NYC & Westchester Bees, help me out!

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hey – I got married 4 years ago so pricing might have changed and I’m just speaking based on memory, but I recall easily being able to keep those expenses under $12k as my total budget for the NYC area was $30k (80 person headcount). I recommend going with a vendor whose work is high quality, but who is somewhat new to the wedding industry. That’s how I found a photographer I loved who was only $2500, compared to the other ones whose work I liked that was around $10k+. Also, NST for videography was great and very affordable. Best of luck!

Post # 4
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Married for 2 years now and live in Westchester.

For flowers, I highly recommend Stew Leonards. They are amazing and very budget friendly. I spent about $400 for my bouquet, smaller bouquets and corsage for moms and grandma, flowers for DH and Dads, and 7 centerpieces.

We didn’t have a DJ/Band. and my photographer was a college friend from FL who really cut me a deal.

Post # 5
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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morethanyesterday :  Hi! NYC bee here from Westchester, got married in Putnam county about 5 months ago. I do think it’s doable for you to do those things under $12k! I can tell you how much I paid for reference, but I paid more than is necessary for sure 🙂

If this helps, my florist was local (Poughkeepsie), band from NYC, photography from central NJ and video was a national company. Video was the only thing we really “budgeted” — since it wasn’t one of my top priorities. $3,500 was about the cheapest video package I could find. The rest was sort of a “budgetless” endeavor. I also included invites and calligraphy since that’s something people sometimes forget about. My invitations/thank you’s were from Long Island and my calligrapher was actually based in DC (we shipped back and forth).

I HIGHLY recommend all of my vendors – please let me know if you have questions! And I included my venue, dress and DH’s suit for thorough-ness/perspective. Dress was Anne barge from kleinfeld and suit was custom.

Venue: (ceremony, reception, food, alcohol, cake): $42,000

Floral: $6,500

Photo: $8,800

Video: $3,750

Band: $17,500

Invitations: $6,000

Calligraphy: $900

Dress: $6,800

Veil: $3,250

DH’s suit: $2,500

Favors: $785


ETA: I do think you can stay under $12k for those 4 things you listed – however I do think it’ll be tough to stay under 12k for everything else for the wedding. Wasn’t sure which you were asking about. 

Post # 6
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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rusticchic212 :  I used NST!!!! Was very happy as well. 

Post # 7
4099 posts
Honey bee

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morethanyesterday :  In 2013 I paid about $3600 for florist (Forever in Bloom), $2000 for DJ (APB Entertainment) and $4500 for photography (Pat Furey) in westchester. These were all highly recommended and higher tiered vendors. I suspect they’d cost a bit more now, but hopefully this is encouraging! 

Post # 8
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

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morethanyesterday :  Got married 2 and 1/2 years ago in NYC so things might have changed a bit. We spent ~$22k for everything including gratuities and taxes (80 persons). Our venue also included catering and cost ~$14k. So it was ~8k for everything else (excluding rings and honeymoon). For what you are asking our expenses were:

DJ: $1000

photographer: $1700

videographer: $1200

Florist: $800 for 8 centerpieces and 1 chuppah (we had no bouquets)

It pays to ask/look around. We found our videographer on Thumbtack. I had contacted a DJ who couldn’t work with my budget but she had a friend who did DJ on the side and could do it. The DJ wife happened to be a florist and again, agreed to work with our budget.


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