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Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

I’m open to a micro wedding with everything done and included (I’ve looked at auberge in Cabo and I’m not sure I can ask my few guest to shovel out $$$ for their hotel stays which a 3 night minimum is required) or larger in an open space outside (venues I’ve looked at start at $17K) for <100 people.


Our families will likely only shell out no more than $10K per bride and groom (probably less). Our families are all over the US so our wedding will be destination by definition.


Any ideas where we can do this thing? We really want an outdoor space and also talked about a super small thing followed by a party later for friends. Help! I’m overwhelmed!

Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

turnupthesun211


This is very location dependent. We’re in the US and our budget is $30k for ~90 people in suburban Philadelphia. We’re getting married at a hotel and the reception is going to be on a covered deck because we also wanted an outdoor element; we’re also hoping to take group & first look photos at a nearby park.


We have close friends who got married at a state park a couple of hours away and then had an after party a week or so later at a local brewery in the city. I’m not sure of their budget but I do know they tried to be very thrifty and money conscious, so I think it was probably lower than ours.


All of this is to say it’s definitely possible to have a wedding for this budget in 2024 and have an outdoor element! You just have to do a lot of digging, unfortunately.

I would not, however, rely on guests for reaching a hotel minimum. Everyone’s work and financial circumstances are different, and committing to 3+ nights away is a lot.

Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

Chooseausername288


I definitely think it's doable, but definitely not at nicer places like an Auberge.


We are doing a semi destination microwedding also and covering two nights of hotel rooms for ourselves, our parents and my sister+husband at a Fairmont. (Everyone else lives locally where we are getting married or can stay with family). We are also dining at a Michelin star restaurant for our wedding.


I believe we will be spending a little under $30k. It definitely could've been cheaper without the luxury hotel or dining.

Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

FinniganTheGreat


I'll def do some more digging regarding "luxury" hotels other than auberge because it's just too much. Your microwedding sounds similar to what we're looking for. May I ask where you found this sweet spot? We LOVE food and a michelin starred restaurant would be something we'd be into for a microwedding. Our vibes: great food, great people, great time and of course, our love for each other ;) Thank you for your help and congratulations!

Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

Chooseausername288


I see from your other comment that you are based in the Bay Area. We are getting married at SF City Hall and having dinner at Spruce. Here is our budget breakdown so far:


City Hall 1 hour ceremony rental: $1000 + we have to pay for chairs. I think it's $7.50 per chair for 16 guests is 120


Dinner: there's a minimum for the private room we reserved and we will definitely exceed that after wine, we are budgeting getting dinner to cost $5000 for 18 people.

Dress: $3400. I don't know what alterations will be yet. Purchased from Sarah seven. I definitely could've gotten a cheaper dress. There are tons of good shopping options at various price points in the bay.



Hair and makeup for myself and makeup only for MOB and MOG: $945

4 hotel rooms for two nights: $6000ish

Violinist for ceremony: $800

Photographer: $5500

Officiant: $275

Bridal bouquet: $495

Invitations: I'm estimating around $500

Not included: grooms suit and our wedding bands and my accessories.

I think that is everything

Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

co_carolelaine


We got married in the Colorado Mountains (where we live) - 24 guests, pretty simple - recap here if you're interested. Completely different location than you mention but it was a "destination" for most of our family members.


One thing we considered carefully was having a variety of lodging options including really affordable within walking distance of our venue. We spent about $20K.

Can I get married with a $30K budget in 2024? | Top Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Wilmington NC

minnewanka_


We got married for $24,000CAD (had some people do some free things for us, so probably closer to $$30K CAD value). We used a kid's camp. 135 guests


https://imgur.io/a/TN4OvoR

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