(Closed) What is your budget only if you paid for ALL of your vendors?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

venue 1500

catering 3500

photog 900

cake baker 600

church fees 500

i think thats all? bc everything else im doing is diy …. soooo 7000 with just vendor fees…. ouch! our total budget is probably somewhere around …. 15,000 including rings and honeymoon for 150 people

Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

when you have a wedding at someone’s house, you have to rent everything and bring tons of stuff in, while when you have a wedding at a venue that’s usually provided for you. so just b/c the wedding venue is free, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have to spend a lot of money for the wedding.

our budget was $13000, but we didn’t have dancing, so no dj.

Post # 5
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

our budget is tops of 3500.  That’s it. 

It wouldn’t budge whether we had vendors or not, which is why we’re turning to family and friends for photos, catering, and video (and yes, the family and friends do this either professionally or semi-professionally).  Oh, as well as dj’ing and music.  (almost forgot them! LOL!)

The only things I’m NOT including in our budget are items we’d buy regardless (costumes and clothing for us and the kids and a few pieces of jewelry for me).  I have a wedding gown and I MIGHT go elsewhere for alterations if my Future Sister-In-Law can’t do it. 

I’ll be keeping a tally in an Excel file on where we are so far on the budget (as in, what we’ve spent and what’s left.  I LOVE Excelt formulas!!)

Post # 6
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have to say it’s still hard to compare even when you break it all down because of location. If two brides have the same budget, location makes a huge difference. I’d say a bride in a big city, ie. New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, being on a $10,000 budget is tight. But one anywhere in between will have less taxes to pay, and vendors will cost much less so the $10,000 budget will go much farther.

I wanted to keep my budget around $10,000 at first, but things here in Los Angeles are incredibly expensive! Food and venue is already costing me more than that! So I had to up my budget. But still trying to stay under $20,000 is a struggle for me even though I consider myself a VERY thrifty spender.

Post # 7
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Venue -$1400

Catering -$4500

Photography, Videography, DJ – $4000 (includes uplighting)

Cake – $750 (including groom’s cake)

Photobooth – $1100 (because the fiance had to have it :P)

That’s all of our costs thus far I am sure there will be more!


Post # 8
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Budget looking to be around $30K. So far this is what has been contracted… NO going back.

$6,000 venue, $10,000 caterer, $4000 photog, $1000 DJ, $500 musicians, $2000 dress, $2500 videographer, officiant $400… Ok… so maybe more than $30K. Trying NOT to think about it too much. I’ll cry!


Post # 9
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I spent $17000 on everything for the wedding- not counting a penny for the honeymoon. This includes gas to our semi destination (2 ish hours each way) as well as gas to go vendor bender shopping often every weekend. This also includes all the food the dress the postage the EVERYTHING. We had to pay for everything our reception site is an empty (very expensive) room so we had to do all of the rentals as well as pay the site fee- but we chose do do that based on the uniqueness of the site. (my avitar is the building)

I love hearing what people spent! We spent a lot more that we planned to, and a big part of that was we spent everything we could spare, and so when we had some financial windfalls, we spent it on the wedding!

Post # 10
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not sure what you mean by if you paid for all your vendors.  We didn’t win any giveaways or anything, but DIYed a fair bit so here’s ours”

We budgeted 17,000 for 90 people, and ended up coming in at 16,300 including everything remotely related to the wedding (think all magazines, my shower dress, ordering our wedding certificate after the fact) so that’s why the numbers here don’t “add up”

Venue – 6635.00 for ceremony and reception space rental, buffet dinner for 90 (@ 50.00 per head including taxes/gratuity), 30 bottles of wine and 1 alternative drink ticket per person.

Officiant – $155

Flowers – $431 ordered from a flower market and arranged myself (so I guess that’s a vendor we didn’t pay for?)  We had my bouquet, a toss bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 corsages for moms and grandmas, 2 bouts, 10 centrepieces and 2 arrangements for the cake/guestbook tables

Rings – $2585

DJ – $840

Photography – $3097.84 (but we haven’t ordered any prints or albums that aren’t included in our original package yet and likely will)

Invitations – $344 including postage.  I DIYed these as well.

Favors – $80.00 – we did white boxes that we found on sale $8.00 for 50 and filled them with mini donuts and M&M’s.

Tux Rental – $181

Post # 11
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Our budget including rings, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon is $19,000, or $13,000 not including those things. But we’re not really having a florist or DJ.

Venue (includes full buffet for 110 but not alcohol) – $6500

Photog – $2300 (might go up by about 500 if we add an album and extra hour)

Cake – $300 (3 tier cake for 70 + sheet cake for 50)

That’s pretty much it. Ceremony is at the venue, our officiant is a relative (free), we’re going the ipod route for music and a friendor is MC’ing, we’ll DIY flowers, and DIY all decorations. We’re also driving ourselves around. And I’m doing all the paper goods myself. 

Post # 12
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$20k including rehearsal dinner, rings, and mini-moon. We didn’t have any “donations” (ie someone’s backyard for a venue).

Venue – $1500

Linens – $150

Photog – $1733

Cake – $400

Food – $2600

Alcohol – ?? – hopefully $600

Flowers – $475

Rings – $3000

Invitations and Save-The-Date Cards – $650

Rehersal dinner – $1000

Band – $1200

Plus programs, welcome bags, favors, and apparently everything else that people don’t count adds a lot

Post # 13
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Im not offended and dont mind sharing.. I love it when a bride is able to spend several thousand on a wedding.  Its awesome, I also love when a bride on a budget can pull of a classy and memorabel beautiful wedding for several hundred. 

My Budget 3000 but so far I am just a bit under that.

Venue: 500.00  Got a full access to a YMCA camp.. see pics below.

Food:  300.00  me, my mom, my dad, and a few others are making it and bring it to location… few of dads friends serving it for us for free

Linens: 400.00 for purchasing and will re-sale my chair covers and table runners     afterwards

Photography:  was 550.00 but am getting her some business so 200.00

Decor: 200  going with candy theme and no flowers!

Invitations: 150 DIY pocketfolds for 120 invites… found a really great website.

Cake: Free- my mother is a cake maker  😉

Music: Free… our venue has a sound system and will play cd and mp3 friend of family will control the songs for pause and play. 

Officiant: Free- friend of family

Favors: free because they are included in the price for the decore… the table decore will be individual little candy bouquets and a mixed CD compiled of some of the songs played at the reception.  We are including a request card to see what people want to hear, and those songs will be added to our play list. 

Our site includes full access to kitchen, fountain drinks for .50 per person, ice machine, and ALL of our tables and chairs for up to 300 guests.  Our guest list is under 200

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