(Closed) What was/is your Wedding Budget?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 62
19 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

We started out with a budget of 10k (not including honeymoon and rings) but that was because I had the guest list at around 50 adults. Our parents were really against us having a small wedding so pushed us to go a little bigger. We upped it to 75. That was as much as I was willing to go. My mom pitched in $2,000 and my in laws put in $5k. We are footing the rest of the bill. Like a lot of the other brides, I quickly found out how unrealistic 10k was. Including the honeymoon and rings, we will probably be spending a total of 20k. Lucky for us, we are getting free photos because my Uncle and Aunt are a professional photographers. Two of my bridesmaids are local florists whose parents own a flower farm. I am getting flowers at wholesale prices and the flowers that they grow I will get for free. That means no excessive labor costs. Yay for savings! It helps because photos and flowers take up a load of the budget. I was able to use that money for other things like my dress, the honeymoon, and makeup/hair. 

Post # 63
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@2sdaymeshell:  Our budget is $8,000 with approximately 70 guests, this is not including honeymoon 🙂


Post # 64
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@mylittleviolett:  That’s actually good news! Again, my budget is the same, but did not include our honeymoon or our rings. Our guest list will be around 55-60.

Post # 65
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We don’t really have a set budget in that we don’t have a lot saved and we don’t know what our parents will give us yet, if anything. But what we are budgeting to save is ~$7500 for 50 people.

Post # 66
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our starting budget was around $28,000 but it’s looking like we will end up spending around $35,000…sigh. It will be beautiful though! Oh, and that is for 200 guests!

Post # 67
1783 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We started out with a $10,000 for 90ish people. We are currently at $12,000 for 104 people. A handful are from England and we aren’t sure if they will make the trip. We went over budget on our rings and my dress/accessories. Now Fiance is slowly getting annoyed about going more over budget on decorations than originally agreed to. It’s so hard not to want to make it perfect looking. I know getting married to my best friend is the most important part but I’m not ashamed to admit I still really care about everything else, too.

Post # 68
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

We’re aiming for £10,000, which is just over $15,000 US, for approx 60 people during the day, going up to maybe 80 in the evening.

This isn’t including the honeymoon though, which may have to be postponed, or we’ll look into getting a last minute deal closer to the time.


Post # 69
916 posts
Busy bee

This waiting bee is now scared lol. 

Post # 70
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

10-11k for 120ish guests. So far, I am on track. It took a LOT of DIY work and bartering with vendors. 
We are also trying to renovate our master bathroom this year. Weddings are fun but fully functioning bathrooms are better long-term..  

Post # 71
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are aiming to spend $5000 or less. Our parents will likely contribute a bit, but then we’ll have to do some too. We are in our mid-twenties, but I am hoping to go back to grad school next fall, and he might be going to get a Ph.D. so we’re still in that getting our careers together phase. We live in an area where this could be doable, we also don’t expect to have the most lavish affair. Good food in a nice place with decent photos, and 80 ish (probably less though) of our closest people… and I’m very crafty/artistic, so DIY is SOO in my future.

Oh, the honeymoon probably (unless something miraculous happens) won’t be happening until maybe that winter, or the spring or summer after.


Post # 72
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our budget is 12K and we’ve stayed within it quite well. I’m doing a lot of DIY stuff and we shopped around until we went mad trying to find affordable vendore/venues.

Even if our funds were limitless, I didn’t want to plan a wedding for $25k…that could have bought me a brand new car!!!


Post # 73
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The wedding came to around $4500 for everything and it was perfect.  Just what i wanted: simple and fun.

Post # 74
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My budget for 150 guests is 3k. I know, I know it seems unrealistic. However, our venue is free, food will be completely cooked by my family and myself(we are fantastic cooks if I do say so myself!) we are getting married at my grandparents farm in MO, ceremony in the woods and then reception in the garden(my grandmother is a master gardner) I have everything budgeted all the way down to the thread it will take to sew my own napkins and the ice to cool our drinks 🙂

Post # 75
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Right now we’re thinking $20k (not including a honeymoon which we will likely take well after the wedding to give us time to save). Initially we thought we’d be paying ourselves but Fiance parents are contributing $7-$8k. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because this will certainly help us out, but I’d prefer if it was just us paying for it. I’d like to be able to say that we paid for the wedding, but this will certainly take a bit of the pressure off. It will be tight year for us for sure. I’m still paying off student loans, and one thing my Fiance are in agreement with, is that we don’t want to come out of the wedding and feel like we’re starting from scratch, so we will simultaneously be saving towards a down payment for a house.
I’m a shopper, so this next year will be a true test of my will power!

Post # 76
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Feel like the odd man out but our wedding was supposed to be 5k and we are stressing to bring that down a little. Looks like budget cuts are sending us to 4k but at least we aren’t breaking the bank!

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