How much did you/are you spending on the wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on May 30, 2013

Just curious how much people are spending for their big day!

For those who are cutting costs— what was one BIG thing you cut back on?

I’ll be spending between $6-8,000… and cut out flowers everywhere! (of course there will still be some at the ceremony, etc…)

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nova_queen_28 May 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

our budget is $20k and I expect we will be coming in slightly under that budget. It has taken our savings plus working & paying for things over the course of two years to pay for it.

And it is a sad state of affairs that I’ve had to cut back on anything when spending so much money,but its true and party because of where I live in Pennsylvania which isn’t the most affordable wedding location.
I found my photographer through Craigslist. I am making my own invitations, centerpieces & favors. I got a cheap dress & shoes (under $300 Total before alterations). We cut limos and minimized the flowers (bouquets /bouts /corsages ONLY – no floral decor anywhere).


Kalamity_K:) May 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm

$2500 and Im getting everything I want. And that’s only if I can’t find my dress at a lower price!


Silverdub6 May 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

We were in the ballpark of 6-8k. Then we thought it might be easier to do something else like goto Hawaii and get married on the beach, roll it into the hunnymoon and just have the close family come with. Were still playing around with the ideas, but are running late on booking for Aug 15th.


missmojo78 May 31, 2013 at 12:39 am

Our wedding cost around $9,000 total. We cut costs by having an open bar for beer and wine only, mixed drinks were cash only.


BDub May 31, 2013 at 1:38 am

I just got married 5/15/09, my husband and I spent about $7K with 90 people attending our wedding. (That includes everything, dress, tux, rings, food, photographer, liquor, flowers, make-up, hair, etc. Everything). We spent less money by only serving beer and wine at the reception (although I did make 10 gallons of sangria as our “signature cocktail”). We also found an inexpensive photographer who was able to save us 2K, and we cut our guest list to 90 to keep costs down. Other that that, we were sure to spend money where it would make the most impact, and did a lot of inexpensive DIY projects for the wedding (programs, personalized favors, crafty place cards, etc.). People are sure to remember the food, drinks and music before they remember what kind of flowers or decorations you have. Best of Luck!


Katie May 31, 2013 at 2:29 am

were 6-8k too. no photographer. my dad has some photography experience so hes taking them and were getting our flowers from grocery store florist instead of fancy florist.


Stiffler May 31, 2013 at 2:39 am

And that is DIYing alot of stuff.
The budget breaker for us was the venue we chose which was $30 per person more than the other places we were looking, but it is beautiful.
To tell you the truth we are not really cutting back on anything, because I planned to do everything on a budget anyway… Maybe the cars, which I am happy not to have at all. As I said we are DIYing so all owr own centrpieces, flowers from a wholsale cut flower store, rings off ebay, made own invitations and napkins, shopped around for a photographer who gives us the negatives… But this was all part of the original plan.


Pingle Lingle. :D May 31, 2013 at 2:44 am

Our budget is 10,000 but we used some of that money for furnishing our house, etc. We cut back on our videographer..we aren’t going to have one, we are just gonna have friends video. :)

Oh yeah and we made our own invitations and programs and are having a taco buffet that some friends are cooking for our reception. :)


Texas girl May 31, 2013 at 3:13 am

Our budget was $3000 but we soon realized it wouldn’t be quite enough and we ended up spending $5000. It was a perfect day!

We didn’t have a whole lot of flowers either, but we didn’t have to spend much on anything because we didn’t have any outside vendors. Our friends offered their talents for photography, flowers, cakes, decorating etc, so we didn’t spend much at all. Plus the venue was in a friends backyard, so we didn’t spend anything on that.

We were able to cut back on a lot of decorating since it was outside, so that helped alot. We also didn’t have a band, just a friend playing the piano. We didn’t have alcohol because neither of our families drink. We had our invitations printed up but put the ribbons on and addressed the envelopes ourselves.

So there are lots of things like that that helped us keep the costs down. hope this helped. Good luck and congrats!


kittenish May 31, 2013 at 3:29 am

Approximately 9,000 USD, but on the other hand that is split between three families – myself and my husband-to-be, my parents, and his parents. The split is about 25-50-25, and everyone is happy. Nobody on either side is especially pushy, if your family isn’t momzilla or dadzilla or whatever, weddings can be organized by more than one party and still be fun and peaceful. Just remember whoever gets the biggest bill (for me my mom and dad) get to be the primary hosts on the invite.


Coffee Junky May 31, 2013 at 3:52 am

Our budget is about $2000. With the items my parents are chipping in for it is probably a bit more like $2500 to $3000).

We’re doing most everything ourselves.

There is no venue cost since we’re having both the ceremony and reception outdoors at my parents country home. It’s a beautiful location…130 acres surrounded by lush forest, and a 4.5 acre limestone quarry as our backdrop.

Everything from food to flowers is being done by us. I even got my designer gown for a fraction of the price (thank you Craigslist!).

Our guest list was about 130, but we’re only expecting about 50 to 70 people.

So, the budget is for dinner, open bar(we’re providing hard liquers for mixing, cocktail mixes, wine, beer, pop, juice and coffee). It includes everything…even my dress. We’re even getting our rings for next to nothing because my man’s uncles used to own a few jewelery stores.

Since we’re doing all the work ourselves, we’re saving a ton…so we really don’t have to cut back on any major items. There’s no venue cost, no huge catering bill, no DJ bill (we’re renting our own DJ’ing equipment and hooking it up to our pre-mixed iPod). We don’t even have to hire a photographer! My brother is a world-travelled professional, and he’s doing our wedding as a gift!

We’re going to have a beautiful and classy wedding, for next to no money! I think my favorite part of the night will be dancing under the soft glow of the paper lanterns hanging outside (on the outdoor dance floor that my dad is building himself. ?


corky May 31, 2013 at 4:31 am

We spent no more then 2,000$. My dress was perfect, we used fake flowers, my aunt made a gorgeous cake, my grandparents played the music (they run a karaoke and dj business), we had the ceremony and reception in the same place, we got a discount on the venue (it was a moose lodge and my grandparents are members), instead of a photographer we put disposable cameras on some of the tables, my family and his made all of the food, my moh (no bridesmaids) bought her own dress, we rented tux’s from a local store, my flower girl and ring bearer wore clothes that they already had, and the list goes on


kimberly20 May 31, 2013 at 5:07 am

i’m getting married next month…we are having a destination wedding to destin, florida on the beach..i am spending about $3,500..including photographer, wedding package, wedding cake and groom’s cake and food. i couldn’t afford a wedding at home for 200 guests…so 60 of our closest family and friends are has turned out to be much more economical.


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