Post # 1
Sooo.. here I am trucking along.. down to 4 months before the big day.and I feel like every time I turn around and pay something off I turn around and still owe a huge amount of money.. last night my sister asked me what I sepnt on the wedding total..and she said a number that was TWICE what I thought I spent and I said oh lord.. noo way Id die if I spent that much…then.. I talked over what i had spent and then added things up and ralixed I was probably wrong on what i htought I spent ..so I wrote it all down today and realized Id spent about 10k more than I thought… ay ya ya..no wonder Im poor…. how does that happen so quick..it was just all a little here a little there.. totally stressing.. this happen to anyone else?
Post # 3
Our original wedding budget was $10,000 but we spent around $13,000. We didn’t go over by too much but it’s still a lot of money when you think that it was just one day. I wouldn’t have traded it though.
Post # 4
We didn’t go over our budget as we started out with a higher budget. As time went by we adjusted to the realistic level which was lower than our anticipation.
Post # 5
@UpstateCait: Our is the exact same! We budgeted 10k and now we are at 13. I hope we can stay at that and not go over it again.
Post # 6
We didnt make a budget. We just did the best we could in each aspect that we wanted and let the numbers add up to whatever it added up to.
Post # 7
We never really had a strict budget but we certainly had an amount that we had hoped to not surpass. Needless to say we are about $15K over that.
The problem for me having never been married before is I had no idea how much things cost and what extra fees to look out for. Thanks to my wedding planner I was able to get substantial savings…I can’t imagine how much it would have been without her.
Post # 8
It happened to us. I did everything I could think of to keep the budget down. My fiance kept adding things on and rejected every idea I had to save money. I’m embarrassed to even say how much we’re spending on the wedding at this point. My finace has been working crazy amounts of over time to pay for it. I feel bad, but at the same time, he’s the one who wants an open bar, not me.
Post # 9
@Treejewel19 I had no idea how much things cost either. Everything was about 1/3 more (or even more than that) than what I thought it would be.
Post # 10
Fiance and I don’t work well with budgets, they’re just guidelines to us. We set an amount from the start, but we booked vendors for prices we were comfortable paying for what we wanted. When it all adds up we will have blown past our original “budget” by about 20%.
Post # 11
For starters- I apologize for my horrible spelling and typos in my first post lol I was rushing to leave work.
2nd Im glad Im not alone..Ive had a headache all day just thinking about the fact that I spent so much more than I thought..
Post # 12
i felt the same way. We went way over budget and paid for everything in cash. As long as we didn’t go into debt for this wedding, that was fine with me. For us, it was the worst about 2-4 weeks before the wedding. There were so many unexpected costs..that is where it really hurt us. Literally every penny I had went to the wedding. It worked out fine in the end
Post # 13
I thought our budget was $10,000… FI’s parents are paying for mostly everything.. but his mom apparently doesn’t have a budget… she’s telling me to get the best out there even if it’s expensive.. but our venue is a really good price so I think we’ll be spending $13,000 on everything???
—weddings are a lot cheaper in Utah.. $10,000 can go a long way!
Post # 14
Fiance and I set an original budget when we thought our guest list would be 120, realizing it was 200 we upped the budget buy 80 people by a pp basis. With the new budget in hand we have stuck to it and have a little elbow room for anything we have forgot. All our contracts with vendors are signed and all options have been decided on so hopefully no big suprises there. I also tried to err on the high side of things that we cannot do until closer to the wedding date. (OOT baskets, bathroom baskets, snacks/sub platers for bridal party during pictures)
All of this is thanks to my sister who was married 1.5 years ago I stole her spread sheet and modified it a bit (she had 120)
ETA the original budget for 120 was changed to 200 two weeks after getting engaged. so even though we incresed I dont consider it an overage
Post # 15
We didn’t really set a specific budget. We had a very loose number we wanted to stay around but having never planned a wedding before we had no idea how much things costs. So after our initial budget discussion we never really re-visited that number.
We just tried to get the best deal we could in each category and balance quality versus cost. I knew what was important to me and what wasn’t and I tried to save money by cutting out those unimportant aspects.
At the end of the day I’ve never added up everything we spent and not really sure I could given all the little expenses here and there. I have no idea if our final number was around that first initial range we threw out.
Post # 16
@pandaboo OMG why did noone tell me about Utah previously.. 10,000 cant get anything around here.. (Philadelphia area) .. the added little things are already kicking my butt