(Closed) What is Considered a “Wedding On a Budget”??

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: What is considered a, "Wedding on a Budget"??
    Anything below $5,000. : (65 votes)
    29 %
    Anything below $10,000. : (89 votes)
    40 %
    Anything below $15,000 : (35 votes)
    16 %
    Anything below $20,000 : (21 votes)
    9 %
    Anything below $25,000 : (5 votes)
    2 %
    Anything below $30,000 : (10 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We’re trying to keep everything under $5,000, but we’re really shooting for $3,000.  This involves a lot of bartering computer work (FI) or graphic design/PR (me) for vendor services; buying up stuff from weddingbee classifieds, craigslist, ebay; and hiring friends & colleagues for catering/dj/videography/photography/officiant.  With up to 200 people attending, this could be a feat!!!

    Post # 5
    Member
    53 posts
    Worker bee

    i live in New Zealand and we wanted to keep it under $10000, but looks like it’s going to be about $13000, but thats NZ dollars so prob like $8000 american?

     

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    we live in los angeles and we’re having an 8k wedding for 175 ppl; 10K including honeymoon.

    Post # 9
    Member
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Dress was and shoes were $100 (ebay for dress, shoes were DSW clearance aisle).  Will add 100 cherry blossom branch appliques ($169) to the skirt.  Fiance isn’t wearing a tux.  Dress pants, shirt & vest, but he’ll wear doc martins and that will be his splurge.  It’s an outdoor July wedding, so a tux is too formal.  Hair is being compted by my hairdresser who I’ve been with for 10 years, and makeup will be done by a friend who is a make-up artist.

    To date I’ve spent about $500, and I have:

    Dress

    Shoes

    DIY Invites & accessories

    Save the dates

    Centerpiece vases, flowers (still need live bamboo later)

    Bamboo fountains for VIP tables

    Drink Dispensers for punch bar

    Cake Tray

    Easel for seating chart

    Tea Light Lanterns

    Cake knife (Bombay leaf, no less)

    70 Paper fans

    Bubble machine

    Mini bubble bottles

    Originally thought catering would be our highest cost, but it looks like our biggest cost is going to be tents/table rental.  There is a couple getting married the day before, so my venue is checking to see if they want to split the cost.  And since we’re a July 3 wedding, we may have another party on the 4th that may be interested in tents/tables, too.

    I must say we can go up to $5,000, but anything left over can be put to some kind of mini-moon and the house fund.

    Post # 11
    Member
    53 posts
    Worker bee

    we’re having 80ish people for the actual wedding and meal (the ceremony location will only fit that many at a squeese with some standing) and then another 60 or so for a wedding dance/cake/speeches etc

    fi is a ‘poor student’ and I was until this year and am currently working 3 part time jobs on pretty crap pay (hospitality) and we’re getting a little bit of $ from his mum, none from his dad, and some from my parents. I don’t want them to have to put to much towards it as they struggled to bring my sister and I up and I’d just feel really bad. So we’re saving furiously!

    Post # 12
    Member
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We had to have a wedding eight hours from where we live, since at the time none of the local jurisdictions had same-sex marriage.  We therefore had not only the expenses of a ceremony and reception in Massachusetts, but also renting a house in Massachusetts where we and all our guests could stay. (And the cost of the ceremony was vastly increased by the fact we had to pay nonmember rates for rabbi and synagogue, since we couldn’t get married locally.)   And then we came back to Washington, DC and had a separate reception there for 60 people.  Total budget was $10,000.  And we managed that even though all the “bridal” expenses (dresses, accessories, hair, make-up) were doubled–or in some cases quadrupled by having to do them for two brides in two different cities on two different days.

    That being said, I couldn’t answer your question about what a “wedding on a budget” is, because I don’t think that there is any clear dividing line for when a wedding is on a budget.  For the couple that has a large family that they “have to” invite, even keeping the wedding below $30,000 might be a struggle.  Conversely, for a couple that wanted a private JOP ceremony, even a $5,000 budget might not be limiting.  I have always been willing to trade money-saving tips with anyone who was interested, without deciding whether they should be considered “on a budget” or not.

    Post # 13
    Member
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @2dBride: I totall agree with you.  “Budget”” is really subjective.  Even if I had unlimited funds, I wouldn’t do much differently.  I love bargain shopping, DIY and building win-win relationships with companies I like. 

    It’s a blast to read about how all of the bees have made their days their own, no matter what their budget is Laughing

    Post # 14
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    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I also think budget is pretty subjective. It all depends on your area. I’m not one of these lucky people that can budget 5000 for their wedding and pull it off. I don’t have any friends who are vendors, am already making all my own paper, buying things from craigslist, ebay, etc. But things are NOT CHEAP! In my area, if you want to have a 5000 wedding you’d best be having it in someone’s backyard. And unfortunately I don’t know anyone with a nice backyard. My wedding is 10k. But that’s before honeymoon, rings or my dress are added in. Idk. More power to people who can pull off something elegant for half that.

    Post # 15
    Member
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @kate169: I don’t know if I would consider my self lucky.  This really is a necessity to stay under 5K.  That being said, prices are going to be higher for an east coast bride that a midwest bride.  I don’t think our budgets are really all that different when that is taken into consideration. 

    If there’s something you need, PM me.  I’ll see if it’s cheaper in my neck of the woods.

    Post # 16
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    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @Scottielass: Thank you 🙂 Sorry if what I posted sounded nasty/bitter. It’s becoming more and more evident to me that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. 

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