Post # 1
They weren’t lying! Out of curiosity on my lunch break I added up all my transactions of “little stuff” so far for the wedding. The paper samples, postage stamps, ribbons, and other little things I’ve picked up here and there for the wedding that don’t have a specific line item on the budget and that I’m paying for out of pocket (vs the bigger expenses that come out of our “wedding” account). Now mind you we’re still 4.5 months out….and I’ve spent over $600 on “little stuff”! I was SHOCKED, and I’m no where near done. Now, this does include bridesmaid gifts, which popped the amount up a bit, but still – $4 here and there has really added up over the past couple of months!
Post # 3
@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
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
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
@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
@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
@StL.Ashley: So true! All those tiny but essential things…
Post # 9
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
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
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. 🙂