(Closed) Share your NY wedding budget

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 47
42 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

@CookieDough_love:  I’m getting married at the Tosca Marquee in the Bronx, NY.  

Post # 48
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@garaninc:  Thank you hun, I live in brooklyn so ive never heard of this place but will definitely check it out.

Post # 49
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@arabesque0128:  Thanks, your list and explanation is super useful!

Post # 50
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hmm, ours is definitely lower than the average in this thread! Costs so far for our elopement:


$350 for officiant Celia Milton – could have got Mitch the Minister for $100 less, but found that he was hard to get a hold of and much less responsive so we decided to bite the bullet and go with Celia’s company.

$98 for my dress from Shareen’s Vintage – may end up getting some slight alterations to get the straps shortened, so could be another $50 on top of that. It is a gorgeous 1920s style short cream dress with beading around the bust.

$100 for flowers/bouquet.

$4 for my earrings from Etsy. $25 for an ivory fur shrug from Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (looooove this, although I’m going to need to sew on a new clasp). $65 for my shoes from Amazon.

$1500 for our photographer for 3 hours (covering ceremony, portraits and start of reception). He is one of the top photographers in NYC so we are really happy, he is AMAZING.

Free – Cost of small ceremony in Central Park (for over 20 people you need a permit, but our ceremony is going to be way smaller than that).

$375 for our venue for 5 hours – a friend’s apartment rooftop garden with fantastic views out over Manhattan. We will be having about 40 guests to the party.

Alcohol – Maybe $400? Have only bought champagne so far for about $100 for 4 bottles for toasts, but the rest will likely be spirits for cocktails and less expensive wine.

Canapes – Maybe $600? Catered by our favorite restaurants.

So about $3500 all up. Photographer is by far the biggest cost, but we’re totally cool with that. Plus $650 for my platinum and moissanite engagement ring (which I have got a lot of compliments on). Fiance’s ring might be another $50 – $100.

Post # 51
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Having just finished booking almost all of my vendors, here is our breakdown for our wedding (Brooklyn)

Venue = $125/pp (depending on head count will probably be around 20k total)

Flowers = $4400

Prop for Escort Card Table = $225

Officiant = $500

Dress + Veil = $1300

Shoes/Jewelry = $300

Favors = $400

Photographer = $3000

DJ = $1750

Invitations = $1k

Misc (postage, a few small decor items for reception) = $200

Thats 33k right there, and still haven’t booked anyone for hair or makeup. No doubt it is a lot of money, but (sadly) probably well below average for NYC. I’m very happy with the prices I got, I have really made an effort to search for vendors with reputations for working with people in terms of budget.




Post # 52
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We decided to move our venue to Hudson Valley thinking it would cut down on cost, but we still are hovering around $40K if you include rings and our honeymoon in Hawaii:

Venue/Catering/Ceremony: $131/pp X 125 guests + tax and tip – approx $20000

DJ (includes uplighting): $2400

Dress: $3300 + alterations

Groom’s Tux: $1000

Invitations, Calligraphy & Postage: $1750

Flowers: $2500

Photographer: $2700

Hair & Makeup for Bride & 3 bridesmaids: $500 + Grat

Officiant: $425

Misc Decor: $500



Post # 53
16 posts

@garaninc:  what venue did you find for $5879 and how much was catering???? 


also, congratulations on getting married!!! 

Post # 54
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

<50 guests around 10k not including rings and honeymoon 

Ceremony/venue- $60 per person $2700 3 course meal

alcohol consumption budgeting $1,000

dress- $500

shoes, headpiece, costume jewelry  -$1,000 ( louboutins)

invitations- $100 wpd

flowers- $100 costco

officiant $400

Grooms suit – free since he is using one of his own very expensive suits.

grooms shoes – $300

daughters dress – $80 etsy 

daughters shoes accessories $50

Favors – about $50 making black and white “New York”cookies

music – free ipod

photography – $1000

cake $200

Lots of etsy decor and touches probably add up to $500


plus all the other little things about 10 k

Post # 55
42 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrssperanz: Thank you!! I got married at the Tosca Marquee it was something around $40-50 per person.  The prices are pretty resonable, food is good, but they really are not flexible.  

Post # 56
10 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

@macbeth91512:  Your photbooth and coordinator prices look great.  If you would be willing to share your vendors in a private message it would be greatly appreicated.  Thanks!!!

Post # 57
16 posts

@garaninc:  thank you for the insight! 


when you say “not flexible”, do you mean on dates and outside vendors? 

Post # 58
42 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrssperanz:  They are not willing to negoitate, but your experience may be different from mines.   Undecided 

Post # 60
5136 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@fashionbug:  of couse the biggest expense was catering

Our entire wedding, ceremony and reception took place in Brooklyn, NY. So happy everything was local and within a mile of eachother.

Venue: $125 pp plus tax and gratuity, which ends being $160 pp $27,000 total. (Included white glove service, an amazing cocktail hour, 4hour receptions, full open bar with top shelf liquor) We had 162 guests plus we the vendors which came out 167 people. However the vendors we paid half price for

Wedding cake: the venue provided us with one

Wedding programs: we did this our self. All we had to do was pay for paper $25

Flowers: $2800 (this included 17 tall centerpieces, 4Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 8 boutineres, 3 corsages, my bouqet which was cascading, decor for the church and a dais arrangement for our sweetheart table)

Photographer/Videographer: $4100 (we got two photographers and 1 videographer with 9 hour coverage and a lot of other added extras. You cant beat this price in NY)

DJ: $2,000

Chuch ceremony: $500

Dress, Shoes & veil: $3,070 my accessories and headpiece were a gift

Invitations & STD: $771

Hair & Makeup (for just myself): $400

Honeymoon: Paris and Barcelona–$4,700 

Tux: $165

Limo: $700

Wedding party gifts: $200 

Favors: $450

Wedding bands: $2,200

Ceremony music: $600

Custom Thank you cards: $200






Post # 61
5136 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@techie:  can i ask what catering hall you are using?

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