Real Wedding Budgets of New York Brides

Three New York brides dish on every single wedding expense.
by Katerina Gkionis

It sounds easy -- 10 percent to flowers, 50 percent to catering -- but let's be real: There's no way you can plan each purchase down to the last cent! Here's what three New York brides spent on their weddings and which pros they used to stick to their budgets.

Danielle Bifulci & Joseph Kocal

October 6 | Roslyn Heights | 200 guests

Their Budget: $81,923

Their Breakdown

ceremony site $400 for an officiant, a singer, and an organist and $70 for a unity candle and tapers. St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, College Point, (718) 445-6164

reception site $46,000 for a top-shelf open bar, dinner, a cake, an after-party buffet and a suite with a private butler on the wedding night. The Royalton Mansion at Roslyn Country Club, Roslyn Heights, (516) 625-9101

photography and videography $5,000 for two photographers and one videographer for 12 hours, three albums, three large prints, discs with photos and three DVDs. Duet Photography & Video, Huntington Station,

wedding consultant $500 for a day-of coordinator. Christine Viola, Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc., New York City, (347) 521-2388

wedding gown, veil and alterations $5,900 for a Stephen Yearick dress and veil. Fontana Bridal Salon, Scarsdale, (914) 472-1441

hair and makeup $95 for the bride's hair/$255 for her and the maid of honor's makeup. Stacy Pitt, Styles on B, New York City, (212) 300-3242/ Tricia Catenaro, Ten Hair and Makeup, White Plains, NY, and Fairfield, NJ, (973) 214-2226

accessories $50 for a crystal comb and bobby pins/$250 for shoes. Barron's Bridal Boutique, Levittown, (516) 735-3828/Cynthia Rowley, My Glass Slipper, New York City, (212) 627-0231

jewelry $70 for earrings/$1,400 for wedding rings.'s Jewelry, Levittown, (516) 579-9059/

bridal party gifts $1,016 for jewelry, shoes, and Furla bags for the girls and $467 for engraved beer steins for the guys.

formalwear $155 for a tux and accessories. Calvin Klein,

stationery $3,340 for invitations, programs, menu and escort cards and a photo sign-in book. Sincerely Yours, Sayville, (631) 567-7970/ NicEvents, Brooklyn, (646) 831-0818/

flowers and decor $5,000 for 10 bouquets, three corsages, a boutonniere, tossing petals, pew bows and 48 arrangements/$200 for a Knottie to create a custom monogram that was used in gobo lights. Stefan's Flowers, Lawrence, (516) 239-2402/

music $7,000 for a seven-piece band/$1,050 for a Middle Eastern band and belly dancers for the after party. Djinn, Brooklyn, (212) 725-9635/ Mariyah, New York City, (347) 743-6545/Caleps DJ & Video Production, Brooklyn, (718) 234-3400

welcome bags and Favors $280 for water bottles, programs and snacks/$600 for photo albums and slippers.

transportation $2,825 for a Rolls-Royce, two limos and four buses. Royalty Limousines, Franklin Square, (516) 326-9100/Omega Express, Brooklyn, (718) 858-8222/Long Island Airports Limousine Service, Hauppauge, (631) 234-8400

Misty Clark & Aman Mehan

September 6 | New York City | 85 guests

Their Budget: $32,797

Their Breakdown

ceremony $400 for an officiant and a permit. Rev. Kim Lesley, New York City, (646) 239 7373/ Summit Rock, Central Park, New York City

reception site $10,013 with catering. Hudson Terrace NYC, New York City, (212) 315-9400

photography and videography $4,675/$3,800 for two shooters for eight hours and two videos. One Love Photo, Seattle and Tacoma, WA, Studios Film and Video, nationwide,

consultant $300 for a day-of coordinator. Melissa Babb, New York City, (978) 618-4582

wedding gown, alterations, and undergarments $1,300 for a lengha, $135 to take it in and $122 for undergarments. Kanti Vagahela, Iselin, NJ, (732) 910-0215/Intimacy, New York City, (212) 860-8366

hair, makeup, henna, airbrush tan, bindi, and sari pinning $886. Munira Mehta, Beautiful Brides, NY/NJ area, (201) 293-4029/, Iselin, NJ, (732) 283-6101

jewelry and shoes $1,650 for rings/$185 for a headpiece, a necklace, earrings, and bangles/$40 for gold sandals. Sound of Music, Iselin, NJ, (732) 283-8331/Lanel Jewelry & Antiques Store, Summit, NJ, (908) 273-7334/

bridal party gifts $200 for art, $130 for saris, $275 for flower girl dresses and gift bags and $302 for personalized beer mugs, globes, and ties. Emporium, Iselin, NJ, (732) 283-0577 /

formalwear $0 with four rentals and $44 for cuff links from a fair.

stationery $1,436 for invites, calligraphy, programs, save-the-date magnets, edible place cards, menu, table, and thank-you cards and ink for DIY projects. Patel Printing Plus Corporation, (800) 801-7746/ Color Me Mine, Summit, NJ, (908) 598-0248

flowers and decor $85 for extra stems, $691 for 11 centerpieces, $237 for a sign-in quilt, $92 for candles and holders and $708 for a photo display. Big Apple Florist, New York City, (212) 687-3434/

cocktail hour $581 for custom water bottles and hors d'oeuvres on a tour bus., New York City, (212) 228-4461

music $300 for a quartet/$500 for aDJ. Eva Kiviat, New York City, (516) 987-6783/DJ Eric Visa, New York City, (212) 203-8840

desserts $480 for a cake/$656 for a candy bar. Chocal8Kiss, Marlboro, NJ, (888) 986-2253/

transportation $1,462 for two tour buses and $362 for a van. CitySights NY, New York City, (212) 812-2700/

accommodations $600 for an apartment for three nights and $150 for a hotel room for two nights. Tower Hotel, New York City, (212) 877-5200

Katie Hintz & Horacio Zambrano

May 29 | New York City | 75 guests

Their Budget: $24,932

Their Breakdown

Ceremony site $250 in donations to the parish and the officiant. St. Francis of Assisi Church, New York City, (212) 736-8500

ceremony accessories $20 for candles and holders.

reception site $13,000 with catering and a mojito-like signature drink. Manhattan Penthouse, New York City, (212) 627-8838

photography $2,818 for two shooters for seven hours, 400 images on disc, two albums and one framed print. CLY Creation, New York City,

wedding gown, alterations, and veil $750 for a sample gown/$100 for a friend's colleague to alter it/$150 for a veil. Watters, The Bridal Garden, New York City, (212) 252-0661/Bridal Gown Outlet, Lincoln, NE, (402) 464-3204

hair and makeup $0 for the bride and four guests from a friend who's a pro. Josephine Keo, New York City, (917) 399-1772

shoes $79 for hers and $553> for his. WorldTone Dance, New York City, (212) 691-1934/Salvatore Ferragamo, New York City, (212) 759-3822

wedding rings $625 for her white-gold band and his platinum one.

bridal party gifts $142 for five Philosophy sets and dolls and stick-on tattoos for the girls and $96 for four ties.

formalwear $1,215 for a suit, a shirt, cuff links, a tie and a pocket square. Hugo Boss, New York City, (212) 965-1300/Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, (212) 753-4000

stationery $445 for invitations, programs, a guest book and menu, escort and place cards. The Village Invites, New York City, (212) 220-6199/ Icon, New York City, (212) 255-4489/

flowers $1,114 for two bouquets, petals, four corsages, five boutonnieres and 17 centerpieces. Sterling Blooms, New York City, (646) 290-8818

music $200 for an organist/$1,500 for a DJ and a slideshow screen/$550 for a mariachi band. Meredith Augustin, St. Francis of Assisi Church, New York City, (212) 736-8500/Plan It Perfect Entertainment, Mantua, NJ, (856) 430-8887/Mariachi Bustamante, New York City

dance lessons $254. Ripley-Grier Studios, New York City, (212) 799-5433

wedding cake $378 for a three-tiered cake. Made in Heaven Cakes, Brooklyn, (718) 788-2727

favors $60 for Mexican cookies that Horacio's aunt made and organza bags to hold them.

transportation $278 for two limos. Town Car International, Long Island City, (212) 727-7800

accommodations $355 for a hotel room. Soho Grand Hotel, New York City, (212) 965-3000

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