Saving money for wedding😀

posted 3 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
7790 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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mishastarlene :  That depends–a back yard BBQ for 50 is one thing, a black tie ballroom for 150 is another. We’ll need a lot more info. Have you started fleshing out a budget? There are a lot of wedding budget templates out there.

Post # 3
104 posts
Blushing bee

I mean, you can get married for a couple hundred if you want to. It’s 100% up to you how much you spend. I plan to have a black tie optional wedding for 150 in a major city and my 30k budget is going to have to be stretched creatively. On the other hand, my friend had a stunning more casual wedding in a small town for 150 and it ran her $15k (5k of which was photography). 

Post # 4
279 posts
Helper bee

Agree with PP – we need more info. What type of wedding? How many guests? Where do you live? 

Our budget is $20,000 for a semi-formal wedding with 180 guests in a big midwestern city. We are DIY-ing a ton and it’s still difficult to stay in our budget.

Cutting the guest list is usually the easiest way to save money, so keep that in mind if you want to stick with a smaller budget! $8,000 is still doable, but you likely won’t be able to pull off a large black tie affair with it. 

Post # 8
13722 posts
Honey Beekeeper

The question you should be asking is not what an average wedding costs. The real question is what are your goals and how are your finances? 

Personally, I don’t believe in spending major amounts of money on a wedding reception at this stage of life unless you can really very easily afford it. By easily, I mean on track for all savings goals, emergency fund of nine plus months, stable jobs or income likely to increase, adequate insurance, and no debt.

That goes double for a second wedding with a child already in the picture.

Weddings can be at any and all price points from the price of a license to six and seven figures. It also depends on where you live. The national average depends on the source but is something like 35K, according to one wedding forum survey. That’s a totally meaningless figure, though, especially to someone with an 8 K budget.

Post # 9
1005 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

You make 80k a year so it might be worth splurging a little on a photographer/videographer. The consensus on these boards when it comes to the one thing people wish they had of spent more money on is the photography. Once the day is said and done, that’s all you’ve got. 

Post # 11
9208 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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mishastarlene :  the catering is the biggest ticket item so I’d start getting quotes for that. There is often a rental fee for dishes, glasses, etc so that isn’t just “included”. We managed to get our food (heavy hors d’ouevres cocktail party) for $60/pp and the open bar was $12/pp and that was considered a steal. 

Post # 12
1260 posts
Bumble bee

My 55 person wedding ended up being around 9k and it was about 20 minutes outside of Boston. This was my breakdown:

Venue for ceremony and reception: 2,400 for 5 hours includes all chairs and tables

Catering: Around 3k and that included linens and plates 

Photographer: 800 for 4 hours, found him on thumbtack.

DJ: 500 for 4 hours. 

Dress: $950 including alterations 

Husband’s wedding stuff- (tux, shoes and wedding band) $250

Cake- $190 (my stepmom gives this bakery a lot of business so we got a great deal

Bartender and open beer and wine- $800


Can 100 be done for 8k? Since it seems your venue costs are low it’s all going to hinge on what you do for catering as that is usually one of the largest cost.


Post # 13
13722 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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mishastarlene :  I’m not a “cheap” person at all, but with an income of 80K and a child, personally I couldn’t justify 10 K in your place. 

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