These unexpected expenses are killing me

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsWinTraining2014:  I know, it sucks, but usually I think you do have to have some “buffer room” in your budget for unexpected things, cancellations, things getting lost, extra mailing of stuff, and things that break. hopefully this will help you stress less!

Post # 5
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1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  There are so many of those little annoying expenses that pop up. Its 4.5 months before my wedding and some are just starting to hit.. i cant imagine being closer to the date, as you are. I am sure it is overwhelming. 

Post # 6
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1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Oh man, this post makes me nervous! I am going to be 4 months out on Friday and am waiting for the other shoe to drop, expense-wise. Our unexpected expenses have been NWR like vet bills, car repairs, home owners insurance (expected, but still painful!). Ugh!

Post # 8
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303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Yeah, the little unexpected expenses can cause a lot of anxiety. When we set our budget, we overestimated everything by a fairly significant amount (on purpose), so as we get the exact numbers from vendors, we’ve been experiencing relief rather than anxiety. I’m still bracing for some unexpected expenses later down the line…decor and gift-related I’m guessing.  Just remember, you might be able to sell some items from your wedding when the big day has come and gone (the hoop/crinoline from your dress, some decor items, etc), plus you’ll likely receive monetary gifts from a lot of guests.

Post # 10
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

@Toronto2014:  I’m doing the same as you. On everything we could shop on our own, we put a max budget we wanted to pay, and our goal is to pay a lot less than this number. Venue, food and alcohol fees are not negociable, just like our hotel room reservation and anything linked to a vendor. So those are higher numbers on purpose. But the more we save on other items, the more it gives us room for unexpected expenses. For example, until now we’ve spent 600$ less than we thought we would pay, for fashion items and decor mainly. It might not appear like a lot, but our budget is ~6K. It’s a rather significant amount when put into perspective. 

And part of why we spent less : because other brides (now married) have sold items. 🙂 

Post # 11
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1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I know the feeling! You carefully craft a budget….and then wham!….something costs double than anticipated or there’s a new expense.

I’m trying very hard to say “no” right now to extras.  I have nice shoes, but it’s tempting to spend 100$ on a new pair and there’s lots of pressure to just do it because hey, it’s your special day! All those 100$ extras really add up quickly…

Post # 12
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

i am terrifed of the cost of alteration for my dress. I was in sticker shock at the fact i had to put down a 60% percent deposit just for them to order the thing. And alterations could be ANOTHER $400. I am so shocked.

Post # 14
Member
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I totally hear you, I thought I budget it pretty close; yet, there are always some unexpected expenses that I did not include. Just got an email from the church about our mandatory pre-marriage course that is going to cost us $200 …….. 

then realized we have to buy some hard liquor for the big day too… ai… 

Post # 16
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811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Argh!  I remember the last 2 months before my wedding….things kept popping up!  Hang in there!

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