(Closed) How to handle unexpected expenses during wedding planning? (vent)

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Sorry to hear about the stress but definitely remind yourself some things are out of your control. I’m sure you’ll have your dream wedding despite these bumps in the road. I applaud you for taking a second job, that’s some serious determination.

Post # 4
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Our wedding is Saturday and FI’s phone just decided to crap out. $200 later….

I’m just rolling with it at this point.

Post # 5
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I hear you (although I never wanted to get married until a few years ago). Four months into wedding planning, several deposits made, I lost my job. The pay wasn’t great (nor what I was worth), but it was the most I’d ever made. I’d purchased a new (to me) car a month after we got engaged, too. Then, surprise, you’re not hired in, you’re laid off! I did find out several months later that the company actually went out of business, so there is that. I was out of work for six weeks and then my recruiter found me a new job that was just supposed to be a last-minute fill in…for $3 less an hour, which meant that I was making barely more than I made in retail. I got hired in there, but I have no benefits and got one whole dollar raise when I got hired in. I was supposed to get a raise a couple of weeks ago, and that didn’t happen. Fiance is a student and is trying to pick up a job and getting nothing.

Post # 6
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Thats about all you can do at this point…I’ve had to take my car off the road for now..the wedding is in just under 3 weeks, and there is no way i’m putting out money for a new vehicle at the moment,  It’s going to have to wait for a while…

Post # 7
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I got in a car accident a week after we got engaged. Dropped $1200 of our wedding budget down the tubes right off the bat. It was depressing, but I got over it. I have a strict savings budget setup going forward and we have a separate “emergency” savings fund but you never know when these unexpected expenses will pop up! It sucks when they do!!

Post # 9
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It will all work out

6 months before our wedding out cat got very sick, turned out to be diabetes, spent about $3000 initially to get it under control and get all the tests done, then she got a few UTIs which needed more testing plus she had to be hospitalized for 3 days on fluids for a bad e-coli infection, all in all it was about $6000 out of our wedding budget.  THAT was alot of money.  In the end, it all worked out and it was a fantastic day.    Things just have a way of working out.

i know you probably feel it won’t because I did too, but stay positive and just roll with the punches.

Post # 10
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


Try not to stress. Everything will somehow work out. And remember that money always comes and goes…

My car recently broke down and I had to spend extra money to fix it. I have savings like you but it’s never a good feeling to dip into it. But it is what it is and that’s all apart of life. I just try to be positive and think at least I didn’t get in an accident or something. As bad as things are, it could have been worse.

I also under-budgeted on some of the wedding stuff so I’m taking a hit on that as well. I’m the first out of my friends to get married so when I made my budget, I really didn’t know if my budget was realistic since I had no one to ask. But at this point, it is what it is. I’m cutting costs where I can, but it’s not the end of the world if I can’t. You’re going to have an amazing wedding and that is priceless and will be all worth it.

Post # 11
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Stressing about it won’t change anything.  It’s natural to stress, so you have to fight that instinct.  Just do the best you can.  Save everywhere you can.  Go on a spending hiatus; don’t buy anything unless you really need it, and when you do, shop around for the best price.  Having good, strong finances is something you’ll have to work for your entire life.  Watch Suze Orman.  She might help you feel better about your expenses.  Just make sure you can afford the wedding.  Don’t go into debt for it.

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