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My Fiance and I were going over our budget last night and we are going crazy... We do not want to skimp on anything BUT at the same time the reason we planned on a DW was so that we wouldnt go into debt over a wedding. I know it sounds stupid but I am having the biggest issues with my OOT bags. I want to give my guests quality things that they will use BUT i feel like all the items are starting to add up!!! I will post my full budget later... we originally planned on about 30 people coming but right now we have 60-which is great BUT put's our costs WAYYYY up!
I sympathize with you. I was not planning on having this many people. I didn't want to go over our budget :-(

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Originally Posted by Barash View Post

 

Our budget is at 5K. Who can beat that? ;) We'll have 3 guests with us, and I'm pretty sure that's going to be the wedding of my dream. After going through the wedding of my sister with 100+ guests several years ago I realized that I don't want a big wedding at all. I just don't think spending several thousand dollars more will make me happier and make my "I do" any more special.

 

Cost breakdown:

Trip for 2 (flight + resort) - 3000$

Photography - 800$

Dresses (ceremony and reception) - 300$

Groom's attire - 100$

Rings (titanium with gold inlay) - 250$

The rest goes on hair & makeup, accessories, bouquet & boutonniere, wedding arch on the beach.

You really can't beat that and for the way I'm busting my ass- I wish it was the path I chose. I am two steps away from misery working three jobs. I never even see my fiance ; ( or sleep for that matter.

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We are in the same boat... we choose to have a DW as we wanted to trim our guest list and costs... it did save us money but we thought it would be about $15,000... its becoming a lot more then that.

 

We have 2 bridesmaids, 2 groomsman for a total of 54 guest and our breakdown is:

 

Wedding Package (Fees, License, Cake, Champagne, Dinner): $2928

Music (DJ, Steel Pan Band): $1150                                               

Flowers (Bouquets, Boutonnière, Centerpieces, etc)  : $2400      

Cocktail hour, bonfire and Bar : $2648

Entertainment:  $1110                           

Brides Attire (Dress, shoes, jewelry):  $2940    

Makeup and hair (bridal party):  $510                                      

Grooms Attire: $780 

Wedding Rings: $3470                                       

Bridesmaid and Groomsman Gifts: $800

Photographer : $2000

Travel/Accommodations (for 2):  $3570                                  

Gift bags: $950

Favors: $250

Invitations: $350

 

Which is close to $26,000. .. and I'm sure I'm missing stuff.

 

That doesn't include the engagement ring  or honeymoon which adds a huge chunk.. but we did a honeymoon registry so we know that we will get money towards that which will really help out at this point as by the time this wedding is over, we won't be able to afford to go on a honeymoon!

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Originally Posted by Barash View Post

 

Our budget is at 5K. Who can beat that? ;) We'll have 3 guests with us, and I'm pretty sure that's going to be the wedding of my dream. After going through the wedding of my sister with 100+ guests several years ago I realized that I don't want a big wedding at all. I just don't think spending several thousand dollars more will make me happier and make my "I do" any more special.

 

Cost breakdown:

Trip for 2 (flight + resort) - 3000$

Photography - 800$

Dresses (ceremony and reception) - 300$

Groom's attire - 100$

Rings (titanium with gold inlay) - 250$

The rest goes on hair & makeup, accessories, bouquet & boutonniere, wedding arch on the beach.

This is fabulous! We are having a small wedding too (about ten people with us - parents, siblings, and his best friend) and, though I get slightly wistful looking at destination weddings with 40+ people, I think that this is definitely the way to go. Could not be more perfect! And talk about how special an intimate wedding will be. 

 

Congratulations and happy planning!

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Originally Posted by Barash View Post

 

Our budget is at 5K. Who can beat that? ;) We'll have 3 guests with us, and I'm pretty sure that's going to be the wedding of my dream. After going through the wedding of my sister with 100+ guests several years ago I realized that I don't want a big wedding at all. I just don't think spending several thousand dollars more will make me happier and make my "I do" any more special.

 

Cost breakdown:

Trip for 2 (flight + resort) - 3000$

Photography - 800$

Dresses (ceremony and reception) - 300$

Groom's attire - 100$

Rings (titanium with gold inlay) - 250$

The rest goes on hair & makeup, accessories, bouquet & boutonniere, wedding arch on the beach.

 

OMG... are we also getting married at the same resort?

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Originally Posted by jrack View Post

 

Wow..12K seems a lot for a destination wedding. I'm hoping to do a lot of things myself...so sticking to a 6K budget.

lol it adds up quickly. Our travel (flights and accommodations for FI and I - 7 nights) and my dress/FIs attire alone come to 6k. So that doesn't really work for us... 

 

 

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Originally Posted by jrack View Post

 

Wow..12K seems a lot for a destination wedding. I'm hoping to do a lot of things myself...so sticking to a 6K budget.

All the best to you! I just started planning and I know that my wedding package and airfare and hotel alone are probably going to be at around 6K. We're thinking of having about 40 guests with a budget of 15k. I'm also thinking of doing a lot of things myself to save some money, because I like it and because it helps me feel more in control when everything is being done for you so far away. It will be somewhat of a stress reliever :).

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I would like to keep our budget at about 10k for everything.

 

I believe our hotel ( 1 week  at the hotel we are marrying at and 1 week honey moon at a alternate location) will cost us about 2500 each so 5k right there. and the rest of the budge basically is going to rings, wedding dress, tux, and photography.

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Originally Posted by Peach View Post

 

 

OMG... are we also getting married at the same resort?

 

Ha-ha! Yes. I guess Cayo Levantado just makes you want to go for something intimate.

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