(Closed) Crazy spending of money right before wedding — is this nornal?

posted 6 years ago in September 2012
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

yep thats how it is with most events,  there are a lot of expenses that pop up at the last minute

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it’s unavoidable.  We’re going through the same thing.  * gulp *

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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