Post # 31
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
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
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
Don’t forget to budget in tips! That really adds up.
Post # 35
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
What is your partner planning on contributing? Or are you planning on paying 100% yourself?
Post # 37
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
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
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
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
- Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse
If you live in a small town, I think that budget is reasonable. Big city, definitely not.