Post # 1
I was wondering how everyone was given their budget and if you had to pay any portion of it? Also, if you dont mind sharing what that amount is?
I was given a certain amount I was given by my parents is $10,000 for everything and while I wish it was more i am greatful that i have that. PArt of me just wants to elope and save it but the bigger part of me knows I will regret not having something.
So far we were able to find a beautiful nice unique venue own by the city so it is more affordable, but after seeing fees for photographers, caterers, rentals, etc I am feeling stressed and dont want to go into debt.
Although I am trying to keep it under $12,000.
Post # 3
oh and did you get a budget or your parents or whoever just let you plan it and tell them how much you need?
Post # 4
I am hoping to spend no more than $10K-15K but hopefully less. My parents did offer me some money but that was a few years ago, and I am probably going to turn them down if they offer again (so they don’t have any standing to complain or any strings to pull). I have an idea how much it will cost to host a wedding in the style I’d like, and how much fits my current income and savings.
Post # 5
My parents also gave us 10k, and then each of us are pitching in another 5k. The hardest thing has been reminding each other we can’t go out to eat as much as we usually like to.
Post # 6
FI’s parents found us a venue and are paying for that and the food and the cake.
My parents are paying for most of my dress and our wedding night hotel room.
Fiance and I are covering the rest.
It’s all about $2,000 (half of that is the wedding bands)
Post # 7
I was given a budget of 5k from my parents, and they said anything over would be discussed to see itf they would be willing to pay for it. My dad kept saying to take the money and run but like you I knew I would regret not having the wedding I always dreamed of. I ended up betweeen 8k and 9k and was able to do and get pretty much everything I wanted/ had envisioned to make it what we wanted. Out of that we probably paid for about 1k and my parents paid the rest. It was a sqeeze and VERY hard to do, and took A LOT of time to find things in our budget but it all worked out and was well worth it. South Florida can be very pricey…where are you located? Good Luck with planning!
Post # 8
Our budget is $17K. My parents offered $5k and his parents offered $7k (they did say if we needed more they could do alittle more). We are paying for the balance.
Post # 9
my parents paid for the dj leaving everything else to us we are trying to do it all for under 6,000 i had to cut a lot of things out of my day in order to stay within budget
Post # 10
We paid for everything on our own. We never even considered asking our families for money. If you’d like to see our breakdown, you can find it here.
Post # 11
my budget is £4000, i will be having the wedding of my dreams, just with a lot of diy but i am very crafty so i’m looking forward to it tbh, £2000 of this has been kindly offered by my parents and to me that is far to much…. but my dad insisted as he gave my brothers all £1000 for their weddings, my mum has offered to match this, i am really greatful for this, i will be saving up after the wedding to get them something/ or take them somewhere, to thank them for this. my oldest brother has offered to pay for my cars as i asked him to drive me to the church and he said no, but i will pay for your car, again very grateful for this, my fmil&fil have offered to pay for the cake, my two adult bridesmaids have offered to pay for their own dresses, my other brothers have offered to pay for something as a pre-wedding gift.
i am overwhelmed with there generosity and thoughtfulness, we have been wanting to get married for a long time but life got in the way, they are so happy for us.
it all came after a conversation with some of them saying i would love to get married but could never afford, and they just started saying i could do this and i will pay for this.
we will raise the rest between now and dec 2012, in a way i already have the wedding of my dreams because our wonderful families have made the dream of even getting married come true.
Post # 12
Our budget was around 12k (probably more, but my horror of the cost of it all makes my mind block the exact figure), and I regret spending that amount. My husband and I would have been happy just having family and us go to a nice restaurant to celebrate as we were already legally married at the time.
Post # 13
Great info, thank you all!!
I am located in Fort Lauderdale. I found a reasonable priced venue, live band. But now I am having a hard time wrapping my head around a photogrpher for 2 one them for 6-8 hours is $2,500. That is like 1/3 of my budget, then the caterere is going to be about 3-4K.
I am trying to not have many flowers and also make many things but how do you figure out which vendors to use that are in budget??
Post # 14
Originall my Fiance and I wanted to elope because we thought the cost of weddings were ridiculous and we just wanted to be married without the hassle. Then my parents got involved and started talking about their dreams, next thing I know we’re planning a $20,000 wedding! My parent’s are giving us $15,000 which I think is unecessary, but they insist. My Fiance and I will cover the rest. My FI’s two sets of parents haven’t offered a dime, and I highly doubt they will, but we’ll see as the planning continues.
Post # 15
I am trying to understand it all also. I am so not a traditional person and I plan events for a living so weddings at hotels with the norm are not me.
I am trying to understand how couples/parents can afford all of this in this economy? Is it that couples feel that this is something very important having an expensive wedding that going into debt is necessary like buying a car?
Like I only want to spend no more than 500 on a dress and would rather use that money for my honeymoon or a downpayment on a house.
Just trying to understand.
Post # 16
My budget is around 7000. I’m paying for the wedding all by myself, no help from Fiance lol, because he has major loans to pay back, so I’m not upset. But really, I’m living a lot without and it kind of sucks. I’m just glad I’ve managed to spend over three thousand already. =]