Post # 1
I’m curious… Before I started seriously looking at things I thought we could totally do it for about 10k. (I don’t include dress, rings, honeymoon in that).
Then I joined this site… and saw so many amazing ideas… Haha. It’s not a big deal since we never had a “budget” per se, but I like to keep it as cheap as possible.
Now realistically it will probably be about 25k. Still not including dress, rings, honeymoon.
The things that have caused the increase are:
1) doubled the guest list
2) invitations, programs, misc stationary (DIY but still… I guess I have classy taste!)
3) centerpieces and table decor
4) upgraded photography and limo
5) accessories and gifts for wedding party
6) bar upgrade
7) DJ vs. iPod
That’s all I can think of but I know there must be more. What about you?
Post # 3
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
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
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
Post # 6
@jayebaby: hot DAMN, woman!
Post # 7
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
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
Originally wanted budget around $10k, will end up around $13k so not too bad. LOL
Post # 10
Yah guest list is a huge cause. More food, drinks, decor,paper, etc. Fiancé has a huge family!
Post # 11
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
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
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
@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
when we first got engaged – $8000AU. after writing a realistic plan we thought $15000 its not at $19000 without honeymoon.
Post # 16
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