(Closed) Budget has exploded!!!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My budget exploded too but it isnt anywhere near yours. We were originally going to try to do our wedding on $5K. That didnt happen. Then we pushed it up to $10K. That didnt happen. Now we’re at about $12K and I’m really hoping to cap it there. I think I have taken into consideration the cost for everything needed for the wedding so I’m crossing my fingers that I dont have to cought up anymore cash.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t think it’s unusual at all. In fact, I think it’s rather common for a budget to just about double – mine did!

When I started out, I had a somewhat arbitrary goal of around 12-15K for an semi-intimate, semi-destination wedding (about 80-85 guests, approximately 2-3 hour drive for most). And then I started researching actual costs and quickly realized I was off the mark. So I increased it to 20K.

And then I started reading wedding blogs and seeking inspiration… ack! The more great ideas I came across, the more I wanted to incorporate into my wedding! And despite DIY-ing quite a few things (invitations, centerpieces/flowers, liquor, photo booth), skipping others (pie instead of cake, no bouquet toss, no limo/transportation expense since we’ll be on-site) and intentionally keeping our attire budget low ($600 dress, $100 linen shirt & pants for groom), I’m up to about 26K. That includes paying for 2K in hotel rooms, though, and a second dinner for about 55 guests since it’s a weekend wedding, so I still come in well below the “national average” (I believe that’s in the range of 25-30K?)for the actual wedding & reception portion.

I have joked that I’m going to spend 25K, $25 at a time, because I keep finding cute things on etsy.com and other places that are “just $25” … it’s so easy to tack on an extra $25, or $50, or $100 when you bounce it against the overall cost, but that’s the dangerous part! Oh, and a long engagement doesn’t help, either – I think the best way to save money on a wedding is to plan it in 6 months or less! LOL

Oh, well… 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You’re not the only one.  We went in thinking we didn’t want a fancy wedding.  I was thinking 20k, and my fiance who is kind of pretentiously disgusted by money in general wanted to spend under 5,000.  For an open bar, Saturday night wedding for 100 people in a venue we could have to ourselves for 2+ days.  Which, um… I’m pretty sure ordering pizza and beer for 100 people would get you pretty close to that.

I don’t have a full number yet, because we still have a lot to plan, but I think it’s going to come in at about twice my initial estimate.  Which sucks when I look at the number, but we’re lucky enough to be in a position to be able to have a fun destination/weekend-long celebration for our friends and family.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m worried this will happen to us!! We chose $13,000 (not sure why we didn’t do 12 or 15 haha) but so far we’re doing okay.  We aren’t including HM or rings in this cost, and I’ve already saved $600 on photography, and I’m hoping to find my dress for under $1000.  Our venue for both ceremony/reception will cost around $5000 including food/beverages.  I just keep hearing “you’ll never stay under budget, we didn’t blah blah blah” but I’m determined to!!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are pretty much in that situation, and I knew it would happen but FI didn’t believe me when I said getting married in Connecticut is no joke so I had to let him find out the hard way. We started out thinking 20K, now I am certain that we will be lucky if we only spend 30K.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@KIKI82: It’s so hard when I see ideas on here that I want to add!! I never heard of a photobooth until WB but they’re about $1500 to rent and I definitely can’t justify that.  We might just set up my DSLR on the tripod and get a remote so people can take their own pics with some props.  Actually yes, that’s what I will do! hah.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I hear ya! All along I wanted to keep our budget to about $20,000… well we’ll be more in the $30,000 plus range, NOT including my ring (which my fiance chose & paid for) or our HM. My fiance hired a wedding planner ($3,000)…I decided to have a videographer ($2,000)… having a photobooth ($900), see where I’m going with this. We can EASILY add another $5,000 or $10,000 by adding a couple of vendors. And we’re having a fairly smallish wedding, approx. 125 people! Yikes!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

HOLY MOLY $27K. I could put a down payment on a house! :p Originally I didn’t want to go over 10k but the reception alone is going to be about 7k.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you don’t want to spend more money, you need to stop and cut back somewhere. If your budget is firm, find a way to make it work.

I don’t understand the whole concept behind “i lost control of my money” if you are tracking your money and planning carefully. If you spend too much, you may regret it! It’s always the little things–that’s how some people go in debt!

I had a budget range of 15-20K and came in right at $18,500.

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