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#251 kerrij

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    Posted 17 February 2010 - 07:59 PM

    Wow Maybe i should have read this before booking my DW because i thought they were CHEAP! I was starting to freak at how much mine has been costing but seems like everyone is in the same price range. our original buget was 15k, but i didn't want to go over 10k. and we did. But if we had an at home wedding the way my extended family wanted it, we'd be so broke! I can't wait for my wedding in 3 weeks!

    AI Resort for 2 incl freebee incl first class - 2809
    Photog from home, flight - 2200
    my dress/vail FI outfit - 1350
    3 GM & 3 BM outfits, we paid - 800
    GM / BM gifts - 320
    Honeymoon, went all out, - 3500
    DJ,Dance,open bar - 1500
    Steel Drums - 500
    our wedding bands - 1750
    Invites OOT Thank yous - 500


    Thanks for sharing! The wedding itself was cheap, but all the extras, outfits, rings, the trip, etc was what adds up!

    #252 bride7474

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      Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:58 PM

      Bride/Groom/BMs, GMs Apparel $3,380.00
      Hair/Makeup for Bride, BMs, Moms $1,700.00
      OOT Bags/BM/GM Gifts $1,500.00
      Flowers $692.00
      Cabo Violin $1,200.00
      Mariachi $400.00
      DJ $800.00
      Photography/Videography $5,550.00
      STD, Invitations, any Stationary $740.00
      Marriage License $400.00
      Wedding Bands $3,000.00
      Wedding Planner $975.00
      Wedding Resort Package $4,150.00
      Rehearsal Dinner $1,000.00
      Vacation Package (2 weeks) $6,000.00

      TOTAL $31,487.00

      #253 Janelley100

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        Posted 19 February 2010 - 05:11 PM

        Wow...you all have incredible budgets!

        1 wk Moon Palace - $2200
        Airfare - $528
        Horse/Carriage - $130
        Dress - $300 (knock off from China - LOVE IT!!!)
        Rings - Free (I traded in my old engagement ring for both of our rings!)
        OOT bags - $150
        Videographer - $330
        Wedding Package - Free
        Sand Ceremony Kit - $75
        Misc stuff - $500 (FI wedding attire, legal license, invitations, STD, gifts)

        TOTAL: $4213 !!!

        OK, so we are on the conservative side of things...and have about 15-20 guests tops. But we plan to take our $$$ for activities while there and just relax and have a great time. No private events...no fireworks...no dj - Why? They have a disco at the hotel we will all meet at one evening! We are so excited and happy that this didn't take too much money from our house fund! Good luck all!!!

        #254 luciel2820

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          Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:12 PM

          So I am with the girl above me :) My wedding is a $5K wedding and although sometimes I thought it couldnt be possible, here goes.
          Airfare and Transfers- $1000
          Catalonia Royal Bavaro (6 nights)- $1050
          Wedding Package $500
          Wedding Dress (Chinese Vendor)- $200
          Flowers (Brides bouquet, 2 BM bouquets, 3 Hair flowers, 1 Corsage, 3 Bouts)- $180
          Invitations and STDs- $55
          Grooms attire- $150
          Wedding Bands- $300
          Misc (Shoes, Accessories, etc)- $100
          Photographer- $700
          Wedding Decor, Favors and gifts- $300
          Total= $4535 :) We might need to get a few more stuff so we should be able to stay around budget !! Yay!!

          #255 CeeCee76

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            Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:50 PM

            Wow! Some of you spent as much as we are putting down on our house. I'm doing a DW because its budget friendly. We hope to stay around $5K. We are utilizing the free wedding package and we aren't having a reception or live music at the ceremony. We don't have good numbers yet because 2011 numbers aren't available. I'm definitely going to use janelly100 and luciel2820 budgets as a guideline for ours.

            Thanks for everyone sharing there budgets. It will help us stay in line and keep it budget friendly.
            ~January 11, 2011~ Sun Palace, Cancun, Mexico~Our wedding review

            #256 mbarnes04

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              Posted 24 February 2010 - 08:24 PM

              our budget is 5 - 7k.... hoping to keep it in that range (excluding rings)... i'm terrified after reading these LOL. thanks so much for sharing though.... soooo helpful!

              #257 adridashanne

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                Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:12 PM

                I'm hoping to stay right under $20k, and so far, my prelim budget plugging in just my quotes has reached it. The budget is SO confusing though... How do you girls do it?

                I decided our honeymoon will not be included in our budget, nor will our rings. Is it bad that we're still looking at $20k?
                You know what, at the end of the day, I live in NY and if I were to have a NY traditional wedding we'd be looking @ at least $50k++. Hey, I have to make myself feel better somehow.....
                ~ Wedding in Tulum at the Grand Palladium resort on JUNE 17, 2011 ~

                #258 LilRebel

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                  Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:41 AM

                  My biggest worry about the DW is the Reception after the actual wedding ceremony. It seems that even at the AI resort there are costs for the reception, which sucks and doesn't make sense to me, but they don't go away just because I don't agree with them LOL
                  We do have most of the stuff already, such as rings, flowers, guest gifts...I'm thinking of getting a new dress, that is DW friendly, the one I have right now is going to be very hot.
                  I would really love to stay below 5K for the actual wedding and reception at the Dominican and really do hope it will be possible.

                  #259 Vallarta_2009

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                    Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:02 AM

                    It's funny so many of us wanting to stay below 10K and then parents laugh at us and reality sets in! lol
                    Although I must say my budget has been pretty good. With everything included, rings, dress, wedding attire, reception after the wedding, at-home reception, I'm looking at

                    #260 Stacy015

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                      Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:14 AM

                      This is pretty much what we have spent (not exactly sure what the reception and AHR will come out to, but everything else is paid)

                      Flights for Me & FI: $988
                      Rooms for 1.5 weeks (wedding/honeymoon): $1,972
                      Rehearsal dinner: $1,000
                      Wedding Ceremony Location: $500
                      Chairs for Ceremony: $250
                      WC (includes flowers/photography/musician): $880
                      Photo CD with rights: $150
                      Reception: $2,000
                      STD/Invitations/Luggage Tags: $450
                      AHR: $6,000
                      TOTAL: $14,000

                      Attire for me & FI: $1,700
                      Wedding Bands: $550
                      Engagement Ring: not sure

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