(Closed) What is your wedding budget?

posted 10 years ago in Money
  • poll: Budget?

    Less than $1000









  • Post # 107
    575 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    When we started I thought we were looking at a budget of 35-40k. It looks like we may acutally come in under 35k. We’re having around 90 guests, and getting married in DC. 

    That figure does not include the engagement ring, rehearsal dinner, or honeymoon. 

    It does include: Venue, all food and alcohol costs, all attire for both Fiance and I, transport for guests, DJ, photographer, day of coordinator, wedding rings, officant, ceremony space and setup, flowers and decor. 

    Post # 108
    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m already married, but this time last year I was “in the trenches” of planning. 

    Here’s our ORIGINAL budget breakdown:

    $2,000 – Room Rental for Reception/Ceremony site

    $1,000 – My dress

    $3,000 – Food

    $2,000 – Flowers

    $2,000 – Photographer

    That’s approximate. We originally wanted to do it for under $10k (for about 125 guests). We know tons of musicians so we didn’t have to pay for music, my family doesn’t drink so no alcohol, and one of my bridesmaids did my hair and makeup. However, my Mother-In-Law (who is an event planner) started working for a florist in Atlanta and arranged to “work for flowers” therefore WE didn’t have to pay for flowers. SO, SOOO generous. And they were absolutely stunning. The in-laws also gifted our honeymoon. So that allowed us to spend a little more on food and photographer. M parents and I ended up spending about $9,500. 

    Post # 109
    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We live near Buffalo, NY and ours is between $5-6k. This includes DJ, photobooth, photography, venues, catering, alcohol, chairs/tables/linens, flowers, gifts for bridal party, transportation, attire, decor, officiant, hair, makeup, setup, breakdown, invites, all my DIY projects, cake, hotel rooms for the night before and day of, etc. And our guest list is about 75 people on a Thursday in August.

    Did not include rehearsal food (the space itself is included though), rings, or honeymoon.

    Post # 110
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    $45K for 450 guests; not including rings and honeymoon.

    Post # 111
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am absolutely shocked by how much people are willing to spend on a wedding.

    My budget is $2000, and even that I think is high. Goodness.

    Post # 112
    807 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Not including wedding bands and clothes for me and the groom, I really don’t want to go over 7k. Honestly I would like it to be a lot lower but I really won’t compromse on alcohol and the photographer so that kind of jacks the price up.

    Post # 113
    533 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It keeps fluctuating. This is the third time we needed to reschedule. Our budget is now around 10K with everything, but if I can half the costs I would! 14 Day honeymoon to Thailand is going to be booked soon, and that alone will probably cost 5k. (So… either cutting down or basically adding this for the budget)

    Post # 114
    1033 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Where are the other weddingbee brides who are spending more than $30k?

    We’re at $74,000 for 150+ people and that includes everything… honeymoon, rings, engagement photos, alterations, underware, tips, taxes. Everything.

    Our parents are helping us out with $32k, and we’re paying the rest and will not be in debt after the wedding. 

    It’s in my fiance’s culture to have really extravagent weddings, and we’re in San Francisco bay area, so everything adds up fast. We spent the most on the food/open bar, and then photography. I’m also doing a lot of DIY projects, to keep the cost on the details down. I just finished letterpressing our invitations… tonight! For our area, this is considered a budget formal wedding. A lot of people around here spend this much for a wedding or much, much more.

    Post # 115
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Peony007:  We’re more than 30k too.  30-35k was our original budget (as we’re paying for it by ourselves), but that has ballooned to almost double that now.  

    We’re about $58k now for 150 people in the south jersey area, near philly.  We spent the most on the venue/catering, followed by cinematography/photography.

    Post # 116
    2294 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We spent a total of $6700 for our wedding.  ๐Ÿ™‚  We got married in Orange County, California.

    Post # 117
    149 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    we live in Toronto, and come from families that love to have big weddings (luckily so do we ๐Ÿ™‚ ) We are having 250 pl. Originally I wanted a different reception venue- but realized i couldn’t afford it. So we chose an off season wedding date, and searched for the perfect hall for us. That saved us BIG time. We budgeted fro 55K, including absolutely everything. so far we have some under budget in each category. YAY for us ๐Ÿ™‚ we are payingfor it ourselves from savings, inheritances, gifts from parents.

    our break down:

    Venue(food/drinks) – 23k,   decor- 2k,  flowers 4k, photo/video 5k,  honeymoon- 8k, invitations- 1k, limo- 1k, rings  2k, misc 3k

    Post # 118
    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We were hoping that ours was going to be about £6000 (about $9500) not including the Honeymoon.

    But we’ve gone a bit over on a few things (dress, venue, flowers) so I think we’ll come in at about £7000 (about $11000).

    Including the Honeymoon, all in, it’s more like £10,000 (about $15000).

    It’s so scary how much it is!  Surprised

    Post # 119
    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m one!  @Peony007 We started with a 35K budget but will end up at 40K most likely.

    Believe it or not that is a below average budget for my area, just north of Detroit. So much for the midwest being “cheaper”. Our families are accustom to big, fancy weddings and luckily our parents are helping to finance most of it. We are having 250 guests though, so that has increased the reception costs significantly. To make up for that, I’m going to be DIYing a lot of our details too. 

    I supposed I can’t complain though, if we were in a bigger city we would be fast approaching 50-60K I’m sure. I just can’t even believe how many people spend less than 15K! 

    Post # 120
    2961 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We’re at about $65k with 150 guests, and that is for everything (except for my engagement ring), including the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon.  We are lucky to have family that is willing and able to help – my father has always planned to pay for my (and my sister’s) wedding, so he is doing that, and my FI’s family is taking care of the rehearsal dinner.  We are paying for our honeymoon.  Weddings are so expensive.  We’re getting married in a top destination wedding spot (2nd most popular destination wedding locale on the East Coast), which I really didn’t realize when I started planning this shindig.  Our most expensive pieces are the venue and the food/alcohol.

    Post # 121
    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Our wedding and reception budget will be close to $95,000. This does not include honeymoon or rehearsal dinner. Our families want to celebrate big and we are doing it in California where costs are generally higher. We have a lot of special touches for the guests to enjoy in addition to our respective families…and of course Fiance and I ๐Ÿ™‚

    @mtnhoney: Not sure why this matters to you. Some people can and want to celebrate big. If they can, why not? Each and every person is different. What if I said, “wow, only $5K for a wedding? That just blows my mind!” That would be insanely rude, right? I would never say that by the way, I am just trying to show that it goes both ways…live and let live ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think a great wedding starts with a beautiful love story between the bride and groom. As long as you have that, you can have a wonderful one at ANY budget.

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