| 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).
Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:17 PM
Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:34 AM
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)
Car Rental: $200
Invitations, incl. postage: $350
MoH Dress: $300
After-Event informal party: $1000
Hair/MU (trial, myself, and 2 attendants): $560
Add'l Photography: $1500
Copy of Certificate: $10
Rehearsal Dinner: $600
Dress Steam and Clean (pre-ceremony): $150
Flowers for MoH and BM: $300
Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:57 PM
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!
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!
Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:27 AM
Wedding gown ($330)
Accessories, eye lashes, shoes, and undergarments ($500)
Dress steam ($50)
Groom's attire and accesories ($125)
Horse Drawn Carriage ($130)
Fans & OOT ($175)
Parent's gifts ($100)
Attendants gifts ($100)
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)
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.)
Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:12 AM
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
OOT bags/favors: $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
Posted 04 March 2009 - 01:36 AM
Dinner private area rental $1,500
=$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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:50 AM
My St. John shoulder season wedding for 60 people:
Invites/STD's/Info packets: $250
My attire/jewelry: $1200
His attire: $300
Plane tickets us and one BM: $1600
Car rental: $500
Ceremony (site fee, license, rentals, drinks): $1000
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
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!
Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:37 PM
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