(Closed) Budget Explosion…the things I forgot about

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2790 posts
Sugar bee

This is a great post because all of those budget calulators give you a general grouping not a hey hers the 100 things you have to pay for within the group. Thanks!

Post # 4
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Thank you for posting this!  I created my budget from scratch a couple months ago and have already had to make changes.  Who knows what else I may have forgotten!

Post # 5
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

thank you for this! there are always so many little things that add up. when i sat down with my mom to make a budget she had forgotten the officiant, the cake, and something else major that is now escaping my mind. one of the reasons we loved our venue was that it requires very little decoration (i’ve seen it set up with just very minimal floral arrangments and it looks great) so even though the pp charge is a little higher than we’d like, we will save money on decorations and flowers (two things i hate having to think about). i definitely left Out of Town bags off our budget, oops. we’re going to need a lot of those. hopefully they won’t be too expensive!

Post # 6
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Great job!!! Also remember to budget attendant’s gifts…

A great way to cut back is to share or trade with another bride. The apothecary jars and items from your candy buffet can probably be sold.

Post # 7
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Online budgeting tools will remind you of these things.  I hate Weddingwire, but they’ve actually got a great budget-feature.  Without it, I would’ve totally forgotten about all these extras as well…

Post # 9
1602 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thanks for the list! I found I started out with the big stuff, and was surprised at how much stuff we didn’t think of haha.

Post # 10
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree – everything adds up!  Of course if you start and plan early you can cut costs – finding good deals on vendors (hair/make up, alterations) finding cheap things that matter less (fancy invitations, undergarments, shoes, grooms cake, accessories, card box, Out of Town bags) and cutting things that dont matter (gifts for each other, extravagent gifts for attendants, bathroom baskets etc.)

Post # 11
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Isn’t it crazy?!?!

I’m personally in shock right now over how much hair/makeup + trials are. I mean seriously, you want how much to do my hair?!

Post # 12
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You’ve made a great point!!

Not only do we not think of these things, but most bloggers don’t actually count these types of little things in their budget recaps. Those “$3,000 diy wedding” posts really set a lot of brides up for failure when they’re expecting to do the exact same thing and realize that several purchases like gluesticks, serving dishes, or hair product were left out.

Post # 13
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thank you for this post!!!

Post # 14
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes I agree: Wedding bands, RD/Shower/Brunch dresses, gifts for everyone, postage, honeymoon, clothes for honeymoon, hair and makeup trials all were either surprise costs or more than we thought they would be. I feel like the 2 months leading up to the wedding I was on a total spending spree, going absolutely nutz.

Post # 15
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I may be in the minority, but SO many of these items seem completely unnecessary. If you’re going over budget, why don’t you cut back? Bathroom baskets? Hotel welcome bags? Grooms cake? If these weren’t important enough to budget for in the first place, they probably can be cut…

I would maybe budget an additional $1,000 for incidentals, but $20,000 just seems like you may have gone a bit overboard.

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