When they say little stuff adds up…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@StL.Ashley:  It totally does add up! I was telling Fi about some stuff we still needed to get (guest book, pens for guest book, escort cards, stamps for invitations/RSVPS, dress for the shower, dress for the rehersal dinner, dress for brunch day after weddding, garter, shoes, thank you cards for bridal shower, basket for bathroom, welcome bags for guests at hotel, favors )… + many more small things.

And I know  that most of these things are not necessities, but I am a Type A person… and I truly do not enjoy myself when everything was not preplanned and coordinated to match. 

FI and I went to set up estimates it was well over 3,000…  

Post # 4
Member
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It adds up so much! I was good in the beginning at keeping track of everything. now I’m at a point where I don’t even want to know

Post # 5
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh, I’m well aware of it!

I actually use the budget tool on weddingwire.com and have EVERYTHING budgeted out, everytime I purchase something, big or small, I add it on there [doing this, I’ll know exactly how we spent on everything for the wedding, as I plan to make a very in-detailed list for the bee after the wedding].

It really does add up!

Post # 6
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2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@StL.Ashley:  It definitely does!  I have the littlest items mapped out in our budget. I add/adjust the budget almost daily when I realize I’ve missed something.  I went through and calculated the cost of postage stamps for our invites, thank yous and any possible bridal shower thank yous.  Postage is expensive here!  

My FI thinks I’m crazy.  He would much rather lump everything into categories.  That makes me twitch.  I need to know what each category covers, how much we’re spending on each item, etc.  I also search out deals for everything (I’ve always been like this, this isn’t just wedding behaviour!)  I love this stuff.  But FI did say to me the other day “You know, you might have to pay retail for something.  I don’t think you’re going to get a deal on everything.” 

He’s nuts. 🙂

Post # 7
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@StL.Ashley:  Preach!  So true.  If you really want to stay on budget it’s probably a good idea to build in a % for this kind of unpredictable little expense.  

Post # 8
Member
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@StL.Ashley:  So true!  All those tiny but essential things…

Post # 9
Member
3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh yeah, we spent over a thousand dollars the week before the wedding! Though I think about $300 was on theme park tickets with the ILs, haha, so that probably doesn’t count.

Post # 10
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525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My budget was initially $2000 and with all of the little things that keep on getting added on top we are now at $3000 and climbing! It gets really fast when I start ordering things online with the unanticipated shipping costs being included.

@sostobe:  FI is a lumper as well… I took the time to create a very detailed excel report on the budget. It has the general sections, then subsections – and then more subsections. That way even with all the tiny costs I can still look at how much one general thing costs!

Post # 11
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15 posts
Newbee

Dollar stores are a friend! I found bags of 50 gift bows, $3 per bag – that’s 6 cents a bow. (I bought a couple bags. I give a lot of gifts, haha) My SO and I love bargain hunting, and I expect that most of our future wedding (someday.. T-T)  will be “sponsored” by dollar stores and second-hand shops. 🙂 

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