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It's kinda hard sticking to a budget... I set 10K and I quickly realized, it just doesn't cut it. Of course, it would have been cheaper had I opted out of a private function. However, I had a couple more people call saying they were definitely coming (I ASKED THEM TO RSVP BY MID-APRIL) so now it's up to 40..

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Umm...looking at everyone's budget's i'm starting to think i'm not very realistic. I was hoping that a destination wedding would be cheaper than a wedding at home! I have a budget of $15 000 and am hoping to get unlimited private functions at Moon Palace because i'll have enough guests booking rooms to give me this privledge. Thanks to all for posting there's as i see there's lots i haven't thought of.

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I am hoping to stay under $10,000. I think it will be possible....


flight/accommodations $3000

dress $1000 (with alterations)

grooms clothes $150

invitations $250

wedding package $1200

private beach reception w/dj $550

photographer - friend....maybe $300...paying for film, developing and an extra thanks

guest gifts a/b $300

mani/pedi for bridal party and mothers...??....theres 6 of us....

groomsmen gifts....fi is not sure...lol...he likes to wait til the last minute for everything...

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I'm hoping to stay under $15, 000


Dress - $2300 (with alterations)

Travel/Accomodations - $4000 (including honeymoon week)

Rings for both - $1300

Package from resort - $2800

Soundsystem rental - $900

OOT Bags - $600

Suits - $500

BM Dresses - $300

Favors - $40

Table/Placecard/Centerpeices - $250

Flowers - $400


For a grand total of $13, 390....



Cutting it pretty close so i sure hope i'm not forgetting anything!!!

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I'm hoping for around $9,000 as my budget inclusive of everything. It will be very small with no attendants.


$1500 Photography

$3200 Flight & Accomodations

$700 Dress

$30 Shoes

$150 Groom's Suit

$70 DIY Flowers & Decorations

$110 Hair & Makeup

$200 Cake

$150 License/Officiant Fees

$500 Venue Rentals

$2000 Reception

$320 Rings

$30 DIY Invites

$100 Gifts for Family/Friends who will be attending

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I think we need to actually do a budget... I was hoping to stay under 15k, but I also have a feeling I'm forgetting something!

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Wow. This is the most helpful thread ever. I'm glad to see that so many of us are paying more for our photographers than for our wedding packages. Tee hee hee. Now I don't feel so bad. I don't have an itemized budget yet but I'm sure it will be very similar to the rest...and DEFINITELY well over $10K with everything included.

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Originally Posted by Diva View Post
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...

wow, i'm feeling in the minority here too with budget. we have set ours at $5K! going to do our best to stay as close to that as we can!

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Ok so I am glad that I found this thread. It is really putting a few things into perspective for me. I think I need to take a closer look at what I am paying for and reevaluate its worth. For the ladies doing packages of TTD/BD/Wedding Day roughly how much was your package and did it include rights/copies of your photos on disk?

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