(Closed) Brides who went over the original budget…

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 31
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116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We have £20k to spend, but are budgeting for £17.5k allowing for a cushion that we will reallocate to the house savings pot if needed. We also have that pot should things get really out of hand!

Post # 32
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400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We originally wanted to be at 20k, but set aside cash for 25k just in case. It’s looking like we’ll come in around 30 (that doesn’t include rings or honeymoon, but our budget never did). We’ve just cut back on unnecessary spending as much as possible – we don’t really go out for dinner or to see movies, etc. We were also aggressively saving for a house so we redirected a little bit of that to the wedding instead… We don’t make a ton of money, but we save a lot because I’m super meticulous with the household budget. We haven’t bought anything we didn’t already have the cash sitting there for 🙂

Post # 33
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367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

we planned for 5k (ha!) and are looking at 7-9k. Some of this is our own fault -I went overbudget on invites, table/chairs rentals were more than expected, more people are rsvping yes than orginally thought.

My family is gifting us money, but I worry that that may change. (too many horror stories about promised $$ disappearing) We’ve planned with thier money in mind, but having been saving so we don’t need it.

Savings has reached a really frustrating point, less than three months to go, mostly because we had some unexpected medical and car expenses. And I was laid off :/ Planning a wedding was actually a good relationship builder for us, looking at what we spend money on and judging eachother. XD

Post # 34
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

we’re maybe 2.5k over the original budget.. we budgeted assuming no help (and my parents ended up offering to give us money) but even if my parents don’t make good on the offer–we didn’t budget so that our savings went to 0!!  

We budgeted as much as we felt we needed to have the wedding we wanted, given the other things in life that we want soon after (a house, a new car for Fiance, and a baby). Not that we have all the money for those other things saved away, but part of budgeting for us was making sure we weren’t taking so much that we could afford to buy/do those things when we plan to.  

Anyway, back to the point.. even if my parents don’t end up giving us the money they offered, all it would mean is we have to wait a month or two longer to buy a house.

Post # 35
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263 posts
Helper bee

Our budget was 60k our local currency (approx 15k USD), and we went 5k (1.25k USD) over our budget.

However, as gifting of money (to for dinner reception) is a tradition here in our country, the monetary gifts that we got covered more than 50% of our total budget .. so we ended up saving money and upgrade our honeymoon.

Post # 36
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2098 posts
Buzzing bee

In my case I think the overage just meant I didn’t accumlate savings during the wedding year. I do think I was more frugal because I was “paying for” a wedding. We didn’t go on vacations that planning year, I think we ate at less expensive restaurants. It’s *sort of* easy to spend less during wedding planning on the rest of your life becusse it’s “what rest of your life”?! It’s like when you’re working so much you can’t spend money. There are so many Saturdays basically doing wedding chores instead of doing any other spendy activities. 

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