Post # 1
I’m getting married Sept. 1 — 17 days away!!
We’ve been planning for about 18 months, so we’ve had plenty of time to shop around/wait for sales, etc. and have been really good about not blowing money. But these past few weeks have been painful for our bank account!
We still have to pay for the cake, the DJ, the officiant, the organist, my hair stylist and my dress alterations! None of these things are more than $200 by themselves, but add them all together and you have more than $1,000! We are not used to spending that much money in a short amount of time.
Have any other brides felt like they’re just bleeding money in the weeks right before the wedding? Please tell me I’m not crazy!
Post # 3
No, you’re not crazy since most of the vendors final payments are due in that last month before the wedding. It was so sad to watch all our money go out the door without getting anything tangible. But after our wedding we felt it was worth it, we had an amazing day we’ll never forget.
Post # 4
yep thats how it is with most events, there are a lot of expenses that pop up at the last minute
Post # 5
I know exactly what you mean. I’ve spent the last 15 months saving and saving and saving, and I’m watching it all disappear at once this month!
Post # 6
Try buying a house in there too! My bank acccount is hemoraging (sp?) money right now! haha i can’t wait til after the wedding for things to be back to normal
Post # 7
I think it’s unavoidable. We’re going through the same thing. * gulp *
Post # 8
Yes, absolutely. That key time right before the wedding is when all the balances are due so it isn’t unusual to be writing checks with waaaaay too many zeros after the number. While it can be expected and you know going in how much it will be that doesn’t prevent the shock when seeing that much money come out at once.
Three months later I am still not over the spending shock. I haven’t had the desire to shop at all…..shocking I know.
Post # 9
@KYbride86: Feeling the same. Although Im getting a sense of satisfaction, not of seeing the money going but of FINALLY crossing things off the list
Post # 10
We took our budget on paper and upped it by 20% for a “slush fund” so we’d have ready cash for all this stuff. And believe me, there is a lot of it.
Some of the “hidden” expenses: one last mani/pedi for me, last minute haircut for him, taxi fares all over gods green earth once we relocate to the hotel and our guests start arriving, pay-as-you-go phones for fi’s parents and sister from overseas (so much cheaper than us calling a UK number even if the actual phone is here), lunches and dinners with all sorts of people who are getting to town early, a baseball game with his best friend, and the beat goes on…
Post # 11
I hope I have some extra cash for all those last minute stuff I didn’t think of right before the wedding. I just hope I won’t need to last minute shop and spend money I didn’t budget for.
Post # 12
I feel like things are whizzing by at lightening speed. Money going left and right. I’ve budgeted everything to a T and still it feels crazy.
Post # 13
Yes, unfortunately the last few weeks are the worst and my now-DH and I actually had some really bad, angry fights at the end because we were both so stressed out and broke (contracts already signed so it’s not an issue of budgeting at this point). We tried our best to pay off some of the vendors early, but the pricey ones like caterers and venue were towards the end. Plus, this is the time when random things come up, like we discovered we need extra mikes (small cost, but still annoying). By the last few weeks, I was literally counting my pennies and praying we had enough for tips and other odds and ends without having to open up our gift envelopes as soon as we received them!
Post # 14
I’m so glad to hear it! Not glad that you all are stressed too, but glad I’m not alone!
We have been sticking to our budget and everything, but like PPs said, it’s the little last-minute things that are adding up: mani/pedis, haircuts, tips, paying off balances, etc. It’s crazy! Can’t wait for the wedding to be here so our back account can recover 🙂
Post # 15
Oh, sure, all the payments area coming up and there are things that we didn’t think of earlier, but the budget is doing ok. I’m lucky to have wedding costs spread out over, oh, five people, so none of us are having a freakout…yet.