(Closed) How much did your budget change from beginning to end?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We started with a goal of under 10k. We’re hovering at around 29/30k now(without honeymoon, rings, or dress). The decisions we make in the next few weeks could put us at 32-37k because of last minute upgrades. We’re having 80 guests. This is insanity! Lol

Post # 4
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We started with 6K and are now at 10K! We’re not having many people though so we’re able to do it for less. It did go up to 12 but we cut it back down. Honestly the biggest extra unanticipated costs were taxes and gratuities that I didn’t expect. That alone is like $1200!

Post # 5
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well I didn’t set a hard budget in the beginning, I just knew what I was comfortable spending on each item. Plus I wanted to get an idea on what things cost and go about finding affordable vendors.  I then figured I could do it for $3000 (small budget).  But then I added a DJ and now I want to rent a bridal party bus and the caterer is about half the budget so I bumped up the budget to $4000-$5000.  

Other little extas:

makeup and hair

Bridal Party gifts


Candy bar

Post # 7
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am trying depserately to keep it under 5k to spend the cash we get at the wedding for our house down payment but I gotta be honest…it keeps going higher the closer we get.  With honeymoon, we’re probably closer to 8k and we’re self-catering.  Its all the stupid little things, they just add up.

Post # 8
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We started around $20K, ballooned up to $28K, and got it done for $26K. It was quite the ride. The attending-guests going from 150 to 112 really cut some of the costs.

Post # 9
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Originally wanted budget around $10k, will end up around $13k so not too bad.  LOL

Post # 11
14336 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was hoping to be at 10k, but that was totally unrealistic.  Then I hoped 15k, which was also unrealistic, then hoped 20k, and ended up around 22k.

Post # 12
986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999


In the beginning we thought we can do this inexpensively and budgeted $8000.   After the family pressures, this and that, things we didn’t think of, we are at $25,000 and we still aren’t wed until October.  Praying it doesn’t go over that.


Post # 13
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When we first got engaged, it was 10k.

When we first started planning and set a real budget, it was 12k

Honestly? I don’t know what exactly it came to, but I’m thinking that it hovered right around 15,000. During the last month or so, I just started throwing money at it to make problems go away. 😉

I also don’t include honeymoon. I don’t see how that is ever included in a wedding budget at all.

Post # 14
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@jayebaby:  I love you! I am sure your wedding will be amazing! I am so in your boat with you. Started at $25k, now at $44k (including honeymoon and dress). My last minute add ons were, two rounds of champagne, pipe and drape, videographer, dinner musicians…. I still have six months left. Now all I keep thinking is I better not drink too much and  have this night be a blur!

Post # 15
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

when we first got engaged – $8000AU. after writing a realistic plan we thought $15000 its not at $19000 without honeymoon.

Post # 16
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Started at 20k finished at 35k not counting rings which pushed us to 50k.

You know they have the budget programs that tell you roughly where the money should go my major deviations from that were:

Food and Drinks about 3k over

Photography and Video 4.5k over

Attire and Beauty 1.5 over

Flowers 3.5k over 

Paper Products 1.5k over

Transportation 500 over

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