Crystal
Just Said Yes November 2020

Wedding budget

Crystal, on September 4, 2019 at 3:55 PM

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What is a good budget for a wedding?
What is a good budget for a wedding?

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  • Maddie
    Devoted October 2020
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    I never planned on a budget because I didn’t wanna limit myself and wanted to have the wedding of my dreams. But for reference my FH and I only booked our Venue, Photographer, and videographer and we are already spent $12,000 (And still need to buy and book everything else) BUT my sister just had her wedding and she probably spent maybe $10,000 and that included everything, dress, Photographer, food, venue etc. My sister and I are opposites, she likes simple and I like extravagant! Lol

    If you do have concern about how much it is gonna cost and you don’t wanna spend months/ years paying for it & you don’t have financial help from family/ friends, I’d suggest make a budget. Venues alone are expensive, when we were looking most were around the $4,000 - 7,000.

    BUT don’t get discouraged whether you make a budget or just don’t care how much it cost, its your wedding and what you and your future spouse want! Best of luck and I know your wedding will be perfect!!
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  • Danyi
    Beginner September 2019
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    I depends on your area/where the wedding will be held, as well as the expectations you have for your wedding. Our wedding is going to be held at Park City Utah, (we are from NYC so destination wedding) at the end of the month, so all most of the expenses have been accounted for and we are looking at around a little over 65k for 83 guess? That does not include honeymoon, welcome dinner or next day brunch.

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  • Kaleka
    Devoted September 2019
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    Your wedding budget is all dependent on what you and your FH can afford. FH and I are planning our wedding for $10,000.
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  • Kelly
    Devoted March 2021
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    I agree with what everyone else is saying. It really depends on what area you live in, guest count, and how extravagant you want things.

    We started with a $10,000 budget for 100 guests but then when I started looking and realized there is no such thing as a venue under $7,500 for 100 guests we had to raise the budget to $15,000 and now I think I'm going to be a little under budget but I still have a lot to do!!

    It really does depend on all those factors. I suggest pricing things out, creating a guest count, and then come up with a budget. Then, stick to it!! Good luck!!
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  • Kelly
    Devoted March 2021
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    Omg!! $65,000 for 83 guests!! I hope you don't mind me asking but I'm just curious, why so much??
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  • Danyi
    Beginner September 2019
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    To be completely honest i don't even know how it happened. I guess we are spending 14k in food, 10 in booze, 12k in flowers, 7k in photography/and videography, I am paying for 9 hair and makeup with 4 specialist/high end stylists and so on. Things just add up...

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    This doesn't seem SUPER high, we spent 65k for 125 guests and that didn't include invites, save the dates, decor, or small purchases we made it along the way. It does sound like the budget for an upscale, formal wedding but if I didn't limit our wedding at 65k we could have fairly easily got to 80k+ with adding more luxury items.

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  • A
    Just Said Yes November 2020
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    This is amazing. Do you have any tips or advice as someone just getting started. My FH and I were hoping to go really small and we are right now aiming for around that.

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  • Alexis
    Savvy September 2019
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    Our wedding came out to 12k I think 5k-10k are usually the norm. My sisters was 10K and it was massive. All in how you do things.

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  • S
    Devoted October 2019
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    Looking for deals, using decorations that friends and friends of friends used at there wedding, and go to garage sales. Compare prices on EVERYTHING. Like for example, we went to KAY jewlers to find our rings, we then compared prices every where, including Walmart. We found the exact same ones at Walmart for $40 for both of the rings (and they were EXACTLY the same, we even brought them to a jeweler to have them looked at). The reason jewlery is so expensive at a actual jewlery store is because they have a 'founders fee'. Also I got my dress out of clearance at David's bridal, picked one out that fit me with no alterations. We just had to bustle it. Amazon for the shoes. We went to Halberstadt's for his suit (they have really nice ones for $69, and $10 alterations). We were going to make our own cake but my mom wanted to buy one instead. Also before I started any planning I asked our parents and siblings if there was anything specific they wanted to do for the wedding. My little sister wanted to do my hair so we are saving Money there. My parents, his parents, and us are splitting the food cost three ways for the main meal. Our family is really big on BBQ and pot licks and we had several (almost everyone) ask if they could bring a dish so we are just having a pot luck wedding.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
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    It is really about what you feel comfortable spending. Prices are going to vary on your location, your guest count (this is huge!), the type of food and alcohol you select, and just the overall feel you choose for your wedding. I read today that the average wedding in the U.S. cost around $33,000.

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  • Kelly
    Devoted March 2021
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    Yep, that'll do it!! Lol!! Girl, I am so jealous!! Wish I had your bank account!! Lol!! If I could, I definitely would have spent like that as well!! My flowers are at $1,700 and I'm having to knock it down as much as possible, my flower budget is more like $1,200 but I can definitely see how it's super easy to get it way up there!! The price if flowers is totally redicks!! Along with the prices for everything else, lol!! Good luck to you!! I know everything will be just gorgeous!!
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  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
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    The “average” is BS. Two years ago it was $22,000 now it’s $30,000, I’m just not buying it. It’s all pressure to guilt you into paying more. Have the wedding you can comfortably afford, be it $100 or $100,000. Wedding prices vary depending on where you live and how many guests, let that be your guide.
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  • VIP November 2021
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    You can make any budget work !!!
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  • VIP November 2021
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    Exactly !!!!! The average( to me) is ridiculous !!! So much more you can do with that money -
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  • John
    September 2020
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    One that doesn't put you into debt!
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  • Jacquelyn
    Beginner December 2019
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    This is a tough question! It depends on how many people you invite and your kind of style. Personally, I have 75 guests, and we went super simple and budget-friendly. Honestly, it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want! The only issue is, to save money, sometimes corners have to be cut, but the day will still be perfect even if you had to cut a couple small details out!

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  • Christina
    Dedicated September 2022
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    I definitely believe it all depends on you and what you want. My budget is between 15-20k for about 100 guests and a formal evening. I spent 15k on the venue alone.
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