My budget breakdown =]

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I LOVE Hawaii–but you might not want to go there for your honeymoon. $5,000 won’t go very far in Hawaii–especially if you want to stay in a beachfront hotel. My fiance and I went there on a business trip, and while his company paid for most of it, the trip cost came to $5,000 for only a 5 night trip! That included airfare (from LAX, which is FAR cheaper than flying from Sydney), a beachfront hotel, meals, rental car (trust me, you’ll need one), two luau tickets and a sunset sail. Everything (especially hotels) are very expensive there.

You’d get FAR more for your money in the Caribbean, Fiji, or even Thailand! The most expensive thing about Thailand would be the airfare–but if you shop around and have time, you could probably find a great deal. You could get a two-week trip for your $5,000 budget, rather than a week in Hawaii. 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

You are over budget…if you okay with then great. There are so many things that aren’t essential and I would totally not bother with and just spend more on your honeymoon.

Post # 5
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yeah….if you’re over budget now–I’d be concerned. Unless you’ve already booked vendors, you might get sticker shock. Some vendors cost a lot more than you might expect. I thought $1500 would work for flowers–but I quickly found out that in my area–I’ve found that many florists won’t even take a wedding unless they can be guaranteed $75/centerpiece. We’re probably going to arrange our own centerpieces so we can get back under that $1500 floral budget. 

I also think you MASSIVELY underestimated the cost of a DJ. Maybe it’s different in your area, but in my area, decent DJ’s AVERAGE three times what you budgetted. Good ones are 4x that budget point. 

I also think you need to budget for alterations to your dress and sales taxes. You’re probably going to spend $250-500 on alterations, and aout $100 in sales taxes (depending on where you live) which means that under your current budget, you’re only allowing for at MOST an $800 dress.

You also didn’t include gratuities. Your hair, makeup, servers, bartenders, etc. will probably be hoping for a tip, assuming they do a good job. 

Also, don’t forget to factor in taxes and service charges (if any). 

Post # 7
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I understand its a gift but do you really need to spend so much on the boudoir package? The wishing well? Flower basket, ring pillow, toast glasses, hen party hair and makeup. A videographer and photographer??? Menu cards…get a chalk board. 

Post # 9
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9 posts
Newbee

OMG, so much involved. I hope I can handle this as well. You are a miracle.

Post # 11
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Panda_pue:  I’m about an hour out of Sydney and I’m getting married in April 2014. 

I love the idea of a Boudouir photo shoot. Do you have any recommendations for a 

Photographer? I’ve done google searches but it would be nice to go somewhere recommended! 

Thanks for the budget list – it’s amazing how much is involved when you write it down like that. 

Post # 13
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4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Wow very detailed! I just got married last week and looking back… there was just stupid stuff I didn’t need (fancy centerpiees, the limo, etc). I do think you could cut some stuff.

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