(Closed) What was/is your Wedding Budget?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 77
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our budget was about $15000, but we obviously wanted to keep it lower than that if possible! We were pretty lucky because we had a lot of friends and family willing to pitch in and help out with our wedding (catering done by a friend, flowers from my mum, etc.), so we managed to get away with a gorgeous wedding for 150 guests costing somewhere between $7-8000.

Post # 78
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1132 posts
Bumble bee

No budget. Just ensuring everything is good value and that we’re not paying an absurd price for anything.

Post # 79
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our budget was 20k for the wedding, not including rings or honeymoon.  (Half we put in and the other half was from our parents.)  We probably came in around $16-17k.  The honeymoon was probably around $5k.

Post # 80
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our budget is set on a maximum of €3500,-, we are paying for the wedding ourself and are hosting a dinner for 40 adults and 12 childeren, a cocktail hour and offcourse the ceremony it self. This does include my dress, the rings and everything else execpt the honymoon…..

I would have loved to spend more but it’s just not realistic. We’re in Holland by the way..

Post # 81
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Our budget is 8k. It’s for 27 people including my Fiance and I. While that’s probably alot for 27 people, we’re getting everything I dreamed of. Designer gown, letterpress boxed invites, top rated beach front resort + highly rated food. I’m over the moon excited.

 

Post # 82
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

At the very beginning I thought that we’d be able to pull off a $12K wedding. After both families got involved, we will need a venue that will fit 160 people (totally not what we expected). Boy are venues expensive! The only venue that we could find that was cheaper than the one we finally decided on has signs in all the bathrooms that you can’t flush toilet paper down the toilet at all!!!! So we are now looking at a budget around $20k :'( 

 

P.S- I’m a saver….I HATE spending money….especially since we don’t have a house. I don’t even own a car!!!!

 

 

Post # 83
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am honeslty amazed at how much couples spend on their weddings! As a college student with so much loan debt and NO financial assistance from my parents or my fiancés parents I can’t imagine spending $5k on a wedding… let alone $20,000!

 

My fiancé is moving to the United States from Denmark and we are planning a small intimate wedding with only immediate family and maybe a few of my close friends. If his visa is approved while it’s still considerably warm out we will have a barbeque and decorate my sister’s backyard for the ceremony. 

 

I have already purchased my shoes for $30 and the dress I am eyeing is less than $150. I’m a bit of a makeup guru so I will be doing that myself and my sister will curl my hair. I will have a simple birdcage veil presumably handmade or purchased off etsy for around $20. My wedding band is $220 and can’t imagine my fiancé will pick out something more expensive than that for his. He also needs to purchase a new suit anyways so I am not sure if I consider that a wedding expense.

 

For the food, drinks, decorations, and flowers we will keep it around $500. And I have a peer who is starting a photography business and will give us an excellent rate.
 

 

Post # 84
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ours is around 20k not including honeymoon for 200 ppl.  We’re in the early stages though, only venue and photog booked so far.

Post # 85
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Original budget was 10-15k… we’re in the 23-28k range now, but it will be worth it to have all of our friends/family in nyc. 

Post # 86
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our budget was aimed as low as possible and I was hoping for $10-15k max, but my Fiance bargained in the begining that he could invite anyone he wanted, which made it higher. In return for inviting his whole life history (j/k), I got my real flowers and candles so that it’s nicer than a family reunion. After all our negotiations, we are inviting something like 185 people and should stay under $20k total (including rehearsal dinner, insurance, shuttle, and all the wedding stuff, minus my engagement ring). We don’t know what we’re doing about a honeymoon. Fiance is catering the rehearsal dinner, so I think the wedding ceremony and reception is about $16k or so. We are paying for it ourselves, which simplified our life a lot. We found lots of ways to cut back or stay on the low end while doing everything fairly traditionally and elegantly, ie we saved on the ‘one day’ type things (Craigslist wedding dress, bulk roses for centerpieces) and are bringing in high quality alcohol and food and having real tableclothes/napkins/silverware. It’s going to be a classy party for everyone! We’re excited.

If we weren’t such partiers who wanted to include everyone, I must say my sister’s courthouse marriage followed by a nice dinner was awesome and special. Definitely a great way to go if you don’t want to throw a huge party. But she then threw a huge party that was also under $20k for 75 people that was very elegant. She originally planned for 120 and $25k, but with lots of people unable to make it, she saved a lot!

Post # 87
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The wedding hasnt happened yet but so far we are under budget, withoutny a few things left to purchase i think we will com in under the expected 5000, at the very most hitting it right on =D

Post # 88
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We aren’t in a super expensive area but our original budget not including rings, honeymoon or rehearsal was 10,000K and we actually came in close at about 11K. With rings (our wedding bands, this doesn’t include my e-ring) honeymoon and rehearsal total spent was 18K. 

 

Post # 89
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It depends so much on location, number of guests, and expectations, doesn’t it? As far as I’m concerned, you manage to get it all done and remain financially solvent, it’s all good 🙂

For us, my parents paid for the ‘wedding+reception proper’ + rings (5K). His side paid for their travel expenses + groom/groomsmen suits + rehearsal dinner (3K). 6 day US honeymoon is < 1K. 

Post # 90
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My parents are paying for 90% of the wedding and I was never really given a “budget” per se…I know that Fiance and I have probably put in about $2000-3000 of our own money, including rings and mini-moon, his parents gave us another $2000 and my parents are covering everything else…I know the reception alone is somewhere around $12-13K. I would guess at the end of the day, we will probably have spent around $22-25K on everything. Which seems nuts for a 100-105 guest wedding. 

I’m very grateful and lucky that my parents are in the position to help us like this…I would have been just as happy to get married at city hall but they were pretty insistent on doing the whole traditional affair.

Post # 91
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@2sdaymeshell:  well our budget is $12000 …. but that is all my fi and I want to foot (we actually didnt include hneymoon and rings we put that into difrernt budget) . We have a few of his family members contribute a good sum almost $5000 all together. Our venue gave us $200 for rehersal dinner tothe attached restaurant for booking our wedding (we plan on a appetizer meal and only pay tip and tax out of pocket). A friend is taking care of transportation. We won our cake (well we are paying around $150 for a third teir… 7″ each teir.  Big cake. The cake with this baker is worth $650…she is pricey). 

 

So the wedding will be maybe $18000…but we are paying $12000….well planning on it.

 

 

 

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