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Re: What you actually spent...

Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:41 pm

Thanks Girls, this thread has been so informative.

I am getting married in Dec 2011 and hoping for a budget of $15,000.
 
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Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:20 pm

maxnmezy wrote:

Wedding is not until 23rd April 2011 in Toowoomba but have already booked most things as I live in Townsville. We have HUGE families and have got numbers down to just over 150!


Roast meal and dessert - $29.50 per person so total of $4425.00 (THANKS MUM!)


Hi Maxnmezy, I'm a Toowoomba girl getting married in Oct/Nov 2011, and I just wanted to let you know just how helpful your break-down of the costs is!! :D It's great to see that big weddings ARE achievable for that sort of money, because my FH wants to invite about the same numbers as you have. I just have one question, if it's not too rude.. feel free not to answer if it is! When you say the roast meal and dessert is $29.50/head, do you mean that your mum is cooking, or are you having a buffet style reception? I've been trying to find a place in Tba where we can have the numbers we want with a sit down meal without going over $50/head, and hadn't had any luck...
 
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Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:59 pm

I will be organizing my sis' wedding and we were only thinking of $10,000 by then, I hope this would be enough.
 
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Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:51 am

Ours is very cheap!!

We are having a secret ceremony with only immediate family + 1 best friend each the morning of our "engagement" party. We will then announce to extended family + friends we are already married!!!

Ceremony on the beach 800m from our house

Permit $30
Bamboo arbour with flowers and Bali flags $215
Celebrant $400

Df already bought my wedding ring, I made invites to party for only $5. Ceremony invited in person. Df's ring $50. Df wearing clothes he already has, might buy new shoes $100. I am wearing just a white dress, not a 'wedding' dress - only $30!! Plus new shoes $50. Also photography by a girl just starting her own business $250 all pics on cd. And we are buying our own camcorder to record the day $350 + stand not sure how much!

Df and I will then go out for lunch, just the 2 of us, so that we get some alone time on our wedding day!! Lunch $100 if
that (I will be 32 wks pregnant and not drinking!) probably hire a car for this though - around $400.

Then "engagement" party held at hm that night for 70 ppl
Food (antipasto platters plus BBQ tea) $400
Drinks (beer, bubbles, soft drink) $300
table and chair hire $120
Decorations $50
Cup Cakes $100

The weekend after we are staying in a hotel $600
Plus honeymoon interstate after our baby is born, not organized yet.

Very cheap but exactly what we want!!
 
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Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:55 am

Forgot to add, I made my own bouquet $23 and bridesmaid $18 plus 2 buttonholes $6

Also getting my hair cut the day before $50 + just straightened the morning of $30. I don't wear make up! As I'll be 32 weeks pregnant I think I'll have to get some waxing!!! $100. And maybe nails $65.
 
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Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:39 pm

My budget was what we could afford and what we felt we could reasonably spend on a wedding
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Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:48 pm

I think its a personal choice what people pay....i think so long as it is within there personal budget and not unrealistic financially then go for it
 
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Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:14 pm

For me wedding preparation is one thing head breaking. Your list are quite complete. But I suggest don't get too much think of it. Let your planner do it. Spent time with your hubby to be and plan together for the future.
 
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Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:24 am

I'll update this as I go, but thus far I have managed to get a lot of good bargains.

I think that if you can't afford to spend much, you can still have a beautiful day - you just have to put more effort into bargain hunting, utilise the skills of friends and relatives and be willing to do more things yourself.

So far we spent:

Venue - $450 (it is at a club we are members of and therefore we got it cheap)
Dress - $600 (it was off the rack but end of the line and the last one left)
Shoes - $10 (kmart special)
Flowers - $12 (bought 100 cream roses from ebay and will make my own bouquets etc)

music - free (a wedding gift from a talented friend)

invitations - cost of materials (a wedding gift from another friend)
 
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Re: What you actually spent...

Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:35 am

heartstringz wrote:
I'll update this as I go, but thus far I have managed to get a lot of good bargains.

I think that if you can't afford to spend much, you can still have a beautiful day - you just have to put more effort into bargain hunting, utilise the skills of friends and relatives and be willing to do more things yourself.

So far we spent:

Venue - $450 (it is at a club we are members of and therefore we got it cheap)
Dress - $600 (it was off the rack but end of the line and the last one left)
Shoes - $10 (kmart special)
Flowers - $12 (bought 100 cream roses from ebay and will make my own bouquets etc)

music - free (a wedding gift from a talented friend)

invitations - cost of materials (a wedding gift from another friend)


Wow looks like you are doing so well. What is your budget?
 
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Re: What you actually spent...

Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:27 pm

Here is my tally.
We had a destination wedding in Palm Cove, QLD.

Reception venue: 2500 (we had 25 people with a four hour drinks package that included spirits)
Photographer: 1250
Celebrant: 500
Flowers: 300 (Just my bouquet and a floral archway)
Dress: 500
Grooms clothes: 300
Hair & Makeup: 120
Gifts: 100
Table decorations: 100
Foot wear: 40 (both wore thongs!)
Garter: 15 (from EBAY)
Invites: 40 (from snapfish and vistaprint for STDs)
Wedding rings: 800

total cost $6565

We didn't have cars because we stayed at a resort opposite where we were getting married and the reception venue was 100m away.
For music we just had an ipod that we put on shuffle which worked really well..
We didn't have any bridesmaids or best men or what not..
Im sure that I am forgetting a few things but we spent around this amount on the actual wedding itself..

Including flights, accommodation, car hire and spending money plus the actual wedding we came in under $10,000

So all in all we had our wedding and a week holiday with everyone we love for $10,000

:D :heart: :D
 
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Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:56 pm

I found this really helpful when I was trying to figure out how much each thing should cost- so here goes with our final spending

Apparel & Appearance
Bridal Gown: $2000 - (Maggie Sottero 'Windsor') http://www.bridalgown.net (dress alone was 1300 but shipping plus customs etc took the price up a bit, still a massive saving from buying in an Aus store)
Bra/Corsette/underthings: $25 - (white undies with "Mrs Bxxxxxxxxx Est. 2010" ) from etsy seller customblingapparel
Hoop: $70
Veils: $100 (one cathedral length for ceremony, one elbow length for reception- both from etsy)
Shoes: $195
Jewellery: $100
Garter: $50
Clutch: $35
Perfume: $110
Suit hire: $800 -for my husband and 3 of his GMs (one paid for his own suit hire)- suits were 200 each
Groom's Shoes: used ones he already had
Cufflinks: $10
BM dresses: approx $70 each for 4 dresses all the materials required. My mum made the dresses and I bought all the necessary materials
Bride Hair: $49 trial and $69 on the day.
Bridemaids hair: $69 x 4 = 276
Makeup: $593 all up including travel fee, blot powder and lip stick. for myself, 4 bms and one mob
Nails and pedicure: $60
Tan: $45
Dress dry clean: $435- bentleigh dry cleaner

Gifts
BM gifts: $450 (each girl got a personalised handmade clutch, jewellery and lipstick for the day and a bathrobe with 'bridesmaid' on the back)
GM gifts: $350 (a bottle of johnny walker green label each, their cufflinks and a pair of socks to wear on the day)
Parents gifts: $45 (personalised hankies)
MC: $70 (bottle of wine)
Flowergirl: $85 (flowergirl basket, bracelet, getting ready tshirt)

Flowers http://www.debbieoneill.com.au
Bride Bouquet: $150.00 (inc throw away bouquet)
Bridesmaid Bouquets: $440.0
Boutonnieres (button-holes): $56.0 (6 x roses)
Cake flowers- $35.0

Entertainment http://www.bakerboysband.com.au/
solo acoustic guitarist for ceremony - $250
jazz trio for pre dinner drinks- $390
4 piece band for reception- $2270
(5% discount for booking all three- total $ 2765)

Photography louisajones.com.au
Package: $2,990.00

Videography cinemaweddings.com.au
Package: $1900

Reception http://www.tatra.com.au/
Package price: $13000
Cake: $395 - from special treats by carolyn

Stationery/Printing
Bonbonniere: $0 - ( MIL organised for us- personalised engraved wine glasses and jam jars with home make raspberry jam)
Birdcage Wishing well: $35
WISH sign- $40
Stationary/Invites: $1200
Wishing tree guest book- $80

Transport
cars- $0 (used StepFILs 300 chrysler and my dad's toureg)

Ceremony
Officiant - Maree Livy: $650
Chair hire: $350
Bride Wedding Band: $1200 (Jogia diamonds)
Groom Wedding Band: $350 (on sale from 700)
Bride engagement ring: $8200 (Jogia Diamonds)
Rose petals for flowergirl and for rose petal cones - $600 (ordered way too much, have about $200 worth left)

TOTAL WEDDING $40,738

Honeymoon
Wedding Night Hotel - Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat: $750
Flights: $6200
Honeymoon: $28000 (almost all inclusive)
Honeymoon extras (spending money, some meals, massages, tours): $2000

TOTAL HONEYMOON $37,250

TOTAL: $77,988
8O Totally worth it though!

Hopefully this helps people plan how much things will cost!
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Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:44 pm

^ absolutely worth it specialkk :heart: .. how much was your maggie in store if you dont mind me asking? :D
 
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Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:30 pm

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^ absolutely worth it specialkk :heart: .. how much was your maggie in store if you dont mind me asking? :D

It was $3500 in store, so a big saving by buying online! :D
 
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Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:38 pm

Thank you. Oh wow that is a big saving 8O ... I did look at the option of online but mine would've only been a few hundred difference so I didn't do it..
 
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Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:16 am

I think this will be a bit of a shock to my system as I haven't done this yet. :oops:

Apparel & Appearance

Bridal Gown: $2365.45 - (Maggie Sottero 'Reese' brand new) (incl alterations)
Bra/Corsette/underthings: $25 - (Bra's & Things)
Hoop: N/A
Veil: $75 - My Mum made it
Headpiece/headband: $0 - a gift from my Mum (She paid $8.00 - forgot to take the price tag off!)
Shoes: $175.30 (two pairs - ceremony & reception)
Jewellery: $0 - Earrings were a gift from my parents
Garter: $15 - Ebay
Suit hire: $135 - (Sugar & Spice)
Groom's Shoes: $80 - (Windsor Smith)
BM dresses: $0 - Girls paid for their own dresses (Henry Roth 'Liz' - $380)
Bride Hair: $50 trial and $80 on the day.
Bridemaids hair: $270 - for 2 BM's, FG & mum
Makeup: $360 - For Me, my Mum & my two BM's
Nails: $50 - Gel french tip at local salon
Dress dry clean: $0 - Haven't done this yet :oops:

Gifts
BM gifts: $194 (bracelet, earrings, robe, slippers, photo frame)
GM gifts: $60 (2 x hip flasks engraved)
Parents gifts: $88 (2 x socks, 2 x hankies embroidered, 2 x pearl brooch)
MC: $50 (engraved stainless steel stubby cooler)
Usher: $15 (earrings)
FG: $13 (crystal headband)
RB: $7 (socks)

Flowers Mondo Floral Designs
Bride Bouquet: $260 (inc throw away bouquet)
Bridesmaid Bouquets: $300
Boutonnieres & corsages: $115 (9 x orchids)


Entertainment Mirrorworld
Band: $1650 - (5 hours, 3 piece live band)

Photography Calli B Photography - Jennifer Oliphant
Package: $2,825.00 - (Full day coverage, proof disc, online web gallery, 20 page album, 60 x prints, negatives on disc)
E-shoot: $300

Reception Glengariff Historic Estate
Package price: $6,750 (60 guests, includes canapes, cocktails, three course meal, drinks package, flowers for tables, table linen and ceremony setup)
Cake: $350 - Cheescake Shop - Two tier square, traditional icing, bottom layer mud cake, top layer fruit cake.
Table decorations: $234 (bullet vase with orchid stem, LED lights in base, gemstones, table runners, 'Love' sign, 2 x chandelier candle holders.)
Guestbook: $30 - ebay
Iron Easel: $80 - ebay

Stationery/Printing
Bonboniere: $210 - ( glass coasters with pic of us & thank you tag)
Wishing Well: $0 - included in venue
Stationary: $456 (for 60 guests, DIY Invites, RSVP's, Wishing well cards, OOS, menu's and postage)

Transport Golden Gate Limousines
Cars: $450 (7 seater new limo, 2 hours, 3 bottles of bubble, all decorations)

Ceremony
Officiant - Annemarie Campbell: $650 - (Worth her weight in gold)
Ceremony venue hire: $0 - FREE with reception package.
Chair covers: $315 - Lycra bands with diamante buckles & white covers.
Ceremony music: $0 - provided by us
Bride E-ring: $7,500 (Custom made 50% off Diamonds International)
Bride Wedding Band: $1500 (Custom made 50% off Diamonds International)
Groom Wedding Band: $400 (50% off Diamonds International

TOTAL WEDDING $28,402.75
(a few bits & pieces have been left off so probably closer to $30,000)

Honeymoon
10 Nights in 4.5 star resort @ Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Transport & accommodation - Inc. insurance, flights, transfers, BKFT daily, accmm, prem econ flight: $4,000
Dinner, drinks, massages, shows, tours & lunches: $600
Spending money: $3,000

TOTAL HONEYMOON $7,600



TOTAL: $35,902.75
 
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Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:22 am

Oh my.. you have me scared!!!!

I was going down the list agreeing ... "ah yeah this is what we are spending"... Didnt expect that total.... eeepppp
 
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Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:26 am

Yeah we kinda blew our budget (was supposed to be $15k!!!). Truthfully though, it was sooooo worth it! :mrgreen:
 
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Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:47 am

kachward wrote:
Cake: $350 - Cheescake Shop - Two tier square, traditional icing, bottom layer mud cake, top layer fruit cake.


Which cheesecake shop did you use? I called one and they weren't exactly helpful. Will they deliver the cake?
 
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heartstringz wrote:
kachward wrote:
Cake: $350 - Cheescake Shop - Two tier square, traditional icing, bottom layer mud cake, top layer fruit cake.


Which cheesecake shop did you use? I called one and they weren't exactly helpful. Will they deliver the cake?


I used the Albany Creek (North Brisbane) cheesecake shop. They have a cake decorator that they work in conjunction with onsite. Unfortunately they won't deliver.
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