(Closed) Anyone shocked after they looked at the numbers??

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Exactly what you said 🙂

Our budget ended up being 5 times what I had origianlly thought we should be spending and I am in the wedding business. Our budget grew because we want certain things for our day. They are not necessarily needs, but wants. This is our special day and we want to make the most of it. We could have done it for a lot less, but with what we want, it just isn’t going to happen.

Post # 4
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The thing that killed my budget was food. If we didn’t have to have food our total would be a little over $3000!

Post # 5
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s the food and drink that’s killing our budget, it’s over 50% of the total cost. I guess we could have gone for a lighter option with less food but we are having people flying from different countries to be there for us and I feel at least we should give them a proper meal you know.

Other than the food it was music. We really wanted a live band (like Noritake22 this is a want rather than a need) and I thought for $1500 we could get a band, boy was I wrong.

By now I’m past sticker shock, I’ve got to the stage where I expect everything to be really expensive and I catch myself saying things like ‘that’s ONLY $300’ – I need a reality check!

Post # 6
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

YES! I don’t think you can look at the prices of wedding things and not be shocked. Though we are paying for our own wedding. I son’t even want to relook at the budget.

Post # 7
28 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am in shock at the moment! I just booked our rentals for the big day and that alone is 1500.00, food @ 15.00 per person+ 15.00 per hour for food attendents+18% gratuity, the venue, the band… the pictures…. I have to go and BREATHE right now….

I know it all adds up, and now I know why people elope.. : )

Post # 8
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We actually worked hard on the budget ahead of time and made it fairly realistic, so we weren’t shocked with cost.  Plus I already knew that average wedding prices in our neck of the woods were around $30k.  Our biggest ticket items were all expected: Food/Drink and Rentals, since we had a tented wedding in my husband’s grandparents’ backyard.  Combined they were more than half our full budget!

Post # 9
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

yeah, projected costs are always lower than the actual price I find, even when shooting high!


Post # 11
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was definitely shocked by the reception cost at a few places we looked.. One place even has a $5000-$8000 drink and food minimum.. It really stinks because our wedding isn’t going to be very big and I originally didn’t want to go over $3500 total now its going to probably be at least a grand over for it all.. 

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