(Closed) What did you most “under budget” for?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had no idea what chairs cost!  I figured maybe two dollars per chair to rent and set up basic white folding chairs.  I mean, I didn’t want anything fancy and I’m only using them for the 30 min ceremony… hahaha.  We got lucky and found someone who will do the whole thing for about $5 a chair after set up and delivery fees, etc, but some of the quotes I got were came out to almost 12 dollars a chair.  Just for these:

Post # 4
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11328 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I seriously underestimated food/venue costs. Well really I underestimated everything! But venue/food was the biggest chunk. I wanted to spend no more than 5 k for ceremony + reception venue, food, rentals, alcohol, tax, and tip. haha. hahahahahahha. 

sigh.

Post # 6
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@kate169: yeah, I’ve had to try really hard to resist the chivari chair temptation.  They’re so beautiful, but I just couldn’t justify the cost (especially since my photographer isn’t so hot, and probably wouldn’t have a clue if I asked her to get a good chair shot!)

Post # 7
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5902 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

ladies, chivaris really aren’t that comfortable, and besides, my friend had them at her wedding, and i didn’t even notice them!  

Post # 8
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419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t realize I’d have to pay the limo to wait for us during the reception! WHOOPS that doubles the transport budget (actually, no, I will  just get a cab for us all after I’m not paying for that many hours of waiting)…

Post # 9
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I totally agree with ms. meowerson. We have chiavari chairs at my school’s library and they are SO uncomfortable. But I guess if you are only sitting i them for dinner it wouldn’t be too bad.

Post # 10
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3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Floral costs for sure…I think I estimated around 4k, and we’re spending about double…in part because of those darn chiavari chairs! I don’t know why our venue couldn’t just have them as the standard chairs like every other venue in NYC…

Also, cake. I think I wanted to spend around $500 on it. Yeah, that’s not possible in NYC when you have around 180 guests. So again, our budget is at least double for that. Sigh…

Post # 11
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1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would say photography! We went about $1000 over our budget. Oops. 

Post # 12
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541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I really underestimated the cost of food/alcohol/venue. I budgeted for about 8-10k and its going to end up being at least 12k! It’s only for about 75 people too! 🙁

Post # 13
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275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Im with Ms. Meowerson  and babyboo, I just went to a wedding this weekend where they had the chairs and only noticed because I feel the wedding industry has made us brides believe we NEED them, haha. Otherwise, no one else at my table noticed/cared, so I say don’t spring for ’em, not worth it.   

Post # 14
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11328 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I will say that before I was engaged I never noticed chairs and after I was engaged I really wanted chivari. Luckily they came free with my venue! 

Post # 15
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4547 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I underestimated everything except for transportation. That was the ONLY thing we didn’t go over budget on! Photography was a huge underestimate, as were our invitations (we wanted to spend $100 bucks total…THAT didn’t happen). Also underestimated our honeymoon.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hilsy85: You do know you can order a smaller cake for the display and pics and then serve your guests sheet cake in order to make that dollar stretch….

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