Real Wedding Budgets

jeanish
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You've probably already heard that the average cost of a wedding in the US is nearly $29,000.  You also know that 80% of couples end up over budget when the wedding date finally arrives, sometimes doubling the limits they set for themselves.  I don't know about you, but those statistics made me really nervous while I planned my big day!

Before you start selling advertising spots on your ceremony programs, turn to other happy couples for some inspiration.  These real wedding budgets will help you sort out your own expenses and give you new ideas of ways to save without sacrificing.

The Shoestring Budget

Stacie and James, both avid nature lovers, wanted a big wedding but had a very small budget.  With just $4000 to spend, the newlyweds pulled off a beautiful outdoor event for 200 guests.

  • Ceremony/reception site: Local state park campground; 4 sites reserved for event - $350
  • Food/Caterer: Cheese and fruit trays; chocolate fountain; lemonade; cupcakes - $1200
  • Bridal gown/alterations: $450
  • Bridal accessories: Mother's veil with new netting; borrowed sister's shoes; undergarments - $50
  • Groom's attire: $50
  • Stationary/postage: online discount supplier - $350
  • Photography: Digital, delivered on CD - $600
  • Videography: Taped by friend - $0
  • Ceremony/reception music: Gift from co-worker with DJ experience - $0
  • Flowers: $250
  • Favors: Natural bird seed in tulle with ribbons (DIY) - $70
  • Cake: $300
  • Officiant: Ordained relative - $0
  • Hair/makeup: Gift from stylist friend - $0
  • Wedding party gifts: $150
  • Misc.: Decorations, linens, etc. - $100

Total Cost: $3920


An Average Budget

Tracy and John wanted a traditional wedding with all the essentials.  They planned to spend the national average, budgeting $25,000 for their ceremony and reception with 225 guests.

  • Ceremony site: Traditional church ceremony at family church - $0
  • Reception site: Lakeside ballroom with open air patio - $700
  • Food/Caterer: Sit-down meal, including appetizer; open bar; 225 guests with taxes/gratuities - $13,500
  • Bridal gown/alterations: Designer gown found for discount online - $600
  • Bridal accessories: $350
  • Groom's attire: $200
  • Stationery/postage: $950
  • Photography: Prints, album, 6 hours- $2600
  • Videography: Gift from relative - $0
  • Ceremony music: Pianist, singer, string trio - $1000
  • Reception music: DJ - $900
  • Flowers: $1050
  • Favors: $325
  • Cake: 3-tier, traditional white - $500
  • Officiant: $0 (donation made to church)
  • Hair/makeup: $125
  • Wedding party gifts: $600
  • Transportation: $600
  • Hotels: Out of town attendants - $800
  • Misc.: Decorations, bathroom baskets, programs - $800

Total Cost: $25,600

 

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Last Updated: October 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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