Post # 1
I have been really obsessive about our budget spreadsheets. I update every single penny spent on the wedding and I get really stressed when our budget contingency falls below 5% (I want it above 10% mark).
We’ve got less than five months to go now so I’m scared that if things go wrong we’ll be in trouble (as lots of things need to be paid from January onwards).
Does anyone else get really stressed about that?
Post # 3
I was a nazi about our budget. I made a new excel spreadsheet comparing and contrasting the costs for every single different vendor we interviewed. I think I ended up with about 20 different ones saved. I kept a detailed tally to the very end.
I think I didn’t pay too much attention when I was running around the last couple weeks buying last minute things, but until then I was totally anal about it. We had a smaller budget and we came in right under it. It was worth the aggravation in the end.
Post # 4
I kept track of every single penny. One of my friends was planning after our wedding and I sent her my spreadsheet as a reference and she was pretty impressed/scared. It was worth it in the end, we went over budget but it was because I was such a nazi about saving that we had the extra funds and chose to splurge.
Post # 5
Yes. My parents (who are paying graciously!) and Fiance laugh at me because my itemized spread sheet. Like down to the last roll of ribbon and package of paper. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m very careful with our budget and I keep track of all the money I spend. I use the budget spreadsheet in The Knot’s website. I like how it automatically calculates everything and it’s easy to update.
Post # 7
I’m anal about our budget and I’m not even really planning right now…We will have a very small budget, so this is very important.
Post # 8
I got a spreadsheet online and then added extra formulae to keep track of what’s in each of our various savings accounts, the balance to be paid and the difference between the two.
Post # 9
Yes I was! I didn’t let it stress me out but I def entered everything.
At the end we were about 5K over but it was largely due to the limo and videographer we had no intention of having. And we did not regret it one bit.
I honestly believe it’s why we were able to be so on point about spending. If I went over in one area I deduct from somewhere else.
Post # 10
I wish I could be. I started trying to be crazy about it in the beginning and now I just don’t care.
Post # 11
I get really stressed about it and argue with my Fiance when it’s getting too tight. He’s meant to be saving too but he doesn’t do it methodically.
Post # 12
I stare at our budget obsessively and on a daily basis, but I don’t like to acknowledge the amounts if that makes sense. I’m still in denial about how much we’ve spent ….
Post # 13
Erm, no. The Mr was in charge of the budget – bad idea, he just kept increasing it! This was partly because he loves spending, and partly because his budget was crap. He budgeted for bridesmaid dresses, but not shoes, accessories, hair, gift etc. He budgeted for my dress, but not my shoes, underwear, veil, tiara. I could go on.
Learn from our mistakes, you stalk your budget / spreadsheet like your life depends on it!!
Post # 14
I am like several p/p’s!! I was diligent about every little penny up until about the last month. I reached a point where I was better off not knowing how much we were spending. I knew that we weren’t going to come up short by any means, but I needed to stop obsessing about it or I would never be able to enjoy it.
Post # 15
I too am keeping a spreadsheet and keeping track of every single penny. We dont have much to spend on our wedding because we just bought a house. I am trying to cut corners as much as possible.
Post # 16
I have a whole Excel book for wedding stuff. One spreadsheet breaks down our estimates, what we’ve spent and what we still have to spend. On the next sheet is the breakdown of who owes what for the cruise and what room they’re staying in, and the final page is the complete guestlist complete with addresses and a checklist for who has received what.