(Closed) Did you actually track your wedding budget/spending?

posted 11 years ago in Money
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    I kept track of every penny! We had to stay in budget.

    I know pretty well what I spent (within a few hundred $)

    we have a rough estimate of what we spent, but certainly didn't tally at the end!

    We have no idea what we spent, and don't want to know

  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We didn’t have a budget.  We have planned and decided on everything all along the way.  So, I kept track of every single thing we spent, I guess as a reference.  So far, I’m shocked not at how much it’s costing in the end but by how I managed to afford that.   Hahahaha – so maybe it’s a trophy.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

    I’m sure you know how budget crazy I was.  I had to be done though.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Every time I purchase something, I write it down in an excel spreadsheet- date, where it was purchased, what it was purchased for, and who paid for it. It’s a bit more type-A than my scatterbrained self is used to, but it’s imperative for us to stay on budget.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I keep track of every cent, and I keep every receipt so that I can go back afterwards and have a rundown of everything we got and how it was used and how much it cost.

    My name is Layla, and I’m obsessively organized.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m not getting married until May, but I am tracking our expenses on weddingwire. I have not tracked every penny – like wedding magazines (about $40-$50) or little purchases at Michael’s to test out DIY stuff (maybe $30-$40) but everything else is being tracked.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I would love to say that we tracked every penny, and we were both pretty good about keeping track of our expenses. But when it came down to it, I KNOW there were small things we bought for the wedding that didn’t get inserted into our spreadsheet, but added up over time. So we have a very solid idea of what we spent, but we know the amount is off by $300, give or take. We definitely didn’t calculate tips into the budget, either, which I wish we had. That was a fun surprise a few days before the wedding! Yikes.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I used the Martha Stewart website for my budget and have kept track of the estimated budget for each item and then wrote what I actually paid for it. So far, so good- but the major spending hasn’t been done yet! I’m afraid that toward the end I’m going to end up saying “Screw it” and just throw all the receipts out the window. Then again, I have days when my priority is having money after the wedding, and days when the wedding is number one.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee

    I fall into your category, LatteLove!  Though, I do plan to sit down and figure out how much was spent….I just haven’t done it yet.  I’m sure it will be nauseating b/c I stopped caring at the end (as did my parents, I think…!)

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had a general idea of what we wanted to spend, but I think it will be about $20G over… we think.  We are just going through each thing as they come up and my dad decides if the price makes sense and he is comfortable with it. 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    Because we planned our wedding for 23 months, we signed a lot of contracts early  – so I knew what our expenses were EXACTLY leading up to the wedding.  I just used a binder to keep track of all my contracts, deposits made and money due.  Our bar was based on consumption, so that was the only mystery expense that we didn’t know going into our wedding day. 

    In the end I know how much every purchase was for our wedding except for some small ancillary purchases made during the last 3 days before the wedding. 

    P.S. SOmetimes I wish I didn’t know Wink

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2008

    Oh yeah, I kept track of every little cent, in an Excel file.  I just kept a running paper tally, then updated my spreadsheet every couple/few weeks.  After the wedding, I added in all the last-minute expenses, just to see where we ended up.  It was fun!  (But I’m crazy like that.)

    My father and mother were generous and each gave us a check at the beginning of planning, out of which I came up with our main budget, but I wanted to keep track of how much my husband and I spent, over and above this amount.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have a very type A personality as well, and have tracked everything in an excel spreadsheet, which breaks down our wedding into each category, and then lists the budgeted amouts and the actual amounts.  I think it hleps me to see what I’m spending, and am there more careful in other areas if we have to go over in one.  It helps me feel in control of the planning and finances.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Although we’re not budget crazy, we are keeping close tabs on what we’re spending.  I think we do so more to stay organized than anything. 

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Fiance is an engineer, and loves number crunching, so pretty much the day after we got engaged her had the Excel spreadsheet up and running 🙂

    We are keeping track of our spending really well – we are actually under budget right now, hurray!

    Now that I said that, some huge expense is liable to come bite me in the butt, lol!

     

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