Post # 1
Anyone else set a budget for their wedding and realize that they are definitely going to max out or go slightly over the budget? My budget is 50K and I will definitely be going over by 500-1,000 dollars. Yikes!!
Post # 2
It’s fairly easy to go over budget because it’s a rare event of life so there are many things that pop up that you don’t think of or you underestimate in certain areas. Of course, my budget was 1/10 of yours! I think we went over budget a little but I don’t know the specifics as my parents paid.
Post # 3
Probably well over 50% of couples go over budget. It’s basically the norm.
Our initial budget was $15k but we decided to increase it to $20k, and we actually came in under that. So technically we were under-budget but if we’d stuck with the original one we’d be over.
$500-$1000 hardly seems like a ‘yikes’ amount though when your budget is $50k. It’s like 1%.
Post # 4
We actually built in a buffer into our budget for that reason. Budget for everything ring, wedding and honeymoon is $50k, we’ve set aside an extra 20% to cover going over. We know it will happen, he likes to say yes to me. We also have a lot of moving pieces to pay for and possibly more so we wanted to have the contingency room just in case.
Post # 5
Honestly we went a good 30% over our budget and ours wasn’t anywhere near yours so I’d consider yourself lucky?
Post # 6
Yes, $500 over is fantastic! I’ll be happy if I’m within 3K!
Post # 7
We thought we’d spend like 60-65K but ended up spending 70-75k. Sooooo I think $500-$1000 is fine.
Post # 8
$500 to $1000 wouldn’t really be a “yikes” for us but our budget is pretty small to begin with. Our original budget was $5K but have since decided we would be okay with anything under $8K. It’s totaling up to be right around $7K so we should be good.
Post # 9
Fi and I are pretty crazy about staying on budget. For me, it’s just a party and going over budget isn’t worth it. I forgot to add pet sitting to the budget, so the money is coming from decor and my dress budget. Not ideal, but $5000 is definitely enough money to spend on a day, so going over isn’t going to happen.
Post # 10
definitely over what we wanted to spend… even with being budget conscious!! its not easy. hoping it will all be worth it for us and our guests! <3
Post # 11
My father is paying for most of the wedding- we will definitely be going over the budget he gave and that’s not including my dress, the photographer and a lot of decor items. From what I hear it is very common 🤷🏻♀️
Post # 12
We definitely, definitely went over budget. I felt like I was trying really hard to be frugal but in the end everything added up so quickly and I just couldn’t compromise on certain things so yeah… I think we ended up 5-7ks over… it was not good! But pretty much all of my friends have the same story so that makes me feel better I guess.
Post # 13
First we created an initial ‘this is what I feel a wedding costs’ budget, which we quickly doubled. Then I realized all the things we forgot to include in the new budget, invitations, alterations etc so we will definitely end up over budget. Although I’m trying to remind myself it was a loose budget so I feel better about it.
Post # 14
I’d consider that amount to be more like rounding issues, rather than going over budget. Especially given your budget. So it’s just all the random $88 here and $34 there. Which means if you budget $2500 for a photographer and it’s actually costing $2584 you’re pretty close to your budget.
Post # 15
$500 on a $50k budget is nothing to “yikes” about. I was thinking that you were thousands over budget. That being said — you control the budget and the expenses, so keep tracking where you’re spending, see where you can cut, and stay within the parameters you originally set. If you can keep it at only $500 over, you’re doing good!