Post # 1
I saw a previous post that had me thinking …. what are the other bees budget for the wedding.
We tried to keep ours under $20,000 – but it looks as though we’re hitting about $26,000. So …. for the bees who are getting/or have been married … what is your budget?? 🙂 And what did it start with? And did you manage to keep it, or did you go over and by how much?
Post # 3
Ours started at $10k, but it keeps inching up bit by bit. I think we’re at $12k right now. Budgets are really hard to stick with, especially since you have to ‘be in love’ with every little wedding detail. I mean, it’s like you’ve failed if you’re not in love with your venue, your dress, your centerpieces. It’s really hard to love all of it without going over budget!!!
Post # 4
We’re going to try to keep it under $5K, but depending on the venue, it might have to go up to $6K
Post # 5
Im praying we can keep this under 3K.
Post # 6
We originally had planned a 15K wedding but we just didn’t have the money. So now we were shooting for somewhere from 6-7K plus whatever we owe on our short honeymoon.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
Our goal is $10K but I guess these all depend on what you consider to be in the budget. For us, we aren’t considering the rings or the honeymoon in that figure. But I know differnet people tally in different ways. So I reserve the right to modify my number if a consensus on what is included is reached. 😉
Post # 9
Our original goal was $9,000 but looks like we’ll end up at $12,000. This is including our honeymoon and our parents trips to the wedding (we’re having a destination wedding) though. So the other stuff is right on budget, it’s just the travel/lodging that we underestimated.
Post # 10
Oooh, see I didn’t even think about the honeymoon being added. I just thought about everything for the wedding itself. Hmmmmm
Maybe I should do another poll for the honeymoon! lol But, that doesn’t seem so right. I just don’t think cost is a biggy – and what I mean by that is – regardless of cost, it still going to be a beautiful, memorable day for all the bees. 🙂 We get to marry our best friend.
Post # 11
Our original budget was $5000 for 50 people and a backyard reception…. it ended up being $6600 for 76 people and our reception at a venue. 🙂 Not too bad when you consider the differences!
Post # 12
We’ve already talked about how much to spend on this, and it will be a compromise, but we are keeping it at 5k. Not at all what I envisioned growing up (picture St. Pat’s Cathedral and every single cousin-even 3rd cousins invited ) but i’m not that little girl anymore and I’d rather take the other money and put a freakin pool in!!
Post # 13
Right now, on paper, our budget is about $6200, but I’m planning on $6500. I’m sure that there will be some unexpected costs, and I’d rather have a higher number in my head rather than get surprised if things cost a little more than I think. We live in Colorado, and are having our wedding at a ranch in the Rocky Mountains.
I refuse to pay $10k plus, and I’ve cut things way down…doing a lot of DIY. My goal is to also be as eco-friendly as possible, and it looks like that will save a ton of money too. Examples: DIY BBQ dinner (have a friend from TN who’s dad owns a BBQ catering company, he offered to cater the whole thing), pre-owned dress, herbs & veggies as centerpiece “flowers” = cheap and our guests can take them home/eat them, ipod for the reception, lots of thrift store/or recycled stuff we already own. The bridesmaid dresses will be sun dresses, which will save them money & hopefully they can find them at a thrift store. I’m hoping it looks awesome, not cheesy/crappy/cheap. I’ve scoured the internet and have found a lot of inspiration pictures that look awesome.
Post # 14
5-15k in the poll is a really huge gap!
we had initially planned for 10k–honeymoon included. we were, and still are on a tight budget. however, even after trying to scrimp and save and make shortcuts, we are probably going to come in right around 15k.
i feel like i am not even doing anything elaborate. heck, our food is only 15 bucks a person. it’s just so hard to plan an inexpensive wedding! i wish we were doing it for closer to 8k…
Post # 15
Budget is so tricky! We will try to keep is on the 15.000 range, but as I’m still waiting for some estimates I don’t have a final figure yet. We are saving money with DIY website, invitations, favors and decor, flowers done by a friend, and custom made dress (way cheaper than in the shops). We also want to contact filming schools for potential videographers (as we don’t think we can afford a professional) and I will ask a friend to be my DoC.
Things we are not saving money on (or better, that are a priority for us so we’re not looking to go cheap) are venue, food and photography.
Post # 16
I wanted it to be $10,000 but we went about $4000 over. It wasn’t a “strict” budget to begin with, just what I felt comfortable spending. Oddly, my husband was always the one who always wanted to spend more money on things.