It would help if you broke it down into dress cost, cake cost, etc, as well. I have NO idea what a reasonable amount of money to spend on a wedding is. Also, if plane tickets are needed for family members, do I pay for them, or do the family members? I have no idea where to begin, and I’m so nervous!!!
Thanks in advance!!
(PS… I’m the bride… haha)
Average cost of a wedding is 20K…which makes me twitch…honestly My wedding will cost 5k… thats it…and thats spending 2,500 on food… If you’re looking to save money… Many ideas…
check out ANY wedding checklists on google search, look through as many as possible, read up, decide whats just needed….the important things…
Start at the beginning…
Where? Locations…how many people will be able to fit?
Invitations, RSVP’s, Reception Cards, Thank you notes and all the envelopes…(this can get expensive, the one I liked ended up at about $600 for all of this…I dont think so, so I used GIMP (design program)
and made my own, EXACTLY what I wanted with the pattern I loved…$140 to get it all printed and envelopes for them that fit perfectly)
The point is to find out whats important and what you just cant live without, make it, or subtract elsewhere where you dont care…for me it was the music and an $800 photographer…I know someone…)
Heres the list I pulled off a site for this question:
Ceremony (Location fee, Officiant Fee, Marriage License, and Musician fee)— 3% of total budget
Reception(Location fee, Food, Drinks, Rentals, cake, favors-for guests)— 48%
Attire(Dress,shoes veil, jewelry, hair and make up, tuxedo, shoes, tie or bow, cufflinks and studs)— 10%
Rings (For the both of you, engraved)—3%
Flowers(Ceremony, Bouquets,corsages, centerpieces)—8%
Music(Band/ DJ/ Musicians/ Sound System)—8%
Photographer(Photographer fee and additional prints)–12%
Transportation( Limo? Guests? Shuttle?)–2%
Stationary(Invitations& envelopes, Response card & envelopes, thank you cards & envelopes, reception cards-seating- postage, and guestbook)—-3%
Gifts(Parents, eachother, and wedding party)—3%
This is basically made for a 20,000$ wedding but its a good eye opener, and helpful to see where you can cut from and where you and spend what you want..
CAKES ARE EXPENSIVE,($300-$1000+) if you wanna save some money, dont tell them its a wedding cake!!! family is expected to pay their own way as far as I know, you can get the hotels in bulk (Get all at once) this will bring down the cost for them, but you are expected to give them welcome gifts…fruit basket or something
Bridesmaids are also expected to pay for their own dresses… if they cant them I’d suggest offering a little help to them…
WOW I hope this helps, my fingers hurt…
and if this isnt enough honestly read through some postings and forums, alot of people ask these questions(Only reason I have a clue spent the last 2 days looking and reading) and It paid off…