Post # 1
We just booked our wedding venue (who covers catering in-house), so we feel good that our biggest expense has been tackled. With still over a year until our wedding, we are keeping up with our budget and were wondering how much more we should anticipate saving.
So, for any NYC, Westchester, or LI specific bees, would you mind sharing a rough estimate of what you spent on the following? These are the items we expect to spend the biggest amount of additional money on.
We were hoping to stay under $12,000 for everything left over. Does this sound doable?
I appreciate your help!
ETA: Non-NYC bees feel free to answer! I just think the costs of these items reflect upon the area in which you live/are getting married.
Post # 2
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 # 3
Thanks for sharing, this is helpful!
Post # 4
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
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
DH’s suit: $2,500
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
I used NST!!!! Was very happy as well.
Post # 7
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
- Wedding: June 2016 - City, State
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:
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.
Post # 9
Our band was $11k, photog was $4k and florist was $5.5k
Post # 10
Thank you all for sharing!
All of your answers were very helpful and defintely gave me some peace of mind that we can pull this off.