(Closed) What was the cost of your wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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courtneysokal :  Oh my!!  How in the world did your budget slowly grow $30,000?!?  That’s a big growth LOL.

Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

$17.5K

We tried to keep it around $12K. Didnt happen.

But it was the BEST day of our lives and the FUNNEST wedding ever!!! I wouldnt change a thing

 

p.s. I do want to mention we rented out a villa for my husband’s entire family for their stay of 10 days since they all came in from overseas.  It was worth it to splurge on them and keep them happy and comfortable so Im figuring that in. You might be able to save on that end.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

In all we spent around $8,000 and had 110ish guests. We did not do anything extravagant; just prioritized what was important, did a lot of DIY projects, and went a bit non-traditional on some things. Some factors that made it much more affordable: got married in a church where I am a member so fees were minimal, found a venue that was new to wedding receptions so the cost was low, provided only beer and wine, made all flowers (bouquets and bouts, didn’t have flower centerpieces) from fabric, didn’t have fancy transportation (drove ourselves around in our fancy attire!), designed our own invites and STDs and had them printed at a local university print shop, had online RSVPs, had a buffet-style dinner…those are the major ones I can think of now! Even though I sometimes feel envious of larger more extravagant weddings, DH and I had the most fabulous weekend with friends and family, our pictures are gorgeous, and the feeling of being just so in love and so happy are the defining thing when I remember the day. Even though I know it varies by location, anyone who says that they CAN’T have a wedding for less than a certain huge amount are just unwilling to compromise on big ticket items! Everything about a wedding is a choice!

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Our budget is $20,000 tops for 80 people in NE US.  We are doing things fairly traditionally and not really scrimping or DIYing anything, just keeping things small scale and reasonable.  Right now our budget estimate is sitting at around $16.5k for everything except our rings and honeymoon.  It all depends what kind of wedding you want.  If you want a traditional wedding with DJ, flowers, 4-course dinner open bar etc for 100+ people, that is going to cost you $15-20k minimum most places.  You can go all out with a 300+ person wedding and spend much more or go very simple and DIY for well under $10k as well.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We had said 12k for 80 people but i think it’ll end up being more with rings and honeymoon. Our flower budget also went from 500 to 1500. 😢

Hopefully it turns out to be about 13k. 

We are DIYing so hoping to sale some of our stuff after.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We’re expecting around $15,000 with about 250 guests. We definitely splurged on what mattered to us and skipped things that didn’t. There were cheaper caterers who would have done the standard chicken-and-pasta buffet for about a third less than we’re paying for burgers (including veggie and turkey burgers) and picnic-style food, so definitely do your research rather than picking something because you assume it would be cheaper. (I’ve also heard of people pricing out heavy hors d’oeuvres and finding out a full meal would save money.) The cheaper caterers were from wedding-factories, and even their lowest cost catering is more expensive than having your reception (or wedding and reception) at the venue. A lot of people talk about using a public park to save money, but if you can find a wedding-factory that you’re happy with, it can be even cheaper than picking a “free” venue. Of course, that’s probably only true if you’re planning a full meal.

ETA: We’re cutting costs by skipping centerpieces (no need to put flowers on the table when you’re surrounded by wildflowers), using a grocery store florist and bakery, using Etsy and Vistaprint for invitations instead of anything fancy, and using a sound system and iPod instead of a DJ (with a few friends taking turns MCing different parts of the night). The more controversial way we’re cutting costs is skipping linens and using disposable plates, cups, and flatware. This wasn’t really a choice due to park rules, which prohibit glass and breakable plates, but apparently it is saving us several dollars per person.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee

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waiting2bee :  yes it includes alcohol, food, AV stuff, ceremony draping, and the chattel fee plus 13% tax and 18% service charge. I also live in a VHCOL area.

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I am in Conneticut and was planning a wedding for 130 guests and it was going to cost us around $30k.  Since then we scrapped that plan and are now doing a destination wedding in Florida with 20 guests and its looking like we will spend around $10-$12k.  We could do it for even less but are choosing to treat our guests as they will be traveling and there are so few of them.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

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summerrose33 :  Not sure where you are located, but would you be able to get married in the fall or winter to help with the price? I am in Boston and have found that getting married in the off-season is the number one thing is the number one thing that his helping us keep costs down. The venue was half price ($2400 vs. 5k). Our current budget is $20K, including rings and my dress, which is super-low for this area! Specific tips: 

1. Sapphire and moissanite ring (no diamonds). Fiance will proabably get titanium.

2. Negotiate with caterers — we have gotten our food + service cost down from an intial quote of $120 pp to about $80 pp

3. Choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol and buy it from a store that sells on consignment. We will buy all the booze (caterer serves it) and then can return unopened bottles

4. Dress on clearance at David’s Bridal (could also do pre-owned)

5. Flowers and cake from Costco. Making own bouquets.

6. Invitations from Vistaprint and online RSVPs

7. Our DJ is relatively new to the business and a friend of a friend, so that will be pretty affordable, half the price of a more veteran DJ.

8. Wearing shoes I already own — no one is going to see them anyway! 

9. Buying random decorations from craigslist.

I’m sure there are more that I am not thinking of. I am very diligently budgeting for this as we also want to save up to buy a house.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead

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summerrose33 :  We are in OKC, OK and we had a started budget of $15k but its looking more like $17k for our 150 people. We are doing a lot of DIY and paying in cash to get the best deals we can get. I suggest that you just put the money where it is important to you, we did a lot for our food and bar because we are foodies and lovers of cocktails. We are using a historical site which has a very low rental cost and included the tables and chairs.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Ours is at about 7k with dress and suit, reception, and venue. I’m not counting the hotel but that’s about 1k for the week in Vegas. 

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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futuremrsferrell :  We were very naive when we started our planning! We didn’t realize how much the venues we liked would cost for that number of people. The venue we chose ended up costing us $20k. We also ended up hiring a decorator. Luckily we had some help from both sets of parents which was awesome 🙂

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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courtneysokal :  I completely understand.  It’s so hard in the beginning to “Set a budget” especially when you have no idea how much things actually cost!  I just kind of Google’d “average wedding cost” and set our budget in there.  We’ll see if we make it!

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

$5k (or less), is the budget for us here in Sc. There’s another recent post where the bee is asking how to keep it below that, I’d look at it, great tips!

Post # 45
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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wineenthusiast :  Pardon my French but holy shit.  How do you spend over $200k on a wedding???

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