(Closed) What is considered a budget wedding in your area?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would think that anything under 10k would be budget… especially when photog, dress, and food can cost almost that much alone. lol

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

10k and under is considered buget.  The average wedding is mid 20s so I don’t think you are having a budget wedding.  Looks like too many ppl have been watching too many wedding shows.lmao

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

To me budget would be around $15k in the bay area. Average is $30k, which shocked the hell out of me. I never thought one day would cost so much. Cut costs where you can and pick what is most important to you. For us the venue was #1 and it is half of our budget (includes catering). So I got a less expensive dress, DIYed my ass off and chose reasonably priced vendors.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Im in the Beach Cities of Southern California and I’d say under $10-15K. Venues are insanely priced out here.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

There is a link (I don’t have it right now) that will tell you what’s average for your area if you put your zip code in it. I think my average was $27k  We are spending half of that because we are trading skills and not taking the “wedding price” over another price. I get why photographers and event planners charge more for a wedding, but a DJ doesn’t need to charge more. There is no difference between playing music for 4 hours at a wedding than a prom. Also a limo company quoted me more for a wedding than a prom for basically the same package. (5 hour min.) When I called him out on it, he said the “wedding package” (which was $650 more than the prom package) came with a dirty ass red carpet and a bottle of pink champagne. Really?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@kingytobe: 30K would be budget in NYC. We couldnt have the kind of wedding we wanted for under 50k here, which is why our wedding will be in the midwest.

I think its kind of rude to say that people who spend more do so just for the sake of saying they spent more. It depends on your location, what kind of wedding you want, guest count and how much money you can afford to spend. Some people might have more expensive taste than you. And im sure people get married in Chicago for less than 30k, so are you just spending that much just to say you are? Im not trying to be snarky, i just hate when people make unfounded generalizations.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A budget wedding in my area is around 5-10k. The average wedding costs approximately 15 k. we`re trying to get everything done for about 14

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know what other people consider budget around here, but my own personal opinion is that a budget wedding is less than $10K. According to the budget calculator, for central MA, where I’m getting married, couples spend on average between $18,862 and $31,436. We’re spending about $12,000, which is a little more than what I consider “budget.” We’re splurging on some things (catering, dress, suit, day-after brunch) and saving on others (invites, venue, photographer, wedding party).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@kingytobe:  Isn’t it great that you get to have your dream wedding and still have some $$$ left over.  My wedding is under 10k and I couldn’t be happier.  Yes, its intimate(50ppl) and during the week(Hate SoCal traffic), but I finally a get to marry my Love.  And that’s Priceless. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

According to costofwedding.com the average wedding cost in my area is between $19,000-$31,000 but I somehow doubt that. I’ve been to a number of weddings and not a single one has come anywhere close to $20k+. Our wedding is roughly $13,000 and while I consider myself to BE on a budget, I don’t think that we’re having a budget wedding. I would say that anything less than $8,000 would be considered budget in my area. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@UpstateCait: Yeah, I’m really suspicious of their numbers, the more so since they don’t explain where they get their data. When I clicked on “Take the Wedding Survey,” it was basically a marketing survey.  I’m guessing it’s basically designed to inflate people’s expectations of what they need to spend.

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