(Closed) NYC bees! budget help!

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am getting married in LI in Sept (on a Fri night) – our budget (even though much more than I wanted to spend) is pretty realistic I think.

Here is the breakdown:

Venue (Ceremony/Reception/Catering/Open Bar) for 140 guests – about $16,500

Flowers (bouquets, feather & manzanita tree centerpeices) – $2500

DJ (with many perks, plus Steel Drummer for outdoor cocktail hour) – $3250

Photographer (Harlowe Studios – Bklyn..amazing deal!) – $2350..all day/night on wedding day, includes engagement & bridal session.

Decor (table overlays from Etsy, Charger plate rental) – $200 – I will be adding to this for chair covers but I haven’t done that yet.

So this is what I can think of for the big stuff. Grand Total so far is $24,800.



Post # 5
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m still in the early-ish stages of planning, but here’s what we have so far:

Venue/catering/open bar: $32,000 (150 guests) including mandatory gratuity and tax

Photography: $5900

DJ: $2000

…and our (hopeful) budget for the rest:

Dress: $2000

Hair/makeup: $500

Floral: $3000 – $5000

Church donation: $1000

STDs/invites: $600

Favors: $300

Misc.: (including ceremony musicians, printed menus, escort table cards, and so on) $1000 – $2000

Post # 7
7 posts

Ours was Manhattan, Sat night at Pratt House. $40k all-in.  I did a LOT of ebaying and DIYing, though. 😉

Post # 9
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@nushka – We are getting married and having the reception at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, its beautiful!!!

Post # 11
34 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

For our 100 person wedding in Brooklyn (prices approximate)


Catering (food, staff, utensils and linens): 21,000

Table/chair rentals: 800

Full open bar: 1100

Florist: 2300

Band: 4000

Photographer: 3200

Dress/shoes: 5100

Invitations: 600

Favors: 400

Misc decorations: 500



Post # 12
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

 Hey there  My budget looks like its going to end up being around $35-40K. We are getting married on long island. The breakdown of things i booked so far is as follows

Venue( based on 175 guests) – $18,000

DJ – $1350

florist – $2000

photo $2000

DOC – $650

Dress/hair/makeup – estimated $3000

  I am Indian as well. My fiance is Catholic, we are only doing the catholic ceremony cuz I did not want to deal with the stress of both weddings, i definately feel your pain. There are quite a few halls on Long Island that cater to indian weddings, and they are fairly priced. I hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck!!!

Post # 13
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We set our ceiling to $75,000 and a “reach goal” of $65,000 if we can cut down on some stuff. So far the quotes I’ve gotten back look promising and if your caterer can offer day of coord services, you save on that aspect, or if you choose to print out your own programs, you cut out a lot of costs too.

Here are the big ticket items we’re looking at:

Venue $10,700-$15,000 (will likely be $15,000 because we want to use the entire space)

Catering $18,000 to $23,000 (includes food, drink, tables, linens, equipment, etc)

Dessert Truck $1700

Dress: $2000

Hair/Makeup for everyone $1000

Transportation $1000

Flowers $1000

Photographer $5000

Decorations $2000 (we’re doing more DIY creative stuff rather than using flowers as centerpieces)

Day of Coordinator: $1500

Stationery (Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs) $1000

Rings: $3000-4000

Rehearsal Dinner + After Dinner Gathering for everyone $4000


Post # 14
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hi! My big day is in July…

We set our budget @ $10,000, and told ourselves we wouldn’t exceed $11,000. It’s in Queens and there are about 75 guests (invites are going out soon, so this is just an estimate). It’s on a Thursday evening.

Venue (Ceremony & Reception) – about $5,500 (though it depends on our final count)

Reception stuff (centerpieces, guestbook, etc.) – $350 (DIY)

DJ – Free, because my brother is a DJ

Flowers – $800

Invitations, Programs, Favors – $200 – All DIY

My dress, tux rentals, flower girl dresses, shoes, accessories, make up hair – $2,200

Photographer – $1000 (it’s a family friend)

We driving our car and the bridal party will carpool in two cars.

We’re still finalizing an officiant and some other small details (like rings!), but we’re hoping it all still falls under budget! Good Luck @ nushka! All the best!

Post # 15
34 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

It’s really interesting to see how people decided to allocate their wedding funds!

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