(Closed) What's your wedding Budget?

posted 7 years ago in Money
  • poll: What's your wedding budget??
    Under $10,000 : (82 votes)
    27 %
    Between $10,000 and $15,000 : (64 votes)
    21 %
    Between $15,000 and $20,000 : (34 votes)
    11 %
    Between $20,000 and $25,000 : (43 votes)
    14 %
    Between $25,000 and $30,000 : (19 votes)
    6 %
    Over $30,000 : (64 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 17
    1762 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @tcgstar:  +1

    Post # 18
    8686 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Sparkler129:  I agree…NJ is ridiculous. We are over $60k right now not including rings and honeymoon. We have NOTHING special and an average sized guest list.

    I do already own a home and other things so we are just fine.

    Post # 19
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would say 25k is not that outrageous around here. My siblings weddings have run from 20k-75k. We have are having a small wedding with only about 60guest. We’re about 12k right now. But our original planning for 100guest at a more expensive venue was about 25k.  So we def cut it down a lot!!!

    Post # 20
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @OhsoLovely:  Well I started out with a $12,000 budget.  But I am finding that my budget is exploding.  I have no idea what it is up to now, I am afraid to crunch the numbers!!  I would have to say I have no idea what the average cost is, I just know that it is costing me more and more by the minute!!

    Post # 21
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    $ 3,500 for 80 guests…So far, it’s working out ! 🙂

    Post # 22
    7977 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    It was 6K. then we realised that the food and drink alone will cost about 5K… and that is with a LOT of DIY… DIY evening buffet and cake, for example.

    Unless you serve *** food, I just don’t see how you can do it for less where we are. And there is NO WAY I was going to do soup/melon followed by chicken and two veg. That’s like what you eat for lunch on a Sunday. Nothing wrong with it in itself, but it’s not exactly a treat.

    Post # 23
    3051 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    We’re doing a small Destination Wedding in DC and I haven’t started planning it so I’m not sure how accurate the budget is but we want to stay in the 5k range…under 10k including rings & honeymoon is the real budget. Considering we both want to pay for our parents’ flights though, we’re gonna have to be pretty frugal.

    We talked about doing an at home wedding for quite some time & if that was the case our budget would have gone up to about 15k including rings & honeymoon. The money would have been fine but we both prefer DC so it works out that we’re saving some money there too (I refuse to spend the SAME budget on a wedding that’s a quarter of the size & not a big to-do)

    Post # 24
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Our budget is about $13,000 – $14,000 including honeymoon, wedding bands, etc. Thank goodness we’ve found good, quality vendors that are not super expensive here in Puerto Rico. I think the average cost of a wedding here is much less than the average national cost.

    Post # 25
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Budgets really depend on where you live, as some ladies have already pointed out. Unfortunately, some areas are so expensive that your choice is either elope or spend $$$. :

    While I could never see spending $25k or more on a wedding (not right now, anyway!), it’s up to the couple/families/their finances. Some budgets are ridiculous, imo, but as long as people aren’t going into debt for it, whatever. Unfortunately, I think we see a lot of big budget craziness on tv these days (and those brides are usually spoiled/bitchy/brideszillas). Then there are people with big budgets who are doing that because their wedding is in someone else’s hands. I think there’s one bride here who said that she and her Fiance just don’t have the time to plan a wedding, so they hired a wedding planner to do it all for them. 

    Ours is approx. $10k, which is about twice what I wanted to spend. We don’t live in a high cost area or anything, but this is our wedding! We’re saving a lot by doing lots of DIY and shopping around, but there were things that we did pay extra for (officiant, reception venue that’s almost all-inclusive) because it was worth the trade off of less stress (though that’s not really proving to be true). We’re getting a little help from FI’s parents, but I think the bulk of it is coming from us. That total does not include wedding party gifts, decorations (haven’t added that up yet), or the honeymoon.

    Post # 26
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My parents have a budget of $30k.

    We are chipping in approx $10k (attire, Rehearsal Dinner, cake, etc)

    His parents are chipping in approx $5k.


    Average cost of a wedding in our city is $25k.


    Putting people down for bigger budgets is just as insulting as putting down a smaller budget wedding, In My Humble Opinion.  


    Post # 27
    2998 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    trying to keep everything around 10K. It’s a Destination Wedding so that includes the honeymoon!

    Post # 28
    945 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I live in Chicago so everything is outrageously expensive. We’re in the 6 figure category excluding rings. 

    Post # 29
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Wow, I’m shocked by the results of the poll as it seems to be on too extremes. I’m right in the middle, between $15000 and $20000. we already own a house and cars, and will also still have some left over in savings/stocks. I want to keep it as low as possible. Originally I said $10000, but we got a lot more back from our tax returns than expected so I upped the budget 🙂

    Post # 30
    3120 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I was a big budget bride and don’t have any regrets.  For us, we had a large guest list and that was the largest cost.  

    ETA:  We didn’t go into debt for our wedding and weren’t irresponsible in any way.

    Post # 31
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We set our wedding budget with the help of my parents and grandparents and his family agreeing to take care of the rehearsal dinner. We spent just about $15k and that includes $5500 given to me from my family. So our out of pocket was just under $10k, and did not put a penny on a credit card or go into debt for any portion of it. I am a teacher and was off last summer and was VERY fortunate to have been offered a part time job by the dr I used to work for. Every dime I made working there went directly to the wedding venue. (Almost $3k of it was made over the summer). We were also in a car accident 2 years ago and got my settlement last April. I paid off the few credit cards I had then the rest went to the wedding as well. We are having it on a Sat afternoon which saves almost $5k to not have an open bar and serve a formal dinner. Were having 150 guests as well. I have seen so many families go into HUGE debt over wedding expenses and that just didn’t appeal to me to have to start off our marriage in debt. Any debt we will have will be accrued together but AFTER we are married LOL. We also already own our home (been living together in the house since Aug 2009) and both our cars. Otherwise that money would have been put towards those things instead and we would have had a smaller wedding.

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