Post # 1
So I am not yet engaged… but we are talking about things and trying to figure out logistics. I know my SO wants to be married in the UK (where his family is)- we are in Canada. We are currently trying to save up for a large downpayment on a house… and so that is something that we need to keep in mind and do not want a very expensive wedding.
I have a large family and would ONLY be inviting family… but we would also have a large ‘reception’ back in Canada after the wedding, so I would make sure that all my family knew that they were by no means expected to attend the wedding overseas due to the cost. I think realistically, I would probably have 20-25 from my side. My SO would probably have about 20 guests as well. So probably looking at 50ish in attendance.
Obviously, planning is a bit tricky from the other side of the world. Ideally, it would be great to have a venue that included a lot of things (food, drinks, etc.). I would love some input from UK brides on possible costs.
I think both our families would help out, but we would want to cover as much on our own as possible.
So realistically, what is the cheapest cost of wedding (ceremony, reception, food) I could be looking at (not including our flights)? SO is worried about cost of wedding and trying to put aside a significant portion of our income to buy a house. If the cost is going to be too significant, we will need to reconsider timing… either postpone the wedding or the house.
(I would be thrilled to just elope and have a big party, but obviously with family on both sides of the world, this wouldn’t be fair to them… and I think they would like to be part of it)
Post # 2
Why not contact a few vendors in the areas you want to have your wedding/reception for pricing for the timeframe your looking at, along with airfare?
Post # 3
It really depends on what you want- open bar? Live entertainment? Cocktail hour with food? Plated nice meal? Those are what really rack up the price.
I bet if it was 50 ppl you could do a restaurant rental/private room thing for much cheaper than a traditional “wedding venue”.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
We had a similar wedding to the one mentioned by the PP – restaurant wedding with on site ceremony. I got a nice dress ($2K), decent photographer (another $2K) and we are having a DJ. We are doing a lot of DIY. We are spending about $11K on the wedding, not including honeymoon or rehearsal dinner.
So it’s doable to have something nice on $10K.
Post # 5
Our budget is 8K, and realistically we are going to be within that. We’re not doing a formal sit down (app/dessert reception), but with what we’re spending on that portion we could have paid for a sitdown (our venue doesn’t accomodate everyone, roughly 130 people, so we got creative so everyone could come).
You can do something really nice for under 10K! You can save tons on decor, get crafty and DIY girl!
Btw… Canada bee here! I suggest talking to some venues, or do a backyard BBQ!
Post # 6
Thanks all 🙂 10ish is what I was hoping for but I wasn’t sure if it was doable! I would love love love an outdoor beach wedding… and would be totally happy with a restaurant. Feeling more optimistic!
I would plan on a significant amount of DIY… but there’s only so much that can be crammed into luggage!!
Post # 7
Canada too, and for 50 guests, no open bar, no DJ, no professional photographer, and buying very unexpensive attire and accessories, we would have spent 10K once we added the taxes and all the fees. We weren’t looking at expensive venues either, but each came with their own restaurant (we couldn’t choose a caterer or bring or alcohol, for example) : of course, the prices were incredibly high just for food and alcohol.
I would plan around the 10-15K range and see what is possible to do. You could end up paying way less than this amount, too. But 10-15K seems reasonable (and doable) for the number of guests you mentioned. Set your priorities, see where you’re willing to compromise, and I’m sure you can have a very nice wedding for that amount or even below.
Post # 8
Dreaming42: I’m UK and am having a civil ceremony wedding in a hotel (everything in the same place) with ~45 guests – we’re looking at about £3000 for:
Ceremony cost (reigstrar to come to hotel + marriage certificates), venue ceremony room hire, wedding package with 3 course meal and bridal suite for the night, more food for the evening, and house DJ. Obviously there’s then all the decorations/flowers/outfits etc you might want on top of that
We also looked at some hotels that had a £1000 package and there were obviously ones that went a lot higher. Hope this helps 🙂