Post # 1
Question for my fellow bees who are planning from a distance:
Are you including the costs of your “scouting”/planning trips in the budget? Having just spent $1000+ for a weekend trip to finalize details with our venue, find a bakery and florist, and meet our photographer, I am reeling a bit from the cost.
We are getting married at our alma matre, and are going back for a football weekend, but spending two extra days for wedding stuff (meaning +2 nights in the hotel, +2×2 days off of work, +2 days of food/incidentals, etc). I feel like it should go into the wedding budget, since we probably would not have gone for so long otherwise–but we would have gone to one football game anyways, so maybe only take half from the wedding budget?
What are other brides doing? Are you counting the planning trips as separate mini-vacas?
Post # 3
FI and I will be paying for our trips to and from the destination whereas my parents are paying for the wedding, so the “mini-vacations” are outside of the budget. My family’s travel however will be part of the budget.
Luckily FI’s mom lives where we’re planning our wedding so it cuts out the hotel costs and cuts way down on teh food/incidentals cost.
Post # 4
I’m not counting it in the budget. You truly can plan everything from a distance (in my case anyway), its just my comfort level that makes me want to go in person, meet people, make sure I can depend on them, especially since I’m coming from a distance. So, this extra $ is really for the sake of my sanity… and if I see one more “cost” on the budget sheet, my sanity might be broken all over again. 😉
Post # 5
We did not count our planning trip in our budget.
Post # 6
We didn’t include these trips in our budget, although I wish we had…oh those little things you don’t think about when setting your final budget! : ) These “little” trips can get very expensive.