(Closed) Wedding Budget: Real vs. Actual (with Poll)

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: What is your wedding budget?

    Less than $5,000

    $5,001 - $15,000

    $15,001 - $25,000

    $25,001 - $50,000

    Over $50,000

  • Post # 2
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    2966 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We haven’t finished everything yet, but our initial number that we threw out was $20,000 and right now we’re pretty close. I think we will likely hit around $25,000 when all is said and done. (We didn’t really budget like we should have.  We kind of said “This is what we want, lets make it happen for as little $$$ as we can manage)

    Currently our reception (venue, decorations, food, alcohol, DJ) is looking like it is going to cost around $15,000.

    Flowers/Florist $1000

    Photographer $3000

    Gifts and Favours $1000

    Attire $1000

    Church/Ceremony $750

     

    Edited to add, we are in Manitoba, and we are expecting 125-150 guests.

    Post # 3
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    1569 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We aren’t done yet, but it looks like we’ll be staying around our budget of $10,000 for the wedding. We set a pretty low (for our area) budget, because we want to have an insane honeymoon. To make this budget work, we are going to Canada (about a 2 hour drive for our guests) since the exchange rate is in our favor.

    Venue (includes rental, catering, and open bar) – $8,000
    Dress – $650
    Décor (so far) – $250
    Photographer – $800
    DJ – $400
    Photobooth – $400

    Total: $10,500

    Post # 4
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    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I voted 15-25k. We initially had a budget of 10k, which I quickly realized was going to be next to impossible in Los Angeles for 150 guests. We bumped it up to 20K, but are now at 25K and will be probably end up at around 27K, not including honeymoon. This gives me the sweats lol.

    Post # 6
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    47 posts
    Newbee

    we are having a destination wedding in mexico and budgeted $15k, we are now at about $30k not including honeymoon. destination weddings arent always cheaper!

    Post # 7
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    165 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Initial budget (for 85 people): $25,000

    Final cost: $25,900 🙂

     

    However, this was only the amount that my parents paid for. DH’s parents paid an additional $3k for alcohol and $2k for rehearsal dinner, so the real total (not including rings or honeymoon) was about $31k.

    Post # 8
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    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Beautiful place.

    Mine was 70k, original budget was 25k.. Didn’t happen! Weddings are very expensive. We had 230 invited, 130 made it to the wedding.

    it was well spent money but.. I wish we had gone under budget. 

    Post # 9
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    4565 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    We were given a budget of $31k by my parents and it’s been very very difficult to stay within it! I’m in the DC area for reference, so everything is really expensive. We are hoping to cut our guest list from 150 to 120-130 since catering and alcohol are a huge chunk of our budget. I’m sure we will end up spending a little bit more from our savings and we are saving to pay for the honeymoon and Rehearsal Dinner, which I’m expecting will be another $6-10k. My sister threw her wedding with $20k and had money leftover (not in DC) and I have no idea how she did it.

    Post # 10
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    244 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    With 80 guests and in a major city, our budget is $30K. Before we started planning, I thought we’d be able to do it for $15K, but quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen.

    Post # 11
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    766 posts
    Busy bee

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    mkebride2016:  We stayed right at our budget, and two things helped with that: first, our budget was a somewhat researched number.  I think people will throw out a number that they think seems like what a wedding should cost, and then go way over budget when they realize what the costs can be.  Second, I was obsessive over our budget spreadsheet.  When we went over in one area, I found ways to cut back elsewhere.  I think if I hadn’t been so on top of it, our $40k wedding EASILY could have turned into a $50k one without really being any nicer.

    Post # 12
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    2757 posts
    Sugar bee

    We went to the first meeting with our planner with an initial budget of 80K.

    Based on everything we wanted, she calculated our wedding would cost 100K so we increased the budget to 100K.

    I have a feeling we will be going over that. 

    Post # 13
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    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Our budget is 10K (not including honeymoon). We are house shopping right now….so we can’t put all our money in a wedding. 

    Post # 14
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Boston, MA here- we’re having our wedding just outside the city (20-25min drive) so things are slightly [read barely] cheaper.

    Original budget idea was $15k (we’re having under 100 people- count will probably come out around 85) but that ended up being the cost of our venue/caterer. We still haven’t booked everything else but we’ve added photographer and entertainment to that list and we’re already over $20k. All in all we’re thinking this will top out around $30 – $35k. 

    Some of my friends are having much larger weddings (150+ guests) compared to ours and those will be downtown- getting a little worried for them after see what ours is costing!

    Post # 15
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    773 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

    DH wanted to spend $12,000. I knew it would be closer to $15,000. We actually paid $15,500ish including our rings (not counting engagement ring) and not including honeymoon (about $4000). We had approx. 80 guests but had to pay for 85 as the venue had a minimum requirement. We were also given money from each of our parents to help pay for the wedding, which was appreciated 🙂

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