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Racheal
Dedicated June 2019

How much will your wedding cost?

Racheal, on March 30, 2019 at 1:46 PM

Posted in Planning 72

How much will do spend on your wedding when all is said & done? My fiancé is a go with the flow kind of guy & has been cool with everything I’ve wanted to choose for the wedding but lately he’s been commenting about how things are adding up. Me on the other hand, I am amazed at the great...
How much will do spend on your wedding when all is said & done?

My fiancé is a go with the flow kind of guy & has been cool with everything I’ve wanted to choose for the wedding but lately he’s been commenting about how things are adding up.
Me on the other hand, I am amazed at the great pricing I’m able to secure for us and that were able to have such top notch vendors, venue, 125 guests with sit down dinner, hor d’oeuvres, cocktail hour, my dream dress & his tux all for under $15k! I think he just has no clue the cost of things cuz he’s not the one wheeling & dealing & researching.

Any other brides having this experience with their man? If you want to share your average total cost & experiences & pics please do!

72 Comments

  • Samantha
    Savvy October 2019
    Samantha ·
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    I was really trying to stay at $30k but I am keeping a really close eye on the budget and right now, including EVERYTHING for the wedding, it's sitting closer to $48k.

    It's totally mind-boggling how much weddings cost, even when I am trying to be cost effective and shop around to get the best deals! I am having a hard time reconciling spending all that on one weekend but I'm trying to keep in mind that we'll only spend this once and it'll be worth it to have all our friends and family.

    Our current guest list is about 175, we're anticipating about 140 attendees and are in Columbus OH.

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  • Mandy
    VIP May 2019
    Mandy ·
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    My budget was $5k-$7k and I'm staying within that. If it doesn't fit in the budget, it doesn't fit in/at my wedding. I refuse to more than what's in my bank account for one day. I'm paying for the wedding basically by myself and using up my savings account for it. I know it's a very special day, but sorry, I'm not spending a years salary on an event. We have bigger plans for our future than a one day, about 8 hour event.

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  • Future Mrs. Hicks
    Dedicated April 2020
    Future Mrs. Hicks ·
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    We are at 30k budget
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  • 2chicksbecome1
    Dedicated July 2019
    2chicksbecome1 ·
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    If we include our attire, hotel rooms for the wedding, transportation and all... We've exceeded $14k, and we are eloping with just us, our children (2) and the nanny.

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  • Future Mrs. Polar Bear
    Super April 2019
    Future Mrs. Polar Bear ·
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    We are still 13 days away from our wedding/honeymoon but our total cost when all said and done (estimate here) we are thinking will be $4,350 for Elopement (destination) & $4,330 for Honeymoon, so under $9k.

    I think with what you've stated you are getting a great deal! Once we'd realized we weren't going to be able to have a wedding less than $10k, we'd decided to Elope and spend the $10k combined on a Destination Elopement and Honeymoon.

    My man has been 100% supportive the whole way. He did get frustrated with the wedding planning but it was more because it was stressing me out than him being mad about anything. Once we decided to Elope and do the Honeymoon right away...it's been great!

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  • K
    Just Said Yes November 2019
    Karen ·
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    We are keeping it under $3,000. For us, this is just one day to celebrate with very close friends and family. We are saving the $ we won't spend on a house.

    All the best!

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  • ASMini914
    Super September 2019
    ASMini914 ·
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    We are in Boston, and will have ~125-130 guests, our budget is 50k, and it’s looking like it will end up costing ~45k not including the honeymoon. Everything is so expensive, it’s unbelievable. We are going with quite a few of the lower price ranges for things and it’s still so much.
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  • Soon2Bmrsp
    VIP May 2019
    Soon2Bmrsp ·
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    I think when all is said and done we will have spent about $25-30K for 125 guests in NJ...being in different states make a big difference too...

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  • A
    Expert August 2019
    Ami ·
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    We're keeping it at 40k. I couldn't believe how much all the little things add up to! Sitting around 36k right now and hoping to stay that way. Biggest expenses for us are food and venue.
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  • Stephanie
    Dedicated July 2021
    Stephanie ·
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    Our all together will be $6,000
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  • Trish
    Savvy August 2019
    Trish ·
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    Oh I know this feeling. When we discussed booking our venue I thought he would call the whole thing off...but then I showed the proposals of all the other places and he quickly cooled off. HAHA he said next time lead with the high bids first so I feel like we're getting a deal. This strategy has worked well for us moving forward.

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  • Laura
    Dedicated June 2019
    Laura ·
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    I dont know who you're apologizing to. you are having the wedding you want, just as others on here who are spending more are. Even if you have a budget of 500 dollars it will still be a perfect day because you are marrying your best friend, just like it will be the perfect day for brides who spend 50,000.

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  • maryann
    Expert June 2019
    maryann ·
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    I don't like to consider myself a cheap bride ( I like the term seriously budgeting) our budget that I told him I am sure I can do an amazing wedding with 2k, I think by the time we are done we will be a little over 2k but not quite at 3k.... So fingers crossed and that is for a wedding of 120 pp, plus wedding party of 14.... Wish me luck ladies. Its getting a little tougher now

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  • Mandy
    VIP May 2019
    Mandy ·
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    Maybe not the "wedding I want" but the "wedding I can afford". Everyone has different priorities and different means of paying for their weddings though. That's what makes these forums so great - there's such a diversity!

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  • Racheal
    Dedicated June 2019
    Racheal ·
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    LOL maybe to the vendors trying to charge up the A for stuff Smiley xd
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  • Emily
    Savvy June 2019
    Emily ·
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    Our budget was 20k. We have about one 300 people and went over by about 5k. Not including the honeymoon or rings.
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  • Madison
    Devoted August 2019
    Madison ·
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    Agreed! We are getting married in the SF Bay Area at a Golf Course and we are looking at around $26K for 110ish people, not including honeymoon or rings. The tax of nearly 9% and the gratuity of 22% (!) are what killed our original budget.

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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    We had planned on $18k. My parents gifted us $12k of it, FILs about $2k (including Rehearsal dinner) and we would front the other $4k.
    As of right now, we're at $11k! It could be a little more pending the last 20 guests RSVP answers. I dont see it breaking $12k though.
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  • Alli
    Devoted October 2020
    Alli ·
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    Guest list of 60, at a small all inclusive venue (all we have to provide are invitations, flowers, and photographer) and our budget is around $8k.

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  • Laura
    Master October 2019
    Laura ·
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    We've set a $3000 budget and i'm sure we'll be under that. Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Michael's are my friends!

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