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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budget is now at $75K.  i know it sounds crazy but just because of the venue, the photographer and caterer, those 3 really made the budget explode.  our venue in SF is one of the biggest reason why it's so high, that's $12,500 just for the venue.  photographer is $8700 and catering is at $13,000 - food was really important to us since we're both foodies.  this is all for about 100-120 people.

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm
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We're budgeting $16k for our wedding (not including honeymoon, ~80 guests), which means I will be in DIY heaven. Seriously, I LOVE projects - making things gives me a rush.


Luckily, our wedding is over 600 days away, so I've bought myself quite a bit of time to really scout out good deals, and do price comparisons.


We've already booked our venue (Brazilian Room, Berkeley) for the ceremony/reception for a "whopping" $2150. As long as I can find a good photographer and a DJ for not too much $$, we should be good to go!

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 8:30 am
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Wow thank you all for contributing to this post.  Honestly when I initially posted this I was very hesitant on how brides would be in responding to this as $ can be such a sticky topic. 


I realized that anything is possible although the Bay Area is quit expensive.  Its been amazing reading all of your thoughts and I look forward to see all your planning come to life.

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm
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ckqp, while the Julie Morgan Ballroom is an awesome venue and one of my dream venues, I can't get over the rental cost, almost the same as the catering cost. I'll be watching your posts, living vicariously.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm
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I have kind of a backwards approach to the budget.  I figure out what I want & then I figure out the least expensive way to get it. It's hard for me to sacrifice on things that I really want, but I also don't have a bajillion dollars to spend.   I'd rather just figure out a way to get what at a reasonable cost, instead of compromsing my true desires. You'd be surprised how far creativity, ingenuity & will can get you.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm
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My fiancé and I are saving a ton of money by doing it off season. We're doing ours at The Mountain Terrace in November and renting the venue is well under 2,000 (for engagement and ceremony). Food is buffet style and our centerpieces and much of the decorations will be vintage, diy (wildflowers mixed with origami flowers, old books, etc). 


 


Our budget is 20,000 but I think we can make it at 15,000. I got my dress for under $300, custom-made! I got it here: http://www.lightinthebox.com/wholesale-Wedding-Dresses_c1181


 


Seriously, I thought it was too good to be true...but it fits me perfectly. 

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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I'm on the cheaper end.. 15K for 25-30 guests, not including honeymoon, or dress

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm
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Our budget is around 30k (REALISTICALLY going to about 35k) for 150 guests


breakdown


venue: ~$22k for ceremony and reception venue, including chivari chairs, cake food unlimited wine, cash bar, hor douvres. We lucked out finding this place because they had a pretty awesome package that included everything like the chairs and cake


makeup/hair: ~$1200 for me, mother of the bride and 4 BM


Photog: $6k


DJ: $2k


Flowers: $1500


Dress: $350 - Milly's


Stationary: DIY ~$300 for invites, menu, programs, everything paper


Wedding party attire: ~$1400, We're paying for our BM and GM clothes


 


 

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 9:06 am
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About $30,00+ for 140 people


Reception venue: $4,500


Food, drinks and cake: $12,000


Invitations: $678


Photo & Video: $3,100 and $1,500


Dress: $2,700


Then theres all the smaller things, like shoes, limo, hotel, music, flowers, rehearsal, rings, favors, etc.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 6:47 am
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We had a destination wedding in Sonoma County for less than $5000.  A budget wedding blog article was written about it on the Sonoma Wedding Guide:  http://thesonomaweddingguide.com/index.php/blog/planning-sonoma-budget-wedding/

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:27 am
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Ours is 80k for 200 people in the city. A good chunk of it is going to the photographer and venue.

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm
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Ours is 10k in SF with about 60 guests.  It's doable, people!

Posted on April 27, 2011 at 11:38 am
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Ours is about $25k in Livermore not including attire and honeymoon.

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 8:29 am
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Now that I've put my eyeballs back in their sockets....LOL j/k 


Our budget is 8K. We are getting married in Tahoe and the venue/food is about 6k of the 8 for 130 people. I had decided early on that I did not want to spend more than 10K on my wedding. 


I agree with atejada815, it is doable. Would I have a lavish wedidng if money was unlimited? Hell yes - but realisticly it's not us. And this is not me hatin' on anyone and their personal choices for thier wedding day! :)

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 11:31 am
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Just curious - what are you all including in your budgets? Some of the spreadsheets that I have seen include the honeymoon, rings, etc. That seems a bit much (ie. I would probably keep the honeymoon in my travel budget for the year).


Venue
Food & Drink
Cake
Rentals
Dress? Suit?
Florals
DJ
Photography

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 7:51 am
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all that you named...now that the wedding is over...we ended up spending a little under $35K for 250 guests. My budget was 28K...

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 9:37 am
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