(Closed) What was the cost of your wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - The Summit Country Day School Chapel/The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors

I think the average wedding cost is going to greatly depend on where you’re located. There are all kinds of things you can do to keep costs down: pre-owned wedding dress, ceremony and reception in your backyard, iPod instead of a DJ, flowers from Whole Foods, cupcakes or a sheet cake, etc. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

From Iowa.

We had an outdoor ceremony and a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception with cake/cupcakes. 

Cheap invites from Staples – $20 for 50

Had cheap centerpieces (dollar tree vases, waterbeads, LED light at bottom).

Did our own ceremony music through WeddingDJ app and rented a sound system for $80.

I wasn’t going to do programs because they are a waste of $ but Fiance wanted them. So I found a hilarious free template that could be edited in Word and printed from Vistaprint.

Our total for ~100 guests -planned for 120- was roughly $6500 for everything.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Our current budget for 150 people is $32,500 (does not include rings or honeymoon) – we did a lot of DIY projects and cut costs wherever possible, but at our venue, food and alcohol add up REAL fast! Our venue cost (venue rental which is all inclusive of chairs, tables, linens, place settings, etc.), shuttle service through the venue, valet through the venue and food/beverage is over $15,000 of our total!

For reference, I’m in the Midwest (Wisconsin) and I know in other cities, costs can be VERY different.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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ktsteimel :  Wow, if most couples spend less than 10K there must be a few BALLIN weddings happening to bring that average cost up so high! Haha

But also…if couples typically spend between $19,984 and $33,306, how is that “most” couples spend less than 10K? Confused. haha

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Our budget is $55,000 for 160 people. But venue is the most expensive for us. If you can keep your venue cost down, it will help lower you’re budget a lot. Our venue alone is $36000.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

$2300-2500 

600 for venue (at my church and we had the reception in the lobby. It’s a beautiful and modern church so the lobby had all glass doors and beautiful lighting, didn’t have to pay extra to use the lobby.)

600 for food (we had pizza and wings and to this day people talk about that being the best wedding food they’ve had lol)

150 for officiant

200 for decorations

150 for flowers (I ordered them wholesale online and made my own bouquets)

150 for bridesmaid dresses (I had little flower girls instead of bridesmaids and I bought their dresses on eBay)

300 for my dress (bought it off the rack and didn’t need alterations) 

Can’t remember how much the tux was. Best man had his own.  

And then miscellaneous stuff. 

Edit: we had about 130 people 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

300 guests…I stopped counting at $124K yell

Not included are honeymoon, rings, my dress, shoes, accessories, his suit and accessories, bridal party gifts and anything coming in under $1K

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

120 guests, budget was $20k to start. Slowly grew to $50k overall.

Not included: rings, honeymoon. bridesmaids’ dresses

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Our Destination Wedding wedding with be $15,000 inclusive of everything, including 3 nights accommodation for 50 guests. Flights will be about $5,000. Our honeymoon will be about $40,000. 

We are having a Destination Wedding because it’s cheaper to give our guest the 5 star experience/vacation in a developing country. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Last count I did we were around 26k for pretty much venue, food, dress, videographer and photographer, dj and florist. We are bringing our own alcohol that will be supplied my FI’s family so that isn’t included…we’really planning for 130 guests in Charlotte, NC.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

I’m in Northeast Ohio. My original budget was closer to $12,000 but I grossly underestimated how much it would climb once I got my dress and photography. Now I’m thinking it will come closer to $20,000 for 100 guests, not including rings or honeymoon. We’re splurging in some areas but also trying really hard to save in others, like cutting programs and DIY decorations. One of the things that really increased our budget was going to the next catering package up in order to have chicken/steak instead of chicken/pork. I’m also planning on selling a ton after the wedding at a local event where brides take recycled wedding stuff. I’m also going to sell my dress. So I’m hoping we can recoup a lot of it. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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dreamreve1 :  why is your venue so expensive?  does it include food/alcohol?

Post # 15
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Busy bee

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summerrose33 :  While I think it is useful to compare to what other’s have spent, ultimately you and your Fiance need to decide what you can afford and structure your budget/plans around that.

The weddings of those closest to me were mostly around $20K and my Fiance and I are currently planning to spend about the same.

However, I have been to much smaller budget weddings that were very nice.  A girlfriend of mine eloped, so her wedding costs were very low.  Fiance and I had considered marrying over a year ago and at that time considered a much smaller wedding with a budget of $5k.  Again so many options, but it’s best you ultimately plan something you can afford without going into debt.  

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