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#181 vgirl17

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  • Wedding Location:Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:17 PM

Originally Posted by Kla.Kari
OMG! After seeing all of your posts about budgets, and looking at what we may be spending on a DW... I am starting to think we are in over our heads.

Our initial budget was about 10k, but it looks like the AHR alone will be half of that!

Maybe we should just elope. (I am kidding... just frustrated right now).
I know what you mean, but I wouldn't worry about it too much. You can have a BEAUTIFUL destination wedding for pennies! It just depends on what you feel you REALLY must have and what is REALLY important to you. A destination wedding can be much cheaper than an at home Wedding. You really don't need to spend too much on decor because destination weddings are typically beautiful on their own. Keep it simple and remember what the day is really all about. Good Luck and happy planning! :)

#182 lolkitteh

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    Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:34 AM

    Didn't really think to total things up until I read this thread. Eeep! I am spending more than I thought I would. Anyway, here are my anticipated costs. I'll re-post the actuals when it's all done!

    Guest estimate is currently at 30-35. This is for a Vegas wedding at the Wynn

    Dress alterations & Accessories: $500 (not counting the dress itself in the total, which was $1800)
    Wedding Rings $2600
    Reception, open bar + cake: $4500
    Wynn Intimate Ceremony Pkg: $4050 (includes basic floral and some photography time)
    Lodging: $2100
    Airfare: $1400
    Car Rental: $200
    Invitations, incl. postage: $350
    MoH Dress: $300
    After-Event informal party: $1000
    Favors: $360
    Hair/MU (trial, myself, and 2 attendants): $560
    Add'l Photography: $1500
    License: $55
    Copy of Certificate: $10
    Rehearsal Dinner: $600
    Dress Steam and Clean (pre-ceremony): $150
    Flowers for MoH and BM: $300

    Total: $20535

    #183 soccergurl3

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      Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:57 PM

      Wow a budget...welll here I am at so far

      Flight and Accomodations: $7068 ( 2 Weeks)
      Dress: $600.00 (came with purse,slip and tiara)
      Decorations: $200.00 (table runners, sashes, favors, placecards)
      FI Attire: $500.00
      Rings: $500.00 ( We are using my promise ring as my wedding band)
      Bridesmaids attire: $150.00
      Horse Drawn Carriage, Videographer, Photographer, Table Centerpieces, Hair Done Package: $780.00
      Upgrade fro Photographer: $820.00
      Reception: $800.00 ( includes open bar, plated meal, private dance hall)
      Ipod Speakers: $300.00
      Flowers: $330.00 ( Plumeria's Wedding Boutique)
      Bridal Jewelery: $180.00
      OOT Bags: $250.00 ( 20 Guests)
      Ring Bearer Attire: $40.00
      Blood Tests $140.00
      Flight and Accomodations for Son:$1000.00
      Potentially Paying for Part of Parent's Trip : $2500.00
      Micellaneous Stuff for Ceremony and Reception:$400.00
      Cocktail Reception: Free!
      Welcome Dinner: Free!

      =$16 418.00

      Thought that the budget would be more around 10 but this is including our honeymoon and helping to pay for some of our family to be there so worth it!

      #184 DWandMJ

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        Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:27 AM

        We're just over a month away and the details are pushing us over budget...

        Wedding gown ($330)
        Accessories, eye lashes, shoes, and undergarments ($500)
        Tanning ($60)
        Hair/Makeup/Mani/Pedi ($185)
        Dress steam ($50)
        Groom's attire and accesories ($125)
        Decorations ($200)
        Horse Drawn Carriage ($130)
        Fans & OOT ($175)
        Flowers ($200)
        Parent's gifts ($100)
        Attendants gifts ($100)
        Photography ($850)
        TTD Photography ($550)
        Stationary (DIY invitations/thank you cards/oot bag letters) ($175)
        Airfare ($1200 - Father paid for so free!)
        Hotel accomodations for 7 nights at Moon Palace ($3060)
        Civil ceremony + license in States ($75)
        Passports ($215)

        Grand Total = 7000 + tips + any extra excursions beyond those included at resort
        Less Mom and Step Dad's Contribution of $2000 = $5000.
        Not to mention the uncalculated expenses of the AHR which are expected to ring in around $2500

        Overall, I think we did ok, not fabulous, but after everything is said and done, we're still at 1/3 the average cost for a wedding, plus we're getting a week at a five star all inclusive thrown in.
        My accessories can and will definately be used again. FI's attire can definately be worn again (if I can talk him into getting dressed up to take me out on a date). And we cut some costs with DIY stationary, my mother made my veil, is making the sash and doing the alterations.
        We're only having about a dozen guests, however, I don't think having twice as many guests would change too much (or eloping to the same resort for that matter.)

        #185 JodJ

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          Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:12 AM

          Here is my rough estimate:
          my dress: $1500
          FI outfit: $150
          groomsmen outfits: $200
          bridesmaid outfits: $300
          whole Mexico trip: $4800
          engagement ring: $3500
          wedding ring: $400
          FI ring: $200
          Photographer: $2500
          Video: $800
          OOT bags/favors: $200
          Flowers: $200
          Spending Money: $1000
          Beach attire: $300
          prewedding facials: $150
          wedding party/parents gifts: $500

          wow..... $16700 that was way more than I thought it was!

          We are looking to share a photographer during the week of June 6th to June 12th in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

          #186 LAURENANDBILL

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            Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:39 PM

            me and fiance 2500.00
            Package at paradisus 4100.00
            extra ameneties- 3000.00
            FAVORS- 500.00
            PHOTOGRAPHER 1000.00

            IT IS ALL ADDING UP

            #187 Sparkles8300

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              Posted 04 March 2009 - 01:36 AM

              So Far:

              Photography $6,500
              Dress $4,000
              Ceremony $3,800
              Dinner private area rental $1,500
              DJ $950
              Flowers $2,000
              Cake $200
              OOT $1,000
              Travel $3,400
              Invites $400
              =$23,650...oh well, still WAY WAY WAY WAY cheaper than even just the FOOD min at the place I wanted to get married at at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              My Planning Thread:http://bestdestinati....c-heavy-53105/Our Sungold Photograpy Slideshow to music:http://www.sungoldph....otter-hooters/http://tickers.Ticke....3c97/event.png

              #188 tropicalhopeful

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                Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:50 AM

                We are also way above our long-ago original budget but I am happy with it! We are also expecting 60 instead of the original 30. So here goes:

                My St. John shoulder season wedding for 60 people:

                Rings: $2500
                Invites/STD's/Info packets: $250
                My attire/jewelry: $1200
                His attire: $300
                Plane tickets us and one BM: $1600
                Hotel: $750
                Car rental: $500
                Ceremony (site fee, license, rentals, drinks): $1000
                Flowers: $300
                Hair & makeup: $200
                DJ 4 hours: $900
                Photographer (1 hr with ownership, prints): $900
                Fire dancers/Pirate troupe 1 hr: $550
                Food/Alcohol Reception (apps, entrees, open bar 3 hrs) incl. grat/tax: $5000
                Cake: $400
                Favors: $50
                Taxi to/from: $600
                Misc. (luggage fee, tips): $250
                Spending money $1000


                Maybe it is just because I have had time to resolve myself to the expenses or that fact that this will go down in family history as the most special time ever, but I am not stressing about it.

                I am the oldest child, oldest grandchild, in a small family as is he and we haven't had a wedding in the family for a long time. Nor are we big family reunioners or have the money to do lots of traveling. WE DESERVE THIS! I will have worked 50-60 hours a week for 15 straight months to pay for this (he's still a full-time student but you better believe every penny from his pt job came in too) and I think it is worth it and I haven't even had the wedding yet! Just the planning has been a lot of fun.

                The only things I would have done differently would have lessened the ring and dress expenses. The rings were purchased early before we knew how much we'd need the money for other things and the dress expenses were inflated by getting a dress that wasn't going to work with no return policy and taking a loss in reselling it.

                We saved with:
                no officiant - his dad is performing the ceremony
                no OOT bags- it would be nice but not worth stress, no one expecting them
                videography by friend
                TTD by photographer friend
                No decorations- natural beach beauty and a reception restaurant that is already well decorated

                Hope this post helps people like the previous budget posts helped me!

                #189 DWbride09

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                  Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:37 PM

                  Whew, and I thought sitting at $12,000 so far was abnormal. I'm glad to see we're the norm. lol

                  #190 jennwo

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                    Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:15 AM

                    Thank you ladies for sharing! This is so helpful!!!

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