Bat Bar Mitzvah Budget Calculator

Hold onto your hats, folks. You're about to enter the wild, wooly world of budgeting a bar mitzvah. It's got its own language (ever heard of "cost plus plus"?) and its own rules of etiquette (such as when it's kosher to bargain and when it isn't). It's even got its share of winners and losers -- those who stick to their bar mitzvah budgets and those who watch, seemingly helplessly, as those budgets spiral out of control.

What Does a Bar Mitzvah Cost?
According to industry estimates, the average bar or bat mitzvah budget runs roughly $15,000 to $30,000. Many variables come into play, such as:
  • The time of year (events are cheaper in off-months like August and January)
  • The time of day (lunches are less costly than dinners)
  • The number of guests
  • The region (Manhattan and L.A. top the list as priciest)

    The truth is that beautiful B Mitzvahs can be as inexpensive as picnics or pricey as Porsches. It all depends on your finances, creativity and values. You can spend as little as $2,500 – as one newly-divorced mom in a small Southern town did by asking friends and family to pitch in with catering, centerpieces, invitations and DJ duties. Click here to read how one family, based in a pricey suburb, kept their budget to $10,000. Meanwhile, we've all heard about families that shoot the moon with seven-figure budgets. (If you haven't, rent the movie "Keeping Up With the Steins"!)

    The good news is that no matter what your financial situation, you can most certainly have the kind of event you want -- so long as you create a budget within your means and do everything you can to stick to it. What that budget consists of may be money you already have set aside for this purpose as well as several financing options. Check out our tips for creatively financing your affair. And don't miss the professional party planners' tips for making and maintaining smart budgets.

    Meanwhile, our expenses calculator helps you devise an accurate, realistic budget by listing all B Mitzvah expenses you may incur, including some you've probably never thought of.