- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Anyone else finding that your initial budget is laughable at best?
The night my FI proposed, we immediately started discussing the budget. The two of us are total planners and list makers by nature, so we decided to compile an Excel sheet with what we thought everything would cost. We arrived at our first preliminary budget based on those numbers. Once we started looking at venues, we realized that our projected venue cost was WAY too small– almost 1/5th of what a venue large enough to house our 150 guests actually costs. So we bumped that up. Then we started looking into the costs of alcohol– again, way below what we actually needed it to be. Now we’re starting to get some proposals from caterers in and I’m officially in full blown sticker shock.
I knew our preliminary budget would go up, but we’ve almost doubled it at this point. I don’t understand how I could have been so off with my initial guesses! We’re fully capable of paying for the wedding so I’m trying not to stress too much about it, but I’m really disappointed that it’s not going to be as easy as we thought. When we first started talking marriage, we scoffed at the notion that the national average for a wedding budget was $27,000. Now we’re about to hit that number and I can’t help but feel like we should have just eloped and been done with it.
Anyone else in my position? How do you mentally digest all of this?