(Closed) Wedding budget!!! please help

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much are you spending for your wedding( including dress, cake, food, venue, etc.)

    under $5,000

    $ 5-10,000

    $10- 15,000

    $15,000- 20,000

    $20- 25,000



    over $50,000

  • Post # 32
    2183 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I would call around (and google) some potential venues, DJs and photographers (and caterers if not included in venue) to get a general idea of the cost of these things in your area. Take that info to your parents, along with an idea of a cost for your dress.

    Personally, we spent about 17,000 for 70 people (we honestly didn’t track the spending… if we had it, we knew we could spend it). We paid for the whole thing ourselves, after saving for a year. 

    There have been Bees with beautiful weddings for less than your budget, but it is a challenge. If it were me, I would cut the guest list, as feeding folks is always the most expensive part of the night.

    Post # 33
    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I WISH i could have kept our expenses to around 7500, but we went up to closer to 12K. thankfully our honeymoon was only another $1200 on top of that.

    If you don’t want 100 people at your wedding, then DON’T. Get some numbers and show your parents, to explain why it’s not feasible with that budget. like another bee posted above, I kept our per head cost down to $42 each by not serving dinner, and having appys and desserts only, and limited bar (cash bar for the rest of the evening). Some brides (and their parents) were be aghast at my decisions, but we wanted more people to come, and not break the bank. and everyone had a fabulous time.

    that said, if you want a sit down dinner, with an open bar, then you’re looking at a per head cost of $100 or more, depending is it catered? or is family cooking? I don’t know your style at all, but where I’m from, low-key potluck backyard weddings happen. and people love them.

    get a used dress, on one on sale (mine was $225). don’t spend a ton on decor (I stole some hydrangeas from around the neighbourhood, hee hee!), and don’t go for all the extras like limos, paying for all your BMs to go to salon, etc. In fact, having a very small bridal party will save you money for sure.

    food and drink and venue rental usually costs the most, then photography. so do your best to plan within your budget, and stay there. Then, when you get cash gifts for the wedding, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and able to use the money for your honeymoon or future, not paying off the debt.

    good luck!


    Post # 34
    2692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    It can be done, you just have to research harder and longer to find venues and vendors in your price range.

    Your budget would be like hitting the jackpot for me.  I am having my 150 guest wedding with a full meal for less than $5000.  I know it does depend on where you live but there should be off the track type venues that fit your budget.  

    Post # 35
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We’re spending 15,600.00 for 50 people at the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, HI. It will essentially be a fancy dinner party (no DJ, photobooth, etc)


    Post # 36
    4149 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We have 150 guests and are spending around $50k. I’m sure you can make it work for whatever price range you are trying to achieve…it just will take some research.

    Post # 37
    22 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    we were aiming for 10k and will be slightly over, with about 90-100 guests, in a small town outside NYC. It’s very nontraditional – no bartender, buffet style dinner, a raw space we have to decorate ourselves, an outdoor ceremony on the same site as the reception, with a friend officiating, iTunes instead of a DJ – you get the idea. Almost half the cost is food ($50pp). If you want a DJ, a bartender, table service dinner, and other more traditional reception features, you’ll want to cut your guest list #. But everything is possible if you’re creative and not concerned about stuff being fancy. These people did a wedding for $2000! http://2000dollarwedding.com/

    Post # 38
    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    so FH and I are paying for it all. Our budget is 10-15k. We are inviting 100 people. It is at the botanical gardens May 2013

    Post # 39
    25 posts
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We’re on the East Coast, our absolute MAX budget is 10k, and we’re inviting 100 people.  Having really amazing food was important to us, so we’re having the reception at a really nice place in a suburb about a half hour from downtown, rather than in the city.  We found a ceremony venue that is free (a really pretty city park), we’re making our own cake and desserts, skipping favors, skipping limos, skipping flowers, and DIYing simple centerpeices.  It can be done, you just have to put in the time to find alternatives to the more expensive options so frequently advertised.

    Post # 40
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014


    I’m getting married in 2014 and my Fiance and I don’t want to spend more than 10K. I am doing a lot of research trying to find affordable venues because we’ll have about 150 guests, and I’m still working on cutting down the list. 

    I found this company that caters and they also have a list of the venues where they cater. I hope this helps. If you find anything cheaper please shareTongue Out.



    Post # 41
    31 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are having about 70 guests and our budget is $8k, although it’ll probably end up being closer to the $9k mark.

    Our biggest expenses were the venue ($2300 – but that includes a bar tab), photographer ($2k), and flowers. ($1k) Our venue is just naturally lovely, so not much in the way of decor needs to happen – and the ceremony + reception are being held there. I could have DIY’d more stuff to save a little cash, but I’m not that crafty of a person and I just didn’t have time.

    We saved a little money by deciding to have a bbq dinner instead of a traditional meal, and opted out of renting a dj. We’re just gonna play some ipod playlists. Our wedding is in the afternoon and will be over by 9pm, which helped too – the venue gave us a better rate because we’d be out early.


    Post # 42
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    At the moment, the plan is 100 for the main meal, and up to 200 for the afterparty and evening buffet. The budget is 6,000GBP (9,000USD). I am doing most of it myself, and Fiance and I are paying for it by ourselves.

    I must be mad….

    Post # 43
    2898 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    15k – 20k but I am only having 28 guests so it’s much easier to stick to budget.

    Post # 44
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Me and my Fiance are spending about $75,000 but getting married in a beach front venue in NYC. The venue is quite pricey but includes all the food, a wedding cake, top shelp liquor, valet and many other things so i felt that it justified the cost. NYC wedding are considerably more expensive just because of location and surrounding communities. 

    Post # 45
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Also we are having between 150-200 guests 

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