Wedding budget


What would you do with 360 hours of complimentary air travel? (Enough to circle the globe together, twice?) Where would you go? What would you see?

We know it sounds almost too good to be true — but thanks to Honeyfund and Skyhour — your honeymoon doesn’t have to end within a week. In fact, your honeymoon is simply the beginning.  And, with our help, you’ll begin with a balance by receiving one free skyhour just for registering.

Step 1: Set up your Honeyfund registry.

Step 2: Claim your free skyhour –- your honeyfund will automatically get a slick referral link!

Step 3: Share your honeyfund with all your wedding guests. They’ll use it to join you at your wedding — saving them 10% on all air travel and earning you 10 minutes of complimentary sky time for every hour booked.

Example: Aunt Susan books a six-hour flight using Skyhour to come to your wedding. She saves 10% on airfare and you earn 60 minutes (one hour) of sky time. (You can accumulate up to 360 hours this way.)

Here are the official rules. Let’s Fly!

Skyhour & Honeyfund Refer-a-Friend Program Complete Terms and Conditions
July 27, 2018

These Terms and Conditions apply to the “Love Around the World” refer-a-friend offer available through Honeyfund and Skyhour (hereinafter, “Offer”).

  • To participate in this Offer, you must be: (i) a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia; and (ii) 18 years of age or older.
  • Offer Period: The Offer will begin on July 27, 2018 and end on July 27, 2019 or when the Offer distributes 600,000 Skyminutes (10,000 Skyhours), whichever occurs first (“Offer Period”).  
  • During the Offer Period, Honeyfund members must become a registered Skyhour member and have a valid Skyhour account in order to participate in this Offer (“Referring Advocate”). Referring Advocates are invited to share their unique Honeyfund Registry link (“Referral Link”) with friends and family members (herein after “Referee”).  Referees must become a registered Skyhour member and have a valid Skyhour account in order to purchase Skyhours. Referees may purchase Skyhours as gifts for a Referring Advocate or purchase Skyhours for themselves.
  • For every Referee who registers to become a Skyhour member and obtains a valid Skyhour account for the first time, he/she will receive a 10% discount on his/her first Skyhour purchase (discount limited to the first 10 skyhours purchased). The Referring Advocate will also receive ten (10) Skyhour skyminutes, valued at $10.00, for every skyhour purchased by Referee(s) for up to a year from the time they registered. A maximum of 360 skyhours (per intervals of 10 skyminutes) per Advocate. A maximum of 600,000 skyminutes (10,000 Skyhours) will be distributed in this Offer.
  • Offer may not be combined with any other Skyhour discount or offer. All valid Skyhour purchase transactions become the property of Skyhour (“Online Retailer”) and Honeyfund (“Promotional Partner”).  
  • No substitution or cash redemptions allowed. Offer subject to all federal and state laws and restrictions. Misuse of this Offer constitutes fraud. The Online Retailer and/or Promotional Partner reserve the right to amend, suspend or terminate this Offer at any time at its sole discretion. Offer void where prohibited by law, taxed or restricted.
  • Skyminutes earned by any Referring Advocate via this Offer will be deposited into Referring Advocates’ Skyhour Member Account instantly. Redemption of skyhours is subject to Skyhour terms and conditions set forth at
  • Limit one (1) Skyhour Member Account per person/email address. If it is discovered that you have created multiple Member Accounts by using multiple email addresses or identities, all of your Member Accounts (and all associated Referrals) may be void at the Online Retailer’s discretion. By registering, you agree to maintain the confidentiality of your password and Member Account, and that you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or Member Account. Skyminutes accrued from this Offer are non-transferable to other Member Accounts and cannot be combined with or shared with any other Member Account.
  • Employees of Online Retailer, Promotional Partner, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising, production and promotion agencies (collectively, Related Entities), and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings and their spouses) or persons living in the same households of each of the above are not eligible for this Offer.
  • Any personal information collected as part of this Offer may be used for Skyhour’s internal purposes and to send Referring Advocate and/or Referee information about Skyhour’s products and services, but will not be provided to third parties, except as necessary for the administration and fulfillment of this Offer or as required by law or legal process. For more information about Skyhour’s use of personal information, see Skyhour’s privacy policy available at
  • Skyhour is not responsible for (i) late, lost, delayed, stolen, misdirected, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible transmissions; (ii) telephone system, telephone or computer hardware, software or other technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays or mechanical errors; or (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of transmissions.
  • Skyhour reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Offer should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes which corrupt or impair the security and fairness of the Offer.
  • By participating in this Offer, participants agree to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Related Entities from and against any and all liability claims or actions of any kind whatsoever (however named or described) for injuries, death, damages or losses to persons or property which may be sustained in connection with the Offer.
  • Skyhour’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Offer Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by Sponsor in writing.
  • Skyhour: We Work 254 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.
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Making decisions on wedding costs

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Weddings are pricey. No matter where you are getting married, or what kind of wedding you are planning, you are going to spend some money. There are a ton of resources that can help you with planning and budgeting- one place to start is

On this site, you can get the big picture. How much does a ‘typical’ wedding for 150 guests in your geographical region cost? It varies greatly across the country. Where I am, in Fort Worth, TX , it’s approximately $30,000.

Wedding decor costs add up

Photo credit: Beatbox Portraits

Geographic Location + Number of Guests + Style of Wedding = Wedding Budget

Basic logic says: If you have a smaller guest count, you can spend more money on the look, feel, sound, and taste of your wedding. The ‘fun stuff’.

If you get lost in the Pinterest wedding rabbit hole, you probably have BIG ideas for your wedding. You see a photo of a ballroom ceiling covered in hanging tulips and you are blown away. You must have it. The price tag is rarely on these photos, though, and often, your big ideas just aren’t affordable. You may find yourself deciding between a big guest list and an elaborate wedding – from the décor, to your dress, to the 12-piece jazz band.

Making decisions on wedding costs & priorities

Making Budgetary Decisions

Let’s assume you have your date, venue, and caterer picked out. Everything is pretty much lining up with your initial wedding budget. You are about to get to the ‘fun’ part of wedding planning: the pretty stuff…flowers, lighting, linens, dove gray Chiavari chairs that you just can’t live without. This is where the difficult decisions start to come into play. You have spent over half your budget already, so how do you decide exactly where to spend the rest?

As a wedding planner, I can say with certainty that there comes a time in every couple’s planning process when they see the budget start to grow past their comfort zone. Some roll with it – ask their parents for more money, maybe, or start to tap into the credit card available balance. Other couples really dig their heels in – they sit down with their budget spreadsheet, they call their planner panicking, they make tough decisions about what stays a part of the plan, and what gets nixed.

My first response when I have these conversations is usually, “What does your guest list look like?” The quickest way to cut money from the imploding budget is to cut down your guest count. Maybe you have to draw a thick line through your softball team, your office friends, and your freshman dorm pals that you haven’t seen since…well, freshman year.

Do the wedding math

The Realities Of Wedding Math

Here’s some Trust-Me-I’m–a-Wedding-Planner-Math:

  • Food/beverage cost at a high-end hotel ballroom: $200/person
  • Food/beverage cost at a moderate hotel ballroom: $70/person
  • Food cost for a BBQ caterer to bring the food and serve it buffet style: $20/person

See where this is going? If you want a fancy ballroom wedding at $200 a head and you have 250 people coming – your MINIMUM at this hotel to host your reception will be $50,000. That fee doesn’t include the tax, tips, cake, décor, etc. It does include everything the guests will use to eat and drink (glassware, tableware), which is an upside of hosting your reception at a hotel venue.

If 50k is blowing your mind – consider cutting a quarter of the guests right off the top – boom, you’re down to around $37, 600.

Where wedding dollars go

Where The Wedding Dollars Go

If you have a firm number for your wedding budget, count on half of it going to the venue rental costs, basic rentals like tables and chairs, food, beverage. The other half of your money will be allocated to photographer, videographer, florist, DJ, musicians, dress, cake, etc.

Basic logic: if you have a set amount of money and it’s divided among 250 people, you will have less to allocate to each wedding vendor category. If you have the same set amount of money and it’s divided among 80 people, you have more money to spend on the other wedding vendors – ie,“The Fun Stuff”.

It can be overwhelming for sure! Champagne dreams, beer budget…you know the saying.

Help When You Need It

For easy-to-obtain help, we talk about budgets, vendors and all things wedding on The Big Wedding Planning Podcast.

It’s like having a wedding planner (or 2!) in your earbuds whenever you want. One of the questions we get from listeners most often is regarding how the wedding budget breaks down. Everyone’s issues are specific, but the overriding factor remains: Weddings are expensive. Good luck out there, yall!

Help finance your wedding & honeymoon dreams with a honeymoon registry from Honeyfund.

Bio: Chrissy Matthews Event (CME) offers custom planning packages, specializing in Luxury Month Of Wedding Coordination. CME specializes in custom “month of” planning packages. This service is perfect for the clients that have already lined up a venue and vendors and have already begun designing their event CME steps in 4-6 weeks out and takes over, acting as an advocate for the clients and a lead contact for the vendors and venue team.

Christy proudly serves as a partner, advocate, and project manager for clients and expertly guides wedding days minute by minute, from start to finish. 




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