You want to know what’s a super fun paradox? Trying to figure out how much your wedding might cost when you’ve never planned a major event before. Then shake, and add the twist of the fact that modern society it is not considered polite to ask people how much money they just spent on their wedding.
So, what then? Are you just supposed to manifest that information from thin air? If you’re like me (aka you have no real sense of what throwing an event costs) and you’re planning a wedding, trying to make heads or tails of what’s realistic can get overwhelming real quick. When it comes down to it, if you can buy your wedding license, you can pay for a wedding—because you can have an amazing wedding even if it only costs you $60 on a Thursday. But if you’re planning a capital letters Wedding, then this open thread is for you.
We like to bring up this topic every few years because of wedding budget changes over time. Feel free to go anon (or not) for this one (just remember to log out of Disqus), because we get that sharing your budget might make you feel sticky. That’s fine! But when discussing, please try to include:
- Your goal budget (and your realistic budget, if they differ)
- Your actual budget if you’re already married (and what turned out to be worth it)
- What your priorities were for spending
- How many people came to your wedding
- Where you live (a state or region is fine!), because we all know that all wedding venues and locations are not created equal
Tell us, APW: What is your wedding budget? What has most surprised you about planning a wedding? What has been worth it, budget-wise, and what hasn’t?