(Closed) New York City vendor prices? Help me budget by sharing what you paid!

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 17
8 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Im also getting married at Brooklyn Botanical. Here is what I have lined up so far:

DJ – $1750. Covers ceremony, cocktail and reception.

Photographer – $3000. This is for 8 hours with a main photographer and a second shooter.

Flowers –  since I only have 2 people in my wedding party and I plan on simple centerpieces, I plan to spend somewhere around $1500. I think this is probably on the lower end of what people spend.


I definitely hunted around and am very happy with my selections. I will say that the DJ was the most important vendor to me. I wanted to make sure I booked someone who knew how to get people on the dance floor.



Post # 18
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This thread is helpful for me- I’m going to be looking for a photographer soon!

Our breakdown is as follows:

Venue: 15k includes open bar, staff of 7, setup and cleanup. I am SO happy to have a place that is fully inclusive so I don’t have to think about it.

DJ: Ipod playlist done by a friend who works for a major music mag (with a backup!)

Flowers- about $300 for a few paper flowers (I have an amazing vendor if anyone is interested!)

Food- aprox $5k total for passed hors d’oeuvres and Wedding Pie from our favorite bakery


I’m also budgeting $200 for hair and makeup, $200 for transportation and $400-$600 for a DOC, plus probably $300 for invitations.  There’s obviously more for dress, rings, veil, shoes etc but I’m not including that in the budget. I hope we’ll be able to get out the door for under $27k for all the wedding-related things (for 110pp)

Post # 20
3418 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

Why is it that photogs are so freaking expensive. I cannot imagine paying 5-freaking-grand fro a photog! That is my whole wedding budget!!!!

Post # 21
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got married at Dyker Beach Golf Club last year. Here’s what I spent

Flowers: Lots of ’em: $5K

Photography: 10 hours, 2 cameras (pics only but purchsed all rights): $4,400

(Have not completed it all yet but I will spend more for DIY Lay Flat Albums)

Videography: All Day: $2K

DJ: 5 hours, DJ & MC, light effects: $2K

Post # 22
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET.  You should keep in mind as what you can afford first, and then from there find the vendors that will fit in that budget.  I used TheKnot wedding budget planner.  

We’re having a City Hall Wedding, 4 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, our parents, and siblings.  Then we plan on dinner at a restaurant that will accommodate dancing as well.  We haven’t done much on on the flower front, DJ budget was $1000 but we found a fun great DJ and went to their price of $1500, and we just booked our photographer from TRÈS CHIC IMAGES (www.treschicimages.com) for $2800.  Fairly new but we loved what we’ve seen and the photographer is professional, and gets back to my email pretty quick.  

The photos are very important to us because we both come from a big family and since we’re not having a big wedding we want to be able to have great images to share with family and friends all over.

Our package includes 8 hours of coverage, an Engagement Session which will be doing later this summer, 400 images on a USB, a Print Credit of $100.

Post # 23
1176 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m doing the flowers myself: <$1K

Photog: Not sure, but having a friend do it who is trying to break into the business, so prob <$1K

Band: $11K (no, it’s not a typo)

Food: all hors d’oeurves,  $90/PP

Venue: $5K

Cake: $1K

Booze: $2K (supplying it ourselves, beer /wine only)

Hope This Helps


Post # 24
24 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve been workin extremely hard to find quality vendors within my budget

photographer: $1000

videographer: $550

flowers: $1200

dJ: $750

@garaninc my videographer is Mike Zhu, extremely talented young man

Post # 25
6 posts

I highly recommend working with a day of coordinator or planner that is affordable and will help you negotiate contracts or help with thing like centerpieces.  My day of coordinator is doing our centerpieces and took care of reviewing contracts and negotiating on our behalf.  She also had some great vendor suggestions for my budget plus I have someone to pull it together. She worked with us on pricing and saved us quite a bit. I’m working with Katherine from http://www.katmackevents.com

Post # 26
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Whole Foods is doing my flowers. Best decision I ever made. They are full service (deliver, set up, etc) and cost a fraction of what City Blossoms quoted me, and City Blossoms couldn’t even give me the flowers I wanted. Final ost from WF will be approx $1100. We have 104 guests. 

Post # 27
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Also we’re getting married at Bayard’s on a Sunday for $113 pp. That includes 5 hour open bar, cocktail hour with food, a 3 course dinner and the cake. The venue is a historic building and its gorgeous!

Post # 28
5 posts

I am thinking $3500 for the photographer (2 photographers, 8 hours, albums, prints); band is around $2000/person so a quartet … there’s some math there. Florist, this is where I know a little, I would think anywhere between $3000 and $5000. That is exactly why I am a fan of having prices on websites. Maybe you don’t go with that exact vendor, but at least you know what to expect. We have our florist prices on the website and it saves us a lot of awkard phone conversation.

Post # 29
17 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014
Post # 30
4346 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@wilfred:  I just wanted to check back in and say we loved all of our vendors. We used DJ Mystical Michael, Rimmele’s (for flowers) and Jason Rhee (for photography). 

Post # 31
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I haven’t booked everything yet, but here are some prices (or ranges) for vendors we’ve met with:

Rabbi: $750-$1000

DJ: $2000 (although we didn’t end up hiring him)

Band: $5700 for 5-piece band for 4 hours, +1 band member playing during ceremony & cocktail hour (acoustic guitar or keyboard).  They provide microphone/sound system for the officiant.

Photog: We’re looking for 2 shooters, 7-10 hours, and getting all digital files (no prints/albums).  We’re deciding between two, costs are about $2800-$3500.

Venue costs more than I want to think about, but includes all food, booze, cake, set-up for ceremony & party.

Flowers: My mom’s friend is a florist. Hopefully that means they’re giving us a good price. I’d like to pay around $3500 (including centerpieces, chuppah, bouquets; nothing too large/elaborate), but we’ll see how much it ends up being.


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