What is your budget for a Bay Area wedding?

I'm just curious to know what everyone is anticipating budgeting for a wedding in the Bay Area.  I was told by my friends to just add 10k to "the budget"?!

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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Hello! Yes, I found out that stuff in the Bay Area is quite expensive compared to other parts of the country, especially through PW.  Before that I thought this was normal! My overall budget is about $40K with 150 guests.  I'm not sure whether or not that's average, but when I was researching, it seemed like there was no way to get much lower than that with the type of venue I was looking for.  My reception is in SF which makes it even more pricey and that makes up of half our budget already. 


I guess it really depends on what type of venue and wedding you want.  If you want it a little more upscale, I really don't feel like you can get away with much lower than maybe $30K around here.  But if you are more flexible or have less guests, you could do it for a lot less too.


Feel free to add me as a friend and look through my bio.  And I'm always happy to chat about way to save and other stuff too! I know a chiavari chair place for $6 - $6.50 each if you're still looking! :)

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm
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ours was about $32K for 95 people, not including rings or honeymoon or dress...in Lafayette (East Bay)...deets in my bio!

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 5:29 am
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While reading the boards and hearing how people are having weddings under 10,000 including everything just baffles me!


For the venue- food, drinks, appetizers for 150 it is about 20,000


Photographer- Including all day, 2 photographers, engagement session, digitals, printed 11x14 engagement pics, 30 page flush mount album- 3500


DJ- Between 750-1000


Florist- 3000


Cake- Budget less than 1000


So about 30,000 for 150 people.


 

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 7:30 am
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Ours came to about $25,000 for 200 guests, but having the reception at a Chinese restaurant significantly cut costs down, I think.


Our heavy hitting expenditures:



  • Ceremony venue - $1800

  • Reception - ~$12,000

  • Photographer - $5,500 (splurged)

  • Officiant fee - $400

  • Cake - $800

  • Flowers - $1,200

  • DJ/DoC - $1,800


Have you looked at http://www.costofwedding.com ?

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 7:47 am
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Our budget is around $25,000 for 140 people, not including the rings or the honeymoon...it's going to be tough but so far we are on the right track...the hardest part was finding a nice venue that didn't charge thousands of dollars in "rental fees"...if you have any questions let me know! And good luck! :)

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 8:06 am
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http://www.costofwedding.com/index.cfm?action=search.weddingcost&zipcode=94121&go=Show+Wedding+Cost


The site says that for SF it's about $34K-$56K, so I would say we are right in the lower end of that range. 


Our breakdown:


- Ceremony venue - free (it's my fiance's dad's church)


- Reception (food, drinks, incl. cake) ~ $20K


- Photographer - $7500 (our biggest splurge)


- HMUA - $1K (2nd big splurge)


- DJ - $750


- DOC - $850


- Flowers (mostly DIY) ~ $2k -$2.5K


- Everything else ~ $10K

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 8:11 am
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Thanks you guys for all your input on this, I knew it was really difficult to try to have a wedding w/in 10k....(a book my mom got me and needless to say she doesnt live in CA)!  I'm budgeting around 30k for about 130 ppl so it seems like my range is right around the corner from all of you guys. My biggest splurge was the photography which came over 5k but I think this will definitely be worth the money!

Posted on December 26, 2009 at 2:35 am
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rkrupan - did you end up going with Jerry Yoon Photography?? :D

Posted on December 26, 2009 at 5:16 am
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We pulled everything off for just over $17k for 160 people, and our wedding was in Walnut Creek. Detailed budget is in my bio. We saved a lot by receiving many vendor items as wedding gifts.

Posted on December 26, 2009 at 6:06 am
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Our budget was about $26 - 26K for 105 guests not including rings or honeymoon.


That price tag sounds so painful but we had a fabulous wedding!! We chose to go to the outskirts of the Bay Area and book a friday night to save money so we could have all the things we wanted like linens, chiavaris, lighting, photobooth.


 


Venue: $13,800


Included:


Food - 6 apps passed and stationed, fabulous trio plate with beef/chicken/fish (the food was amazing)


Open Bar for 5 hours


All of our guest centerpieces and gazebo decor for the ceremony


An amazing DJ


Wedding Cake (we paid $150 to upgrade to a sugar paste and fondant design)


Officiant (he was great!)


 


Invitations: $120


Photobooth: $1050


Photographer: $2900 (plus additional $800 for parent albums)


Videographer: $2100


Florist: $800 (for bouquets, bouts, additional arrangements for non guest tables)


Rose Petals for aisle: $200


Lighting: $1100


Chiavari Chairs: $850


Linens: $350 (orange pintuck for guests, crushed taffeta for sweetheart table)


Dress: $650 (sample from Bay Area Bridal)


Veil: $55


Hair Flower: FREE


Hair/Makeup: $650 for hair & makeup for me and mom, all hair for MIL and 4 BMs


Bracelet: $65


Earrings: $95


Shoes: $42 (from DB)


Shoe Clips: $22


Pedicure: $40


Backless/Strapless Bra: $65


Tux for Groom: $135


Converse for Groom, Dad, BP: $300


BP Gifts: $600


Other stuff (menus, programs, card holder, etc): $200


I'm sure I'm forgetting an item or two...

Posted on December 26, 2009 at 6:51 am
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It depends. We're planning our wedding (same date, 10/10/10) in Sausalito for 120 people for $10,000. However, I also do day-of wedding coordination here in the Bay Area and my clients typically spend $30,000-50,000 for 150-250 guests in locations such as wineries and hotels. My sister recently got married at Casa Real in Pleasanton and it was a pretty penny. I'm happy to provide recommendations for local vendors who might fit your budget. Cheers! Vera

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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We had budgeted 40k, and are getting closer to 45k with everything. Our venue is in northern Sonoma county at a vineyard and it is mainly food and location that are so much. Our budget also does not include dress, honeymoon, rings and a few other small charges.  It is just expensive to have a wedding in the Bay Area, though I think it will be worth it.

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 3:03 am
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We are budgeting $10k for our wedding in 2011 with about 60-70 guests. We haven't booked a venue yet but I've found a few venues we liked. That doesn't include the rings and honeymoon. I am quite worried that we may go over the budget, but we're trying really hard to stick to it. We're also doing a lot of things ourselves (like design the invites and all paper stuff, flowers, music). I've decided to just make my own wedding playlist for the event and not hire a DJ. I'm not going to buy a dress more than $500. We're not having an open bar -- we barely drink and don't want people to get drunk. lol... plus it helps that the venue doesn't allow spirits. I think our biggest splurge would be the venue, food, photography and videography (last item, may be a gift from relatives). Hopefully, we can stick to our budget in the end. :) Let me know if you know any vendors who don't charge wedding rates! lol. :)

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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I told my mom we wanted to do our wedding for 170 guests for $20,000 and she laughed at me.  Turns out it's more like $40,000-$45,000, including bridal party attire and gifts -- but not including the honeymoon, rehearsal dinner or farewell brunch. We'll be splitting costs with my parents and MOG will be hosting the rehearsal dinner.


I'm hoping to add honeymoon items to our registry.


About half of that amount, just under $20,000 is the cost of the reception catering, rentals and venue. 


Our photographer is just under $3500 without an album.


I plan to spend around $2500 on video.


My dress ended up being a splurge - but I am saving on veil and accessories by using my sister's veil and my mom's jewelry.


I'm just starting to figure out flowers now, and am hoping to do them for $3000 or less.


If we need to cut things from the budget than I think we'll try to cut down on:


- transportation for us and for our guests


- stationary


- fancy chairs or linens


- scale back the wedding cake, or do cupcakes instead


- use a dj instead of a band (we're leaning this way anyway)


- no specialty lighting


 

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 6:12 am
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My budget is about $16K (not including attire or honeymoon or rings).  We're having our ceremony in a park and the reception in a backyard.  We're renting everything, we're using a relative as a caterer, and we're getting our booze from Costco.  If you're going with a legit venue and are going to have more than about 60 people, I think under $20K is going to be hard. 


But . . . if you love SF, I highly suggest (a) ceremony somewhere in Golden Gate Park (http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/recpark/Permits_and_Reservations/wedding_sites.pdf)  and then reception at a favorite restaurant.  It's much cheaper.  Someone suggested it to me at the beginning of my planning, and I wish I'd followed through!


I've checked out a zillion sites in the SF Bay area (including East Bay), so PM me if you have questions!

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 11:37 am
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I think it's possible to do a dinner reception for about 200 for close to $10k if you really wanted to (if that was really an issue). My budget's about $10-15k for about 200-250 people in the bay area. It involves a lot of research though.. we're having a church wedding and a dinner reception at the sunnyvale community center, and bringing in food from a restaurant with no servers. This saves enormously, but we're going to have to rely on a lot of help on the day-of. But, for $14 a head, we thought it was worth it!

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 7:48 am
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roughly around 55k for 275 guests.

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 8:13 am
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Do all of your numbers include tax and gratuity or is this before all that?  Yes, it's expensive here in the Bay.  I'm getting married in SF.  We looked all around the Bay.  I just negotiated my price for my hotel and they quickly accepted.  Maybe it's the economy? 

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm
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Yes, mine includes tax and gratuity. We had to make sacrifices on the venue, making time to do a lot of research, and we're fortunate to have talented friends who are providing services at a lower rate.


Plus, it helped I won the Save-the-Dates, iDIY letterpress machine, 100 postcards and all out photography!

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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A friend of mine had 150 guests for about $10k at the Century House in Fremont. There is also the Freedom Hall in Santa Clara that has packages for 100 for way under $10k... but it's $12k for a Saturday.


Other than that you have parks and such. Getting married in the city limits of SF is going to raise your prices a lot... BUT if you're having a guest list less than 75 I highly suggest the Cliff House. It's gorgeous and very well priced. No room charge. $50pp for buffet. $700 to set up ceremony, $400 for dance floor. You don't need many decorations. The ceremony site is amazing.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 4:05 am
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