(Closed) What do you think an ‘average’ budget is?

posted 13 years ago in Money
Post # 47
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I used http://www.costofwedding.com to determine an average (both natioally and locally) and I still fell quite a bit under it.

I firmly believe that any budget can be worked within–as long as you’re willing to be creative and realistic!

Post # 48
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I don’t know too much about what the "average" budget is around here, but our wedding for about 300 guests is looking like it will be about $6000. We are saving on a ton of things though!

Venue — free (FI’s family’s church)

Photography — Free (friend from grad school)

Catering — cost of food (family friend who loves to cook!) 

DOC — We are blessed with a wonderful, obsessive, resourceful aunt with no children. 🙂

I am DIYing a lot of things too, because I get an idea in my head of what I want – and then I can never find it!

I’m with LatteLove on this one, if you’re creative and realistic, you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget! More money does NOT mean a better wedding!

Post # 49
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our budget is probably shameful to some other brides but we are trying to stick to about $3000 or less. My parents just do not have the money for anything else and I do not think that it means that my wedding will be any less memorable. We are getting married in a very small town (4 stoplights) so that helps alot and finding friends who can be guests/vendors. I think I would be disappointed if I spent anymore than $3000 on a single day. To me and my fiance, the wedding is such a small portion of our lives together. We want to build up our house and save up for more trips rather than sit at home and look back at pictures of our wedding. Even if I was given the money, I would use only a small portion. I’m sure I sound cheap..

Post # 50
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

 I know other people said it already , but i think it depends on where you live and what your expecting to have. I couldn’t imagine spending that much money on a wedding , but would love to try . I would imagine the "average" is different in NYC than , Fargo , or Miami , or Forks ,(well unless Alice is your planner)

Post # 51
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

with $40,000 I would be in wedding paradise lol

Post # 52
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Rose999—I won’t watch weddings he does on that show because I think he is so rude, especially about the budget.  He made a nasty comment about one brides “cheap” $700 gown.  Seriously?!


We’re having 300 guests on less than $12K (the wedding is in St. Louis and we’re having a buffet evening reception), and I would be so offended if someone made the comment that that wasn’t enough.  It’s more than enough, and if we had half of that then we would make that work.  I think a budget wedding is any wedding where you are being conscientious about what you are spending.  For some people, that’s $25K, for others, its $5K.

Post # 53
152 posts
Blushing bee

Just depends on where you live. Where I live the average wedding cost is like, $37k or something. We’re trying to do our 130 people wedding on $23k!

Post # 54
142 posts
Blushing bee

40K is more than most people I know make in a year.

FI & I have a budget of $5K. Our reception site & food for 80 people including cake cutting and champ toast will be 2380.00 . Our ceremony site (if we can get what we want) will be $900 for 3 hours. Reception will be at a nice Italian restaurant & buffet style. Ceremony will be at a historic site.

What we have left over will be split on other things. Whatever we can’t afford will be DIY.

Who has $25K to spend on a wedding? Seriously?! Do people pay cash for these things or go into debt?

Post # 55
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our budget is about $20K (not including honeymoon) for 150 people in Albany, NY. We’re getting some $ from his parents, some from mine, and we’re footing the rest.

Average wedding costs in NYC are definitely higher, which is why we’re not having the wedding here!  But even with what I think is a pretty high budget, it seems a little low for the Capital Region.  Most places seem to be at least $100/plate, but we were able to get something for a little less than that.  But we’re definitely DIYing a bunch of stuff to save some $.  Weddings are expensive!

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