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    Saw a post from 2 years ago but thought I'd restart a new one. Recently engaged and planning a Midwest wedding next year. We are trying to be financially responsible and not spend too much money but have a few things working against us:

    - multi-cultural wedding that involves a lot of extended family i.e. large wedding (probably ~400 guests)

    - need to find good caterers to serve specific ethnic food but unsure of availability in the area

    - music will be from different cultures and might need multiple DJs or band (still haven't explored this yet)

    - out of town planning (currently on the West side of the country), making us consider hiring a wedding planner to help with the details (brief research shows can be anywhere from $1000-$5000)

    - trying to pay down loans by moonlighting currently >$250K

     

    Questions for you all are:

    1) how much did you spend on your wedding?

    2) best tips/hacks for saving money when planning your wedding?

     

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Destination wedding. Costs are passed to the guests due to travel and hotels, but ultimately it's a vacation for them and you. Food and booze free since it's an all inclusive resort. Cost was $15k.

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    • #3
      Compared to my sister's wedding. Suburb of Chicago, nothing fancy. $100/plate (avg cost). 350 guests, so $35k just for the reception before any other costs.

      Wedding costs are stupid. Find a reception hall that meets your Criteria for food and size. Given it's a specific ethnicity, I bet you can find one. Problem is if you can live with having a "cheaper" wedding g. Definitely skip the wedding planner.

      But, I'd take my wedding over my sister's. Way more fun with the destination. Obviously some friends missed out, but for a quarter of the price, worth it. Also, my parents were 99% against the Idea of a destination wedding, but in the end, they enjoyed it more than my sisters.

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      • #4
        Also keep it simple.

        Email save the dates.
        DIY website wedding invitations.
        Avoid real flowers for the wedding in church
        Skip favors
        Online website for rsvp, directions, etc

        Saved you at least $10k right there. ?

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        • #5
          1. Too much

          2. Elope

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          • #6
            we eloped. The year was 1997. The wedding cost roughly $200 bucks.  We were in Vegas at the time. Just did it randomly that weekend.  No guests. The same year I read an article which concluded ...The amount spent on the wedding statistically is inversely related to the length of the marriage. I have about a n=10, but all my friends are divorced.

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            • #7
              There isn't going to be a cheap way to do what you have listed.

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              • #8


                Questions for you all are:

                1) how much did you spend on your wedding?

                2) best tips/hacks for saving money when planning your wedding?
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                1.  Way less than 10k. We paid for it, and there wasn't much extra money after med school graduation. Kind of limits things.

                2. Didn't invite many people. We rented a tent, tent heater, chairs, catered for 100, shuttle for folks from lodging. Had family and friends play the music, take the photos, dj. I made all the dessert. (I have a baking habit...) Had tons of extra everything. We brought beer and wine from every place we'd lived, put it in coolers on the patio. There was plenty extra. We used a google doc to manage RSVP's, and printed some boring wedding bulletins. It fit us. If 400 people party is you, that's awesome too - it'll be a different cost level than a small different type of event.

                We saved money by having it my parents backyard and not renting an expensive place, by limiting the number of people attending, by having family and friends help out, and by not going for endless "Wedding-ing" type of stuff (e.g. frilly seat covers for $5/seat) - that stuff adds up!! We also had the ceremony and the reception in the same location, so it was less to manage, and more enjoyable for people too.

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                • #9
                  we had a wedding with 20 people and went out to brunch afterwards. it cost a few hundred dollars (including ring). we have been married for 9 years

                  you cannot do the things you have listed and spend less than probably $20k if you are in a medium sized or greater city, unless you have family/ friends doing the cooking, music, photography, etc, and do it somewhere that is not a typical wedding venue (which, again, will be difficult when you are having that many people). for a guest list of 400 people you could easily spend double that and it would still not feel over the top. weddings are ridiculous.

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                  • #10




                    Saw a post from 2 years ago but thought I’d restart a new one. Recently engaged and planning a Midwest wedding next year. We are trying to be financially responsible and not spend too much money but have a few things working against us:

                    – multi-cultural wedding that involves a lot of extended family i.e. large wedding (probably ~400 guests)

                    – need to find good caterers to serve specific ethnic food but unsure of availability in the area

                    – music will be from different cultures and might need multiple DJs or band (still haven’t explored this yet)

                    – out of town planning (currently on the West side of the country), making us consider hiring a wedding planner to help with the details (brief research shows can be anywhere from $1000-$5000)

                    – trying to pay down loans by moonlighting currently >$250K

                     

                    Questions for you all are:

                    1) how much did you spend on your wedding?

                    2) best tips/hacks for saving money when planning your wedding?

                     

                    Thanks!
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                    all those things you listed means you will not save on this wedding.

                    good luck.

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                    • #11
                      you should also look at this:

                      "marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony."

                      https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2501480

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                      • #12
                        I just got married and I will tell you in are in for quite a time trying to plan a wedding for 400 guests and trying to be frugal.

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                        • #13
                          Had to smile reading the OP's post.  Going to state I paid for the entire thing ($10) at a county courthouse.  Had two witnesses come out (our respective best friends).  The witnesses sprung for lunch at a local restaurant, then is was off to Wisconsin Dells for our weekend honeymoon.  Spent a bit more on a real honeymoon in Rome/Florence/Sienna though about 5 months later.

                          Wife spent $300 on a wedding dress that fit off the rack and like $100 on makeup.  I dressed in one of my Gordon Gecko suits.  Her ring cost multiples of the wedding/honeymoons.

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                          • #14
                            Use the phrase “no boxed gifts please” on your invitation. Depending on your cultures they will understand that to mean give checks or cash only as presents. That covered almost half the cost of the wedding for us

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                            • #15
                              wow 400 guests! both of you must be popular.  Wedding was important to us but we only had 3-4 months to plan it.  I prioritized the ones that will last me some memory- rings, video, photo.  oh, in our area, cash bar was common.  so we made sure we paid for the alcohol.  it was great for us to see family and friends. our budget was around 30k but that included the airfare of my family that we flew from overseas.  have fun, don't stress on minor stuff!  it is the marriage that is important, not the wedding.

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