Post # 1
any brides out there that have actually stuck to their budget?? how do you do it!?? what’s your budget amd for how many people?
Our original budget was 15k for 75 people… that wasn’t realistic so we changed to $20k. Now it’s at 30k! 4k of that is for the honeymoon.i don’t know what our problem is! lol it’s all the little things that add up!!
Post # 3
We started at $30k for 180 people… I think we’ll end up closer to $40k. uguguguguguh. Whhhhy do we know so many people? The little things deff add up… Especially when you need to buy 180 of everything! 😛
ETA: Oh yea, totally NOT including the honeymoon in with the $40k. That’s another $5k.
Post # 4
I just can’t get my budget any lower. I just have to take the estimates I’m given and roll with them!
Post # 5
My budget was $5000 for 100ish people and we were under that. I’m not sure exactly how much we were under.
Post # 6
our budget was 10K (not including honeymoon or rings) for 75 people. ended up being about 13. I have no idea how that happened! We were pretty good up until the last few months…
Post # 7
I wanted to keep it at 15K for 200ppl…I didn’t know what wedding cost. We doubled that number now. 🙁
Post # 8
Ours is $10k for 160 people. So far we are under and it will stay that way. I’m hoping to be way under actually. With all the help from family it shouldn’t be a problem for us to only spend $7k.
Post # 9
Our ideal budget was around $20k. But when we started to look at vendors and real prices, we raised the budget to about $26K.
So far we’ve been under budget on most things. I’m hoping to be in the $20K – $25K mark. Our guest list in 100 people.
Post # 10
We started with a budget of $10K and we are at about $15K for 140 people. I think that is still reasonable. We were able to have everything we wanted without going overboard.
Post # 11
We started by estimating how much everything would cost and using that as our budget. We are paying for the wedding ourselves so we need to be pretty on track with our savings each month. We hold monthly “budget meetings” and see how on track/off track we are and what (if anything) needs to be done differently this next month (less dinners out, shopping etc). We both have a set dollar amount we need to save each month to pay for the wedding and we track that on an excel sheet.
We are still pretty far out from the wedding so no major expenses yet to throw a wrench in our planning…
Good luck Everyone 🙂
Post # 12
The best way I have found to do this is to figure up a realistic budget based on what we can afford and then to NEVER put anything on a credit card. Every wedding purchase and deposit we have made so far has come directly from our checking account and that is the only way we will pay for anything. Otherwise, it would be way too easy to start throwing stuff on a credit card in hopes of paying it off later or using wedding gift money to pay it down.
Sit down and figure up the most you can afford to save between now and your wedding. A weekly or monthly amount- whatever’s easiest to calculate. Then, determine what are your non-negotiables. For some, it’s videography or a designer dress, or a three week long honeymoon or whatever. Figure out how much of your budget your non-negotiables will eat up, and just spread the rest around as you can. Don’t feel bad about nixing things you’re not crazy about or don’t want to spend money on like upgraded chairs or linens, transportation, etc. That all helped us. But, by far, the best way we have managed to stay on budget is just to pay with cash. If we don’t have the money, it’s not going to be at the wedding and it’s as simple as that.
Post # 13
Wow… our budge is 3500 and I’m DIY’ing almost everything. The most expensive part will be the venue and food. Everything is will be done by us, our friends, or family.
I’m keeping everything cheap and since we already STAY on a budget, I’ve had my FI keep me on budget (which he is REALLY good at!!!).
Also, if it’s something I’d be using for stuff OTHER than the wedding, I don’t count it in the wedding budget. (example: wedding bands & tiara were part of the wedding budget, necklace & earrings were not).
Post # 14
We are doing pretty well at sticking to our budget, but only since we have adjusted the budget a few times! Our initial hope was $10-12K for 150 guests, but when we started adding it all up with the things we really wanted, it wasn’t enough. We upped it to $15-16K, but our guest list has been spiraling. STDs should go out in a month or so and we’re standing around 215. We’re hoping for around 170 to attend.
It is definitely the little things that add up! There are things I didn’t initially realize could be considered part of the budget, like buying a new outfit for a shower or bachelorette party. I agree with the PPs about deciding on your non-negotiables and not taking on any debt. We’re paying for everything in cash and compromising on some of the more expensive things.