Post # 1
Hey Bees, how did you do with your wedding budgets? Did you over spend on something you wish you hadn’t OR Do you wish you spent that savings on something you really wanted?
I just got my final bill back for my June wedding and I’m excited to say we were UNDER budget by $1800!!! I can honestly say it was worth every penny and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Post # 3
I was under budget by $8,000!
Post # 4
@Rubbs: *bows* show me your ways
Post # 5
@Rubbs: wow how did you save that much??? do tell 🙂
Post # 6
We didn’t include attire or rings into our original budget. If you include those, over $5000. If not, it was probably about $2500 over.
Post # 7
We didn’t have a set budget, per se, but I knew how mcuh I didn’t want to spend on certain things. For example, no way was I paying over $1,000 on a photographer. I searched and searched and searched, and was finally able to find a lovely lady for a little under $700 for 8 hours and all of the photos. So in that way, I was under on most wedding related things.
Post # 8
We set our budget at $15k and right now our total projected costs are coming out at about $15,950. Trying hard to cut some corners so we can stay under!
Post # 9
@HeyKaraoke: good for you! What area’s are you trying to save in?
Post # 10
lol..thanks ladies.. Well I certainly did my shopping & research. I made sure that I had a gorgeous venue, but didn’t hit the $125+ per plate by choosing a Sunday instead of Saturday.
My centerpieces were simple, yet beautiful…not high where I’d need certain flowers to show it off.
I kept the guest list small.. 100 people, not the 150-175 like my husband wanted (we both compromised something).
I only had 2 types of flowers for my bouquet.
I bought $40 shoes from DSW and NOT Choos (which I see quite often with brides).
My BM’s paid for their own things.
I haggled with my DJ big time..he was the recommended vendor for my venue.
But even out of all that, I think my biggest money savers were my day (Sunday) & guest list.
Post # 11
We went over budget 2K due to some mistakes (changed venues 2X, dress regret 2X and hiring that damn wedding planner). So we ended up spending 7K.
Post # 12
You don’t have an option for didn’t go over or were under! We didn’t go over budget, we had a budget (the wedding was 100% paid for by my parents) and we didn’t want to have to pay out of our own pockets, so we stayed within that budget. Granted it was a large budget, but we still definitely scaled down on certain things to make sure we didn’t go over.
Post # 13
my budget is $5,000 and I am right under it…… but I skimped on a few things…. my dress is one I have that I orderd the frist time I i was getting married and never wore, my friend is a designer so so is going to make it something totally different.. just gotta. Both of our wedding bands are estate pieces which are absoulutely lovely and heavy gold, so we spent a fraction of the cost there. we are donig a morning wedding and brunch so it is only $30 per person. and I have a diy photobooth that only cost me the software because I am a photographer I already had all of the equpment. My FI is a DJ, so he had the music covered and his buddy who is a photographer is only charging us $200 for the photographs and video, he is just giving me all of the stuff to edit and tweak as I see needed. Only having one brides made and grooms men, so we cut alot of corners.
The one thing I realized with all of this wedding stuff is that it is a racket, vendors prey on your emotions. Weddings and Funerals are expensive. So you have to be wise iand prudent in your spending unless money is no object.
Post # 14
Both in a sense. We were almost 5k over what I wanted to spend but still had about 5k left from what was available to spend since our parents were funding the wedding and anything leftover was ours to keep. if the honeymoon is included in the budget then we didn’t really have a surplus. I have some mixed feelings on it. On one hand, I wish I had been a little less tight fisted in the early stages of planning but on the other, it was nice getting that money back. I wish we had been in the position to cover that extra 5k for the honeymoon without personal strain so I could have splurged a bit more on the videographer, flowers, and bar options. That said, what we had was still amazing and I don’t feel like I skimped anywhere.
Post # 15
There should be an under budget poll choice! We were under by almost $4000. This wasn’t really me being an awesome deal finder. We actually ended up with wayyyyy more declines than we thought. It was win win though because our guest list was a bit bloated with cousins and family friends we hadn’t seen in ages!
Post # 16
we went over by about $500. we had a city hall ceremony with a small hotel ballroom reception after. at first, we didn’t want to do a cocktail hour but then decided we needed something as a buffer before the reception started. we couldn’t afford alcohol for it so we had a hot chocolate bar (it was christmas time so it was perfect). that put us over budget.