Post # 1
Budgeted 20k but now looked like we’ll spend 24k. Hopefully this number doesn’t keep creeping up.
forgot about taxes and tips!
will need more accessories $$$ than planned since I picked a plain but beautiful dress.
need to pay extra per invite for stamps cause envelopes are nonstandard.
Post # 3
@vegas: Sorry to say, but if your wedding is more than a year away, I would not put it passed you to make it to the 27-30k range. So many things come up in the few months and weeks before the wedding.
My original budget was 3k, then I realized that was NEVER going to happen, so I upped it to 5k, then 6k, and finally I ended up at just under 6.5k. That was DOUBLE my original budget.
There are so many things that creep up, like extra decor you forgot about, or shoes, or nails, or hair, or that vendor you forgot to tip etc etc etc…
Post # 4
@MrsSkeletonKey: wow I hope not. Yuck. I am trying to cut back on some parts now so I can be closer to my original number.
i budgeted 500 for a dj but now it looks like I should just iPod it lol.
Post # 5
I guess I sort of went above my budget.
Orignally, we wanted a very simple wedding.. but.. as time went on we both decided we should just go all out – not CRAZY, but have the moderate wedding of our dreams.
We estimate everything to cost around 20,000 with honeymoon, we’re currently at the 4k mark [what’s been spent]. It’s looking like we’ll fall under 20,000 so hopefully we’ll be okay!
Post # 6
Agree with the first post – there WILL be things that come up. That said, it is your wedding and each decision is up to you. There is a really good book I read called “Practical Weddings” that helps put all of this into perspective. I very much recommend this book.
Post # 7
@vegas: $500 for a DJ! They are way more here. I don’t think we ever had a budget. We just watched what we spent. We did have some sort of budget. My parents are paying for the venue and it ended up going over by 2k but my parents were ok with that. And my parents paid for my wedding dress and that went $3 over budget lol which was ok.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I think my problem is that my “budet” is really more of a fantasy. Ha ha!!! I haven’t paid a thing yet. But I know I’ll be over budget by the end. 🙁
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
So far we’re staying very close to on budget. There are a few things I overlooked when planning out the budget too. As OP mentioned, taxes and tips when taken into account added up to a lot more than I thought. Also, certain expenses like renting chairs for the ceremony, I did not factor in delivery, set up, take down – and the fact that an evening ceremony would be considered outside of normal buisness hours which then costs overtime for certian set up/take down fees.
Post # 10
We went wayy over budget, oh well. We budgeted $30K and actually spent about $45K. I agree with some other bees – if you wedding is still a year away, you will probably go more over budget than you think. Those “little items” add up very quickly. For example: I budgeted for my dress, shoes, hair and makeup but didn’t think about/budget for my jewelry, mani/pedi, alterations, veil, undergarments… There are so many little things you don’t think about!
Post # 11
If your wedding date is correct, your wedding is more than 22 months away. You should be able to back the truck up a bit and reprioritize so you can stay within budget.
Post # 12
I’m a crazy person about budgeting and finances. I don’t want to waste money on a wedding to begin with, let alone one I can’t truly afford. I follow my Excel sheet to a T.
OP, there isn’t much you can do about stuff you forgot about but there is no reason it has to creep any higher. You’ve got time to source deals and there’s no reason you can’t stay on track!
Post # 13
@MrsSkeletonKey: I’m the the same boat. I foolishly thought I could get everything and pay for everything with 3k … well I fell off my chair when I saw the cheapest venue/caterer was 4K to begin with, for our 50 guests. But, the price includes other stuff such as music fees, cocktail hour with signature drinks, whole set up and clean up of the room by the staff, table numbers, 4 course dinner of terroir food, menus printed, tableclothes.
Right now I’m hoping to stay around 5K or less, but it could eventually go up to 6 or 6.5K like you (not including honeymoon, and we probably won’t have one, unless our guests are very gerenous and surprise us with a few K ! But we do not take it for granted, we prefer not to book anything and see what happens, in the worst case we’ll be traveling for our 1rst anniversary and therefore, will have a whole year to save and pay a more expensive, longer trip to Europe).