(Closed) In retrospect, how do you feel about your budget?

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: Looking back on the money I spent for my wedding, I think...
    It was totally worth it! Those memories last a lifetime and I'm glad we invested in them. : (18 votes)
    28 %
    I wouldn't make major changes, but I would have cut back in a few areas. : (26 votes)
    41 %
    Wish I'd spent more - I wish I'd gone ahead with a few things that I cut out of the budget. : (5 votes)
    8 %
    I wish I'd spent a lot less - it would have been just as special on a much smaller budget : (8 votes)
    13 %
    Other : (7 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted totally worth it, but I’m for sure on the low end of things. We made sure we had everything we needed, but we didn’t spend more than we had saved for the wedding.

    Post # 4
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted other.  In retrospect, I would have convinced my husband to take a month-long honeymoon and elope instead of a wedding and a two-week honeymoon.  🙂  I don’t regret the money spent, but I would spend it a little differently.

    Post # 5
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2008

    I would have done mostly everything the same, but cut back in a few areas (especially all the custom letterpress stationary I had to have, although it was so beautiful).

    Post # 6
    1074 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I am so glad that we (DH & I, and both sets of parents) spent the money to have EVERYONE important to us at the wedding. (invited 400, 300 came). It’s so so so special to have everyone important to you from every aspect of your life in one room at the same time. Like some kind of weird dream. I was so overwhelmed because everytime I turned around, there was another person I love (and who loves me/us!). It really was an investment.

    Post # 7
    14185 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did pretty good. We threw a wedding for 18K (our budget was 15K-20K) not including rings and honeymoon. We budgeted big time. Yes, we could have gone more casual but he was very very adamant about our guest list being what it was and us having a full out wedding so considering the limits we’d already put on ourselves, we did it for what we could! Not sure I would have wanted it any other way, honestly. I DIY’d so much…long story short, about 13K was food, liquor, venue, ceremony, reception, $3.2K was our photographer….and obviously the rest was things like invitations, my wedding dress, tuxes, and gifts for our bridesmaids and groomsmen (which ate up like 1K). It would have been hard to cut it any shorter without 100% changing the “feel”

    Post # 8
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I wish I had  more money? LOL  Honestly, that was the first thing that came to mind.  My wedding is being planned on a super tight shoe string budget, but honestly, now that I think about it, If I had more money to spend, I really don’t think I would do anything different.  I’m always looking for a deal, I love DIY projects, so I guess the only thing money would help out with is taking the stress off of paying for the things I have already chosen to have….oh, and I would love to be able to afford to buy my future hubby the ring he “really” wants…but in pops the evil word…budget…grrrr lol

    Post # 9
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I feel okay with our budget right now compared to what I have heard friends/family say they spent.  I have a max in my head and if we go over that I’ll be sick.  I’m okay with what our budget looks like now.  But give me 3-4 more months and I might be thinking otherwise.

    Post # 10
    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    My vote is for: I wouldn’t make major changes, but I would have cut back in a few areas.

    We spent about $10,000 – about $6,000 of it was on food and drinks for the night of the reception and the night of the ceremony dinner. We thought it would be and it definitely was definitely well spent $. We had people commenting at the ceremony dinner how good the food was, DH’s cousin even included a comment about it in her facebook status message.

    Things I spent more on originally than I intended were:

    – the dress

    – transportation

    – hair and makeup

    and all of it was worth it. I felt and looked like a milliion bucks, and it showed. The car (rented for the entire weekend) was more than I wanted to spend but it was so nice to have an attractive vehicle to take us not only to the ceremony, the dinner, and the reception but to bring on our honeymoon.

    What I would have maybe spent less on:

    – DJ (after our experience I think renting a sound system with a mic and using an IPod would have been a better option for us

    and that’s really about it. I would have maybe cut back a bit on favors and the centerpieces, but I’m still happy with what was spent and the end result.



    Post # 11
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We spent a lot more than we thought we would. Around $20,000 all said and done (counting EVERYTHING). I made about 2 grand worth of silly purchases, which I regret. In general I feel like “that was too much” but when I consider the places we splurged (On my dress and his suits, and the food and the church) there isn’t anything I could bare to left go of! 

    Post # 12
    3332 posts
    Sugar bee

    We were a little under our budget, but I think it was worth what we spent.  The things that we spent money on (venue, photographer, etc) were totally worth it.  We got so many great comments from guests on the venue and the photos turned out awesome.

    Post # 13
    558 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I voted other, but we spent $4k total- including my dress, suit rentals (we paid for all), catering, alcohol, EVERYTHING. And I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about my day. Not one. itty. bitty. teeny. tiny. thing. Everything was perfect. I feel like we spent the exact amount we needed to spend.

    Post # 14
    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Budget wise, I kind of wish that I could let go of my tightwad nature a little bit.  I’m glad we splurged on photography, and I loved our flowers, but I was really restrictive with our budget.  Came to find out the day after our wedding that his family was willing to contribute much, much more than they did.

    I really strove to keep costs down for their sake!

    Post # 15
    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    At first I had buyers remorse over our TTD shoot on our honeymoon.  But after seeing the photos I am in love and can’t believe I ever did regret it.

    One thing I wish I had spent less on was the food.  We paid an insane amount per plate and I wish I had spent that on my guests instead of their food!

    Post # 16
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I feel like we did a good job on our budget, and like the wedding was really great.  We loved every minute of it.

    But shortly after we got back from our honeymoon we had a falling out with our landlord and decided to start looking at houses, a year earlier than I expected.  Now I’m thinking about how great it would be to put all that money to a house instead…

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