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#221 NaM

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    Posted 28 July 2009 - 06:01 PM

    We actually never set a budget we were kinda of just going with it without going overboard. And my parents are footing most of the bill and never told me a budget either so it'll be very interesting to see a grand total at the end of this. I'll remember to post a better estimate after it's all said and done!

    #222 J&MWedding

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      Posted 28 July 2009 - 10:29 PM

      Between my parents, bride & groom, and groom's parents, we were all going to sit down and sort of work out a budget (in our family, the trend has been to split it three ways...) but we never sat down and my parents just started pitching in where they could, and now it's 4 months away and I had to sit down and write down the important totals and give them to my mom, I was thinking well, you never asked for a budget in the beginning, so I tacked on a lil extra just in case.
      My FI and I have already paid everything off for our honeymoon in Belize ($2700) and our stay at Dreams PV ($2300) so my mom really doesn't want us to pay for anything else.
      I already have my MOH's dress ($50) and present ($100) plus hair style at resort, and GM attire ($175) and I started purchasing OOT bag stuff - pretty much all done, we are doing the maracas from Mishka in PV for favors ($4.25 each so total about $200)
      Our airfare was free because my mom had miles.
      My dress was a sample sale Maggie Sottero - ($400) haven't done alterations yet!
      The main things....
      Catering at Dreams ($2650 for first 20 ppl, and prob $1350 for additional 30 ppl)
      Photog Paulina ($1250 for 6 hours already paid $500 deposit)
      DJ ($630)
      Floral ($200-$300)
      So, parents don't have much to come up with I guess - about $6000 or so.

      I know all the little things add up, like jewelry, hair, decorations, special added touches etc

      My Planning Thread40 people booked plus bride & groom

      #223 August2010Bride

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        Posted 29 July 2009 - 06:45 PM

        Below is our budget... Our goal is to stay under 10K. We are expecting 35-40 guests!
        So far so good!

        Wedding Breakfast$75
        Welcome Dinner$700
        Marriage License$93.50
        Wedding Video$650
        Extra Chairs $30
        Blessing Stones$25
        Photo CD $125
        Extra Chairs $45
        Reception Room$75
        Cake $200
        Punch ( 3 gallons)$65
        Set up fee$25
        Hotel & Flight$1,300
        Rental Car$250
        Rings $1,500
        AHR $1,800
        STD's $15
        Ceremony Fans$40
        TTD $275
        Welcome Books$25

        Misc. $100
        Dress $600
        Tux $300
        Total: $9,664

        #224 kcamworth

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          Posted 29 July 2009 - 07:29 PM

          Thanks for sharing your budget ladies; I have to agree with Ochiebride. As a noobie, it helps tremendously!!!

          #225 FutureMoreno

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            Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:23 AM

            Thanks for sharing your budget ideas- I was figuring around $13-15 K so I had better get to the budgeting ASAP

            #226 Prettyhazardous

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              Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:23 PM

              OK Our Budget starting out was $10,000. We were expecting about 15 guests. Well our total guest count ended up being 39. While our wedding isn't for 3 more months I'll give you our projected budget. Thus far we've spent $4686.82. Our current budget is only $11,720. I've done a great job of staying within this 11,720 budget as this has been the projected budget for at least 4 months, However we are prepared to go to $15,000 but have no desire to go over $12,000. Our spending $$ for the 8 day cruise is not added in...

              Here's a breakdown:
              Our Cruise: 2905.82
              Our Attire:700 (my parents helped with my dress, but my fiance is getting his attire made so we really have no idea what the price will be)
              Our Flights: 400
              Ring: 250 (just his, my engagement ring and wedding band came as a set so we already have it yay, I sneak and try it on at least weekly lol)
              Favors/OOTs: 500
              Invites: 275
              Pastor's Offering: 300
              $$ to give to wedding party: 1000
              Ceremony items: 120
              Everything that we pay to our WC for wedding and Reception: 4081
              St Thomas tour and transportation: 1200

              #227 SSNM

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                Posted 01 August 2009 - 02:49 AM

                Just wanted to say thanks to you all for being so open with your budgets...it really helps to get a realistic idea of what a DW costs and it also makes you appreciate the warmth of this forum and everyone's willingness to help

                #228 saltocoach

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                  Posted 01 August 2009 - 10:15 AM

                  Here's mine so far:

                  Travel/ accomodations for both of us: $6000
                  Riu Caprice fee: $2500
                  Private reception fee: $500
                  Private menu: $1095
                  DJ: $480
                  Photography/video: $1790
                  Fireworks: $1800
                  Flowers (real touch) $350
                  Welcome dinner/rehearsal: $1000
                  Transportation: $472
                  Total: $15987

                  I haven't added in the extra costs like chair bows, table runners, fans, oot bags and contents, pashminas, cigars, bridal party gifts, etc. If I think about how much I am going to spend I start hyperventilating.

                  #229 jessiee223

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                    Posted 01 August 2009 - 10:32 AM

                    Thanks for the post Savannah. My fiance and I have a budget set at $4K and after reading some of the posts I started to wonder if it was possible. I am planning to make the STD's and invites to try and save money. There are a few details I originally forgot about (duh the rings!), but I'm thinking we will be able to stay on track.
                    Jessie and Jeff - Mexico 2010

                    #230 JennyAdele

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                    • Wedding Date:July 2, 2014
                    • Wedding Location:Paradisus Punta Cana
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                    Posted 12 September 2009 - 12:02 AM

                    I wondered if anyone wouldn't mind sharing their costs for Cuba. I hear its fairly inexpensive there and they also provide some free wedding packages. It would help a lot!


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