(Closed) "reasonable" wedding cost?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The best way to go about this is to start with your budget first. What do you personally feel comfortable spending and how much realistically can your relatives contribute? Total it all up. The knot and other wedding sites have budget calculator to get you started. You type in the total amount you want to spend and it allocates it to all the different categories. Then you can go through and delete stuff you don’t care about having and put more money into the stuff you really care about. Then you can start looking into venues etc in your area that are in your price range and shopping around for good deals. Trust me, if you shop around and make some stuff yourself you can save loads of money compared with just going with the first thing you see. 

The second thing I can recommend is sticking to the budget. Know exactly what has been spend in the different areas of the budget and what still has to be paid. This will stop you over spending and running up a big bill that you have to pay off later. 

Hope this helps! 

Post # 4
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It really depends on where you live and what you’re comfortable spending. I had my wedding in the Midwest and thought $10,000 was reasonable. I’ve heard $30,000 is the American average. 

I second gingernutjo‘s idea of using the Knot calculator. That will help you divide up your budget into sections. 

Post # 7
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our wedding cost us a total of $12k, this includes a dinner the evening before, cocktail hour, hotel reception with 4 hour open bar, brunch the next morning, photography, video, dress, rings, tax, gratuity, cake, invites, flowers, etc (everything wedding related).  However, I am in the southeastern US, which is far less expensive than NYC.  I definitely recommend DIY/upcycling to save money (you won’t save as much using DIY kits).

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Its all in what you do… we live on the East Coast and we are paying for our whole wedding we have spent less than 10k including our honeymoon. At our rehersal everyone was REALLY impressed with our venue. Pay attention to unusual places and use friends.

Post # 9
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I too freaked out when I realized how much weddings cost!  My fiance and I are paying for ours ourselves and trying to keep costs low but we live in an expensive city.  You can go to http://www.costofwedding.com to get average prices for your area.

That said, lots of people plan weddings that cost less than the average.  I know we are!  For us, the biggest cost savings have been cutting the guest list and having a lunch reception instead of dinner. It doesn’t sound like you are looking for anything extravagant.  I think you will be able to have a great wedding for under 10k!

Post # 10
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think 25K is the cost of the average american wedding.

Post # 11
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mee:  It’s horrendous isn’t it?

Our lives are so debt-based that anyone can purchase any expenisve thing…if they make payments on it years and years into the future. That’s why the costs keep climbing! People are willing to pay the big bucks for their wedding because they can just take out a loan. If people weren’t willing to pay that much, the price wouldn’t be jacked up so damn much!

Starting a marriage already in debt sounds like a drag. My fiance and I did a lot of digging for good deals and a lot of compromising to stay in our 12k budget. He really wanted a plated dinner. We opted for a buffet. But seriously! Twelve thousand dollars is a lot of money. That is, until you start to plan a wedding.

It takes a lot of digging and a lot more hands-on work in order to have the wedding you want for a RELATIVELY “smaller” amount of money.

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