- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
I’m doing some preliminary planning for my wedding (just got engaged, wedding will be late next year) and am already starting to stress out about what our wedding will cost.
We’re both quite money-savvy (I’m studying finance, we’ve just purchased a house with a 20% deposit) and I tend to overthink all the other ways we could spend the wedding money.
Looking at the type of ceremony we want to have, we came up with $10-$15k as a preliminary budget, which seemed reasonable as it is below some of the ‘extravagant’ ceremonies I’ve seen, but still enough to have everything we want. But we’re also planning a trip to Europe mid next year for ~$12k (already saved for), and I can’t help thinking that the wedding money, that we would spend on 1 day, could pay for another 5-week Europe trip! And then I start thinking about how long it took us to save our house deposit, how much of a help that $10k would be if it went onto the mortgage.
So my dilemma isn’t so much that we can’t afford the sort of wedding we want (we could realistically afford up to $35k), but that I keep having to justify to myself spending that amount of money on 1 day, when it could go towards so many other things.
I know that we really do have to set a concrete budget and work within it, otherwise I’ll just say “we’ll do it as cheap as we can” and cut corners everywhere, instead of ‘I have $4k to spend on the reception, what can I do with that?”.
Did any other bees have trouble justifying to themselves the expense of a wedding day? How did you decide what the allocation of money and priorities would be?