(Closed) I underestimated (fill in the blank)…

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Post # 3
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I totally underestimated the cost of flowers. I have more than tripled my budget AND I’m not even going for anything close to a lush and grand look.

I underestimated the amount of patience it takes to deal with such a large bridal party. We have 12 attendants and each and every one of them seem to be procratinators and uber picky about our choices.

I underestimated the amount of “prestige”  that is associated with a wedding in our circle. I have made so many changes to please other people that I feel like I am going to pop.

I underestimated the amount of time it was going to take me to add crystals to my wedding invitations. I have literally been working on them for 3 days.

I underestimated the extreme amount of patience a bride must have.

I pretty much underestimate lots of things when it comes to wedding planning. I have only been to 1 as an adult and none of my friends or cousins around my age are engaged/planning so I am learning as I go and totally getting the winds knocked out of my sails every time I think I have something under control. Whew. had to get that out lol. You asked for it.

Post # 4
2873 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i think i underestimated everything!!

despite the number of weddings ive attended i underestimated the organisation it takes and time

i underestimated the amount of paperwork there would be for a mexican catholic and foreigner non-catholic to marry in mexico

costs of flowers and photographers

difficulty of organising a wedding in a foreign country. granted, i live here, but im far from fluent in spanish


Post # 5
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The biggest thing I underestimated was the guest list. That thing will be the death of me!!

Post # 6
732 posts
Busy bee

Granted, I am in the beginning planning stages (have only set date, venue, and gone dress shopping)…

…BUT I underestimated how FUN dress shopping would be! Everyone I know that has been dress shopping says it is so stressful and not fun at all. I had a blast at my first wedding dress appointment and can’t wait for my next one in 2 weeks!

Post # 7
10449 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I definitely underestimated how easy choosing a dress would be. It was hard! 

Post # 8
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013


        – Dress shopping: i had to go to 7 bridal stores, 12 appointments over 50 dresses to buy the one.

        – Cost of veil: i always thought for a piece of tulle, it shouldn’t be more than $30.. oh boy, am i wrongggg..

        – Wedding band: that stupid gap between ering and wedding band are driving me crazyy..,i gave up and just got a band i really really like eventhough i do not love them as much when together.

Post # 9
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Underestimated cost of makeup for me, BMs and mothers.  Over $1,000. Ouch

Post # 10
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

underestimated the cost of an officant! All my quotes were $450-$500, and I’m thinking really, I need to become an officiant, the ceremony itself is 20minutes!

I finally found an officiant for $200 bucks, met with him to make sure we were comfortable and booked him!

Post # 11
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I underestimated the amount of mental and emotional energy planning would entail.

Post # 12
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Definitely underestimated the amount of time/ patience required to print and assemble DIY invites/reply cards/envelopes. I have about 85 to do and it has taken me foreverrrrrrr…i should have mailed them out yesterday and I’m not done them yet!

Post # 13
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I underestimated


  • How much wedding dresses cost… I knew they were expensive but I thought I would be able to find something in my budget
  • How long it would take for me to find my dress
  • How quick the last few months would go

Post # 14
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I underestimated how much money I would spent last minute…..I knew I would spend some but thanks to the wonderful website etsy and pinterest I am spending a FORTUNE!!!! I already have all the necesseties it’s al the “oh this would be NICE” and Oh I should have this” and Oh geese this is ridiculious I just need to be banned from those 2 websites all together!

Post # 15
737 posts
Busy bee

I understimated:

the cost of hair and makeup $1000 for Bride, MOB and 2 flowergirls (and now we have a junior bridesmaid as well so it will be MORE!!

time it takes to put together wedding invitations and programs

time it takes to make ‘Here Comes the Bride’ sign and the card box and all the additional signage that looks so good on Pinterest!!

the cost of all those little extras like bathroom baskets and ribbon wands

the cost of the welcome bags for Out of Town guests

the time factor of dealing with my daughter (her wedding) to make the final decisions

I am sure there is more but just can’t think of them right now.


Post # 16
288 posts
Helper bee

I underestimated EVERYTHING!

I thought I could have a great wedding for $5k, but now we are looking at $15k and having to make cuts. Everything adds up so FAST!

Biggest thing would definitely be food/alcohol for the reception. When we got the quote I literally thought I was going to throw up. I had no clue it would be so expensive! 

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