(Closed) Total cost of wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 32
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4945 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

$4-$5k including honeymoon, but we’re “eloping”.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@PromiseRooster:  Thanks 😀

Honestly, it helps that 2 of my major vendors are family or friends of the family, so I’m saving a combined total $8k on photography and videography, had I chosen their cheapest packages.

Future Father-In-Law also works at a print shop, so I’m pretty sure our invites are free (nothing fancy, but hey, still free).

Dress was only $407, alterations will be less than $100 (for hemming, taking in, etc.), so I got super lucky, finding this dress shop.

Oh, and no alcohol, since we’re religious in that way. That’s some huge savings right there.

Other than that, I just cut out a lot of unnecessary elements, like a limo, a proper photobooth (we’ll just have someone take pics and we’ll send the prints out with our thank you notes), etc.

Also, it helps that our chapel & minister don’t charge us anything, and we stumbled on an all-inclusive reception venue for $6k for 130 people. Food, rentals, even DJ!

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I honestly have no idea what the total amount is, but our venue (including food & drinks) is a minimum spend of $22,000 so that’s where it all starts!  My parents are paying, and have totally clammed up at any attempt of mine to set some sort of budget and so we’re just taking things on a case-by-case basis.  Considering my dress is $5000, and our photographer is $3500 (we’re paying for that) I have a sinking feeling this could easily end up on the $40-50,000 scale.  The thought of that much money being spent gives me the heeby jeebies, but at the same time every time we give my parents cheaper options for things they just tell me to go with my first choice.  I’m/we’re extremely spoilt!  (and incredibly grateful)

Post # 35
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Right around $10k. We did a Friday wedding and negotiated with the venue to get the 2012 minimum ($5k). We hit that no problem with the room rental (+tables/chairs/staff/etc.), food, drinks, dessert, and only went a little over after the final guest count. The ceremony was inexpensive, decor was all DIY. Photography was inexpensive, as well (we booked her before her prices went up and got a referral discount, as well). My dress was ~$700, accessories were DIY. Flowers Mother-In-Law purchased from FiftyFlowers, and had a florist friend of hers put them together using accents that she purchased/I made. I DIYed all of our paper goods (STDs, invitation suite, menus, etc.) and had them printed through Vistaprint using Groupons; for 80 STDs, invitations, RSVP cards, reception info cards, and thank you cards, I think we paid about $70.

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ours was about $35k. That includes everything – flights, honeymoon, both wedding rings, food, drinks, venue, my dress and accessories, his suit, gifts for Bridal Party and parents, favors, etc, etc, etc

 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

We ended up spending close to 100K FJD (roughly 50K USD).

We paid for all our guests accomodation though (Destination wedding).

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I havent added everything up yet, but probably 40k-45k, not including the honeymoon. 

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

About 16.5k, excluding rings and honeymoon. 160 people, 3 days of events.

So worth it – still basking in all the fun!!!

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

34K including our honeymoon and everything…were having 150 ppl, a sit down dinner, and are only doing open bar for the wedding party and parents.  Is it me or are wedddings way more expensive in the New England area errr?

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@countrychic24:  It’s about 10k, but thats not really counting all the little things that I have bought here and there through out the year and 1/2!

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re having our wedding in Vegas, and spending roughly $22K, including my 2 dresses and flights and whatnot, for 22 guests. But that cost also includes our staying there for 5 days, so I guess that’s honeymoon included, and then we are also paying for our photographer’s flight and hotel.

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Right now our budget is at appx 13k, not including my ring and honeymoon. Our guest list is at appx 150.   I am hoping we can come in under that but our estimated expenses are really modest amounts.  So far the cheapest venue (including catering) we can find accounts for half that.  we dont have the option of an outdoor wedding because it may rain.  We are also planning on trying to cut costs by purchasing my dress through a consignment shop or a place in our area that sells dresses at a fraction of the cost and proceeds benefit breast cancer, by limiting the bar to beer, wine and may be one signature drink, by using a DJ for the reception but having recorded music for ceremony, etc.  Currently I’m trying to find centerpiece ideas.  I love fresh flowers but we have appx 20-25 tables to decorate and the cheapest quote I can get from a florist is $15.00 per centerpiece…. not a bad price but all adds up so quickly 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Including honeymoon but not including dress or rings- $487
Including rings and dress- Around $1700. 

I cannot say it enough, eloping was the best choice we made!

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our wedding (including wedding bands, dress, tux, ANYTHING wedding related) went from $10,00 to $15,000 and then ended up around $25,000…

 

Things really add up !!!Frown

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@adoc86:  I feel for you.  We’re only having 33 guests and I think we’re at 12K?  And that’s not including the honeymoon or my ring.  *puke*.  But I’m sure it will be worth it!

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