Does my wedding budget look about right?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Weddings & Anniversaries
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Weddings & Anniversaries
Starting to organise getting married next year.


Looking to spend less than 10k for everything.


Firstly; is this an achievable budget? We live in Berkshire so an expensive part of the country.


Also I've listed the following things I think I need to organise and what I think it'll cost.


Please feel free to correct me if I'm way off on anything! Or if there's anything I've forgotten


Venue £3,800 (£75pp for 50 guests)
DJ £500
Photos £1,000
Cake £500
Flowers £500
Stationery £300
Rings £400
Dress £800
Shoes, Veil £200
Hair & Make up £250
Grooms suit £300
Best Mans suit £300


That all comes to £8,850


Is that realistic?
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  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Board Guide
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    wedding cars ??


    church/registrar fees ?? (or is that at the venue ?? )
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  • OakdeneOakdene Forumite
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    £300.00 each for 2 suits?? I assume you're buying them?
    Dwy galon, un dyhead,
    Dwy dafod ond un iaith,
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    Dau enaid ond un taith.
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    Browntoa wrote: »
    wedding cars ??

    I was hoping to cut that cost out :o

    I'll stay at the venue the night before so no transport needed.

    Ceremony and reception is all at the same venue so no transport needed to get from one to the other
  • chelseabluechelseablue Forumite
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    Oakdene wrote: »
    £300.00 each for 2 suits?? I assume you're buying them?

    Not sure to be honest, I would say yes buy them

    £300 was just a guess, thinking about it I'm sure they'd be cheaper
  • *~Zephyr~**~Zephyr~* Forumite
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    No bridesmaids?

    And why are you paying for the best man's suit?
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    *~Zephyr~* wrote: »
    No bridesmaids?

    And why are you paying for the best man's suit?

    No bridesmaids (well that's my current plan)

    Totally new to the world of weddings, I just presumed we buy the best man his suit (or hire him one)
  • *~Zephyr~**~Zephyr~* Forumite
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    No bridesmaids (well that's my current plan)

    Totally new to the world of weddings, I just presumed we buy the best man his suit (or hire him one)


    Really? No one told me that! I didn't pay for the best man's suit when I got married the first time around. That was 16 years ago though. Is it a new thing?

    I'm SO glad I haven't got to worry about all this malarkey this time around :D
  • edited 9 February 2017 at 4:13PM
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    edited 9 February 2017 at 4:13PM
    I would say that the venue figure may need to be increased.You will need to pay fees for the ceremony and ATM I would suggest that the budget you have allocated may not cover the day time package you might want.

    lots of venues particularly hotels provide the room for your ceremony but you still need to pay the officiating registrar ...these fees are usually in line with registry office charges but may also be an additional fee for the registrar to travel.

    Do you intend a sit down meal after the ceremony?
    What about drinks?
    An evening reception....?

    table decorations....
    favours...

    What type of venue are you considering....?


    cost of staying over the night before and wedding night?
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  • OakdeneOakdene Forumite
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    LEJC wrote: »
    I would say that the venue figure may need to be increased.You will need to pat fees for the ceremony and ATM I would suggest that the budget you have allocated may not cover the day time package you might want.

    Do you intend a sit down meal after the ceremony?
    What about drinks?

    An evening reception....?

    table decorations....
    favours...

    What type of venue are you considering....?


    cost of staying over the night before and wedding night?

    £75pp should include a meal & drinks surely?
    Dwy galon, un dyhead,
    Dwy dafod ond un iaith,
    Dwy raff yn cydio’n ddolen,
    Dau enaid ond un taith.
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    Oakdene wrote: »
    £75pp should include a meal & drinks surely?

    not always...it really depends on the type of venue and package that you choose...
    frugal October...£41.82 of £40 food shopping spend for the 2 of us!

    2017 toiletries challenge 179 out 145 in ...£18.64 spend
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