Post # 1
My fiance and I set a budget at the beginning of our planning that is split between my parents and the 2 of us. I have done an ok job of not blowing through the $$, but I’m assuming at the end we’re going to be slightly over for various reason:
open bar consumption is more than we think
small little last minute things
All the bigger stuff is pretty much fitting into budget, but I don’t have much left over for unexpected expenses. I’m nervous that stuff will add up. It’s not that we can’t afford it, it’s that my fiance (out of principle) refuses to spend more than we already are.
So my question is: Did you go over budget at the end and was it by a lot? Just curious! thanks!
Post # 3
We were about $2500 over budget, but then we cut alcohol for non-monetary reasons, and our wedding got a ton cheaper :). We’re probably a hair over our budget now. I do have to say, though, that my parents are paying for it and Mom’s been kind of awesome about splurging on little details. We aren’t really trying too hard to stay right on target with the budget.
Post # 4
We exceeded our budget by a lot but I think when we started planning we had no clue how much things costs. Like for example we budgeted a photographer at 2k and in our area we got rates from 15 photographers and not a single started under $3,500 (we had a much longer day so we needed more hours). But my parents were helping us pay so we discussed everything before signing each individual contract.
Post # 5
We were actually $1000 under budget! woo hoo!
When we did our intial budget my husband was adamant about “over-budgeting” just in case. So being a grand less made him happy 🙂
Post # 6
We went over budget by 10%. Although when we established the budget, we agreed that it was a suggested guideline and that we would not be too upset to go a little over.
Post # 7
We have another 4 1/2 months to go and we’re over. We budgeted really well for our vendors, but we’re at the point now where things we convinced ourselves we didn’t need originally (chivari chairs, a videographer yadda yadda) now we really want. My parents are paying for about 80% of the wedding, so I’m not worried. We can afford the overages, but I’m really shocked that I’m having a wedding that’s ending up being so expensive. I never thought I’d be one of those brides that cared about how the chairs look with the walls. Bride brain really takes over. I blame the hive. 🙂
Post # 8
We were over by about 2-3K I think? And I know exactly why!
The last minute videographer and limo add that we did NOT plan on having.
But I have to say in retrospect I’m glad we did it.
Post # 9
We came in slightly under budget.
Post # 10
We’ve included in our budget things like tips, taxes, and every other expense we can think of. We also budgeted in a few extra thousand dollars as cushion for those last minute, unexpected expenses.
I can’t imagine after all of that we will STILL go over, but hopefully not!
Post # 11
I’m over budgeting like crazy to try and avoid this happening. I don’t mind spending money on things I want, but I’d rather be prepared to spend it than surprised with it a day or two before the wedding. I can’t imagine anything less fun than being worried about money right before your wedding. I mean I even have airport parking for the honeymoon budgeted into our spreadsheet of costs because I want NO surprises.
Post # 12
What budget?! lol I didn’t really set one, but just bought and paid for things as they came up, in addition to the set amount we had to give each daughter. I think I’d be shocked if I actually sat down and figured them both out. It was easier to decide if certain things were worth it or not, and go from there.
Post # 13
We didn’t go over at the end. I was worried because we were paying for our bar by consumption rather than per head, but even then the bar tab ended up being almost exactly what our venue estimated it would be.
Stuff like gratuity/taxes you can pinpoint upfront. If you don’t know if your service providers charge tax and/or gratuity, ask now!
I didn’t end up paying for a lot of last minute things either, because we generally were not concerned with having a lot of little “detail” things included in the wedding.
Post # 14
I’ll be about $1000 over my budget.. Mainly because of the reception though but it’ll be worth it because the place we chose I absolutely love!
Post # 15
@capebride924: we were almost 4000.00 under budget!!
Post # 16
We went over by 1.6k but a LOT of that has to do with the fact that the guest list just about tripled from what we were originally planning and because of that we needed to rent a reception venue instead of our plans of having the reception in our backyard. lol
We were pretty much okay with it though, because we knew planning a $5k wedding was going to be hard, and we did have the money to go over.