Post # 1
Ok, bees. You sat down with parents/family/fiance and determined your wedding budget. You made guesses on costs and maybe used an online tool to determine how to divide up the wedding budget. Then you started researching and spending. and, if you were anything like me, you were in shock!
What are some of the things you MAJORLY understimated, cost-wise? I’m not talking $20, $50 or even $200, I’m talking about budget items that caused either a major budget adjustment or an "oh, S&*%" moment. What items were you off on, and by how much? How did you handle them?
My budget went from about $10K to $12.5K, and that was mostly because I severely underestimated the cost of food/alcohol at the reception. (by about 2K) And I’m still 4.5 months out, with lots more to buy!
Post # 3
when we first got engaged, i was convinced i could do the entire wedding for $25K.
i could have gotten away with it but we wouldn’t have been able to include everything that we wanted.
we ended up doubling the budget – everything came to right at $50K.
photography was one thing i really underestimated. i thought we could get away with $3K but ended up spending $6k+.
we were going pass on the DJ and do an ipod playlist. our coordinator convinced us to use her friend which was $1500. so glad we did – everyone was on the dance floor all night and i didn’t have to worry about electronic mishaps.
Post # 4
We plugged our initial budget number into the Knot’s online budgeter, which was similar to other ones I’ve seen. Unfortunately since we started planning the wedding, we found it was a good guide but we have had to move the numbers around. For example, it gave $150 for wedding day make up and hair. But in the D.C. area, you can barely get your hair cut and styled for $150 at an upscale salon, let alone do trials AND make-up. So, we went in hoping we would be able to stick to a budget but knowing it would have to be fluid.
Post # 5
just bumping this thread for the monday crowd!
Post # 6
We ended up increasing the initial budget my parents had found pretty significantly to fit the venue we fell in love with. I did not ask my parents. They offered to do it because they loved the place as much as we did. The biggest shock I’d say was bands. I relied pretty heavily on the Knot budget tool and it grossly underestimated what you could pay for a band in the Philadelphia area. I think it also grossly overestimated how much I should pay on my dress etc. $6,000 for a dress is nuts. So, we were able to shift around things that way. It still is way more money than I ever imagined but we have huge families and wanted a city wedding…… Now with the recession I sometimes wish I hadn’t been so gung-ho about booking everything right away because I feel like I could have gotten a better deal. At the same time, we got the band discounted by $1,000, my photog is doing engagement sessions for us way less than his company charges, I waited to book a videographer (bc the one I loved was out of budget) and I got the one I loved at a discount. I’m getting my transportation cheaper because turns out my dad knows the owner of the trolley company I picked… So, I’m hoping in the end it balances out and maybe we are closer to that original number.