(Closed) What is your wedding budget?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Budget?
    Less than $1000 : (7 votes)
    1 %
    $1000-$3000 : (45 votes)
    6 %
    $4000-$6000 : (100 votes)
    12 %
    $7000-$10,000 : (103 votes)
    13 %
    $11,000-$15,000 : (142 votes)
    17 %
    $16,000-$20,000 : (106 votes)
    13 %
    $21,000-$25,000 : (92 votes)
    11 %
    $26,000-$35,000 : (100 votes)
    12 %
    $36,000-$50,000 : (56 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 47
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    6891 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Ours is coming in at $8,000. Original budget was $10,000. We got some AMAZING deals and awesome friendors, etc. Love that our wedding is coming in way under budget!! The whole budget thing stressed me out the whole time, but it’s worked out. I love our wedding. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I will. Right now I hate planning little stupid details. :p

    ETA: This is not including Honeymoon, but is including our wedding rings. Obviously not e-ring.

    Post # 48
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    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

      Our budget is 4,000-ish. Hoping to come in lower, doing a lot of DIY and found a great venue (read: barn) for $125 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 49
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    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We are eloping overseas, so I am counting the “honeymoon” as part of the wedding budget since it’s an all-in-one type deal. I am hoping to keep everything under $7500. Rough breakdown: $1600 airfare, $1500 accommodations, $1400 photographer, $900 rings, $500 attire, $200 legal stuff (license, priest, etc.), $1400 misc. travel costs (car rental, food, excursions, etc.)

    Post # 50
    Member
    36 posts
    Newbee

    Keeping it under 5k, which has been a bit of a challenge for 70-80 guests in a city like Chicago. We found a venue for $110, which helps a ton.

    Post # 51
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Originally I had planned on 15k for for 250 guests (a difficult thing to do apparently), with us contributing quite a bit of our own money. Fortunately for us, my Mom went into to full ‘mother of the bride’ mode shortly after our engagement, upped the amount she was contributing, talked me into getting the venue we wanted that was originally too expensive AND bought me a $2500 wedding dress. She really is insane but I love her to death and am so appreciative of it all.  

     

     

    Post # 52
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    11484 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted “$36-$50K,” and that did NOT include the rings, honeymoon, and rehearsal dinner. Our food, beverage, and venue-rental costs alone were about $20K for approximately 150 people (and that was WITHOUT any alcohol, other than a champagne toast.) I had complete sticker shock when I began trying to plan my wedding on my original budget, which was about a third of of what I ended up spending. Wedding costs today are outrageous in many areas of the country.

    Post # 53
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    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Those 3% in the $100,000, I envy you! Not that I would spend that much or could even think of things that would total to that much, but for a 250 person wedding, it would be nice to have a ‘sky is the limit’ type mentality. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 54
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    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Original budget was $25K, now it’s looking like we’re going to be closer to $35K (Eeeep!) but the number of RSVP’s could drive that down a lot as food is a HUGE cost for us ($60/plate!!) My parents are paying for it all and haven’t complained at all though, they are happy to be doing it, and I know they have the money for it but I still feel guilty sometimes.

    Post # 55
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    1924 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re going to be in around $10,000.  Venue, food, and beverage will be in around $7000, attire, hair, and makeup will hopefully be less than $1000 total.  My friend is doing the centerpieces at cost (she said probably around $300) and doing the personal flowers as a gift.  My dad and my brother are photographers so they’ll be doing the photography as a gift.  The other $1700 will be eaten up by my plane tickets to get to the venue, bridal party gifts, hotel room for me and my HUSBAND (eeee can’t wait to call him that!).  So we’re making it cheap because we’re having expensive stuff gifted ๐Ÿ™‚  We’re very lucky!

    Post # 56
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    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Hell I don’t know…The whole freaking thing is stressing me out.  I planned on 10k then it went to 15K which my mom is paying.  I am trying to come up with 5k of my own so that would be a total of 20k.

    My Fiance just has to invite our employees which is making the guest list way more than anticipated and pissing me off. i know they won’t even bring a card and I know even though I don’t allow them a plus 1 they will bring someone any way which the venue is open so it would be really hard to control.   I’m sorry just had to vent a little

    Post # 57
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    39 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    $28k including rings, rehearsal dinner and a minimoon (we’ll do a for-real honeymoon a few months down the road, but we’re not including that in the wedding budget)…that number makes me want to throw up a little bit, and for 80 people too Embarassed I’m looking at it as an experience and memory investment (I’m totally one of those girls whose been dreaming of her wedding for years and years, plus I live in a major east coast city, sigh)

    Post # 58
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    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    OMG I seriously cannot believe how much some couples pay for their wedding! I mean, some people have voted higher than my annual salary! for one day!! crazy. 

    Seems ironic that in our grandparents’ day they would barely spend anything, and stay together for 50-60+ years. These days, couples spend a fortune, and 50% of us end up divorced.

    gaaah!

    Post # 59
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    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @mtnhoney:  I’d be a bit more careful with the opinion. The amount to spend on a wedding is entirely up to the couple and family. If they can afford a certain amount on a budget, then I think that’s great for them.

    Post # 61
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    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    It was $3,000 but now its up to about $5,000 for 15 guests. Stuff just keeps adding up, hair, makeup, dress, shoes, photographer, tuxes etc etc ….oh well. But that doesn’t include rings or the honeymoon, if you include that we are looking at about $12,000.

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