Total budget/ budgeting for the wedding

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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855 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Make sure you have about 10% set aside for unexpected costs.  There are a lot of little things that will add up that you don’t account for.  Even with a generous contingency and still staying under the maximum budget, we were still over my ideal amount when all was said and done.

And congratulations!

Post # 4
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4015 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our budget was around 15K. We are paying for it ourselves and put aside around $500 each into a joint account. Now that the wedding is closer, I’ve actually noticed that all the deals ive gotten from planning early have paid off and were looking at around a 13k wedding. We’ve had around 20 months to save so the rest of the $$ we’ve put in will start off our joint savings for a house nicely!

 

Post # 6
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1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Don’t forget the little hidden costs – service charges, alterations etc. Make sure you account for that when you plan your budget. 

Post # 7
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170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Get wedding insurance (re: my post on losing our venue) and know that you CAN stay within a budget. I have even w the hiccups. You just have to be prepared to let some things go. 

Post # 8
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our budget was $15k – we ended up spending around $19k (not including rings and honeymoon). My parents chipped in $4,000 and groom’s parents paid for rehearsal dinner. We ran into several hiccups along the way that made the price go up… we had a combination photographer/videographer/dj package booked at an extreme deal and the company went bankrupt and I had to go book each of those separately and gave up the huge discounted price in the process. Also, our photo booth vendor that I booked via groupon cancelled the week before our wedding and I had to go out and book another, again giving up the huge discount in the process. All in all I am extremely happy with the way everything ended up. I would suggest putting as much as you can on your credit card (even if you have the cash, then just pay it off with the cash) to help insure you against issues like I ran into.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@hummingbirdkrista:  our budgrt is as far under 5k as ee can get haha. The only thing that isnt included in the budget is the rings

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