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Our budget is for 28 guests and includes everything we're spending related to the wedding: hotel/travel, wedding and reception, invitations, attire, rings, guest expenses, etc. Our grand total is $15,000


We had initially hoped for 10K but once we started the process we realized that would be impossible! The cost of the actual wedding and reception is quite cheap--it's everything else. Now granted, we did choose a 5-star resort, our bringing a photog from the States, and are paying for a sailing trip for our guests...all expensive choices!


Resort Wedding Costs:

Ceremony (including flowers): $1120

Reception: $1320

Hair/Makeup: $375



Hotel/Air/Transport for 10 days: $4170


Photography/Video: $3260



Invitations, STD's, Programs, Thank You's: $178


Our Attire

Dress: $1300

FI's attire: $250

FI's ring: $330

Everything else (veil, jewelry, alterations, etc): $470


Guest Expenses: $2186

(We taking our guests sailing as well as paying for a guest's travel. This also includes gifts.)


Misc Stuff: $392

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I'm in the minority with the small budget. Our budget is around 5k but as of now it will probably be under or around 4k. I will post an update later when everhthing is done because I still have a lot too purchase we really havent done much. YIKESSSSSSSSSSSSS. and time is slowy creeping.

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Hmm it seems I too am in the minority with the budget, ours is $8K (FI insists its $5K) and we are well under it including reception, attire and all! We have 11 months to go, so I will keep you all posted as time goes on, but hoping to stay close...

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I know this isn't a very active thread, but I've got a question for all you ladies with enviously-low budgets (5-8K).


When you list your budget as 5-8K, are you including your attire, flights, hotel, photography, and of course wedding/reception? If so, what's your secret?!

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Hey Taylor, my Austin buddy :)


Yes I included EVERYTHING, here is my breakdown:


Website 89.00 (18 months at weddingwindow.com)

Invitations (DIY) 35.00

guest goodie bags (30 bags) 120.00

mothers coursages (use free ones with the wedding package)

BM flowers (DIY) 25.00 (long stem Callas from Michaels with ribbon)

save the date (50) 107.00 (magnetstreet.com)

his ring 250.00

his suit 150.00 (we are getting the $99 linen ones found on here!)

marriage license 60.00 (state of TX)

bridesmaid gifts 280.00 (already bought from Tiffany & Co)

room (7 nights) 2800.00

flights 1600.00

wedding ceremony 1550.00 (includes reception for 20 ppl paid with full plated dinner)

My attire 100 (ok so this was TOTAL luck on my $34 dress and Etsy for $29 veil)

Extra people 300.00 ($45 per head over the 20 people)

Misc 400.00 (for things that may come up)


GRAND TOTAL = $7,866.00

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This thread gets me thinking and gets me to start listing all of my purchases I am making. Our DW is just the 2 of us and we are footing the entire bill. I will post our total when it gets a bit closer to time.

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Originally Posted by Diva View Post

My attire 100 (ok so this was TOTAL luck on my $34 dress and Etsy for $29 veil)
Wow!! Truly impressive!! Thanks for sharing :)

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