Post # 32
I’m a Vancouver bride, and originally, our budget was 8k – until we started looking and booking! Now it’s sitting comfortably around 22K (comfortably because both sets of parents, and us, are splitting the tab).
Post # 33
All these ginourmous budgets make me very happy I didn’t get married in my hometown of Fairfax (suburb of DC) – I never really though about how different the budget may have been!!! Even though my Mom paid for everything – I’m glad we could keep our budget low-ish.
I used $10,000 as my guideline. I took the budget % chart from the knot and plugged in a couple numbers – and came up with this as a very reasonable goal for our area. I ended up being 20% under. We definitely saved money in areas like photography (gift from friend), preacher (family friend), music (family friend), flowers (only needed bouquet for me and MOH)… but I also splurged on things like invitations ($15/each), favors ($6/each).
This budget did not include wedding bands ($200), honeymoon ($6500), or the rooms at the B&B ($4000). We ended up booking the entire B&B for all three nights. We wanted our entire immediate families to stay there with us and it was pricey so my mom paid most of that bill to offset the cost for our siblings.
Maybe one of these day’s I’ll put my spreadsheets to good use and make a Real Budget too 🙂
Post # 34
wow, i am so amazed at the budgets here comparing other states to NY. Why is NY so much higher? Argh! Our budget was originally $50,000 (inviting 350+ people). Its probably now more like $80,000K. so we are over by 40%. yikes!
Post # 35
Dallas is expensive, too. We were fortunate to have my parents give us $25k to do with what we will; whether or not we stick with that budget depends on how many guests RSVP, since catering is a huge factor.
Post # 36
Thank you for everyone’s contributions! After reading everyone’s response, I feel a LOT better that we’re not the only ones that blew our budget out of the water as far as our original number was. 🙂
We also splurged on venue and photographer. I originally said we didn’t want a videographer but now we’re hiring one, so that is a new line item on our budget spreadsheet.
If we were to throw a wedding at a traditional Chinese restaurant, we would be having this wedding for 1/6 of the total budget! Of course, silly me and my anti-traditional thing in this regard.
Post # 37
Bump to go along with the other budget thread, though this one seems to be mostly more $$ =)
Post # 38
we’re havin 2 weddings… our hawaii wedding is hovering around 6K, but it will probably end up being 8K
our church wedding and formal reception was around 80K, but since we had to move it again (church annulement taking longer than we thought), it’ll probably be 90K since we just blew a wad on invites with the wrong date and we decided to change our reception venue (TG!!) from the yucky and stiff hotel ballroom to a gorgeous venue in the marina that’s more "us"… so we lost $2K (deposit) on that.. but all in all, we’re cool with the changes… plus i bought yet another dress for 2009 wedding (cant have too many options right??)
Post # 39
We’re having a 40 person destination wedding but paying for 4 days of events and parties for our guests. And I’ll just say that our budget DOUBLED. We had what most would consider fairly high budget to begin with but didn’t realize the costs involved with a wedding. That said, Fiance and I didn’t really scale back too much. We wanted to have the best we could for this one day in our lives. So the budget just grew and grew.
On a smaller but related scale we had an at home reception party type thing in NYC. We thought we could do it for 5K. It was actually around 20K. That was MORE than double. Again, we didn’t do what some of these bees have mentioned when trying to realistically set a budget. We just came up with an arbitrary number and then just spent anyway. NOT a good system. I do not recommend!
Post # 40
Wow, I’m not good with my budgeting for this wedding. Added up all the major things to about $10. The rest hurts. A $150 veil, I have to pay for 1 bridesmaids dress and my flower girl (our kids) so add $400, flower girl basket, shoes, ect. I just hope I could make it through to May.
My venue in northeast PA is a heck of a lot cheaper than all of you. We are paying $46 per person, including upper level alcohol. Price ranges in my area are $35-$150. We have a smaller place that serves excellent food, so I think we got a good deal.
I am splurging for a photographer at $2k. I am so surpised at what it costs some of you. I hope you make a lot more than we do!! The other post with the calculation as a percentage of earnings seems to be a lot more reliable.
So, all you New Yorkers, make it a PA destination wedding and go first class all the way for a quarter or what you are paying!!!!! Gosh, at those prices you may be able to rent an entire resort! LOL
Post # 41
Our budget is $1500 and we’re sticking to it fairly well with a lot of DIY. It’s easy to get carried away with nice paper and ribbon and other details though!
Post # 42
Our budget is $20K and I think we’re still on track.
That includes: A destination wedding in the Bahamas with 30 guests, All attire for me, groom, 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 2 mothers, 2 ringbearers and a flowergirl (we paid for everyone), rings (not engagement ring), spa day for 10 girls on wedding day, at-home reception for 120, honeymoon in Disney (1 week).
Post # 43
I live in Socal and I have between 90-100 guests coming. My budget was orginally 25k, but, that doesn’t get you much down here! So it’s more like 35k now…we did splurge on photography and food…and my Fiance decided to hire a videographer that shoots film.
Post # 44
our budget is $40k for about 100 ppl in san francisco (read $$$$). and i’ve def had to cut corners~ our biggest splurge will the place + food which will be about $25k. so far we’re still within our budget. my fiance is an accountant (he’s militant about staying within budget!) and we even have a little bit of cushion so we’re about 7.5% under budget as of right now. and we’re paying for everything- including (i just found out) the rehearsal dinner. but if you include the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon to the budget (which we didnt) we’ll probably end up spending about $52k.
Post # 45
My wedding is in the suburbs of NYC and my budget is about 40-45K not including the honeymoon which is a gift from my FI’s parents. We’re having 130-150 guests. It seems like a lot of money, but I don’t feel like we’re either splurging or skimping on anything. All of vendors are pretty much in the median cost range in our area. LOL NY may be expensive, but I’ve grown up here and absolutely love it. I couldn’t have my wedding anywhere else
Post # 46
Our original budget was 20K, and we will probably end up closer to 28K. Guest list is at about 130 invited, and we are located between Philly and NYC, so a nice expensive area (especially compared to Georgia, where we lived for years). I think we are very middle of the road generally–I really saved on things like invites ($100 total), but we are paying 3K for our photographer (which I consider pricey).