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#401 AmandaPierson

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    Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:51 AM

    Ours is at playacar palace and is going to run about $20k too!  We're having 70 guests and the (very rough/rounded) breakdown is:

     

    Dress: $2k

    Photog: $2k

    Engagement Pics in our hometown (splurge): $500

    Videogapher: $1k

    Our trip (10 nights, 2 hotels-Playacar Palace and Live Aqua in Cancun): $5k (this might wind up being less depending on how our package's comp nights work)

    Invites/thank you's/stamps: $1k

    Rings: $1500

    DJ: $1500

    Favors: $700 (we're doing sunglasses and tote bags for everyone)

    Flowers: $1k (bridal party/bride/groom/family corsages & bouts/etc. + reception table centerpieces which will be flowers and candles)

    Wedding Package: $1500 (nautical)

    Extras for seating over 30 ppl: $250

    Groom Suit: $150 (guys have it so easy!)

    Hair/Makeup/spa time: $500

     

    Some of these things I rounded up on, so we're still under $19k.  I figure I'll leave another 1-2 thousand as a buffer for some random expenses I'm not thinking of (like tips, setup and extra d©cor if we decide to splurge beyond centerpieces). 

     

    It's a lot but for 70 guests + a 10 day luxury vacation/honeymoon included, I think it's a great way to go :)  It's definitely not "free" though, like I think some of guests get the idea it is for us...



    #402 Jenny2014

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      Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:08 AM

      Alright, so our wedding costs seem to just keep on growing. However, as things are still so far away, I am hoping I will find ways to make them much cheaper. So far our costs are looking like (estimation for most... and I am sure I have WAY over compensated... plus, we have told our parents that the extras over 29 people are being divided up between them, as we only want 29 to be there. IE. additional guest charge, std, invite, oot, bonfire, etc... i will be calculating the costs and letting them know what they owe haha):

       

      Wedding Package for 20 people: $3000

      Additional Guests (50 people): $4250

      Chairs for 70 people @ $7/chair: $490

      Total: $7740

       

      Ceremony costs:

      Programs/signs: $300

      Bubbles/ fans: $300

      Sand Ceremony: $50

      Decor: $200- $400

      Total: $1050

       

      Reception:

      Decor: $500

      Favors: $200

      Lounge chairs: $480

      Fire show: $750

      Total: $1930

       

      Flowers:

      Bridesmaid Bouquets: $200

      Blue orchid extra cost: $150

      Jewels for bouquet: $100

      Rose Petals: $100

      Total: $550

       

      Music:

      DJ: $825

      Vendor Fee/ Dinner: $200

      Total: $1025

       

      Photography:

      Package: $2000

      Vendor Fee/ Dinner: $300

      Total: $2300

       

      Attire:

      Dress: $800

      Veil/ Alterations: $350

      Shoes: $100

      Jewelery: $100

      Groom Outfit: $500

      Groom Shoes: $200

      Pre-pampering (nails, hair): $400

      Hair & makeup for BM's: $500

      Total: $2950

       

      Rings:

      His: $150

      His ring tattoo: $500

      Engagement Ring: $1500

      Hers: $600

      Total: $2750

       

      OOT Bags/ Welcome Books: $900

       

      Paper Costs:

      STD: $150

      Invites: $250

      Printing: $200

      Postage: $300 (Canada-wide, to the US, to Europe and Pakistan)

      Guest Book: $50

      Menu Cards: $100

      Signs: $50

      Guest Cameras/ Sign: $150

      Total: $1450

       

      Miscellaneous Costs:

      Bonfire: $850

      Legal Ceremony: $500

      Passports: $200

      Set-up fee: $150

      Gifts: $500

      Trip Clothing: $1000

      Travel Agent: $500

      Misc. expenses: $1000

      Total: $4700

       

      Trip Cost:

      Airfare and Resort stay for 2 weeks: $6000 ($3000/person)

      Tips: $1000

      Taxes: $1000

      Total: $8000

       

      Grand Total for 70 people: $35,345

       

       

       

      <---- I think that will be me, if this is what the actual cost looks like at the end of all of this...... LUCKILY, there are many costs I am willing to cut, if and when the time comes to do that (ie. bonfire, lounge chairs, fire show, and decor from the ceremony/reception,oot bags)

       

      I think I just need to do an absolute worst case scenario, so that way when the prices start to come in and they are cheaper.....woo hoo!!!!



      #403 Jenny2014

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        Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:11 AM

        Originally Posted by AmandaPierson 

        Ours is at playacar palace and is going to run about $20k too!  We're having 70 guests and the (very rough/rounded) breakdown is:

         

        Dress: $2k

        Photog: $2k

        Engagement Pics in our hometown (splurge): $500

        Videogapher: $1k

        Our trip (10 nights, 2 hotels-Playacar Palace and Live Aqua in Cancun): $5k (this might wind up being less depending on how our package's comp nights work)

        Invites/thank you's/stamps: $1k

        Rings: $1500

        DJ: $1500

        Favors: $700 (we're doing sunglasses and tote bags for everyone)

        Flowers: $1k (bridal party/bride/groom/family corsages & bouts/etc. + reception table centerpieces which will be flowers and candles)

        Wedding Package: $1500 (nautical)

        Extras for seating over 30 ppl: $250

        Groom Suit: $150 (guys have it so easy!)

        Hair/Makeup/spa time: $500

         

        Some of these things I rounded up on, so we're still under $19k.  I figure I'll leave another 1-2 thousand as a buffer for some random expenses I'm not thinking of (like tips, setup and extra d©cor if we decide to splurge beyond centerpieces). 

         

        It's a lot but for 70 guests + a 10 day luxury vacation/honeymoon included, I think it's a great way to go :)  It's definitely not "free" though, like I think some of guests get the idea it is for us...


        Yeah, destination wedding does NOT mean free wedding, not by any means. Had to QUICKLY correct my mother with that..... she's like but it's all inclusive, they cant charge for that. Your wrong.

         

        Everyone is always wrong with my mother, so I had to show her the costs.... and she still believes the more people that come, the cheaper it will be like, like it is with local weddings, how your alcohol/ food costs go down the more people come. NOPE, not so with a DW!



        #404 AmandaPierson

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          Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

          Oh yeah, agreed!  My family thought that they were subsidizing all the costs for the wedding too, which is frustrating.  Oh well, I think it'll wind up being beautiful and cannot wait!  I do know people do it for less, but w/ a big group it's hard to cut things like DJ and I'd never cut nice photography so it adds up quick!



          #405 Jessica Correa

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            Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:50 AM

            My mother is actually afraid of what my fiance and I will be paying for the wedding so she is always pushing to cut down the list of invitations. Good thing only family is getting invited... but there are many family members anyway. No need to add anyone else.... we already have a crowd! 



            #406 Jenny2014

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              Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:11 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Jenny2014 

              Alright, so our wedding costs seem to just keep on growing. However, as things are still so far away, I am hoping I will find ways to make them much cheaper. So far our costs are looking like (estimation for most... and I am sure I have WAY over compensated... plus, we have told our parents that the extras over 29 people are being divided up between them, as we only want 29 to be there. IE. additional guest charge, std, invite, oot, bonfire, etc... i will be calculating the costs and letting them know what they owe haha):

               

              Wedding Package for 20 people: $3000

              Additional Guests (50 people): $4250

              Chairs for 70 people @ $7/chair: $490

              Total: $7740

               

              Ceremony costs:

              Programs/signs: $300

              Bubbles/ fans: $300

              Sand Ceremony: $50

              Decor: $200- $400

              Total: $1050

               

              Reception:

              Decor: $500

              Favors: $200

              Lounge chairs: $480

              Fire show: $750

              Total: $1930

               

              Flowers:

              Bridesmaid Bouquets: $200

              Blue orchid extra cost: $150

              Jewels for bouquet: $100

              Rose Petals: $100

              Total: $550

               

              Music:

              DJ: $825

              Vendor Fee/ Dinner: $200

              Total: $1025

               

              Photography:

              Package: $2000

              Vendor Fee/ Dinner: $300

              Total: $2300

               

              Attire:

              Dress: $800

              Veil/ Alterations: $350

              Shoes: $100

              Jewelery: $100

              Groom Outfit: $500

              Groom Shoes: $200

              Pre-pampering (nails, hair): $400

              Hair & makeup for BM's: $500

              Total: $2950

               

              Rings:

              His: $150

              His ring tattoo: $500

              Engagement Ring: $1500

              Hers: $600

              Total: $2750

               

              OOT Bags/ Welcome Books: $900

               

              Paper Costs:

              STD: $150

              Invites: $250

              Printing: $200

              Postage: $300 (Canada-wide, to the US, to Europe and Pakistan)

              Guest Book: $50

              Menu Cards: $100

              Signs: $50

              Guest Cameras/ Sign: $150

              Total: $1450

               

              Miscellaneous Costs:

              Bonfire: $850

              Legal Ceremony: $500

              Passports: $200

              Set-up fee: $150

              Gifts: $500

              Trip Clothing: $1000

              Travel Agent: $500

              Misc. expenses: $1000

              Total: $4700

               

              Trip Cost:

              Airfare and Resort stay for 2 weeks: $6000 ($3000/person)

              Tips: $1000

              Taxes: $1000

              Total: $8000

               

              Grand Total for 70 people: $35,345

               

               

               

              <---- I think that will be me, if this is what the actual cost looks like at the end of all of this...... LUCKILY, there are many costs I am willing to cut, if and when the time comes to do that (ie. bonfire, lounge chairs, fire show, and decor from the ceremony/reception,oot bags)

               

              I think I just need to do an absolute worst case scenario, so that way when the prices start to come in and they are cheaper.....woo hoo!!!!

              Scratch absolutely everything I wrote here. I will repost in a coupe of weeks what it will actually be. We completely changed everything about our wedding and will be MUCH cheaper than this! YAY!!!!!



              #407 Melissa14

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              Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:29 PM

              Awesome! Glad you worked it out!
               


              Marrying My 5th Grade "Boyfriend"...Life has a funny way of working itself out


              #408 Shara1984

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                Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:18 AM

                I am recently engaged as of May 19th  It is my goal to only have the wedding cost 8k. I am nervous about this amount and I hope I can keep the cost down



                #409 Backy

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                Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:19 PM

                This is a honest and detailed break down. Thank you for sharing

                Originally Posted by Jenny2014 

                Alright, so our wedding costs seem to just keep on growing. However, as things are still so far away, I am hoping I will find ways to make them much cheaper. So far our costs are looking like (estimation for most... and I am sure I have WAY over compensated... plus, we have told our parents that the extras over 29 people are being divided up between them, as we only want 29 to be there. IE. additional guest charge, std, invite, oot, bonfire, etc... i will be calculating the costs and letting them know what they owe haha):

                 

                Wedding Package for 20 people: $3000

                Additional Guests (50 people): $4250

                Chairs for 70 people @ $7/chair: $490

                Total: $7740

                 

                Ceremony costs:

                Programs/signs: $300

                Bubbles/ fans: $300

                Sand Ceremony: $50

                Decor: $200- $400

                Total: $1050

                 

                Reception:

                Decor: $500

                Favors: $200

                Lounge chairs: $480

                Fire show: $750

                Total: $1930

                 

                Flowers:

                Bridesmaid Bouquets: $200

                Blue orchid extra cost: $150

                Jewels for bouquet: $100

                Rose Petals: $100

                Total: $550

                 

                Music:

                DJ: $825

                Vendor Fee/ Dinner: $200

                Total: $1025

                 

                Photography:

                Package: $2000

                Vendor Fee/ Dinner: $300

                Total: $2300

                 

                Attire:

                Dress: $800

                Veil/ Alterations: $350

                Shoes: $100

                Jewelery: $100

                Groom Outfit: $500

                Groom Shoes: $200

                Pre-pampering (nails, hair): $400

                Hair & makeup for BM's: $500

                Total: $2950

                 

                Rings:

                His: $150

                His ring tattoo: $500

                Engagement Ring: $1500

                Hers: $600

                Total: $2750

                 

                OOT Bags/ Welcome Books: $900

                 

                Paper Costs:

                STD: $150

                Invites: $250

                Printing: $200

                Postage: $300 (Canada-wide, to the US, to Europe and Pakistan)

                Guest Book: $50

                Menu Cards: $100

                Signs: $50

                Guest Cameras/ Sign: $150

                Total: $1450

                 

                Miscellaneous Costs:

                Bonfire: $850

                Legal Ceremony: $500

                Passports: $200

                Set-up fee: $150

                Gifts: $500

                Trip Clothing: $1000

                Travel Agent: $500

                Misc. expenses: $1000

                Total: $4700

                 

                Trip Cost:

                Airfare and Resort stay for 2 weeks: $6000 ($3000/person)

                Tips: $1000

                Taxes: $1000

                Total: $8000

                 

                Grand Total for 70 people: $35,345

                 

                 

                 

                <---- I think that will be me, if this is what the actual cost looks like at the end of all of this...... LUCKILY, there are many costs I am willing to cut, if and when the time comes to do that (ie. bonfire, lounge chairs, fire show, and decor from the ceremony/reception,oot bags)

                 

                I think I just need to do an absolute worst case scenario, so that way when the prices start to come in and they are cheaper.....woo hoo!!!!



                #410 Jenny2014

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                  Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:35 AM

                  Originally Posted by Backy 

                  This is a honest and detailed break down. Thank you for sharing

                  Ha! Yes, it was and scared the crap out of me. So when you see numbers creep up that high, you know something needs to change and needs to change fast.

                   

                  So we cut it all back, and are now MUCH smaller, and much more realistic (or so I hope!)






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