(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 # 77
    2947 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We’re hitting the $100k for our 60+ person wedding. My mom saved a considerable amount toward my wedding, and Fiance and I and others are also contributing.

    @mtnhoney:  No, not a celebrity. Last time I checked, my only celebrity moment was being on the front page of a local newspaper for winning a spelling bee.

    @playingdaisy:  This.

    Post # 78
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @playingdaisy:  I agree.  It’s kind of rude to imply that someone is going to end up getting divorced b/c they have a relatively higher budget!

    Post # 79
    4109 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Started at 5k, when all was said and done it was around 8k not including honeymoon or rings.

    I kinda went overboard on the venue though- my only wedding regret.

    Post # 80
    38 posts
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @mtnhoney:  I am not sure if you were just stating that, in general, it is sad that we are a culture that is putting more emphasis on the wedding day while also having an increasing divorce rate or if you are insinuating that people with larger wedding budgets are more likely to get divorced. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and hope you were referring to the former. However, if you were referring to the latter, then that is completely ridiculous. I could actually make the claim that one of the leading reasons for divorce is financial stress and so couples who are financially comfortable enough to have a high budget are less likely to get divorced than their low-budget counterparts who have more financial stress. 

    Please note, I do not actually believe this; however, I think this statement demonstrates how ridiculous this logic is – and it goes both ways. What a couple spends on their wedding is often (although not always) a reflection of their current financial situation, not a reflection of how much they love one another, how compatable they are, what their conflict resolution skills are like, etc. To suggest that the cost of one’s wedding has anything to do with how likely they are to divorce in the future is beyond ridiculous and very short sighted. 

    Post # 81
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    25k (without rings/dress/honeymoon), we’re right underneath our budget by a couple hundred. Holding my breath until the wedding lol

    Post # 82
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    @techie:  what would you say your biggest expense is going to be? decor? food?

    Post # 83
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @mtnhoney:  I agree that 100K is a lot for a wedding and most people are not able to spend that. My budget is going to be in the 55-60K range.

    However, I actually think that in a lot of the big expesive cities in the world (e.g., NYC, Chicago, LA, Toronto), a 100K wedding is probably not as uncommon as one might think. I don’t think these people are celebrities by any means. To be honest, I would be shocked to hear of a celebrity that spent 100k on their wedding. Last I heard, Kim Kardashian spend 10 MILLION on hers. Haha, now THAT’S crazy!

    Post # 84
    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We orignially set a budget of $35k…..we’re now at $55k – including wedding rings (not engagement) and honeymoon.  We suck at budgeting, big time.  We also want what we want, and we’re paying for it all ourselves.  It’s just gonna be a rough six months till the wedding!!  NJ is so expensive, it’s ridiculous.

    Post # 85
    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It is hard to compare wedding budgets because people often include such different things in their budgets. I think our final budget might end up coming close to the high end of the options stated in the poll but this literally includes absolutely EVERYTHING (other than my engagement ring and the honeymoon) anyone is spending on our 250+ person wedding – engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, bridal party outfits, wedding rings, gifts for bridal party and parents, etc. Even still, it is scary how much money we are spending – Toronto is another really really expensive city!!! 

    Post # 86
    8882 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Our budget is $25,000 (Canadian). I am truly blessed that my parents are paying for the wedding. I am always looking for ways to reduce the expense, which they appreciate.


    Post # 87
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

    Our budget is $50k and I think we’ll be sticking right around that.  That does not include rings, honeymoon, rehearsal dinner, etc.  With those factored in it would certainly be about $90k.  But again, I’m in a big city, my dress and venue alone were pretty pricey, while total food/rentals/booze come in at $20k for about 170ppl.  I know this is a small thing to be picky about, but I honestly can’t stand that the billing rate for our servers is $27/hr.  When you see food cost vs. serving vs. rental cost broken down on a contract and the food is the least expensive thing…it’s irritating.

    Post # 88
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @PeachBee: I didn’t include that stuff in my budget and I voted in the 50-60K range – if I were including engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner, as well as gifts, etc. then our budget would probably be closer to 70K. Eek!

    Post # 89
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Our budget was $30k but we are at about $37 and will probably end a $40k. We are paying for everything ourselves but we had savings and are on a budget plan for the year. We are hopeful to have no debt.

    Breakdown for 100 (main things, there are so many little things too)

    Food/alcohol- $14500







    Photo lounge-$1500


    Balloon drop-$250

    Invites and stationary-$500

    Bridesmaid dresses- $600


    Post # 90
    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @JustMarried51912:  We’re not EXACTLY sure yet since we have just started planning next month. I believe it will be about $35,000. That isn’t THAT much for NY, but thankfully my parents are helping out.

    Post # 91
    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    When we first got engaged, we had NO clue how much anything cost wedding wise.  Man were we in for an eye opener.  We live in the DC area, which is one of the most expensive cities to get married.  Our budget was $20K and the was blown on our venue.  

    Right now we have set it for $50K, but that does include our honeymoon and rings.

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