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hi everyone, just wondering if anyone willing to share the total $ that was spent for your wedding, any big saving tips etc for more recent weddings. i have kind of tide budget, so just trying to see what numbers everyone has spent. thank you

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I think that it's hard to give $ saving tips, because since this isn't an at-home wedding, your DIY options are limited, and so is your power at vendor-shopping. With this said, the #1 thing that I could have done to limit our budget and prevent from going way over would have been to go with a resort where everyone could book individually instead of having a room block with a minimum # of room paid in the contract. In the end we had to pay in full / in part to help friends fill our rooms (otherwise we still had to pay for the empty rooms). That was an extra 10K that we had not anticipated!

 

Our original budget for everything was 20K. In the end, we were at around 40K. It was a lot more than what we wanted to pay, but at least I got the wedding of my dreams and we're extremely happy with how things turned out.

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Hi Skygirl here is thread that is similar that was helpful to me. It has the budget of brides before and after their wedding:

http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/f9/budget-933/

 

Here is another thread that may be useful with saving tips:

http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...-minded-33804/

 

I hope those are useful. There are also a few other threads if you search but they are more destination specific as in the best place in Mexico to save and things like that. Another I found was: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...-budget-56121/

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Maybe it's just because I didn't want to face the actual reality of what we spent, but it is a lot more than what I had anticipated definitely! I envy those brides who stay within their total budgets of 10K or 15K or less and have money to spare for their AHR! I think we spent around at least 20-25K (which still might exclude some wedding related stuff i.e. our legal ceremony, engagement pics, boudoir pics, TTD) but I will have to do a breakdown and post it in the proper budget thread!

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We just firmed up our budget based on how much we have. $14,500 including our honeymoon but I will say THIS budget is very hard and I had to sacrifice some things for others. I wish we would have had about $20K

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This is a really tough question! THere are so many factors that affect a budget, such as private receptions, number of guests, how many DIY projects you did, etc. To give you an idea, I had 7 guests, that's right, 7! I did not do a private reception or AHR and kept everything pretty basic with minimal extras. My total expense, including rings, the week trip, buying wedding party attire, etc was about 14K. If I went all out like I initially thought I was, I could have easily spent $25K lol. When I realized the actual expense of some things I made major cuts.

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