Post # 1
Towards the end of the planning process, I no longer wanted to know what the exact budget was. I kinda had a sense, but I just stopped adding the numbers together… it was too scary.
In the end, we ended up saving a lot on booze (we found out we could BYOB, and could return anything left over), so that helped a huge amount. So it all worked out… but I don’t recommend the experience of losing control of your budget!
If I could go back in time and do it again, I would make sure to have a much stricter budget. But then again, if we did… maybe Bee wouldn’t have fallen in love with weddings and she wouldn’t have started this site! So I mentally chalk up our wedding budget as an "investment" in Weddingbee.com. 🙂
Have you lost control of your budget? Or do you know exactly what you’re spending, down to the penny.
Post # 3
My fiance and I just hired a wedding planner to help keep our budget in check, actually! It’s VERY important to us that we stick to our budget, so we’re determined not to let it get away from us. 🙂
We’re pretty sure that the coordinator will be one of the best investments we make (or at least, we hope so!).
Post # 4
Well, I can already see several areas in which we could have saved money, but I wouldn’t say our budget is out of control. If I were doing it over, I almost think I would have bought a less expensive dress… but then again, I love my dress, so maybe I wouldn’t have. I’ve pretty much decided not to have favors. They’re not common in the area where we’re getting married, and that’s an expense we don’t need.
Post # 5
We are trying to stick as close to our budget as we can. It’s really hard when we see something we like but know that if we splurged on it, the money would have to be taken out from other areas of our wedding. We have sat down and made a list of "must have’s" and a list of things we could go without if they cost too much. One thing I have had to give up was the chair covers. The venue that we are using will not allow us to bring in our own vendor for chair covers but is charging $10 a chair. Combined with a 20% service fee and 9% tax, covering 150+ chairs was just not something that we could bring ourselves to spend our hard earned money on. It would have made the ballroom look nicer, but not for the price.
Overall, we are pretty set on our budget because we don’t want to start married life in debt with our bank accounts cleaned out.
Post # 6
Like you things just got so crazy we lost track. We have kind of an idea of what we spent and it’s so high we don’t want to figure it out to the penny. We just smile and say, what a fun day and great party!
Post # 7
We’re on our 5th month of planning and have already gone at leat 15% over budget.
And the scary thing is…my parent’s are not paying for this wedding…the fiance and I are.
Post # 8
yeah…i’m doing the large majority of planning and havent always been the best at budgeting. soo…with a month to go, its freaking me out. there are things we didnt factor in at the beginning (like boarding the dog we just got while we’re out of town for the honeymoon, etc.) that put us over the top. both of our sets of parents are helping with set portions, and we havent asked them to go over that. the extra costs are coming out of our pockets….tax refunds help 🙂
Post # 9
Everything I bought and decided to go with I decided to go as inexpensive as possible! My splurge was my photographer. I also factored in appropriate costs for things in the future that we’ll need. We’re only about 3K over budget. YAY! We set our budget at 15K for the low end, knowing that if we hit 20 it would be ok…..
And ditto on the tax refund. I can’t WAIT for mine!! WHoopde==eeeee!
Post # 10
We made the mistake of being rather unrealistic and setting our initial budget at $10K. LOL…yeah, OK in NYC? *cackles*
So technically yes, we did go over "budget."
But for the most part, we’re hanging pretty steady at $17K. Including just about everything. Down to the penny. We may end up at $20K which would not be unexpected, but we’ve really cut the fat out of a lot of our expenses to try our best to manage it at $17K altogether.
Post # 11
We have been keeping an almost crazy close eye on our budget and with 5 months until our wedding we are still under budget :), however, keeping such a close watch on just about every penny has forced me to have one stressful dream after another, is it worth it to keep such a close watch? Our budget is 25k which sounds like a ton of money, although it doesn’t get much for 410 people.
Post # 12
We are actually doing pretty good – so far! But then again, we have about 4 months until our wedding. I’m sure things start to add up as the time gets closer!
Post # 13
we were silly and didn’t have a budget. i guess we were thinking it would be about 15k. well, last night we went over our expenses and we are at about 30k. EGADS! we both looked at each other in horror. at least we haven’t used credit cards…and we own our home (that i bought 8 years ago).
Post # 14
honestly having a traditional catholic wedding is really more money than we both anticipated. it’s incredibly important to us but there are just a lot of little extra costs and fees. it’s for sure the most important part of the day for us, but it is definitely more than we expected.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
I wouldn’t say we’ve lost control of our budget yet, but I can see how that could happen for us!
We didn’t actually set a number for the budget when we started planning – our goal was to be rational with our purchases. So, for example, while I first wanted a particular photog that would have cost us $5k, I’m now overly thrilled that my friend from college (a professional sports/wedding photog) is going to do our 3-day event and engagement shoot for under $1k!
Then again, I love letterpress… and he wants a band… so I think we’ll splurge on a few things.
I don’t think we’ll go TOO out of control… I hope…
Post # 16
We have been trying to monitor the budget, but we didn’t really have a set number, and keep finding things that we would love to include. Everything that we have purchased/booked/planned has been as cost effective as possible. One place we have splurged is the photographer, but I think we will value that in the end. There have been a couple of surprise costs creep up, but all in all it has been pretty manageable. I think the fact that we are funding the majority of the event ourselves has made us a little more mindful of where the money is going.