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

posted 11 years ago in Money
  • poll:

    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 # 17
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m keeping track of expenses in Quicken.  The biggest expenses are easy, it’s the little things here and there that I have to go back and separate out.  I’ve got until August to keep this up, and while I do have a “spending plan” for the wedding, I’m not sure I want to know the final number!

    Post # 18
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I went ahead and put penny, but some things I’m sure were a little off…when I had amounts, I put them in excel down to the penny & others I had to estimate, I think I got *really close!  The last month we didn’t ignore our budget, but we probably didn’t adjust every final figure…I’d be really surprised if we were off by more then $100 though for a $15K budget…. I <3 Excel  😉

    Post # 19
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I’ve kept track of all the big things – the major vendors, mostly because I had to make multiple payments over time and know exactly when and how much to pay. But I haven’t kept as close of an eye on the small stuff. When I talk about my budget, it usually only includes the big stuff (flowers, caterer, cake, etc.) and not things like Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts, small favors I bought, etc.

    Post # 20
    2343 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My mom keeps a spreadsheet on Google Docs and puts every little thing on there!

    Post # 21
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We kept track of all our expenses. It’s nice to know, you know? That way we have a better sense of how much things cost and if we want to do something similar in the future what it will look like.

    Post # 22
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I have a rough idea… but only for the actual wedding day. We budgeted for things for that day. Reception, ceremony, favors, etc.

    Invites, postage, attire, honeymoon, rings, hotel, immigration, etc is all being purchased outside of our budget. Yeah… I kind of don’t want to know the final tally. Recessionista my @ss. 🙁

    Post # 23
    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We used iDo from elm software. It’s actually a database software based on MS Access, but iDo gives it a more user friendly interface. We tracked nearly everything, but left out odds and ends from Michael’s and maybe some postage didn’t make it in there…

    Post # 24
    3331 posts
    Sugar bee

    I tracked every expense related to the wedding in Excel.  It was really important for us to stay on budget, so we really had to hardline everything.  I added everything in as we went and then finalized it all afterwards.

    Post # 25
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have a bunch of receipts that i’ve been ‘telling’ myself to write down somewhere. I think I’m within my budget.  I had some really good deals with my dress and the photographer and the flowers.  Maybe reading this post, will get me to track all of those receipts down and start recording them.


    Post # 26
    594 posts
    Busy bee

    We are spending close to a downpayment on a house. For an event that costly every penny needs to be tracked!

    Post # 27
    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We’re spending an amount worth a small car.  How do you stay on budget if you don’t track it?

    My mom keeps the main budget and I am sure it’s to the penny (accountant/OCD).  I have a spreadsheet tracking what we have spent so far out of our own money.  I am genuinely curious what it will all add up to in the end.

    Post # 28
    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We’ve been engaged for almost 3 years now and I started working on DIY projects from the beginning. I made a lot of small purchases over a long period of time, which I didn’t keep track of. I know how much we have spent on all of the big purcases, and can ballpark the smaller stuff, but I think it’s healthier for our marriage if neither of us know how much we have actually spent. All of those little things add up fast.

    Post # 29
    6112 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I track every dollar we spend, wedding or not! 

    Post # 30
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I still don’t know the exact number because my mom paid for most of it, however, I tracked like a crazy woman early on when we were making the big purchases. I know exactly how much we spent on the venue, dress, food, photographer, things like that. I’m not quite sure how much my mom paid the servers or if she gave a big tip to the hair dresser, etc. So I definitely know the major costs, but the incidentals fell through the cracks on the day of–I didn’t want to have to worry about those things so I didn’t 🙂

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