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Originally Posted by WPGBride View Post

 

 

Here's my pinterest wedding photography board... you should check it out. I also save everything, and on pinterest its great to have all in one spot that you can see.

 

http://pinterest.com/chelseamrk/wedding-photography-inspiration/

 

If that link doesn't work you can search me 'ferris foster' under people

I'm following you now :)) don't really know what to do but I'll give it a try..lol

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This was so beneficial for me. When we first got engaged FI thought we could do it all for $6K, I was being reasonable and already had 15 as an absolute max, I dont think well get that high (its looking more like $10K) but i have spoken to brides who only paid out of pocket $4-5K and i cant figure it out. I now the extras are called "extra" for a reason but the part that i look forward to in the planning process id choosing decor colors, flowers, linen> I think the reasons theres were so low is because they kept everything standard that the hotel provided which is nice but we ewant our ceremony, reception, and entire trip to reflect who we are and therefor... its all adding up

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$30,000 Is including everything (photographer, band, DJ, gifts for wedding party, travel, rehearsal dinner, flowers, and a whole lot more). Yes, we picked the highest package but it only made sense with the amount of people we are having:)

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This was so beneficial for me. When we first got engaged FI thought we could do it all for $6K, I was being reasonable and already had 15 as an absolute max, I dont think well get that high (its looking more like $10K) but i have spoken to brides who only paid out of pocket $4-5K and i cant figure it out. I now the extras are called "extra" for a reason but the part that i look forward to in the planning process id choosing decor colors, flowers, linen> I think the reasons theres were so low is because they kept everything standard that the hotel provided which is nice but we ewant our ceremony, reception, and entire trip to reflect who we are and therefor... its all adding up

I thought about the same thing..how do they make it without spending lots of $$$??? I don't wanna spend a lot but just like you I want my whole trip to represent us, and be exactly what we want.. I don't wanna have regrets after

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Same here!.. That's the part of the wedding my FI says he knows I'll blow our budget on.. lol I'm soo obsessed with these OOT bags.  Let me know if you find a post stating such.

 

Originally Posted by lindseymarie12 View Post

Great info!  Now I need to search for how much people spend on their stationary and OOT bags!



 

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I'd love to see the breakdown of your costs if you don't mind sharing since that's about the same number of people we'll be having. We're also having our wedding at the Jellyfish and I haven't received a quote yet, but when I add things up on my own I get concerned. Did you choose a meal package or have people just order off the menu?
 

Originally Posted by MNtoMX View Post

We returned this week from our wedding in the Dominican Republic... Here is an 'estimate' of what our wedding expenses were..... (we are also having a reception at home, budgeting around $10,000 for that but hoping it's under!)

We had 32 people total (including bride and groom)

total wedding costs (at the Jellyfish Restaurant): approx $5,700 (this included flowers, food, open bar, fire dancers, decorations/set up, dj and an outside dancefloor area in the sand)

total travel costs for bride and groom (with travel insurance @ Majestic Elegance)  approx $3,300 for one week (i think, i could be off on this)

dress, shoes, earrings, hairflower (DIY), alterations approx $850

suit and alterations approx $250

extras such as OOT bags, programs, signs $250

total approx $10,350

does not include honeymoon which we *hope* to take later this year, although a week in Punta Cana was nice :)

There were a few things I overlooked that ended up costing us a little more and our group was not too big, which helped with the budget (we invited only immediate family and close friend s and many invited were not able to attend)



 

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I'm trying to keep it at about $15,000 for the wedding, up to $20,000 maximum including travel costs.  We're going to have about 60 people in the Mexican Riviera Maya.  Here's the estimated wedding budget so far (we'll see how well we stick to this!):

 

Food + open bar: ~$100 per person * 60 people = $6000

11% tax + 15% tip on food and alcohol = $1500

DJ for 3 hours at $300 per hour = $900

Photography = $3000

Wedding coordinator = $2000

Audio rental + dance floor rental = $400

Decorations = $500

Dress = $500

Flights + 1 week accommodation for the two of us = $2500

TOTAL SO FAR: $17,300

 

My plan is to be really cheap about the things that are not important to me so I can spend lavishly on the things that are.  So I'm using electronic invitations, having a family friend officiate for us, skipping the flowers and decorating with lanterns instead, not having a wedding cake (at all the weddings I've been to, people barely touch the cake), not doing OOT bags.  All that frees up money for awesome food, music, and photography.

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Does anyone have an actual breakdown for their expenses at the Majestic Colonial???  Just looking for actual figures. Thanks in advance. :)

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