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Wedding Budgeting

So the average cost for a wedding is about $30,000 these days, but the median cost is $15,000.  And for a while there, I entertained having a wedding for 15k. But it's still ridiculously high.

Andy has been lobbying for a cheap backyard wedding but I want a band and room to dance...  so here are the priorities for him and me, that we're willing to spend money on.

Food from his fav restaurants. He is going to pick up food from restaurants and bring it to the reception.  (help!)
More then a 100 guests. (I'm okay with just a 100 guests or less)
A dance floor
A band.

So after that, we figured out what else would cost what. His parents say they'll help with alcohol, flowers and rehearsal dinner. I lobbied to nix the rehearsal dinner so we have more money for the wedding, but he insisted on a quiet time when family and close friends can mingle with each other. Then I was like... fuck the flowers. I'll get a bouquet for myself and, a basket of petals for the flower girl, and we're fine.

We can do $100 for invitations that Andy will make, and I can make home-made favors on the cheap.

So after figuring out the budget, not including the wedding dress/groom tux, and the stuff his parents are helping with.
We still reach the number of $8000. That's $4000 for each of us. That's still a lot of money.


So now we're both at saving and figuring out how to finance our budget.

We love you all. And we would love to throw a party for you all.. but neither of us want to go in debt or take a large chunk out of savings for it!


Nov. 12th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I am looking at bridal bargains book.
I think 8k, is definitely cheap for a wedding :-)

(not including wedding dress, alcohol, rehearsal dinner)

Edited at 2009-11-12 06:48 pm (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I agree
It's cheap, considering the constraints you've stated. (good band, large dancefloor, 100 guests, food from multiple sources)

We spent a lot less, but it's hardly comparable because we had like around 30 guests, and only food from a single source (though excellent food!)

Pro guest, we spent a similar amount to what you're planning though, and we considered it a cheap wedding.
Nov. 12th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: I agree
Actually 150 people! :)

but yeah. hopefully we can pull it off.
Nov. 12th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I have that bargain book, as well as Offbeat Bride if you want them.
Nov. 12th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
i have bridal bargains but would love to borrow offbeat bride!