(Closed) Wedding Budget

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2006

We are trying very very hard to stick to the budget.  I’m guessing we will go about 10% over our budget.  I think it’s easy to get caught up in what other people are doing and want to start changing everything.   

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

We set our original budget at 5000. Yes no typo… that is five thousand. After getting quotes and really deciding what we felt was important, we decided that we could go to 6500, but not a penny more than that!

Post # 5
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2006

I’m right there with you, our budget is $4000.  If I have to I’ll go up to $5000 but I am trying really really hard not to.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Ours was originally $16000.  However, I think we are going to go over due to the purchase of my gown.  I suppose if I did not buy a Justina Mccaffrey dress, we would right on target!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My Father-In-Law are covering the cost of the reception, but I’m covering the rest of the expenses. Originally my budget was $25,000 but looks like I’m going to be over that by a few thousand dollars.  

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Forgot to mention that our guest list is 500 which is why the ridiculous budget.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

During my own planning process I found reading about real bride’s wedding budgets (on weddingbee or theknot) extremely helpful. We had set a budget of $10,000 for our recent October wedding. Soon I hope to put together a "Real Wedding" entry for Mrs. Bee and hopefully that will help everyone! 🙂

Merry Christmas! 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

in this case, i hope that my budget of $35K for 400 guests was over estimating on my case.  I was so afraid that it would end up $40K. 

Post # 11
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112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I hope the budgets are varied by regions?  When I was doing my research I was finding estimates about $35K-$50K for the average wedding costs.  I’m starting at $30K but looks like I might be over about $5-7K (including 20% tips that all the venues and vendors add on).

Post # 12
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33 posts
Newbee

We have to be under $10k for our ~200 guests.  We’re footing the bill for the majority of the wedding so we’re feeling every dollar that goes out!

Post # 13
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161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

that’s so true vivian, i’m in socal and i have not heard of weddings for less..we’re paying for all of it, and we’re hurting!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2007

we kept it simple and footed our own bill. small and elegant for 50 people ran us $3500.  not including wedding rings, another $4500.  and our week long trip to key west was another $5000.

we kept it personal and used a local park instead of a hall, my childhood pastor, an old art teacher did our calligraphy, i’d known our harpist since i was a little girl, etc.  their services were gifts to us and we were so glad to have them a part of our very special day.

Post # 15
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We’re hosting a wedding for 90 guests for a budget of $25,000… yes that’s pretty high per guest.  We’ve been lucky that our parents/grandparents have offered generously to cover various parts of the cost.  We expect to come in under budget by $4000 and use that money for the honeymoon and any leftover for a house downpayment.  I think if you have a very small budget I can understand going over, but if you have a budget of at least $10,000, try to keep the budget in mind when making purchases and you won’t go over.  I know it sounds easier said than done by someone with a larger budget, but I could easily cut back a lot in several categories if it had been necessary to do so.  Try not to get too wrapped up in other people’s ideas – just because something is beautiful doesn’t meant your wedding won’t be if you skip it.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I also found the Real Budgets helpful! Seriously, though, we originally planned on having a small East Coast wedding of 35 people. Since then, we’ve doubled both our original budget and our guest list! There were relatives we didn’t know we had, and then extra nice things (like…FOOD, for instance) which became important as planning went on.

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