Post # 1
Newly engaged and first time posting on the boards. I am the first of my friends to be getting married so I know very little about wedding planning in general. Does a budget of $15,000 sound reasonable? I’ve had some people tell me it’s not enough and some can’t believe I’d spend that much on a wedding. Can anybody offer me any help? I’d really appreciate it….
Post # 3
It’s hard to say without more details….
Where are you planning the wedding? For how many people? Are you ok with cheaper food or do you need steak and lobster? Will it be open bar? $15,000 is doable, but not in NYC for 200 people with steak & lobster.
Post # 4
@kay01: said it best. Budgets truly are a regional thing, however there are so many ways to cut a budget by decreasing your wedding party and the amount of guests. Also opting for non-traditional days like a Friday or Sunday, and maybe even non-wedding season. We opted for a Friday night wedding in February. For the same wedding in the summer our budget would have almost doubled. We also got some amazing deals from vendors because they aren’t as busy on a Friday night in February. Figure out the most important things you are not willing to negotiate on and then go from there. You can really cut costs all together or bring them down significantly when you see a list of what is truly important. Best of luck!!
Post # 5
I know it depends on where you’re getting married (states/regions). But I think $15000 can work anywhere, you just have to know your priorities. You could have a wedding for $15000 in NYC (maybe with a small guest list and lots of DIY and some great vendor deals). You just need to do your homework.
Post # 6
I am planning on a lot of DIY (centerpieces, invites) and keeping the guest list small. I was thinking of a possible Friday night wedding- my date is not set in stone because I have yet to book a venue for the ceremony or the reception. I’m glad to hear that $15,000 sounds reasonable!
Post # 7
Try using some of the available calculators to figure out how to allocate your money. I just had an amazing wedding for around $6k (not counting dress, which my parents bought, and rehearsal dinner which DH’s parents hosted). You can have something really lovely for $15 in a city the size of Pittsburgh if you prioritize.