(Closed) Did anyone decide NOT to make a budget?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re trying to keep things as low as possible but did set an upper limit number.  We don’t want to say that’s our technical budget though because we’d like to be lower if possible, it’s not just there to go up to the very top.  It doesn’t include our rings or minimoon though.  

Post # 4
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t see anything on there for an officiant, is that included in the $100 ceremony location fee?

Post # 7
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think the biggest problem with not having a budget is that it seems really easy to forget to plan for certain things. I know that as I’ve looked through various templates and suggested budgets, there are always one or two things that I might have forgotten about.

Post # 8
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve never been that much of a budgeter in regular life.  I go by, save first, pay your bills, whatever’s left is fair game for spending (but you can’t spend more than you have) – and it seems to work out. I don’t see the point in guestimating every little expense, you can’t always control exactly what stuff ends up costing and it just seems like a lot of extra effort.

So we don’t technically have a budget for the wedding.  Not that I’m having an “expensive” wedding by most people’s standards.

It’s ended up costing far more than I originally imagined, but back then I had no idea how much things cost.  I don’t regret any of my choices to date – I’m getting exactly what I want.

Post # 9
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did not set a budget. My Fiance is a big budgeter, but me, not so much.

We are just pricing out things and trying to edit what we don’t really need. We aren’t spending everything in our savings account and look over what we’ve spent and think we’ll spend about 1/month. If we see anywhere to cut costs, we jump on it. 

Like PrettyFlowers, it’s ending up to be a lot more than we’d wished it would, but we’re doing everything that we really want to do and nothing frivolous or unnecessarily expensive. 

Post # 10
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I set a budget that I wanted to keep, and my hubby said that whatever we spend, we spend. And that’s what we ended up doing. Not that we didn’t do things on the cheap, it was just pretty impossible to stick to my budget.

Post # 11
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t really have a budget, but I do have in my mind what I want to be under. (Which unfortunately has risen, I didn’t know how much things cost when I started out! We should end up around $5000-6000 I think, I originally thought it would be more like $3000-4000.)

I’m just trying to get things as cheap as possible and not have it be tacky. Our photography is the biggest chunk.

Post # 12
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It sounds like you have a budget, consisting of the amount in your bank account, and are just trying to come in as far under that as possible, consistent with having the wedding you want.  And there is really nothing wrong with that.  The only thing to watch out for is to make sure that each of the pieces of the wedding are in proportion to what you want to spend overall.  For example, if you had $5,000 in your bank account, and wanted the total to stay under that amount, you wouldn’t want to book a reception venue that would cost $3,500, because the reception cost is typically about half of the total wedding cost.

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