Post # 1
take that title and play it on repeat cuz i am freaking out a bit money-wise…lol
i couldnt fathom this but running our totals for our wedding so far and we are looking at twice the amount we originally wanted to spend…..ughhh..
original budget – $3-4k
FH found a job – budget bumped up to $6k
1.5 months til the big day – totals are coming to $11k
on the one hand, we both have this mentality that we are only gonna do this once so why not do it how we want, right??
on the other hand, it is way way way way way more than we both wanted to spend….
and i know how it happened….first it was the photography, which was our number 1 item we wanted to splurge on…..and then we fell in love with a photographer and suddenly wanted more than what we originally intended to get and so that price tag went up.
then it was deciding to get a caterer instead of catering ourselves, that budget item doubled…..
then it was my dress which i still think i got a decent price on but so much for buying something in the $100 price range off the rack…..
and then all the other misc items that im getting bargains on but still add up to way more than i thought…..
at this point, there’s nothing we can do about it…..just pay the remaining bills and enjoy the day when it gets here!! right?!
anyone else go way over budget???
Post # 3
Budgets only work if you are willing to compromise. It’s not uncommon for people to assume they can get the whole shibang and come in at budget, and because of that, they often end up with double the expense.
But it doesn’t happen over night. You see your totals creeping up by the thousands & you don’t do anything to put a stop to the over-spending..
Post # 4
We saw ourselves going over budget and decided to scrap the whole thing and go to the courthouse, so I’m no help. Cut what you can and try to find cheaper alternatives to the rest.
Post # 5
Yep we doubled ours! It was a great day no regrets! However, I was freaking out for the last couple months about money. I am cheap. It was so stressful, but we got through it and it was fantastic, even with the extra money spent.
Post # 6
Yup, I hear ya. We never really made a budget cause I knew I wouldn’t be able to compromise to keep to it. I just figure if I’m ok with what each individual aspect cost on its own and thought it was worth it… then at the end, it’ll all add up to whatever it adds up to.
Post # 7
DH didn’t want a wedding (too much money, trouble, etc) so I was going to do an early afternoon brunch, limited alcohol, etc. He (umm…and his mom) thought that would be boring, so it went to a dinner, etc. That doubled it, although I still cut out a ton and we had to delay our honeymoon. Also, I was a little unrealistic about how much some things cost.
We could afford it and we paid for everything with cash. We had a phenomenal day and don’t regret it one bit. Honestly, I wish I had spent another $2-5K.
Whether or not it’s worth it, is a personal decision. If you both agree on the expenditures, just write the checks (it was soo hard to let all that money go!) and have fun celebrating your marriage.
Post # 8
thanks girls…. you all are right…. i think for us, things are turning out to be more about what we want than what we are spending…..though in the beginning i wanted to stick to a budget, it started to be a second priority….i do love how its all coming together, so i’m sure we’ll have no regrets…..just seeing the total money spent kinda gives me a semi-heart attack…haha!!
but we’ll still enjoy our day…..glad all of yous did/will too!! 🙂