(Closed) What's your wedding budget?!

posted 6 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Plan as if they’re not helping out, because they may not, or they may not contribute what you were hoping they would.

That being said, we planned as if we were paying for it, because we did not plan on asking for any money, nor expecting any offers. We planned a $5,000 budget (although right now it’s looking more like $6,000). My parents paid for my dress, half of the security for the ceremony/reception venue, and are giving us $100.00 a month to use as we need for the wedding. FI’s Dad gave us half of the security for the ceremony/reception venue. And my Aunt and Uncle gave us half the money for the final cost of the ceremony/reception venue. We never expected any of this money.

A realistic budget is one that is realistic to you and only you. What’s my reality may not be yours. I have a friend who got engaged two months after me and is planning for her wedding to be a year after mine, and they figure they can save $3,000 for their wedding. Same age, roughly the same income, but life throws us different expenses.

As many will say, don’t plan expecting money from family. Plan on not getting money. Set your budget as if you’re the only ones paying for it. Because even if they offer, they may not come through (take it from me, I know – it happened with FFIL!). And if they do offer money, then great (but don’t change your budget because of it!).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Depends on where you live or what you want. I live in NYC where the average doesn’t get cheaper then probably 30K but I personally decided on having a small destination wedding. Our budget was 25k and we made it right at 22k including everything such as rings, airfare, honeymoon, etc. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our budget was 25k. Looks like we went a little over (waiting for the final bar bill) and are around 28k. My parents paid for most of it, his parents paid for rehersal dinner.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My parents aren’t helping (they decided to pay for college instead)  I plan on a 5K budget and lots of DIY projects.  I think you need to just look at what your dream wedding is and how much you decide it is worth to you.  My dream wedding would cost at least 10K but it isn’t worth me pushing back our life plans for an extravigent wedding that I don’t need.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My parents are contributing, my fiance’s crappy parents (for many reasons) are not contributing even though it is more than possible for them. Our budget was about 30k, now it is at 36,600. But we live just outside of NYC, so that’s almost average for our location.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

including honeymoon $22k but looking like its going to be more like $25k. we are paying for it ourselves

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Fiance and I are paying for the wedding ourselves though my mom is taking care of some things. She’s not exactly telling us what. Yesterday, she put the deposit down for me to get my dress and undergarments for it. I am paying for the rest of the dress and I plan on giving her money back that she put down for the deposit. I just didn’t have it at the time. She is also paying for the bridal shower, mainly just the food and drinks, and she wants to host the rehearsal dinner, so she is paying for that as well. My Fiance and I are budgeting about 4K for the wedding not including the dress, rings and honeymoon, though those items aren’t expensive at all.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

around $500

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

ours is max 50k. but we are trying to get costs down to about 45k. everything included.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Gah!  Not what we hoped.  I thought it was ridiculous when my SIL had a wedding at 30,000…and, well, ours is headed that way FAST.  We currently have the honeymoon budgeted at 4,000, and considring I plan on leaving the country to someplace tropical, I doubt 4,000 is gonna cut it.  We cut some of the flower budget and I am going to DIY my centerpieces, I hope this helps! lol

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It varies ENORMOUSLY by region …but…

 

our total budget is 20k, and we will probably end up spending about 22 – after getting nickled and dimed to death by our venue.  (and we are considered low-mid budget for the Boston area)

My parents are paying the catering bill, we are paying for everything else.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

first it was 10k, then 12k including wedding bands, and then I got a full time job so we bumped it up a little to about 14k. We ended up just a little over (like, 14.5k over, not thing super major). That included everything except the honeymoon and we paid for it 100% ourselves in cash. 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Realistic all depends on what kind of wedding you want and how much the vendors in your area charge. We’re ideally trying to stay under 10k, but chances are it will probably end up being closer to 12k–we’re having a TON of people so even though there will be lots of DIY and relying on family connections for good deals, it adds up pretty fast. 

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