(Closed) Total cost of wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

$30k, parents max was $50k but I can’t justify it .

Also a So. CA bride so ya things are also more expensive here.

Post # 18
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@countrychic24:  £3,500 for wedding £5,500 for honeymoon , mother in law paid £1,200 for catering. We had home grown flowers , cake was home made, invitations, decorations and my dress was £200 in the January sale, we got married in an English wood for £80 and party at the village hall for £200. We had the perfect wedding and I’m proud that we DIYed it, honeymoon was worth every penny.

Post # 19
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If we include rings, honeymoon and my dress, we’re currently at about $85K. We’re right outside NYC so everything is more expensive, and we’re taking a 16-day honeymoon to Europe. 

Post # 20
2247 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ours is right around 16K for 350 guests.

Post # 21
3372 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Mine is coming out to around $14,000 not including the honeymoon. We’re only having 38 guests :-/

With the honeymoon we’re around $23,000.

Post # 22
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think a little over $40,000 for 220 guests, no honeymoon


Post # 23
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

…My God, I don’t know if I’ve seen some of the sums of money here over the entirety of my life, let alone for a wedding. Those are weddings I’d love to attend for sure.

In its entirety, our wedding and Honeymoon cost about $6k. We had the money for significantly more, but I couldn’t justify the price. To be fair, we also had several freebies. I had relatives who volunteered to take pictures and film; my uncle’s the head of a successful band, so he offered to play for tips only. My husband’s uncle had a timeshare and put us up for a week in Florida. 

But, if not for those perks, we still would have had family handle the pictures and videography. We would have hired a DJ instead of having a band. And we would have Honeymooned closer to home if not for his uncle’s freebies. 

We paid for 70 guests but had 55 show. We married in the off-season, so our venue was cheaper. I paid less than $200 for my dress at a Homecoming/Prom shop. I paid $4 for my wedding band on Ebay. I shopped around for limos until I found one that was willing to charge us only for transport at the end of the night; all others insisted on full-day service with a similar price. My wedding cake was $125 from Walmart – I couldn’t justify spending at least several hundred more for…cake.

I did my own hair and make-up…I bought a bun dome off of Ebay and it matched my real hair perfectly. I wore costume jewelry from ebay and bought my veil at Michael’s. I made the corsages and boutonnieres. Centerpieces were made by yours truly from items at craft and dollar stores – I doubt I spent more than $40 on everything, including artificial flowers. I printed out my own favor tags. 

I purchased organza bags in bulk and filled them with dinner mints – I paid about $30 altogether for favors.

Several other items – like the ring box for our ringbearer – came from ebay. Buying secondhand like that saved a *lot* of money and it looked just as nice.

We still get people asking how we were able to afford such a nice wedding. Timing, pruning down the guest list to only important people and trimming the cost of less important things.

Post # 25
201 posts
Helper bee

If we ended up doing a big wedding in order please SO’s family ( I doubt mine side would even care since elopement been done a couple of times to no complanient) I estimated the cost to be just over $15,000 for the event itself. That includes all attiere for the bridal party, no flowers, cake, photography, open bar, platted diner, hair & make-up, venue and reception. What I didn’t include was the cost of invitions, flowers, table cloths, and center pieces. Invitions I can do myself, flowers I prefer fake or not having them at all, table cloths don’t see the point. As for center pieces I was thinking about doing candles (diamond candles actually) or not having any. I estimated the cost for 100 (plus ones (or two) for every guest) and the cost been estimated for either the Tulsa Zoo for everything or A movie theater in Ann Arbor Mi (ceremony) & Reception @ UM or a new by Hotel (reception). But I just can’t see myself doing a big wedding, I already got what I wanted a simple ceremony just the two of us taking ten minutes and diner at Chili’s afterwards.

Post # 26
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

$45,000 – That included venue in Southern California, DIY decor, food and open bar for 140 people, photobooth, 2 photographers, DJ, DOC, hair and make up for myself, 8 bridesmaids, and my mom, half the cost of each bridesmaid’s dress, suits for each groomsman, flowers, bridemaid and groomsmen gifts, parent gifts, honeymoon, wedding dress, DH suit, welcome bags for guests at the hotel, 3 nights at hotel,shuttle from hotel to venue and back, day after wedding brunch, basically EVERYTHING! lol 






Post # 27
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Just over $20k in New Zealand dollars. That does not include the honeymoon.

Post # 28
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MrsN14:  Yes! are keeping ours under 15k for 180-200 people in NJ 25 mins out of the city. I get the deal’s! There is no way I’m paying over 20k for a wedding! 

Post # 29
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am proud to say that it’ll end up costing less than $13k in the San Francisco Bay Area, without having to resort to a cake-and-punch or backyard BBQ reception (although there’s nothing wrong with those kinds of receptions; just not my thing).

That’s for about 130 people, and with my Future Mother-In-Law doing our flowers and centerpieces with expensive silks, not fresh flowers. 


Post # 30
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@fzesguer:  That’s VERY impressive for your area! I hope you post pics and maybe money-saving tips, you’re a champ.

Post # 31
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@AmyFarrahFowler:  Out of curiousity, would you mind sharing the budget without rings and honeymoon included? I’m about to move to NYC this week and I have a budget but I’m interested to know what other NYC brides are doing.

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