Post # 1
When we first got engaged, our firm budget was $10k. We were sure we could do it. Once we started really digging into our research, we resigned ourselves to a $15k. But that was it. Now we’re at 30k…and I feel like it’s going to get slightly higher. Argh! What was your first budget & how much did it explode? Did anyone actually manage to stick to their original budget? How?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
We set a general budget early on in the planning, but won’t have time (or the desire!) to crunch the numbers until AFTER the party to see how it all worked out!
Post # 4
im in a similar situation as Bru. I never had a firm budget, but I knew I didnt want to go over a certain amount. We’re not there (ended up being about 75 people less than we planned on THANK GOODNESS) but we wont know the full price until everything is said and done
Post # 5
oh no! we originally set a $10,000 budget, i’m expecting to go over but i have no clue how much. my fiance is not like the norm, he thinks that if we have to spend it then so be it, i’m the one who freaks out.
Post # 6
OMG…I just posted a thread about this yesterday! We initially planned to only spend 10k before the planning, but when doing research and actually planning, it didn’t work out so much, so YES we are over budget…we actually are probably doubling it!
Post # 7
We set a firm budget from the beginning of about 10k (not including honeymoon & rings) and have been sticking to it really well. If we have $700 set for flowers, we try to come in as far under that as we can – so I guess we treated our budget like an absolute MAX that we could spend. We’re both pretty good at being strict about it, and we absolutely can’t spend more than that anyway bc we just don’t have the money – so we won’t be spending more than our inital budget.
Post # 8
Our original budget for just the wedding was 23k; we ended up spending about 17k. Honestly, one of the biggest things that kept us under budget was a lot of guests declining. We knew quite a few OOT relatives wouldn’t make it, but we had budgeted for about 80, and only 57 people actually come. We also switched our caterer only a few months before the wedding, which cut our catering bill by half. We would’ve spent at least another $4,000 on the food/drinks had we stuck with our original caterer.
Is there anything you can cut back on in order to save a little money? Like switch out for some cheaper flowers or cut the guest list? I would be aggravated, too, if our budget had tripled!
Post # 9
wow good for you Mrs. Spring
mine was $15,000 budget; turned out to be $23,000 with honeymoon or $21,000 without
one of my girlfriends is fighting with her boyfriend I feel bad for her but the signs are clear they do not get along if he drops out itll save me $250 more–sounds awful but dollars count! now my fiance wants to add another friend in his place, nooooo!!!!!
Post # 10
We set a firm budget ($10K) and I’m happy to say that we actually came in just UNDER our original budget. We were able to cut some expenses along the way to compensate for other places where we went over. For example, my dress cost more than I anticipated, but we ended up going with centerpieces that did not have flowers, (but that I loved) thus saving money there. It was really important to us to stick to our original budget, so I’m glad we were able to do it. In the end, I didn’t feel like the wedding was any less fabulous and we didn’t have to compromise on anything we really wanted.
Post # 11
We started with a budget of 13k (what my mom and dad gave us). Right now we are at about 16,800, but most of that is because my parents/other family offered to contribute a little more as we went, so in the end the extra to us will be probably about $600.
Post # 12
Our budget started out as 20k. Then it went to 30k. And now it’s up to 60k. Amazing how that happens.
Post # 13
We don’t have a budget. I’m just hoping to spend as little as possible. I think I’ll probably spend around 20k, but maybe a little more.
Post # 14
Oh I feel your pain. I was pretty methodical about budgeting for each line item, creating a spreadsheet in excel that modeled changes in expenditures for each. However, between the addition of guests, and not realizing the insane mark-up on anything wedding related, it looks like my “new budget” is twice that of my original budget…which renders the definition of “budget” moot. There is still time since I have a little under 2 months to go, and haven’t committed to much more than the venue/catering and stationery. If I DIY the rest of the components, I might be able to swing it. We’ll see…
Post # 15
I used the Real Simple Wedding budget planner and it’s been working for me. We’ve set a budget around 19K for 180-200 people. However, I will say that at this point, I’m looking to be under budget because we got a good deal at the hall, which cuts a lot of corners. Our photographer was under budget, DJ right at budget and dress a little over budget. Our favors are going to come in under budget too. We talked about extras early on (like a chocolate fountain or a photobooth), but we knew they were doable only if we came in under budget. So, hopefully the closer it gets, the more under budget we are and can do more “fun” things.
Post # 16
We originally had in mind to spend around $8k, but then realized we didn’t budget for some of the major things, so we bumped it up to about $12k. We made a spreadsheet to track everything, and so far we are about $5k under budget!!
The big saver for us has been the catering. The original quote from the first caterer that we wanted to use was about $5200. We both kind of balked at that, and that is pretty much when we realized we didn’t want to use all of our savings for this wedding. So we switched plans and are now using the local grocery store (which has an AWESOME cafe and restaurant) to cater. The quote for 120 guests went from $5200 to $1350, and that was for MORE food.
Every. Single. Thing. that we buy goes into our spreadsheet, from the $3.69 on chocolate to the $1,780 on honeymoon. Our parents both contributed about $1000 each, which helped a ton on a budget like ours.