(Closed) October Brides- Wedding Budget?

posted 6 years ago in October 2012
  • poll: What is your wedding budget?
    Under $5,000 : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Under $8,000 : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Under $10,000 : (6 votes)
    11 %
    Between $10k-$15k : (15 votes)
    27 %
    Between $15k-$20k : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Between $20k-$25k : (6 votes)
    11 %
    Between $25k-$30k : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Between $30k-$35k : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Between $35k-$40k : (5 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    No one has answered yet, so I’ll do it!


    Type of budget: We started at $15k and realized we’d need to increase it a bit and our budget is now $20k.  We’re trying to keep it as low as possible.  Kind of hard to do in Los Angeles!

    Dress Budget: We had budgeted no more than $1000 just for my dress and I managed to get a dress for $815 and my veil cost $169.  So with taxes and shipping fees for both, I was just barely over my $1000 that was JUST for my dress. So I did very well here! πŸ™‚  Still unsure of how much my alterations will cost though!

    Shoes/Accessories budget: Shoes we really splurged!  They cost $675.  It wasn’t MY decision.  FI saw that these specific shoes were the only ones that matched my specifications and sadly they cost a ton.  But he said it was ok and to go for them since we’re saving money on so many other areas.  I just wish my shoes were super comfortable! Lol.  Still need to break them in and hopefully they won’t kill me.  Definitely planning on changing into a second pair, though.  My wedding jewelry comes out to less than $200. 

    Ceremony/Reception budget and breakdown:

    Food: Broken down, our $ per plate ends up being $48!!!  That’s SOOOO cheap for our area.  We were shocked!  And it’s a plated DINNER!  AT NIGHT! lol.

    Room Fee: Not sure if we have a room fee or not.  Our package is $7500 for 100 people (although because we’re doing it on a Sunday, they’re allowing us to have 120 for the same price! Awesome!)  This package includes the food,tables, chairs, linens, chair covers (although I don’t want to use them), one hour hosted bar during cocktail hour, appetizers for cocktail hour, the arch for the ceremony, and some other stuff that I can’t currently think of.  We’re honestly getting an amazing deal for the area and we’re so happy about it!

    Entertainment & Photographer: We found a company that has DJ & photography so we’re getting a totally awesome deal on this as well.  We’ll have the DJ for the ceremony and reception.  He’ll be there for  6 and a half hours. If I were to split up the costs, the DJ would cost around $1000 I guess.  For photography, we’re getting 6 hours of unlimited coverage, high res DVD with full rights, five 8×10 enlargements, a 20×30 print collage from our Italian book, a 9.5×13 20 page Italian book with a stainless steel cover, two parent book albums that are smaller versions of our Italian book with the same stainless steel cover (it is so insanely awesome! it’ll last the apocalypse lol), and uplighting for the reception.  Total for that with taxes (ugh!) comes out to $4300.  

    Tuxedo: We spent $180 on FI’s tux.  There was a sale at Men’s Warehouse and we got the tux and all the accessories with the alterations for that price!  

    Flowers: Our florist was highly recommended by the venue and she’s awesome!  We love her.  She’ll do anything for us for whatever budget we give her.  We told her $1500 so she’s doing our ceremony arch, decorating the staircase, doing 15 beautiful medium sized centerpieces, my bouquet, the BM’s bouquets, the boutonnieres, the corsages and boutonnieres for the parents and grandparents, some additional pieces for the guestbook table and a few other tables.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with! 

    Cake: Luckily our cake was included with our venue price!  It WOULD have cost us $650 if we had ordered it ourselves from that bakery.  

    Favors: The favors are the candy buffet.  I think total spent will be $300 for the candy, the vases, and the bags I got.  Everything is being bought super cheap!

    Invites: I got pretty much all our stationary from 123print.com.  That site has such great prices!  For ALL my stationary (invites, rsvps, escort cards, Save-The-Date Cards, printed envelopes, address labels) we spent total $250 also including postage. 

    Decoration: Not buying much decorations.  The flowers will be plenty and I did buy custom K & C letters to put on our sweetheart table.  That was around $45.  Can’t think of any additional decoration pieces that aren’t already included.

    Honeymoon: Two honeymoons.. a minimoon and the real one.  The minimoon is 3 nights in Vegas and that was around $600 with flight? I don’t remember.  And our big honeymoon is 7 night cruise to the Mexican Riviera.  That costs $2500 and my parents have so kindly offered to pay for it. 

    DIY: I made our card box and that cost about $10 to make.  I made our table numbers and other various signs for the different tables.  Didn’t cost much to make. Hmm.. I can’t recall what else!  Too many things floating through my mind. Lol.  

    Are you on budget: Yes!  We are pretty much on budget.  It all depends on my alterations costs and the vendor tips!  Even with worst case scenario for my alterations, I’m pretty sure we’ll be on budget.  Yay! πŸ™‚

    Post # 5
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @actime:  Yes, we’re hating the “service charge” as well.  Ours is 19%, but luckily it’s included in the $7500 package price!   All taxes and fees are in that package price. It’s always nice to get lucky and hooked up with stuff! Oh and no, we haven’t bought the candy yet but I priced it all out so that’s why I know approximately how much it’ll cost. We’re waiting til late September to go and buy the candy.  There’s a big warehouse in downtown Los Angeles that has super cheap bulk candy that we’re going to.  It’s even cheaper than the websites and no shipping charges! Yay! 

    Post # 6
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Just because I’m bored! lmao jk 

    Type of budget: As close to 10k as possible not including Honeymoon, Dress, Rings, or RH dinner that Fiance and I are paying ourselves

    Dress Budget: I told the salon as close to 1k as possible, I ended up splurging a tiny bit and got it for 1,300. (Veil and alterations are thankfully being paid for by my parents Cool)

    Shoes/Accessories budget: $200 for my veil and not sure how much my shoes cost. I revamped some old shoes with glitter… still debating on getting $100 new purple satin shoes.

    Ceremony/Reception budget and breakdown:

    Food: with taxes and gratuity it came down to about 3300. definitely one of the most expensive parts… blah but I want prime rib and salmon damnit!

    Room Fee: $1500 includes wedding planner and outside lawn areas plus discounted bartender at $15/hr

    Entertainment & Photographer: Searched and searched for professionals that weren’t too expensive but weren’t jsut Joe Schoe off the street. Found that if they were professional but had another job during the week, prices dropped by the thousands!!! Found two very professional guys. Photography was shooting for 1k… ended up finding a guy to do it for $995!! and is giving us more than is listed said ‘it’s not like I have another wedding to go for so I won’t charge you extra for the getting ready pics and you booked in April so you get the 10% discount as well. Also has his wife help out as needed, so thinking of seeing if we can get a cheap price for her to hold a video camera for us! lol DJ cost us $625 and is great also was shooting for around 1k but it seemed that you either get one for around 600, 1300, or 2k.. we chose to stay under than splurge on one since we found this DJ at a great rate. Couldn’t be happier with our selections.  

    Tuxedo: Researching that come sometime this month. Fiance has been training with work so hasn’t had the time off to look yet.

    Flowers: 1k for me to have an EPIC bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, Boutouniers for all of the guys (including brothers, fathers, and grandfathers), corsages for the Moms and Gma’s, flower ‘maiden’ arrangement in a basket (can’t drop petals), 3 arrangements for the church, 1 head table arrangement, and budvases for all of our tables.

    Cake: Free as a gift from my Maid/Matron of Honor. Her mom is trying to break out as a cake decorator (does a wonderful job and just recently started winning prizes at cake competitions) so she offered. I was going to go with her mother anyways but since she insisted she pay I was all for it!

    Favors: looking for something cheap as of the moment…

    Invites: $140 for invite suite (rsvp cards and envelopes, reception card, invitation and pretty envelopes) skipped on STD’s since we only are having a 6mo engagement

    Decoration: All decorations are included with the venue (giant martini glasses, glass stones, hurricane vases, votives, mirrors for the tables, small bowls for floating candles) haven’t decided what to do exactly, but we may buy some extra color napkins to put under the mirrors. I have to go visit the venue and see if I can borrow some stuff to do a mock up. They also have cool light up ficus trees and a campfire pit just outside the room.

    Honeymoon: Not doing until January (FI works retail and won’t be able to get off after the wedding) we’ll have more money then and looking at Puerto Rico or other close by carribean islands

    DIY: Shoes and centerpieces (with venue items)

    Are you on budget: So far YES! even slightly under budget in a few areas (DJ and invites) may be able to invite some more people and not break the bank!

    Post # 8
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @actime:  Yeah, that’s so true!  Once you add in shipping, it’s no longer a cheap deal.  That’s great that you found other inexpensive options that you can buy and not break the bank!  Good luck! πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
    1357 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Type of budget: Our budget is a little under $17,000 (I hate typing that number), and our honeymoon budget is a little over $2000 for a total of $19,000 together. This doesn’t include the dress or rehearsal dinner, though, because my mother surprised me by offering to pay these two things.

    Dress Budget: $2000. I’ve paid $1790 so far, but I haven’t had alterations done yet. It actually started at $1,125, but the custom cut added a few hundred, plus I’m adding a rather fancy sash I’m calling part of the dress. My Fiance thought there was no way I’d spend under $3,000 on my dress alone, so I felt very pleased to be able to show him up.

    Shoes/Accessories budget: $500 for a veil, shoes, hair comb, earrings, and bracelet. The veil is the only thing I’ve bought so far, and it was $200.

    Ceremony/Reception budget and breakdown:

    Food: $8000. We are paying $85/head at our reception, though this includes dinner, three different hot d’oeuvres, full open bar, champagne toast for all, room rental, service charge, and gratuities.

    (Ceremony) Room Fee: $2000. Our ceremony location is charging us $1800 for use of the grounds for photos and ceremony. (The historic mansion/gardens are open to the public as a museum, and they are closing off part of the grounds to the public for us.) We are also paying another $200 to rent chairs and have them set up for us.

    Entertainment: $1075. We’re paying a DJ a $750 flat rate for the night (6-hour reception) and $325 to have a harpist and floutist at the ceremony.

    Photographer: $200, including videography. We’re having a good friend who also happens to be a pro photographer do our pics as her gift to us, and her boyfriend in the same field is doing our videography. She even went out of her way and found a friend who’s a photojournalist and wants to build a wedding portfolio, who will be the assistant photog for $200. We are buying her some very nice thank-you gifts, as she refuses any payment herself.

    Tuxedo: $300. I actually have no idea how much this costs. This is on FI’s to-do list for July.

    Flowers: $900. We’re getting bouquets for myself and my 3 BM’s, 6 boutonnieres, a toss bouquet, and five centerpieces (for half the reception tables), plus the $50 delivery charge.

    Cake: $465. We’re getting a 3-tier, fondant covered cake with layers of white cake filled with Bavarian chocolate and red velvet filled with cream cheese, plus a separate anniversary round of red velvet and cream cheese covered in fondant.

    Favors: $200. We’re making a $200 donation to the humane society, and my Future Mother-In-Law is making sachets and filling them with lavender buds, since we’re having lavender buds thrown at us after the ceremony.

    Invites: $500. 4-piece, flat-printed invites, simple save-the-dates, a wax seal, sealing wax, and postage. We’re also making some very simple programs, escort cards, and menus we’re printing at home on cheap cardstock.

    Decoration: Around $250. I haven’t figured all of this out yet, but our reception provides their ow house linens, and we’re not springing for chair covers or chiavaris. The tables not getting flower centerpieces are getting a cluster of votives with candles and acorns, perhaps on top of something to tie it together. I’m looking for vintage photo frames to hold images of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings and a gold cake stand. We’re probably getting a table runner for the head table and empty vases to hold bouquets, plus I need to figure out table numbers.

    Honeymoon: $2100. We’re heading to New Orleans for a week, and this number doesn’t include airfare because we’re using an airline credit my mom gave us from refunded tickets (it would be another $1000). Our budget is $850 for hotel, $800 for food and nightlife (you can’t go to New Orleans and not enjoy these things to the fullest!), $250 for entertainment, and the rest is for shopping and momentos.

    DIY: We’re doing our own programs, menus, and escort cards for sure, which seems the norm. My Future Mother-In-Law offered to make a card box and lavendar sachets for favors. I don’t want to make myself crazy in the months leading up to the wedding, so I’m outsourcing whenever it’s reasonable to do so.

    Are you on budget: Yes, though we tweak the budget as needed to keep careful track of expected and actual costs. We know exactly how much all of our vendors will cost at this point, which means there is a lot less room for variation since those numbers won’t change.

    Post # 10
    8145 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Type of budget: We’re pretty tight. I’m paying for 50%, my mother has 45% and Fiance has 5%. I’m DIYing a lot from invites to decor to linens.

    Dress Budget: my mom bought my dress. discontinued super sale at Davids Bridal. $250! but its costing $520 to get it altered  πŸ™

    Shoes/Accessories budget: Shoes: $40 from endless.com. floral flats. and i just got another pair of glittery keds for the reception if my feet hurt  πŸ™‚  Veil: i’m making a birdcage veil, earrings i’m making as well, and im borrowing a bracelet and necklace as my borrowed and old items. and im using my grandmothers mink stole.

    Ceremony/Reception budget and breakdown:

    Food: $6000  (roughly $60 a plate) tons of food though! Plus they include a cake. Food was a splurge for us. we’re foodies.

    Room Fee: none, we live close enough.

    Entertainment:  Ipod & Laptop ftw! At this point that’s it. NO DJ. its not our style.  πŸ™‚

    Photographer: My friend is giving us a crazy deal. $200 for full coverage plus a second shooter. No album or video though. We don’t need that.

    Tuxedo: Fiance needs to get his suit pronto!

    Flowers:  Dried flowers via etsy. 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 1 bride bouquet and enough flowers to cover 12 tables plus extra vases.

    Cake: Included in catering package  πŸ™‚

    Favors: We bought 120 mini jars of honey and starwberry jam. And little spoons. Each will have a custom label and tag that i’m designing. I’ve already covered the tops with vintage fabric.  πŸ™‚

    Invites: DIY… 50 of them plus rsvps, envelopes, stamps about $100

    Decoration: I have no idea. Our centterpieces are old books thrifted for about 50¢ – $1, FI’s grandmothers doilies and old mason jars from garage sales. Maybe like $20 a table at most including flowers and candles?

    Honeymoon: no clue yet. We’re going on a mini-moon, or as Fiance likes to call it, a Half-moon somewhere close by. Maybe NY or CT, then next year in Spring we’ll travel someplace nice. CA or even Europe.

    DIY: I’ve made almost everything. Paper flowers, centerpieces, invites, Save-The-Date Cards, even handtyped the envelopes on my typewriter. I’m making banners and assembling the favors myself.

    Are you on budget:  We were over until we extended the budget. We blew past the $8k budget after food, so now it’s $11 and we’re sticking to it pretty well!

    Post # 11
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Type of budget: We are trying to be conservative, as neither of our families have ever hosted a big wedding — it’s always been church and firehall, which my FH and I decided we didn’t want to do.  We are paying for it ourselves (the first words out of my dad’s mouth when we announced our engagement was “I’m not paying for a wedding”).  We’re close to $15k with dress and honeymoon included.  $20k if you add in rings.

    Dress Budget: This was my first priority. I didn’t have a budget oging into it because I just wanted a dress that looked good on me and I felt comfortable in (very important when you’re fuller figured)…thankfully I found the perfect dress for $850 because I really didn’t want to go over $1k.

    Shoes/Accessories budget: $200 — so far have purchased a simple necklace to wear that matches my BM’s earrings (my ears aren’t pierced).  Haven’t looked at shoes yet, but know I want heels for the ceremony and comfier shoes for the reception.

    Ceremony/Reception budget and breakdown:

    Food: $5500 for ~90 headcount. It was a top priority that we not go with protein, starch, veggie and were able to give guests options and have dinner reflect a little of ourselves.  We’re doing a cocktail hour with station and passed hors d’oeurves, and dinner is an Asian station with sushi and a Carving station with beef tenderloin, roast turkey, and comfort sides (think Thanksgiving)

    Room Fee: We were able to get both rooms at a local golf course for $1k — the small window-wrapped room for the ceremony and the bigger banquet room for the reception.

    Entertainment: DJ is a co-worker of my FH, so we got him for $375.  For the ceremony we’re having an acoustic guitarist who charges $295.  I was happy being able to save in this area, as combined, it’s cheaper than the $900 going rate for a 4-hour DJ in our area.

    Photographer: $1250 for full-day photographer and assistant which includes all edited photos on a disk with full printing priviledges

    Tuxedo: This was the first deposit we put down when I found a deal at a bridal show last year for BOGO tuxes if you book before the end of 2011 for a 2012 wedding.  Rentals will be about $65/per and we’re paying for all — so about $400 total.

    Flowers: ~$350 – DIY through one of the online retailers (Sams, BJs, Costco, etc).  Simple hydrangea and rose hand tied bouquets.  Bouts are real touch roses, corsages will be hydrangea and roses as well. And there will be a few hydrangea sprigs as part of the reception centerpieces.

    Cake: $415 for a four tier cake that feeds 160 people (I wanted a big cake, even though there’s only 90 guests) and a small grooms cake in his favorite flavor (red velvet)

    Favors: Homemade chocolates filled with peanut butter or caramel. No idea how much these cost b/c my mom and I have been buying chocolate melts, peanut butter, and caramel whenever we see it on sale for the last year. When all is said and done, probably $300ish for the candies, boxes, ribbons, and stickers.

    Invites: ~$70 for materials to make 60 (pocket folds, envelopes, VP, and CatPrint).  Postage will increase this by about $100 (hopefully less)

    Decoration: DIY uplighting is $280; renting some drapery which will be about $100. Centerpieces were about $15 each (water filled vases with floating candles, votive candles, and small vases with a hydrangea sprig).

    I hit the yardsales and bought a ton of vases that will be filled with water and floating candles for the ceremony and reception area. Probably ~$150 worth of vases and small floating candles from IKEA.

    Purchased 120 white chair covers from another bride for $120 for the ceremony, and will buy 100 black chair covers from linentablecloth.com in the near future for ~$200. Plus $100 worth of sashes…however, I’m giving the chair covers to the venue, who in turn is giving me open beer and wine bar for the reception. 

    Honeymoon: $1800 – Royal Caribbean cruise to Canada/New England. Extras on the cruise will probably be an additonal $1000 (drinks, excursions, gifts, casino, etc)

    DIY: Too many to count…AC Moore loves me.

    Are you on budget: My original goal was $12k, as we had a year to save and thought $1k a month was reasonable. We’re going to go over that, but not by a ton; but I love throwing parties and having everyone together, so for me, it’s worth it.

    Post # 13
    8145 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @actime:  good luck with the tasting!!!  πŸ™‚ ours was perfect. dont be afraid to ask questions πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @actime:  diyuplighting.com   We kind of cheated by having a lighting company come out to our venue for a consultation, and when they provided their proposal they included a lighting plan diagram.  We took that, went to diyuplighting.com (they have terrific reviews and talked to other brides who have used them) and ordered what the lighting company recommended.  FH, DJ and groomsmen are in charge of set up and making it work!

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