How did you budget your wedding expenses

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are paying everything ourselves, so we added up what we make, deducted what we spend on bills/groceries, and then took out an extra $300 a month for “oh craps!” [car breaking down, emergerncy room visits, whatever]. And we put everything thats left after that and apply it to the wedding.

Overall, our wedding is costing around 14,000 – we started planning at 22 months, and we are down to a little over 7 months to go. We have a little more than 1/2 of the wedding paid off. It’s probably costing us slightly more because we aren’t renting anything besides the reception/ceremony spaces, we are buying everything and bringing it in.

Post # 3
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Chaedra:  Account for every dollar you spend and keep asking yourself “do I need this?” or “will my guests notice?”. It can be easy to get caught up in the little details, thinking it can’t hurt to add a little more to the decor, an extra menu choice, a different type of chair… and before you know it you’ve spent a couple thousand over your budget. 

Post # 6
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We are 15 months away from our wedding and are budgeting at least 100$/week into savings. Tax returns/second jobs are going to finance the rest. DF is friends with GM of restaurant we are holding reception at (he actually gave her her first job in Boston years ago), so our date is booked but they won’t expect deposit (50%) until next year. We are planning on putting everything on the AMEX and using the points for our hotel room. 

Post # 7
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are paying for everything ourselves. I actually used the budget calculator over at Wedding Wire that’s been helpful with keeping track of where the money goes (except for all those random purchases I keep making!). I always make sure I have some cushion money in savings for other things, but overall we’ve been able to keep on track. Things are at a standstill now since all vendors are booked and we have everything we need as of right now. I use most of my paycheck for wedding expenses and FI is in charge of certain vendors and paying bills and buying groceries, etc. 

We’re having a 7 month engagement (started in November and will be married in June). We’re having 40 guests and we’re around $13,000 for the whole thing. We have half of the wedding paid off, and over the course of the next two months will finish paying of our vendors. 


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