Post # 1
How are you doing in terms of actual costs vs. your original wedding budget?
If you are under budget, what helped you come in below your plan?
If you are over budget, are you planning to cut costs elsewhere to come in on target, or are you bumping up your budget?
Post # 3
We ended up spending almost twice what we originally wanted to spend. We were able to pay for all but $4k – that went on credit cards. 6 months after the wedding and it’s paid off.
I cut in areas that weren’t noticeable – our favor boxes weren’t that special, we didn’t have a videographer, we cut an hors d’oeuvre to save about $3 per person. But I splurged on chivari chairs and our linens.
Post # 4
So far, we’re a little over budget, but that’s more because I was a bit naive about how much things were going to cost in this area. It’s a lot more expensive to throw a wedding where I’m living now than where I came from. I’ve had to redo the budget to reflect these higher costs, plus I’m looking for places where I can save, such as doing our STDs, invitations, programs, and favors.
Post # 5
We are over budget…partly because I didn’t include some of the expenses in our original budget (honeymoon, rehearsal dinner)…and there are a few things I really want as a keepsake that cost a bit more, so I am working to save in other places. Definately though we are going to come out over budget…=(
Post # 6
We are officially $2.10 over budget, with 4 months left to go. I purposefully overestimated so that we’d be able to come in under budget. So I sort of tricked myself into it! Then my dress ended up being half what I was expecting, and I found great hair and makeup people at great prices. We also budgeted for FI’s tux, but it’s going to be free since we are renting for all the GM. Those little things add up!
We originally weren’t going to have a videographer either, but we fit that in, too.
I am not being very specific about receipts though. For example, I just bought some crafting things to make TY cards, and I am not counting that towards the budget, since I’ll be able to use the stamps for other projects. Is that cheating? Probably!!
Post # 7
We are slowly but surely creeping over our budget…those little things add up!
Post # 8
Right now we’re over, b/c I just spent 2x my gift budget. I can’t help it, I just love my people!
Post # 9
We stayed within our budget until literally two weeks before our wedding! Then, we started purchasing things that we had not accounted for. Our wedding was out of town (in my home town) so there were travel expenses involved during that week, extra costs for paper/bags/goodies to complete our ceremony programs and OOT bags and extra costs of purchasing gifts for our wedding party and parents. I also had my rings re-dipped and cleaned. DH scheduled a golf outing with his guys and I scheduled pedicures and luncheons with my girls…
Just little things that added up quickly. Other than that – we stayed right on! If i would have planned on those expenses I think we would have been fine…but I just overlooked them I guess 🙂
Post # 10
I found out very quickly that our original budget was naive. We’ve almost doubled it, but since we started at $5000, I’m not that concerned. FH got some extra work, and we are still paying cash for everything. It’s hard to know how much things are going to cost before you start planning. I do think we are getting exactly what we wanted when we started planning, and it feels like we’re getting great value for all our choices.
Post # 11
We don’t really have a budget, we’re just pulling from our paycheques. Right now we have one of my dresses, my veil, jewellery, the material for his/the groomsmens ties, andddd about a third of the stationary stuff and we’re around $100.
Wohooo for doing things on the cheap.
Post # 12
We’re over, but we were anticipating it since my fiance added 20 people (+ dates!) in the week following our invites being mailed out… Irritating, but to be expected!
Post # 13
When we get around to this it will be interesting. T is a financial whiz and I’m quite disciplined but this girl knows what she wants!!!
T tells companies how to save and manage their money and be more efficient. I know he will do that for our wedding planning also.
If I were a betting woman, he’d have us come in BELOW our estimation! Lol!
Post # 14
We haven’t made any actual PURCHASES yet, but the cost information we’ve gathered is all based on ACTUAL prices in our area, so.
Our initial maximum budget was $10000, and our estimated actual cost is between $4000-$6000 (not including the honeymoon or engagement ring, but includes everything else). With the honeymoon and e-ring, depending on what we do for the honeymoon (split between camping, or going tropical), that’ll increase to about $6000 ($4000 plus $1K for the ring and $1K for the honeymoon) to $12000 ($6000 plus $1K for the ring and $5K for the honeymoon).
Post # 15
On track so far– when things come in at over my estimate, I just ruthlessly cut/eliminate from other areas. So, when the band I wanted was a little bit more than I budgeted, I just eliminated Save the Dates. Sure, they would’ve been "nice," but my wedding is not really a destination wedding, nor is it on a busy summer weekend. So, I make cuts where cuts are possible.
Post # 16
I could cry today – our original budget was 5K, we realized that was unrealistic – increased it to 10K – then little things had us pushing to 12K, so we figured our absolute max would be 15K – and after going out and pricing things that I had "guesstimated" am not at 18K. And this is fairly no frills too! Considering I am still almost 9 months out I shudder to think of where things end up with any odds and ends I’m overlooking!