(Closed) What is your wedding budget? And what are you spending the most money on?

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: Wedding Budget

    Less than $5,000





  • Post # 4
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    We are planning a backyard wedding at my parents’ or my friend’s house. 

    Ceremony outdoors and we are getting a huge tent (or 2) for a casual reception.

    We plan on spending more money on my dress/BMs dresses, hair/makeup, photos, decorations (and booze lol) since we don’t have to pay for a venue

    We have plenty of family members who are cooking for everyone (that’s how it goes in the south haha) so we are lucky we don’t have to spend much on the food.

    I think the hair/makeup/clothes and pictures are important because the photos are what you always look at after you’re married…people may forget the food or even the venue, but the photos are there forever!

    Post # 5
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We will be spending around 13/14k (depends how much I spend on a dress..)

    But our big things are venue hire $1200

    food approx $3000

    alcohol approx $2000 bar tab

    photographer $2000

    Also we are having about 60 guests, not having anyone we dont need there

    Hopefully will get some deals on other things at a wedding expo. But if you have any friends or family that you can get stuff for cheap or free use them! Im using my uncles vintage car

    Post # 6
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Our biggest expenses are:




    Post # 7
    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Biggest $ we spent is on the food – but it really wasn’t bad really – but I’ve had a 10 month engagement so we aren’t going to be in any debt because I have made payments on everything in cash I think we will top out at 11,000-15,000

    Post # 8
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Total Wedding Budget is about $22,000 for an invite list of 255, expected final guest count of 150. That includes absolutely everything except my rings. Honeymoon is another $6500.

    My biggest expense is food & liquor (planning approx 700 drinks +non-alcohol and not everyone who is coming drinks! Yikes!). But it is very very closely followed by our entertainment/decor company (includes DJ, photobooth, linens, and pretty extensive draping/uplighting).

    I cheaped out on other things to be able to splurge in that area. I am saving money by doing trades (I do professional marketing, traded with my salon, my day-of coordinator, and my seamstress for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses & alterations). I am doing silk flowers. TONS of DIY, including saving 75% by making my own invites instead of hiring them done. Lots of deal shopping online.

    The costs certainly add up fast, but it was within our budget to spend that amount. The cash is set aside and my family helped substantially (but would not have given us that cash to spend on something else if we had a smaller wedding). I am happy with it because I feel like we’ll be having a $30k+ wedding for less. I enjoy the DIY too.

    Post # 9
    1401 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Max 15K. Most of the money will go toward the venue and photography.

    Post # 10
    22 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are spending about $1500…but have some help.

    We’ve kept costs low by having a super small guest list, 25 people, doing our own invites, RSVPs, menu cards. I spent $200 on a dress from light-in-the-box, made my own veil, wearing shoes I already have, I’ll do my own hair and make-up. No favours. We only have a 2 people in the wedding party and we’re not doing gifts for them and we told them to wear what they want.  Limited flowers, I’m doing some picture centrepieces.  We’re making our own cake.

    My parents are paying for the ceremony and reception site, the cost of the buffet lunch, wine, and photographer.  The after-party is at my parent’s cottage and it’s a BYOB and we’ll do a big bbq with cold salads.  Most of our friends and family are driving in about 4 hours so we’ve invited them to stay at the cottage with us or camp.

    Weddings are so so so so focused on materialism and on so many things that don’t really matter.  Your wedding is a celebration of your love in front of the people who matter most to you.  It doesn’t need to involve a $2000 dress, $500 cake, $1000 photographer, $1000 worth of flowers… it’s one day! 

    Post # 11
    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Our wedding will be in Hollywood, CA.

    These are our biggest expenses so far: 

    1. Catering/Food by Gordon Ramsay – $30k 

    2. Alcohol Open Bar – $10k

    3. Photographer – $5k 

    4. Videographer – $4,600

    5. Floral – $5k

    6. Lightng (chandeliers+uplighting) – $3k

    The FH and I are paying for the wedding ourselves and we know we have some pretty expensive things so we are planning to go cheap in other aspects like the invitations. No fancy letterpress for us! Also cutting back on our honeymoon. 

    Post # 12
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @vizzlev:  “Weddings are so so so so focused on materialism and on so many things that don’t really matter.  Your wedding is a celebration of your love in front of the people who matter most to you.  It doesn’t need to involve a $2000 dress, $500 cake, $1000 photographer, $1000 worth of flowers… it’s one day!”

    Having the material stuff doesn’t make it any less about that love though. It’s just a personal choice. All of our people traveling in from at least 2.5 hours, many much longer, so we wanted to throw a really rockin’ party to thank them. And it was in our budget. Both less expensive and very expensive weddings can be an awesome celebration! One doesn’t take away from the other.

    Post # 13
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We spent 22k for 150 people with open bar and rides to and from the venue.  The catering was the biggest portion of the budget (about 50%) which included 2 bartenders, cocktail hour apps, dinner, dessert, coffee/tea service, and linens, flatware, glassware, etc.  After that was the venue fee at 4k which covered ceremony, reception, bridal suite, chairs, tables, set up and clean up, and a coordinator with an assistant.

    Post # 14
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We (and by that I mean my dad) will be spending a bit over $60k when it’s all said and done. My catering/venue is by far the most at about $33k. Dress would be the second highest at around $7k, then photography at around 4k.

    Where I am saving money:

    I am crafty and LOVE design, so I bought my own L-letterpress machine and heat emobossing tool, with which I will be doing my own invitations suites, programs, and menus. was looking at around $2k+ for what I wanted in terms of paper goods, will be spending a bit under $500.

    Will be using re-purposed wine crates ($5 a peice from local liquor stores) and DIY’ed mercury glass vases made from thrift shop finds to avoid rental fees for centerpeices.

    Using a friend as a wedding planner, fiance helped her build her website and in exchange she is giving us full service planning at about 1/3 of her usual cost.

    Doing an early morning trip to a blow out bar instead of having hair stylist come to the hotel suite to do each girl.

    Doing a gourmet popcorn bar instead of fancy dessert or candy bar (we will have a cake too though) — 20 jumbo cones from popcornopolis (to DIE for if you havent tried it) is under $200 and I am DIYing carboard popcorn boxes (about $30 off amazon for 100 of them)

    TO me guest experience (nice venue, good music and fantastic ample food/alcohol), my dress, and photography were the most important things, so that’s where most of the $$ went. I think I found some pretty good ways to achieve the other things I wanted at a low cost.

    Post # 15
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Oh dear, these posts never end well.  

    But for me, our budget went to FOOD AND BOOOOOOOOOOZE!  And I wouldn’t change a damn thing about it.

    Post # 16
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @vizzlev:  Nope, but it certainly can if people can afford it and want to spend it.  It doesn’t make you materialistic or any less in love than any other couple.

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