(Closed) Wedding Finances are a scary thing.

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 2
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

littlepinkring:  I think you are right to prioritize photography. I think you could DEF have saved on decorations. 1000 dollars? Seems really high especially for a 36 person wedding ( not a lot of tables ect) and the grooms suit also sound steep ( maybe he could rent and save a few hundred dollars)

Otherwise, weddings man! They add up! I wouldnt cut catering costs personally as people will remember your food ( your at 63 dollars a head which isn’t awful) but you probably could.


Post # 3
13704 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, I think paying $5,000 for 2 photographers and 2 videographers for a wedding of 36 guests is incredibly high, and not an amount I would have considered paying (and I got married in downtown DC).  The rest of your costs seem reasonable. 

We spent the most on food, because that’s what guests really care about.  After that, we spent the 2nd most on photography, since that’s all you really have after the wedding.  I don’t regret any of my costs.

Post # 5
4249 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Your photographer cost is crazy high.  Just think, that is almost HALF of your budget.  I get it, you want great pictures…but I got great pictures with two photographers and paid $2000.  I’ll bet you could find someone for a lot cheaper and just as good.

Post # 6
2318 posts
Buzzing bee

The bulk of my cost are for the venue and food, followed by photography/video then DJ, entertainment and lighting.  I made a few sacrafices such as: I cut my dress and attire budget in half,  Im DIYing -STD, Invites, Favors, Floral, Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts, and all Decor.  Im going a nontraditional route with the cake to save $.  

Post # 8
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We spent the most on food.  That was the most important thing to us, aside from the venue.  It just so happens that the venue fees weren’t all that expensive. It was only like $1300.00 for the venue. We had a small wedding.  It was a daytime, brunch affair.  We ended up paying for 70ish people, and I think our expense for food was about $4000.00. Honestly, its been a almost a year and I don’t quite remember that figure, so give or take a few hundred. Truth be told, I don’t really feel like we splurged all that much on food, we just wanted to provide a decent meal, and we did.  Everything else was  cheaper though, and we didn’t care nearly as much about other stuff. Our photography was around $1500.00. I think we payed around $250.00 for the dj, and the same for the officiant. My makeup only costed about $50.00 or $60.00. I got my dress under budget for just under $300.00. (I think I made a post previously with an account of everying.)

In total we spent $12,000 on the wedding, which was exactly on budget.  We couldn’t afford to go over, because that would cut into our honeymoon money, and the honeymoon right after was extremely important to us. We only had $3000.00 to spend on the honeymoon, so we needed to keep the wedding on budget.

Post # 9
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I just looked at what we still have left to buy too. I thought we were in a good place, but with two months to go there still a lot  to get done!

catering is going to be our biggest charge, about half our Budget. rentals for table and chairs were more than I thought and we have a band playing for the ceremony and cocktail hour. 

we got a deal with a super great photographer for our area, just under 2k so that stretched our photo budget. my younger brother is going to film the ceremony and walk around with a video camera XD no budget for a videographer but I prefer the feel of home videos anyway.


Post # 10
266 posts
Helper bee

I wouldn’t beat yourself up too much. Obv people are advising on money youve already spent so realistically, not much you can do. Just think: if you’d compromised on your photog/video team, and you ended up w sub par pics/video after all was said and done, would you be able to have another wedding? Nope! You’re stuck! Makes sense to pay extra to ensure you’re gonna be happy. I thought we were doing great on the wedding and I even upgraded our photo video team. I put everything in excel and realized we’re already over $17,000. Yikes!! That being said, we are making sure we stick to our savings plan and will have the wedding paid for in full before we get married. That’s kind of all you can do tho…plan for the best, spend what you can, and rest assured that you’ll have the best day ever 🙂

Post # 11
3101 posts
Sugar bee

One week out, and little costs are still popping up. But were also picking up stuff for our honeymoon too, so it’s a mixed bag. It’ll be okay, when all is said and done, you won’t have any regrets!

Post # 12
5884 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

littlepinkring:  It’s so true that when you look at all the numbers together it’s a little overwhelming!

I’m pretty happy with the way way we spent money.  We had a clear idea of waht matterd to us and what didn’t.  My general tendancy is to be a little too cheap, but I think I overcame that and added in a few memorable extras.  I did spend an insane amount on photography…but I think it was worth it.  The pics are great.

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