(Closed) What's your wedding budget?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 46
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I believe the average in the US is around $25K.

When my husband and I got engaged we sat down and talked things through. We set an “ideal” budget of $15K and a “maximum” budget of $25K. That’s what we could comofrtably afford without dipping into our savings. We ended up spending $17.5K, so well under our max budget. We also got unexpected fiancial help from his parents and my grandmother to the tune of $4K, so we actually spent $13.5K which was below our ideal budget.

We were very concious in our decisions about what was important and what wasn’t. It’s easy to spend money on stuff that doesn’t really matter, unless you’re careful about it. We got exactly what we wanted and , in our opinion, it was worth every penny!

Post # 47
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ours is $5, and we should be just under budget. We’re having 30 people attend, I am wearing a donated dress that was about $300. No DJ, no lighting, an appetizer reception, silk flower bouquets done by my stepmom’s mother, etc. Lots of little cost-saving moves yet a nicely personalized wedding 🙂

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re at 12,500.  We had really hoped for 12,000, so we’re a bit over but not much.

Post # 49
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We were planning on 20K and should come in just under if all 150 people invited show up. Hoping for more like 120-130 guests, but we’ll see. (that doesn’t included the honeymoon)

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our budget is $12,500 with about $200 people. I’m a HUGE bargain hunter and I love DIY stuff so the most anything is costing is the food and bar. We are having an outdoor ceremony and a indoor reception. Otherwise we actually got a lot of things on sale or for free because we knew people!!

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We are hoping to keep everything under $12K. 

Here is our breakdown so far:

$6k Reception (Food, drinks and cupcakes)

$500 Ceremony (at the reception with rehearsal the night before)

$653 Flowers (4 bouquets and lots of flower petals – Purple alstromerias, cream roses and gerber daisies with black centers)

$895 DJ

$600 Photographer (friend since HS)

$200 Officiant (friend since elementary school – she will also include a personalized ceremony and a book of the ceremony)

$971 Dress (with one alteration included)

$250 Invitations, save the dates and RSVP cards

$150 bridesmaid gifts

$250 Favors (TCBY Truck is coming – I have to say other than marrying my best friend, that is the part I am most excited about!)

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Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We were at about 25k, not including honeymoon or rings. Most brides don’t get 75% of their vendors free so I don’t think comparing your budget to most on here is really telling of anything.

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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anhelms:  we ended up spending more than planned but still stayed around 12,000

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ours started at $4,000 but has grown to $5,000.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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gillykat824:  I think it is completely possible for OP to keep it that low with 75-100 guests. We are having 125-140 guests and our budget is around $4500-$5000 and we are having a full reception with appetizers, a buffet style meal, beer, wine, and champagne. Plus we rented a huge tent and table and chairs. It just depends on where you live, how much you DIY, and whether you get really fancy, or keep it simple.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

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anhelms:  Its pretty impressive if you can do a 75-100 person wedding for $3500! We’re having 140 people and spending $10k on food alone! Our budget is about $30k and right now it looks like we will probably hit $32k (but that includes rehearsal food/decor, hotel room for 2 nights, makeup for 5 people… so if we didn’t add all of that we would probably be pretty close to $30k, if not a little under!

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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MissPhish:  Oh, I agree it’s possible – just requires a ton of work (and somewhat luck with where you live). I wouldn’t call ours fancy at all, but our location is more expensive to begin with. 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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anhelms:  Couldn’t agree more! Handing over cash definitely made me think about what I really wanted to spend our money on haha

(and don’t worry I would NEVER judge, not my style 😉 )

Every couple should be able to do whatever they want without comments and side-eyes from other people (especially strangers!). As long as they are happy, that’s all that matters!

 

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

We’re in a MAJOR, very expensive West Coast city, so it’s hard to do a wedding here on the cheap. Also, he has an enormous family, so we’re looking big: 150-175 people minimum. Currently hoping we can do the whole thing for under $20k, with a lot being food, venue, and photography. (Could honestly care less about decor/flowers/invites/etc.)

Post # 60
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My budget is around 15k. We plan to come in under that amount, but I’m not sure if we will.

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