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

posted 11 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.

    I wouldn't make major changes, but I would have cut back in a few areas.

    Wish I'd spent more - I wish I'd gone ahead with a few things that I cut out of the budget.

    I wish I'd spent a lot less - it would have been just as special on a much smaller budget


  • Post # 17
    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Then again, our budget came under 4K and it is hard to complain about that!

    Post # 18
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    It is weird, we did our weekend wedding for under 2K and that includes lodging for all of our 15 guests, but after all was said and done, we still wish we went to courthouse, had a friend do photos in a rose garden in town we love and did a dinner, night out on town with friends and family. I am very budget savy in all areas of life and even if it was our wedding, I was not wasting money I could put in savings and earn interest on. TO ME, In My Humble Opinion only, it is so not worth it. I know many people feel other wise, but I am having more fun with marriage then the actual wedding day and it went by way too fast. We still would have done the above if money was never an issue and had unlimited funds. I rather have my house we are building and buy nice things for that and save for our future and our future childrens future then spend elsewhere. But thats me bc I grew up with nothing and refuse to live life the way my financially irresponsible family did/does. Plus the strict budgeting and fast wedding planning really helped my DH and I communicate on all levels especially financially and while that is a huge area for arguments with most couples, we have a strong bond and are on the same page regarding our finances and we learned alot from each other planning the wedding.

    Post # 19
    2204 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would have changed the style and guest list of our wedding somewhat, but I’m happy with the amount of money we spent!  It’s significantly less than what I thought I’d be able to work with but we really planned something i was proud of with what we had!

    Post # 20
    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I actually voted to spend a little more. Throughout the entire planning process my now-DH was a little weary of some of things I wanted to spend money on. There were a few things that I decided to just cut out, not because I didn’t think it was in our budget or because we couldn’t afford it, but because he started saying it was beginning to look too much like a lavish wedding and he didn’t want people to be thinking that.

    There had never been a reception held at our venue before so neither of us knew how things would look until we set everything up the night before our wedding. A few things I wished I had spent some more money on:

    – MORE CANDLES! I bought tons of votives (216) online and ordered about 30 pillar candles (2 different sizes) as well. They made an effect but not as big of one as I wanted- since it was a 2-story ballroom the candlelight wasn’t as “va-voom” as I wanted because the space was so big.

    – A drape above the head table and drape as a backdrop for the arbor we married under… for a flowy effect! I considered this, even moreso for the ceremony location, but since we were already having a big flower arrangement over the arbor I thought it wouldn’t be needed. I wish I had done it… again, for a “va-voom” effect.

    – More appetizers! We didn’t make it to our cocktail hour but I guess they were eaten quickly! I considered this prior to the wedding but it was one of those things my DH said we “should cut out!” In fact, he wanted to cut out even more apps!

    – More vases! I ordered 448 garden and peony roses from FiftyFlowers.com and some carnations. I ended up with a tub-full of flowers leftover with nothing to do with… probably 100 I would say- they just went wasted. I thought more than 20 would fit in the centerpiece vases but since garden/peony roses are so big I couldn’t jam any more in there. Had I had more vases I could’ve made use of the flowers I had leftover and it would’ve been like a garden in there! 🙁

    – A day after session. We already had 2 hours of photographs but I wanted to have some pictures of us on a beach as well. We were married at a mansion in a garden and it was beautiful but I always wanted some beach pictures with just the 2 of us.

    – I would’ve spent a little more on my dress, too. I am not sure I picked a dress that was “made for me” and wish I would’ve kept looking…

    – Signature drink. We had an open-bar but no signature drinks. I wish we would’ve arranged something, I am not sure this even would’ve equaled MORE MONEY necessarily since we had a package; however, we probably would’ve had to figure something out for glasses as our caterer could only provide plastic cups since it was offsite (except for the wine glasses). Maybe mason jars? 🙂

    All in all, we still spent quite a bit, but that’s why I figure that if we already spent this much I wish I would’ve spent the little extra so I don’t have anything to look back on and think “we should’ve done that, too!”

    Post # 21
    900 posts
    Busy bee

    My wedding is a budget buster because my parents are hosting.  If I had it my way, we would have gotten the same nice things for the wedding, but had half the guest list, so the wedding would have cost less.

    My fiance and I also just bought a house and it needs so much done to it.  Sometimes I wish my parents had just given us the money they are spending towards the wedding and we could have eloped.  But this is one of those situations where this is really as much their party at this point as it is ours and this is what they want to do with the money and had always planned to do with the money.

    Post # 22
    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    If I had to do it again, knowing what I know now, I probably would have made it smaller and done it for less.  Although it’s hard to know how I would have done that other than smaller quantities.  Thank goodness I was really strict with our budget otherwise I might be regretting spending the money but as it was we came in just over budget.  (I think.  I haven’t crunched the numbers yet.  So much for doing my homework this weekend!)

    Post # 23
    1119 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I don’t have serious regrets about the money we spent for our wedding – the things I bought that we didn’t end up using/needing come to roughly $200. In the grand scheme of things that doesn’t sound like a lot, and I made some of it back by selling the items…but I still feel silly about it and whenever I’m in the grocery store I always end up thinking “that money could have covered this grocery bill”, or helped with the mortgage, etc.

    But as my husband liked to point out when necessary, I’m a bit of a tightwad – our wedding was nice and we got lots of great compliments on the decorations and food. I need to let that $200 go. 

    Post # 24
    937 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Our planned wedding budget was $3000. Our grand total was $4810.75. Not terrible, just $1800 over but when the original plan was $3000 and the total was $4800…. it’s kind of a big difference. Looking back on what was important (and what guests thought were important) I could have cut down my budget a lot. I bought way too much of everything, LOL!

    Post # 25
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

    Mine was perfect! Everything’s all paid off and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Post # 26
    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    In retrospect – I probably wouldn’t have made a whole lot of changes, but a few.  The amount probably would have been the same.

    Post # 27
    1098 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our original budget was $20k for a wedding for about 60 people.  We ended up doubling that amount plus more.  Ugh.  Oh well, it was a perfect day!

    We ran overbudget on:

    Photographer – our phototog was 4x our original budget but we really wanted her so….lol

    Wedding gown, shoes and accessories + alternations

    gifts for wedding party

    various details/decorations

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