Saving money for wedding😀

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 31
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

My budget is $15,000 and that’s for about 130 people in a nice historic venue in a medium sized Midwestern city. Our biggest cost is the catering and alcohol, which is going to end up somewhere between 6 and 7k. I am keeping it very simple to keep costs down and plan on DIYing a lot of stuff as well. 

Post # 32
13599 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I barely got my venue for $8k.  And that was space alone.  Not chairs, not food, not booze, not the DJ, not the photographer… just space. 

Post # 33
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

It varys a lot by region and whether your wedding will be near a major city.

I ran the numbers and my wedding (country club in the northeast) will cost 15k if 80 guests show. I am not having flowers, limo, hotel,etc.

Post # 34
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Don’t forget to budget in tips! That really adds up.

Post # 35
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Personally I think you could make do with $8k, It all just depends on what is important to you. I think the US national average for a wedding is like $25-$35k for a wedding. I would NEVER spend that much but to each their own and everyone has different priorities.

Post # 36
359 posts
Helper bee

What is your partner planning on contributing? Or are you planning on paying 100% yourself?

Post # 37
9858 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Stuff really adds up!

My wedding was around 80 people and our venue was $500 (ceremony/reception) and catering was around $1000, dress around $500. My grandma hand made all our decor, a friend gifted the photographer, etc.

Doesn’t seem like much looking at the big things but I’m fairly sure it was over $10k when it was all said and done and my wedding was very laid back. It’s just all the little things you don’t think of that add up (for example, an aisle runner we realized we needed a month out as the aisle area was all red dirt gravel). I was lucky my Dad took care of our wedding for us but I know he spent quite a lot on it.

Post # 38
2687 posts
Sugar bee

JiminyCricket :  that’s how it is in Chicago.  Most venues start at $10K just for the venue.  Just a blank slate and you have to add in everything.  

Post # 39
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Sounds like you’re on track for 8K – it can be done!

For 40 people, we spent:
$1700 on food and beverage (we went crazy with 5 courses and a full open bar, so it would be easy to do it for less)
$1350 on staff (event coordinator, servers, bartender)
$850 on rentals (chairs, tables, linens, plates, glasses, etc)
$500 on decor, flowers and favors
$100 on invites and paper

Obviously that’s just the event part and there are tons of other expenses like photographer, officiant, music, everyone’s attire, etc, but those vary so much. We hired a pianist for the ceremony but did a DIY playlist for reception. Our photographer and officiant were friends, but we paid for their hotel. Always informative to see other people’s budget breakdowns.

Post # 40
486 posts
Helper bee

I think a wedding is feasible with any budget. It sounds like youve got a good plan. Just be prepared for sticker shock. I know when I was getting initial quotes I was very surprised. 

Post # 41
2596 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse

If you live in a small town, I think that budget is reasonable. Big city, definitely not.

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