Blowing your budget? On what?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: What did you totally justify as being worthy of blowing the budget?
    My wedding dress. Duh! : (14 votes)
    17 %
    Shoes! : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Veil or headpiece! : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Food! : (16 votes)
    19 %
    Booze! : (6 votes)
    7 %
    Live music! : (4 votes)
    5 %
    Photographer! : (23 votes)
    28 %
    Honeymoon! : (9 votes)
    11 %
    Other - I'll tell you in the comments. : (8 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I spent more than I wanted to on my cathedral veil, but it was so worth it. It was the only thing I dreamed about when I was younger and thinking of my wedding.

    Post # 4
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    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We are going slightly over budget on a photographer and the wedding bands.  My FI wants one that’s over $1500.  I figure it’s okay to spend a little extra on something that he (and I) will see everyday.  It better be something he likes to wear otherwise it won’t get worn and it will be a waste of money anyways.  

    Post # 5
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We aren’t blowing the budget, but we increased the budget specifically so we could have a band because we both love live music (we see a lot of shows together – it’s one of our “things”) and the really good bands are pretty pricey. 

    Post # 6
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    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I voted other. We didn’t blow our budget on anything really. But I was willing to blow it on a good DJ who could mix music and had some nightclub experience working a turntable. We ended up finding someone for less than I was willing to pay.

    Post # 7
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    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    While we didn’t blow our budget per se, we spent a LOT more than we planned on gifts for our bridal party and parents.  It was 100% worth it though as I think we got them amazing gifts and they did SO much for us throughout the planning process and wedding day, they all deserved it!

    Post # 8
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    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We went way over on food. We initially estimated that cost to be much lower than the reality. We also went over on our officiant, but we just fell in LOVE with our celebrant, and love the way she writes custom ceremonies. Totally worth it.

    But then some items ended up being under budget – dress, photographer, etc. It balanced some things out.

    Post # 9
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    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    As Encores, we knew right away that Eloping to a favourite Destination was important to us… and having a great Honeymoon.

    Photos came in a close second.

    And a Party for our Friends came in third.

    Eveything else didn’t matter as much

    The Back Home Reception Party turned out great… and on budget.  Loved our special touches like our Cake.

    The Photographer came as part of our Destination Wedding Package… the photos were “good enough” (nothing fancy) and I must admit an inexpensive expense.  I might wish we had spent more…. but I can live with what we have.

    Our Elopement to the Destination Wedding was fabulous.  Our Honeymoon and the extensive 5 weeks we managed to wangle off to extend the Christmas Holidays was AWESOME

    That is where the bulk of our Wedding Budget went… ON US.

    I might have “wished for” a more Bride-like Dress… but in the end I have NO REGRETS

    Cause it really was an Amazing Time in our Lives… PreWedding Trip – Wedding / Elopement – and Romantic Caribbean Cruise Honeymoon.

    EVERYTHING this girl could have wished for.

     

    Post # 10
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    1888 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Our wedding rings!  I figure since they’re the only part of our wedding that we’ll be wearing and looking at day after day after day we’d do everything possible to get exactly the ones we wanted.  Turns out we have moderate tastes and they’re about $300 each, so I’m splurging on a RHR that’s about $300, with the same reasoning that I’ll be able to wear after the wedding.

    Post # 11
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    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My wedding was super inexpensive (less than 6.5k) but my “splurge items” were our venue & photographer.

    We originally planned to spend about $500 on a venue, and ended up spending $1,400. We also didn’t plan to have professional photography done, but I found the *best* photographer ever who was willing to work with me & I got 4hrs of shoot time for $700, then I tipped her another $150.

    Here’s some pics of my splurges 🙂

    Post # 12
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    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Well, I spent a lot on a lot of things, but I guess in my mind, relative to what I COULD have saved, I splurged on my Vera Wang wedding dress and it was so worth it! I bought it used off of another bride so it was already cheaper than normal, but with alterations it still was more than what I thought I’d spend on my dress.

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