Post # 17
We seriously under budgeted for the type wedding I wanted…my fault, but I found a way! We budgeted 25K and are at about 38k. Our wedding is a roof top wedding in the city with approx 150…which looks like its going to be more as I over estimated the amount of “No’s” we would get…ugh Oh well, it will be great, the more the merrier right!
Post # 18
It’s kind of hard to say. We are going to end up going 50% over “budget.” However, I just choose a random number in the beginning that I thought would be an appropriate budget. Once I started getting more realistic numbers, I adjusted the “budget.” Maybe a more helpful number would be: I think we’re spending about 15% more than I would like to =)
Post # 19
I wanted to do our wedding for 10,000. It wound up being 15,000 with everything including the honeymoon but not including rings. We don’t regret any of the money we spent. We got exactly what we hoped for.
Post # 20
@geminigrl22: just did that— if you want to bounce any ideas let me know
Post # 21
It depends on who you ask. My husband thought $5000 was more than generous for a wedding for 115. I know there are Bees who have done it, but not for the party he wanted. (IE: 4.5 hour open bar)
In my mind, we were NOT going over $15,000. I kept it to $11K and change. I did TONS of DIY and we did not go into debt over the wedding. Everything was paid in full with the exception of the rehearsal dinner three full weeks before the wedding!
Also, we’re not going on a honeymoon.
Post # 22
We were under budget. We really didn’t let ourselves spend anything that we hadn’t accounted for.
Post # 23
We originally budgeted 6k, including the dress, excluding the rings. I went from wanting a 700 dollar dress to a 1200 dollar dress, but that was totally worth it. My grandmother was also gracious enough to purchase my dress as a gift. Caterer is under $2000 so far, for roughly 140 people. No alcohol. Reception hall is about $1700. I did a ton of DIY stuff, and on some things, I jacked up the budget, while other things I cut out completely (favors). So, as of right now, what we are looking at for 140 people is $5,892.00 It can go down if less than 140 ppl show, or up if we forget a last minute thing. We aren’t planning a honeymoon. We have to work/go to class the following Monday.
Post # 24
We were within range but slight over my actual target! Darling Husband is very much an impulse shopper. Two weeks before our wedding, we had attended another wedding where there was a photo booth. So we added a photo booth at the last minute…..on top of the casino tables we had already booked! HA! It’s okay though because, like I said, we were still within a range I was comfortable with. Plus, we ended up inviting more people than we (er…..I) anticipated. (I had an A and B list. He just had one giant A list.) I had set a very agressive (and slightly unreasonable) target budget of $15k. You know that whole saying, “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land amongst the stars” Yeah, that’s what I did.
Post # 25
Yeah we budgeted $10K and are at $18K and still climbing with 10 months to go. It’s my fault as I choose a $4K photograpgher and went $2K over budget on the venue but we have $13K paid for and the rest should be all cash small items (favors, alterations on my dress, etc). 🙂
Post # 26
We were under budget by about 15%. We tried to be pretty watchful of sticking to the budget, but we were over budget on quite a few categories. What surprised us most was that we were under budget for our reception. We had an open bar and guests drank way less than what we had budgeted for!
Post # 27
Just reporting back since my wedding is over. A couple months ago, I was about 3% under budget. Since the wedding, I’ve run the numbers and we ended up being 18% over budget.
The majority was due to last minute things like having to rent chafing dishes last minute, event insurance, etc.,
Post # 28
Our first budget was 15k, we’re now looking at 27k. I wouldn’t say we’re “over budget”- our first budget was just unrealistic.
Post # 29
@PinkMagnolia: I like how you think!
We had a “budget” which was more like an estimate. We are about 40% over that not including honeymoon or rings or anything that has been gifted to me like my wedding dress and jewelery ….
Post # 30
our budget was $20,000 but I think we ended up more like at $25k. we don’t regret it, fortunately, we can afford it and the wedding was fantastic.
PS: a wedding planner is worth it as they will help keep you close to your budget. ours could have kept us in our budget, but we allowed it to go over.
I think what caused us to go over was that our rehearsal dinner turned into an elaborate pre-wedding party, which we did not originally plan for. and then we kept telling her it was ok to add things, so it wasn’t her fault that we went over.
Post # 31
our budget was $10K, and with honeymoon and AHR, we had a grand total of $15K. i wasn’t too upset, i got all my important splurges – no regrets on dress, honeymoon, TTD, reception – and we managed to afford everything (barely!)
and we got almost $4K in cash gifts and selling stuff after the wedding, so i can say we our output was $11K, which is even better!