Post # 1
I was just thinking, I’m so thankful that I live in a small town because everything here is cheaper. It sucks when it comes to variety, but I’m happy to be able to afford almost everything I would like for my dream wedding. How much is everyone’s budget and is that reasonable for where you live? My budget is $20,000 which I think is about average for West Texas.
Post # 3
I’m in North Florida. Our budget originally was 25,000. Now it’s more like 30,000. My parents and his parents are both helping us pay.
Post # 4
I am in Central California. Our original budget was $25k. Then we realized we could put $15k toward a house and opted for $10k for 100 people.
Post # 5
I’m in the Boston area and managed to keep my wedding around 22k for 140 people.
Post # 6
15k for 40 people and I don’t even know how it go that high because we are basically DIY’ing most things. Blah.
Post # 7
Approx $3,000 for around 80 people…cannot justify spending any more for just one day…we would rather put it into our home:)
Post # 8
Hoping to stay under $7k, but would prefer to be below $5k, for 50-60 people.
Post # 9
No budget. Having said that though, my wedding is in Fiji and everything is a lot cheaper there. If i had it in Australia i probably would have had a budget. We have invited around 450 people but are expecting about 200 to attend.
We have divided costs among my fiance, his family and myself and my family. My Dad is paying for most things however.
My Dad’s rule was he will pay for it unless he thinks it’s completely stupid, then i have to pay for it (So i’m paying for the little touches like the photobooth, the program fans etc).
Post # 10
Personally I am appalled at the enormous cost of weddings. Our budget is $30k and we will easily reach it, even though I have decided to cut out renting table linens and things that my venue will provide at standard. Hell, we’ve even cut out the band and are still easily going to hit that $30k mark. Funny thing is, I never wanted a big fancy wedding, I wanted to elope or do something laid back and rustic – Fi is the one who wants the big wedding ( he’s paying for most of it though). It’s sickening when you realize that the checks you are writing to vendors equate to real cold hard cash and its not “play money” even though it IS money set aside for the purpose of the wedding. It’s not like we’re hurting for money, we own our house, no car payments, Fi is self employed as I am gainfully – it just seems so gaudy to spend sooo much money for a one day event and have it referred to as a “budget wedding” by today’s standards. It’s glutinous – I guess my only consolation is that the majority of my vendors and even my venue are small amd / or local and at least our money is being put back into the local community. Hopefully we can help fix some potholes or something, LOL
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Mine is 13,000 for ~125 guests in a small Rocky Mtn town. While we’re doing a lot to cut costs and I’m thankful that small town prices are fairly reasonable… oh man, that’s still a lot of money to spend on a party!
Post # 12
We are spending $9,000 on an intimate, non-traditional, adirondack lodge wedding. We have invited only 30 people, but are hosting really great food for the whole weekend and top shelf open bar.
Most weddings in upstate NY fall into the typical $30k range (considering that most have 100+ guests). I couldn’t imagine spending that much!
Post # 13
We are in Indianapolis, spending about 7k for 75 people with a late evening heavy finger food/dessert extravaganza with wedding and cocktails/treats in a garden of a local art gallery. If we did a meal and DJ – we would have had to drop at least another 7 grand.
The gallery prorated rental since we were having a shorter event than the standard 6 hour rental. Saved lots of cash on cutting out a meal. We aren’t dancing types – so we are making an IPOD playlist to play through the gallery outdoor sound system. No DJ=more cash. Gallery provides table and chairs that are beautiful – saved cash there. More cash saved by cutting open bar to a bar serving my favorite beer/FI’s favorite beer/and sangria (a drink we serve at our annual bbq’s). And my mom paid for my dress – so that isn’t included in the budget.
Even at 7K – we are getting a deal, but it still seems nuts for such a short, simple event. But we are paying for it on our own and would also rather throw cash as any thing else really (our home, a charity, vacation).
Event space: 1850
Photographer 5 hours, engagement, print rights, online gallery: 1800
Left us with 1000 to spend on decor, rings, suit, hotel after wedding and a band for me. Budget is tight. But the garden is naturally lush and beautiful with a pergola that already is lit with string lights. We shouldn’t have to decorate much. We got a hotel deal by booking six months out. We also got a catering deal by agreeing to overlap some of our menu items with an event they are catering the night before – they will not have to buy tons of seperate ingredients – and cut cost a bit for us.
Negotiate. Seriously, I have gotten many things knocked down in price.
Honeymoon was considered a seperate expense. We save 4000 per year to use on vacations – so that will go toward it. Plus, in lieu of registering anywhere, we created a honeymoon registry in hopes guests who want to give a gift will help us out in that department.
At 7,000 I would say were are way below the city average for a full wedding event. But there are a fair amount of brides recently cutting back to smaller events similar to mine.