(Closed) Weddings $30,000 + What are you spending your money on most?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011


I have the same budget as you but i’ll probably be spending it differently.  Yes- the LARGE majority of my budget is going to the reception venue/catering and alcohol.  Right now that is totaling around 17,000 for me- but I’m inviting 280 people.  The room rental was $1800 but they required me to use their catering.  Catering and fees are what got me even with me bringing my own alcohol (thank god!). What are you spending for the reception?  I feel like I’ve overspent there a lot

My budget is really different from most, so take a look, but it probably won’t match up with the traditions %’s people say to use.

The DJs gonna run me about $2000.  For photography i’m spending $2500.  Flowers are $1000. I’ve allocated $750 for the cake.  Decor is about $1000.  My dress i got a fantasitic deal on because i got it at a charity event- all in, I spent about $600 but i had allocated 1500.  The other $4000 (did i do my math right?) is random stuff like hair/makeup, gifts, limos, rings, invitations… but i’m really hoping to pull the budget down to be more like 25,000.

My fiance’s family is paying for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon, so i’m not involved in that at all.

Post # 4
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

other than venue(includes catering), the most expensive will definitely be photography

Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our biggest expense is the venue and food/alcohol.  Following that will be the band.

Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

As far as costs our biggest is the reception venue which covers food, alcohol, and the room.  Second largest cost may be the florist.

We had several helpful discounts due to the date of our wedding.

Post # 7
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The big ticket items are venue and catering. I think lighting is the next big ticket and as much as I’d like it not to be true the florist is going to be up there too.

Post # 8
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

After food/drink, Photography is getting some serious money thrown at it.  Everything else I am seriously scrimping on.

Post # 9
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My biggest is Photography, It means alot to me so i’m splurging (about $2,500) I’m only having family so the reception is only costing about $1,200 for a 3 course meal 🙂

Post # 10
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My wedding will cost just about $30K, not counting rings, honeymoon or other wedding events. 

My expenses are in this order:

-reception/ceremony location (food & drink is included in this). This will be about 3/5ths of the budget)

-Photographer (very important to me)






So really my budget is getting eaten up by my reception location. It was more than some other places, but my Fiance and I really loved it and can make it fit the budget. If I had spend more like 50% of the budget on the reception I would obviously have more room to go crazy everywhere else. My original budget included money for a photobooth, but that has been taken out since. 

Post # 11
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Also, I wanted to say that when making my budget I used those budget calculators that tell you what to put money on, but I also did a bit of research on my own. While a good number of vendors don’t have prices online, enough do that you can get a sense of what things cost. I also looked here on the boards, particularly the local boards to see what people spend. It gave me a better idea of what people spend in my area. For example, the kind of photographer I like, in my area, will not be much less than $3000. My budget allows for it, and it is a priority for me, so I gave a lot of the budget to the photographer and less to other areas. 

Post # 12
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Besides our venue, which is the majority of our budget, we’re going to be spending a lot on the band, since tehy directly impact how enjoyable the wedding is.

The next place we are spending is flowers, not because I necessarily find them most important, but because that is just how the costs are playing out- the photographer costs less than I thought, flowers a little more.

I’m hping to cut these though, our families are insistnet on a band but I almost prefer a DJ, then I know all the songs will sound good! lol. Also am hoping to cut the flowers even more, we have a room that calls for tall centerpieces, but we also have 20 tables. I think we can save money by  having 7 tables hvae short centerpieces, but my mom is adamant that it shoudl all be tall. She’s paying so I’m not sure why I’m so worried about saving but it just seems silly not to cut where we can. Haven’t booked anyhting besides venue & rabbi, so we’ll see how this stuff plays out.

Post # 13
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our budget is $35k (and growing every day!)

Biggest cost was reception — our venue includes catering + alcohol, linens, centerpieces, etc. So it’s a huge amount, but now I don’t have to worry about spending $$ on other things.

The rest is (most expensive listed first):

  • Photog
  • Videog
  • DJ
  • Dress
  • Paper (invites/STDS/programs, etc)
  • Flowers

We obviously haven’t purchased all of these things yet, but this is what I’m projecting, from what I’ve bought so far and from researching prices.

What am I missing?

Post # 14
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our budget for the wedding alone is about $30k (though I think it’s going to be more like $32k). Our venue is full service (they are doing the ceremony, reception, catering) so obviously that’s where most of our money is going. That alone is going to cost about 50% of our budget.

Then in order: live band, photographer, flowers, dress, booze (lol), videographer, paper.

Post # 15
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am DIYing almost every aspect of my wedding. My birdcage/candle centerpieces are running me about 30/piece and I’ll need 11 of them. My dress was about $1600. I’m doing all my invites/std’s/programs/escort cards/seating chart etc. The one thing that is costin me the most is the price of the venue. Our food and alcohol minimum is $16,000!! Which I think is outrageous, but we’re having it at the Banff Springs hotel which is kind of like a castle in the mountains and I think it is worth the money for sure. I was aiming to have a $15000 wedding before I saw the cost of anything, now we’re at $28,000.

Post # 16
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Right now I am at $35K for my budget. 

  1. food/alcohol – $10K
  2. venue – $5K
  3. photo – $3K
  4. video – $5K
  5. floral – $3K

As you can see, the above five are the majority of my budget.


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