(Closed) What is a “budget” wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I don’t think budget wedding is pejorative. I think it’s practical, and rebellious! More of us should stand up to the WIC ;).

My budget is also about $30K, and I will have no choice but to stick to it! It means I have to give up things that I want, like hosting a full bar (we’re only having beer/wine) and serving passed hors d’ouvres (we’ll have stationary cheese platters), wearing a designer dress/shoes, or hiring a full band to play. But I don’t consider it to be a budget wedding at all.

When I hear "budget wedding," the number that comes to mind is $10K. But I think it could fairly apply to just about any wedding that is under the average wedding cost. I don’t think it fairly applies to weddings that cost as much or more than the average wedding.

Post # 4
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think the definition depends on where the wedding is taking place. A "budget wedding" in a big city for $15,000 could be considered a super fancy wedding in a less populated area, where "budget wedding" probably means "below $5,000".

And I definitely don’t think the term "budget wedding" is derogatory. It doesn’t matter if a couple spends one thousand or one hundred thousand on their wedding, as long as it makes them happy 🙂

Post # 5
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think the appropriate term is practical like marigold stated. I myself am trying to plan a practical wedding–to me budget sounds so weird–and I have a limit around $10k. Help from both my parents, his parents and our own savings. I think no matter what wedding anyone is trying to plan it has to be within your budget otherwise anyone could go over the limit and there it’d all go!

Post # 6
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

I Would definitely say that any wedding in which you were conscious of a budget is a "budget" wedding. Like if you through a $30,000 wedding even though your style/theme/size should have cost you $50k, then your $30k wedding would be "budget". 

I agree with Curlysue, who said "practical" is a better term.

Post # 7
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hmm I think unless you have an unlimited supply of money rolling in then every wedding is a budget wedding.  It also depends on the amount of people you are inviting the area you are getting married (regional).  The type of wedding you want (something in your backyard or a soiree in the most prestigious ballroom).  Everyone has a budget.  1000 is a lot to spend on a party for a birthday for example, so 20,000 for a wedding although not unheard of is still  A LOT OF MONEY.  I like the term practical as well.  It is less than 10,000 to pay off my SUV.  So is it practical to spend that much on a wedding?  I’m not sure yet lol!!! It is the day that I will never forget, correct?  The more I think about it the more I think practical and DIY is the way to go.  The fact that I am also an event designer factors greatly in the overall amount spent.  Practicality with a few must-have splurges is key to me.

Post # 8
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think I agree with marigold that budget weddings are under the average price (apparently 25K, now) & are usually interpreted as less expensive (not cheap!).  I’d also agree with azula that it depends on location.  I happen to be throwing two weddings – in order to meet religious standards (VERY important to me) & spectacle/fun standards (imporatant to him).  Having a budget wedding (under 5K in LA – with all reverence, I think God is working a minor miracle for me, here!) for the religious wedding helps make the spectacle wedding a possibility.  And keeping it under 5K in LA has everything to do with where & when we’re holding it – in a quaint, meaningful, local restaurant, during the down time of 3-6pm on a Friday afternoon, for just cake & champagne.  I don’t think there’s anything perjorative about it, but then I’m biased

Post # 9
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

In this economy, "budget" is no longer a dirty word, and I’m happy about that. Like others have said, I don’t think there is a set figure that you must fall under to have a budget wedding. I think it’s a good thing to set a budget and stick to it, no matter what that figure is.

Post # 10
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with practical. I don’t think of my wedding as anything other than my wedding. I am choosing for my wedding not to go over $7,000 and hopefully can stick to 5k. My wedding happens to have a budget, like pretty much every weddingt. I personally love the idea of getting away with a beautiful, perfect day, at a fraction of the cost other people pay. 

Post # 11
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think a "budget" wedding is any wedding where you have a budget and try your hardest to stick to it. Peoples’ standards, as well as regional standards, are too different to say something as simple as, "Oh, a budget wedding is anything under $XXk."

Post # 12
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Depends on your circle of friends really-and what you classify as budget.

Post # 13
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

I agree with the practical term instead of budget 🙂

Post # 14
5497 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not sure. We will probably spend less than 3k. I’ve sonly spent about 450 so far, and that includes my dress. That could be a budget wedding….

Post # 15
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My personal definition of a budget wedding would be significantly lower than the avergae (for the size, city, etc).  Maybe at least 30-40% lower than the average. I found my estimates on http://www.costofwedding.com.

It’s also one where large sacrifices are being made from a wedding details standpoitn in order to maintain the wedding budget (getting creative with location, vendors, etc)

it’s fun to read everyone’s definitions!

Post # 16
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My first thought when I read your question was "Mine."  Although I am lucky to have a bigger budget than some brides, we still feel the pinch.

I think a budget is really anything where there is a limit. Almost everyone has a budget, it’s just a question of how much it is.

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