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Here are my final numbers:
At the request of my husband, he asked me to remove this post...
!!!!!
I can respect that. But I'd love to hear how the wedding went!

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Thought I'd chime in!

Our original budget was $10,000.00...it is now $15,000.00.

 

But, if you consider that we paid for our BP's stay (which includes both sets of parents and siblings too), then we really did a good job at hitting the $10K mark in general wedding stuff! There's still a few more things to buy, but nothing major...

 

 

Total Spent To Date: $14,778.03

Total Spent w/o including BP stay: $10,138.03

 

 

OUR EXPENSES - MY PARENTS GIFT TO US (NOT PART OF BUDGET)

Bride Dress: $1,300.00

Bride Alterations: $350.00

Bride Accessories: $175.00

Bride Day-Of Hair/Makup: $275.00

Groom Attire: $156.00

Groom Accessories: TBD

 

 

CEREMONY STUFF = $803.00

US Celebrant (Civil Ceremony): $300.00

US Marriage License: $28.00

Cabo Officiant (Rehearsal & Ceremony): $475.00

Resort Set-up Fee: Included In Contract

 

 

RECEPTION STUFF - $3,281.37

Welcome Dinner Food & Drink: Included In Contract

Resort Set-up Fee (China/Linens/Tiki Torches): Included In Contract

Reception Food & Drink: Included In Contract (I love my resort!)

Cocktail Hour Food for 50 guests: Included In Contract, but I upgraded so $400.00

Wedding Cake: Included In Contract (for 20 people), but I upgraded to feed 40 people so $400.00

Ceremony & Reception Decorations/OOT/Dancefloor Rental/Miscellaneous: $2,481.37

 

 

STATIONARY - $519.05

Wedding Website: $29.95

Save the Date Magnets: $63.55

Invitations: $320.75

Postage: $104.80

 

 

FLORIST - $270.00

Flowers: $270.00

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY - $1,800.76

Photographer (5 Hours): $1,800.76

 

 

MUSIC - $1,372.50

DJ: $922.50

Spanish Guitarist: $250.00

Resort Electric Fee: $200.00

 

 

BRIDAL PARTY MISCELLANEOUS - $4,793.35

Bridesmaid Parasols: $43.35

Bridesmaid Alterations: $110.00

Bridal Party Stay (10 people @ 4 Nights Each): $4,640.00

 

 

PERSONAL TRAVEL - $1,938.00

Flights: $838.00

7 Night Stay (Complimentary 2 Night Stay; Again, I love my resort lol): $1,100.00

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I have no clue how much we are spending. But I do know too much for what we talked about prior to the wedding. I have not kept track. We are only having 7 at our wedding in ROR, so I have come to the conclusion I have not spent as much as most of you but too much for my budget!

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Yay..just noticed I am no longer a noob after the last post..junior member status..WHOO HOO!!
Congrats! Feels good to move up in this forum! (haha)

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I have no clue how much we are spending. But I do know too much for what we talked about prior to the wedding. I have not kept track. We are only having 7 at our wedding in ROR, so I have come to the conclusion I have not spent as much as most of you but too much for my budget!
I kinda of did a backwards approach too - I never set a budget, but just tracked what I spent. It did end up being way more than we thought! Oh well - it was worth it I think.

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I am sooooo glad I've found this site so early in our planning!!!!

I always thought "hey, we'll get married on the beach with some friends & family & it won't cost us very much!" but after reading differnet info from the forum & add-ons I never knew were possible for a destination wedding I am getting a bit nervous!!! As much as I am all for simple cost-effective, there are definately some things that I am now willing to spend extra money on! (IE/ photography, etc!)

We are a younger couple, and as much as I want everything at my wedding to be exactly how I want it.. I also want alot of other things!! My car isn't going to last much longer than a year & we're definately hoping to find our own place so we can stop throwing away money on renting....

I'd better tell the bf he better start working some overtime shifts!! LOL

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We didn't really set a budget, but we discuss all the expenses as they arise. If we think something is unnecessary then we just don't do it. We splurge on some stuff and get rid of others (like the rehersal and welcome dinners).

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We didn't really set a budget, but we discuss all the expenses as they arise. If we think something is unnecessary then we just don't do it. We splurge on some stuff and get rid of others (like the rehersal and welcome dinners).
We're doing something similar. Our ballpark figure is $10k and so far we're coming under, but not by much. We discuss all expenses as well and decide whether they're necessary for us to have our "dream" Jamaican wedding. One good thing is that the $$$ we're spending on our wedding is our money - we're not going into debt for this celebration! So far, we haven't had to skimp on anything that we thought was crucial for our wedding to be spectacular. Of course, we also only have 8 guests, so that helps keep OOT bag and reception costs down!

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