographer was the most important item on my list, so I spent a lot on that item.  I’m not too worried about the flower girl or ring bearers clothes, for example — my bridesmaid (who’s daughter is a flower girl) had a dress already that is perfect and I’m wearing that. 

Honestly, one of the best things for me has been to make small monthly payments toward my wedding.  Even though our deposit wasn’t due for a while my fiance and I started chipping away early on.  Also, our photographer has his payments split into three large chunks, a deposit, a payment before the wedding, and a final payment after the wedding.  That final payment is a life saver; if you’re vendors let you do anything like that it can truly make a huge difference!

As far as Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts and groomsman gifts, you can do what you want!  I think I’m going to purchase earings for my BMs to wear during the ceremony.  Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your wedding!  

Post # 17
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


I agree that the groom attire budget is very high.

@Simone: If a groom is renting a tux it should cost $500 or less to do so. If he is buying a suit, he can go to outlets or shop on sale. My husband wore a Hugo Boss suit that he bought from an outlet mall. It cost him less than $600 because he already had the shirt, tie and shoes.

Wedding cakes can be pricey though it depends on the design and filling, along with the bakery that you chose to use. I think $300-400 is a good budget for a cake.

Flowers are very expensive! I am using wedideas natural touch flowers for my vow renewal. The cost of 7 centrepieces, bouts for my husband and my dad, a corsage for my mother and my bouquet add up to more than $900. These aren’t even real flowers and I am not having attendants in my renewal. Apparently wedideas are high quality artificials.

David’s Bridal has excellent online deals. I think you can find a beautiful gown for less than $800 there.

Honeymoon is included in wedding costs. If you want to save, it might be helpful to look for last minute deals or go to a romantic place that you can drive to. My husband doesn’t have a passport and I lost mine so we won’t be leaving the country on vacation for a long time. We escape to quaint little towns when we have our anniversary mini breaks and we visit Niagara Falls during Christmas.

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