Post # 1
Hi fellow bee’s…I am looking for some input on where your numbers ended up. We are approaching the finish line and I am working on tallying things up and seeing the ultimate damage. So far we are about 10-15% over budget in our actual spending…
My question is, is this normal? How did you do in comparison to budget? Part of this overage is that our venue offered us another hour free of charge – we gladly accepted since we will have plenty of time with the band to cover it and not “waste” them during dinner. Only thing is that this ultimately led to our decision to shut down the bar during dinner and pour wine at the table – no one needs open bar for 6 hours, with our group of friends that is asking for trouble! 🙂 I would say us deciding to pay for wine (since the added charge was more than his parents were expecting) accounted for approximately 5% of our overage.
Anyways…when I tell Fiance “we owe $X” I just want to be able to have some backup on what people usually go overbudget!
Post # 3
We set a budget for $12k, and it’s looking like we’re going to be closer to $13k or $14k (we’ve almost booked everything, we’re basically just getting all the odds and ends now, so that looks accurate). Some things just cost more than we expected.
Post # 4
Hmmmmm this doesn’t help you much but we ended up being ~25% below budget. We were originally planning for 250 and had 150 at the wedding. Otherwise we would have been 10% over. However, when I was budgeting, I also went a couple thousand below what I knew we really could afford if we had to. I didn’t want to spend that much, but I knew if we had to, we could without taking out loans, starving for a month etc.
My guess is 10%-15% is fairly common and tell him that hopefully some of the guests’ gifts will make up that difference 🙂 Terrible of me to say, I know.
Post # 5
we set our initial budget very low, I was trying to stay under $6000, in the end we went over by about $2500 but it was totally worth it, we had the wedding of our dreams for about $8500 and most people thought we spent way more than that thanks to all the tiring DIY projects
Post # 6
We never had a super super strict budget, it was more a range of where we wanted to be. We were 8% over the low end of our range. It was mostly because of unexpected expenses at the end (lots of gift bags for one) and last minute splurges. We added 30 minutes onto the open bar and added a specialty bar to cocktail hour. We could afford it and I’m really happy we spent the extra money.
Post # 7
We set a budget almost two years before our wedding at $7000. We weren’t very diligent and it ended up doubled at $15,000. But with two years to save and buy things ahead of time, my fiance barely noticed…until I sat him down and showed him the spread sheet AFTER the wedding. He was floored, we assumed we were at least 3K over, but we never realized how much we had spent. Looking back, we BOTH still think it was worth amost every penny.
Post # 8
about $2,500 over from the very original budget. the original budget was 9k.. after more things were straightened out it was 11k and now it’ll bump up a little more with last minute things
Post # 9
Ya – we definitely feel confident that everything we have spent will be well worth it! We know we splurged in a few areas and are paying our coordinator even though she insisted on doing it for free.
We were fortunate in that my parents gifted us with a generous budget and FI’s parents were willing to cover their traditional portion (bar tab and Rehearsal Dinner). When the added hour came up we knew we wanted to take advantage of it but also didn’t want to go back to FI’s parents and say “btw its actually XX more”. We may get lucky and they may still cover it.
We also paid for our honeymoon ourselves – which rumor has it my sister received as a gift – so that may help us out to.
All in all I am SO excited for the big day and know it will be worth every penny! 🙂
Post # 10
Isn’t it pretty normal to go like 20% over budget? I thought I heard that stat somewhere, but I could be wrong…
We originally budgeted for $16,000 (10,000 GBP), but are now up to around $22,000 (13,500 GBP). GULP. Luckily, his dad has graciously given us a large sum of money that will cover nearly all of it. Seriously, I don’t know how some of these amazing WB girls plan beautiful weddings on small budgets!!! We DIY’d our invites, are having a friend do all of our sanctuary decor and bouquets/boutonnieres for free, we aren’t having a massive wedding party, we aren’t having hundreds of guests, we’re having his mom make the cake… where does it all go??
Post # 11
Now that we’re coming towards the end of paying for most things, I’m about 3% under budget. But sometimes, since I’m such a frugal person in general, I feel like I’ve spent WAY too much money for this day.
I’m hoping that it’ll be well worth it.
Post # 12
We ended up being $1500.00 over budget. That’s not that bad. We are getting married in Vegas with about 50 of our close family and friends.
Post # 13
$1500 over the original budget. It was mostly due to my not originally budgeting the small things.
Post # 14
My original budget was $12,000 but I knew that was too conservative and some hopeful wishing. My goal once we started getting more into planning was $14,000 I think we ended up about $1,500 over budget but there seemed to be lots of last minute addtions and getting closer to the date it was easier to pay for someone else to do things I had originally planned to DIY.
Post # 15
We were spot on. We came in about $500 under our (randomly set, completely pulled out of a hat) budget not including the e-ring/wedding bands or honeymoon.
Post # 16
We went like 40% over budget but we ended up adding a second Indian wedding the day before so this was some of the reason why.