(Closed) Wedding Budgets

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: What is your budget?

    $5,000 or less

    $5,000 - $10,000

    $10,000 - $15,000

    $15,000 - $20,000

    $20,000 - $25,000

    $25,000 - $30,000

    $30,000 - $35,000

    $35,000 - $40,000

    $40,000 - $50,000

  • Post # 47
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

    @mnevans:  (hrph). we wanted to do $6000, but turned out to be close to $10,000. PLOOP!

    Post # 48
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    Helper bee

    @Glorificous:  I also set out to spend only $5000 but now my budget is at $8000 or so, will likely be $9k, maybe max 10k after all is said and done. I could have done it cheaper but I didn’t want to self-cater or do a cash bar… So I’ve come to terms with my budget knowing this is going to be a fabulous event and look like a much more expensive wedding than what actually will be. Plus, a lot of our friends and family always give cash at weddings so I know we won’t take a huge financial hit from it. 

    This budget includes everything except for rings which will cost about $600-$1000 (my logic is that we would get them anyway, even if we elope, so that’s why I didn’t include them in the budget)

    Post # 49
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We are already at the $54,000 mark, not including e-rings, wedding bands, honeymoon, or our attire. This is actually good for a wedding in my area. I know it sounds crazy but 300+ guests and a good time costs!!!

    Post # 50
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I am trying to not go over the $50,000 mark.  ‘I’ because I am basically doing all the planning.  That is the normal price for the amount of guests – 350guests.  The stuff already booked and stuff left to get, getting quotes and everything – I think Im on target.  Already saved up for the wedding since we are paying for everything.  To reduce the cost, I have to reduce the guests because the other costs is normal pricing for a small or large wedding and stuff that you still need in any budget wedding (dress, photography, transport).  Oh and this is NOT including engagement ring and honeymoon.  Basically, the catering is the thing that is eating the budget – which is going to cost us half the budget at $25,000 (not including an open bar).  That is why I said, that to reduce the cost, I have to reduce the guest list which is very hard to do since there are 2 large families, and Future Mother-In-Law wants some “friends” and Id better pay than stay bitter the rest of my life with her!

     

     

     

    Post # 51
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    25,000 not including honeymoon for somewhere between 85-100ppl. 

    Post # 52
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I think £1000 ($1660ish) is the max I’d spend.

    About £300 ($499) on the ceremony and marriage license, which would be the min we would have to pay. I know my shoes cost £150 ($249), say £100 ($166) for a dress and another £100 ($166) for OH’s suit. We are having a very intimate wedding so no bridesmaids, invitations, STD, fancy dinner or anything to pay for. I don’t care about flowers but a bouquet would probably cost £25 ($41). Getting friends to photograph us so no photographer needed. 

    Then going for a meal after at a pub which usually costs us £30 ($49). After all that it leaves us with roughly £300 ($499) for wedding rings. 

    VERY cheap wedding compared to you guys but we are leaving out a lot of things most weddings have.

    Post # 53
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Everything together (including ring and honeymoon) will be maybe $48K. About $35K of that is being covered by us, the rest gifted by parents/family. To give it some perspective, fiance and I are in our early 30s, make about $130K combined, and came into our relationship debt free except for his mortgage and with pretty solid savings. It’s a lot, but not really a stretch for us.

    Post # 54
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Ours is working out to about $20k including rings and honeymoon for 180 people or so. I’m proud of that budget because it adds up quickly! We’re paying for the wedding up front (nothing on credit) thanks to saving this past year and contributions from both of our parents (worked out to be almost even between all 3 sets of us – Fiance and I, Future In-Laws and my parents).

    Post # 55
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    started at 35-40k, now it’s looking more like 45-50K for 150, not including rehearsal dinner, rings and honeymoon…. yowza…

    Post # 56
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Final total was $1500 for 50 guests. Under my original goal of $2000, so I’m happy.

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

    @Kazza:  yeah; that was the basis of our UP’ed budget: not wanting to self-cater and such. we decided to have a caterer and open bar; actually allow it to be a carefree celebration (within a moderate/doable budget i guess)

    Post # 58
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We should come in just under 70K. I know that sounds crazy but in this area its about what everyone spends. We are having 225 people and live in Northern NJ.

    Post # 59
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We are having 175 guests and spending about $10,000.  We are doing a dinner reception in the hall of a hotel.  We cut out things like place cards and favors so the budget is going to the venue, food, alcohol, cake, decorations, and attire.  We are doing DIY centerpieces to save money.  This budget does not include rings or honeymoon.  My parents are paying for the wedding and Fiance and I paid for our rings and honeymoon separately.

     

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee

    $7k, including attire, his ring, and honeymoon. Will hopefully come in under budget!

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