Post # 1
I’m having a hard time making my wedding affordable. Even with having a family member do photography the cost for everything else is around $11,000. Does this sound about average? Have you paid a lot more, less, or the same for your wedding? Do you have any tips and tricks to cut costs? I’m looking at an all inclusive venue for $68/person with around 85 guests. I can’t cut the guest list down anymore, we both have large families so it’s really only a family wedding. Any advice would be helpful!
Post # 2
We ended up paying about 22k I think. For me, the bulk of it was in the reception which ended up being about $85/person for plated dinner, apps, drinks, tips -140 people. The only other place I could have cut was photography (3k, but you already cut that) and the DJ (1500, I was too lazy to look for another). I went SUPER budget on invitations ($50), florals (Whole Foods – $85 for my bouquet, $30 for each BMs, local farmers market $30/centerpeiece), and my dress ($400 including alterations). Unfortunately, I think you’re seeing the same thing I found, without cutting a lot of guests, there’s just not much else to cut cost from that would make much of an impact. Do you have a lot of extras you could cut down on? Favors? Decor? The cost of the dress? Do you have big budget shoes? Anything you can cut from the recption? Beer and Wine instead of full open stock bar?
Post # 3
I think 68$/pp all included is a reasonable price. Depending on your region, you might be able to find something cheaper.
But more importantly, what is the other 5k going towards? If you are very dedicated to trimming your budget, I think you could easily cut extras over food/drink down to 2-3k.
Post # 4
So the 68$/pp also has 10% tax and 20% gratuity which adds two thousand extra dollars on the total price. Then we have $1500 reserved for a DJ. All the additional expenses are rolled into the remaining money.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2015 - Winery
It really depends on where you live. We are spending about 10k on our wedding. 150 guests at a winery/vineyard in central California. My parents offered to pay for food early on and that’s going to be about 2k so we didn’t make that part of our budget. My venue includes cost of wine and that was a chunk of our budget but we get alcohol in the end so it’s okay. I’m doing minimal flowers, most likely none on the tables. Just my bouquet and the BMs as well as corsages for the parents and grandparents is going to run me about $350. Flowers are beautiful but flowers die, I’d rather spend my money elsewhere. My dress was $750 without alterations. Does your budget include ring costs? That can change a budget significantly! I’ll attach my personal budget sheet. Hope this helps!
Post # 7
Honestly I haven’t thought of favors and decor yet. My dress is $1600 so it’s not exactly cheap. I’m completely in love with it though. Honestly I probably should get a less expensive dress but I love it so much haha. I’m planning on paying for that myself and not asking anyone who is contributing to the wedding cost to chip in for that (if it makes it any better). <br />I also haven’t even thought of shoes, but I figured I’d just wear something comfortable since no one will see my feet!
So the venue includes food, an hour of open beer and wine bar, cake, and a champagne toast and that is their most basic package. I don’t know if they could reduce the price on it at all since it’s the lowest they have, but I’m pretty blown away by how much comes for the price. We looked into a place that I could have had the wedding for free and then had the catering, bar, etc. done seperately but even without the venue rental fee the catering and bar were still really expensive.
Post # 8
Thank you so much! It definitely helps to see someones budget layed out like that. We haven’t included ring costs in the budget. Or licensing fees either… Eek.
Post # 9
I live in Vermont and unfortunately we’re considered a “destination” for weddings so a lot of things are very expensive!
Post # 10
I think that budget looks great! Does it include the rehearsal dinner? Did you budget for dress alterations? Mine came in at just under $400, but I had budgeted that, so it was fine.
Post # 11
That’s a great price per person! At least compared to NJ prices where I’m shopping. Our reception price is a bit higher than yours for the same number of guests, but our total wedding price will be about the same since we’re cutting back on flowers, DJ will be about half the price of yours, and my dress will be bought used with a budget of $250 plus alterations. All of our “personal” expenses are going to be bare bones: I’m doing my own hair and makeup, wearing shoes and accessories I already own, he’s wearing a suit he already owns, etc. We’ll get friends or family to drive us to and from the venue, so no limo rental needed. It sounds like you’re already locked in for some large expenses (dress and DJ) so there probably isn’t much room to cut back on the big stuff. My only concern is that you haven’t considered centerpieces, flowers, rings, and whatever little extras might crop up. We’re going to DIY our centerpieces with minimal or no flowers to save money. Dollar Store crafts will be my friend!
Post # 12
These were the things we did to save money (I live in UK so these amounts are pounds – times by 1.49 to get US dollars:
Wedding dress from highstreet store Monsoon – £500
Bridesmaids bouquets, put together myself using faux greenery and ‘roses’ made of book pages and sheet music (bought from Etsy) – £15 per bouquet
Wedding cake – tower of brownies, simple design with personal cake topper to make it exciting to us – £100
Invites – website instead – £50
Centre pieces – tall vases filled with water, submerged flowers, floating candles – £25 each
Food – ‘luxury’ BBQ instead of three course meal – £19ph instead of £35 ph
Wine instead of sparkling prosecco/champagne
Post # 13
theres never any harm in asking for a discount. I did, and got 15% off.
Post # 14
we are looking at 40k for our wedding. hoping for 85-100 accepts.
venue: $10k – chairs, tables, kitchen, heat lamps, lighting, lounge furniture & accommodations for 14 for two nights.
catering: $200 pp for brunch
coffee truck: $1500 for 3 hours
bar: $5k from bevmo
wedding look: 2k for dress, shoes, hair & makeup
pizza truck: $35 pp for dinner
photography: $5k for 10 hours, two shooters
dj: $100 / hr
doc: $500 for the weekend
florals: $60 for bridal bouquet. $50 per centerpiece. Will need 12-14 centerpieces.
Post # 15
so that’s really $88 person. Your reception costs are 68% of your budget of $11,000. If if includes florals, decor, cake and linens, ceremony stuff that’s not too bad. Are you including your dress and rings in that budget? Those are areas you can scale back on. Eliminate favors and such Things that are not necessary and in fact tend to go to waste.