Anybody else not notice how expensive you're wedding was?

posted 2 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 2
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee

Things add up very quickly before you realize it! Just a little thing here, then there. I noticed after it was all said and done that all those little things added up to just as much as the big money items, like the photography, etc. If you don’t keep a detailed list and keep track of your budget, those little things can kill you in the end. 😉

Post # 4
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1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

lol, the little stuff does add up for sure but when I had to transfer sums like 3k to our photog or 10k to our reception venue I certainly did notice that this stuff is expensive!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

ErinEllen:  We established our budget, allotted it to the various needs, made a spreadsheet and documented everything as we signed with vendors/made with purchases. That way we always knew where we stood in relation to the budget.

Post # 6
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851 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been super careful about tracking my budget, including projected costs (money we haven’t spent yet) and money already spent. We don’t have money to throw around, so it’s important to us to be responsible. If I spent fifty cents buying ribbon for the decor it’s calculated and entered into the budget before I open my wallet. That way we know exactly what things are costing us 🙂

Post # 8
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1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My wedding is less than a year away and I’ve already spent over 3k. Things do add up quickly for sure! 

Post # 9
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380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

We have a seperate bank account for the wedding, and only pay for items out of that account, so we know exactly what everything is costing and what has been spent. We have a budget, but it is a little bit flexible to allow for things we may not have considered.

Post # 10
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1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

We’re being super duper careful with our budget. Even before wedding planning money has always been an issue I turn very Scrooge-ish about, so when it came time for us to figure out our budget, we really focus on the numbers. I don’t purchase anything without thinking about how it’s going to effect my savings. It’s difficult since our seperate bank account is for solely the huge ticket items like the venue and photography, but all the little things like candles and our guest book come out of our “every day” money.

Post # 11
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5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

ErinEllen:  Yup, we were the same! When I add everything up it makes me feel slightly sick lol. That said, it was an amazing day and we’ve had so many compliments already, and for us that makes it worth while 🙂 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I totally agree! However were not the ones paying so it’s been easy to just charge things to our “wedding card” and forget about it. I couldn’t tell you if we have spent $25k or $45k. However if we were paying ourselves I know my fiancé would be all about those spreadsheets!

Post # 13
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2164 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah, we bought things over time so the only things I really paid attention to were the big contracts and my dress. We didn’t have a super expensive wedding though so it was fine.

Post # 14
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1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

ErinEllen:  Yessss. We have spent so much! We still have like 15 months left  But luckily my dad is paying for a lot of the big stuff (venue, photographer, videographer) but we don’t want him to pay for everything so we’re buying the little stuff (dessert table, decor, florist, etc) but it doesn’t seem so little the more we pay for! Not even my dad knows how much this whole thing will cost us.

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