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Over or Under: 27k Wedding Budget?

Jayla, on September 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM Posted in Planning 0 186
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This one is definitely a frequently asked question! When you exclude the engagement ring and the honeymoon, the average cost of a wedding is $27,000. Unfortunately, most couples budget an average of $16,000 for their wedding and 40% of couples go over their budget! Based on the total ceremony and reception costs, couples end up spending an average of $216 per guest.

Is your wedding budget in the same ballpark? Are you over or under $27,000? *you don't have to share exact numbers!!


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186 Comments

Latest activity by Will & Tiara, on February 11, 2020 at 10:03 PM
  • C
    Super October 2018
    Cassandra ·
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    Under, mine is about 12-13k at most, which is where I wanted to stay.
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  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·
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    Budget was slightly under that number, but we have managed to stay WAY under budget with everything so far! So I guess you could say we're a "double under!" Smiley smile

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    Budget is way over that number. Getting married in California is a lot more expensive than other parts of the country!
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  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·
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    We didn't budget like this.

    Wedding budget was 15K. We came in at budget.

    Honeymoon budget was 5K. We came in at budget.

    Right budget was 5K. We came in at budget.

    Nothing was lumped together as they were separate from each other.

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  • Denise
    Devoted May 2019
    Denise ·
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    Over. That’s all I have to say about that.
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  • Happy Hedgie
    VIP September 2018
    Happy Hedgie ·
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    Under! Our original budget (before we started planning) was 5K which we quickly realized was unrealistic. We bumped it up to $7500 and we went a bit over probably coming in right around $8,200. We forgot about a lot of little things like the marriage license, stamps, boxes for people to take cake home, fees to have the rehearsal, etc. that all added up.

    We went over on the average per guest price though. Looks like we are spending roughly $300 per guest (we invited 27 ppl). We knew we really wanted to splurge and treat our absolute closest loved ones to a fantastic wedding though so, it is well worth it to us.

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  • FutureMrsR
    Dedicated October 2018
    FutureMrsR ·
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    Under. But not by a lot.

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  • Bailey
    Super March 2019
    Bailey ·
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    Under the average. Our budget is currently $15000 (from our parents, we could contribute if we needed to) but so far looks like we can stay in that.
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  • EllieRose
    Expert February 2020
    EllieRose ·
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    We didn't ever really set a budget because my parents know my taste isn't outrageous and we are all working together to make it exactly what FH and I want! I am, however hoping it is under 27K!
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  • Kayla
    Expert January 2019
    Kayla ·
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    Under! We are having a smaller wedding to keep it that way!
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  • Brandy
    Expert October 2018
    Brandy ·
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    Our budget is WAY under that, and we've been able to stay under our budget so far.

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  • J
    Expert September 2018
    Jody ·
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    Way under. We are paying for the wedding ourselves and had a budget of around 10k. Prob going to be about 12k when it’s all said and done. Which still seems ridiculous to me, spending so much on ONE day, ugh. But it will be a great day for sure!

    Our honeymoon will be around 4K and I’m not sure what FH spent on my ring. Somewhere around 4-6k total I think.
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  • NVV2B
    VIP January 2019
    NVV2B ·
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    We are on the cusp, it really depends on how many people show up.

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  • S
    Dedicated February 2019
    Sarah ·
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    Under. Probably end up around $9k by doing destination. Our per guest cost is way higher though with a small guest list.
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  • Ashley
    VIP December 2018
    Ashley ·
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    Wayyy under

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    Yay! That's awesome!

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    That's definitely not bad! I think having a smaller wedding allows you to put more into the details and making it a great time for everyone

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    When discussing budgets some may feel that 10-12k is on the smaller scale but when you really think about it, it is a lot of money! It's definitely worth every penny though!!

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  • KarenO
    Master June 2018
    KarenO ·
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    We were right around there, with major vendors/items coming in at just under $25,000. But, that doesn't include some smaller things, like invitations, save-the-dates, wedding day jewelry and accessories, wedding party gifts, guest book, etc., which would bring the total closer to the average.

    We paid about $110 pp for our 140-person wedding at a semi-inclusive venue in suburban Philadelphia, and saved a lot of money by having our wedding on a Friday night.

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  • Rachel
    Super May 2019
    Rachel ·
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    I think under. It’s hard for me to know for sure right now, as it’s gone up a lot from our initial budget of $10k. We were planning on a destination elopement originally. It’s turned into a bigger affair. But I’m still sure we’ll be under $27K.

    I really need to track it better. It’s been difficult though. The wedding is in Canada, but I’m in California. So I have the exchange rate to figure out, plus things like my wardrobe for the day are all being purchases in the US, so it’s all of the place right now!

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