(Closed) Surprised by the price when we added it up

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did you spend more than expected?
    Nope, we stuck to the plan/budget : (13 votes)
    9 %
    No way! We're coming in UNDER budget! : (17 votes)
    12 %
    Just a little : (45 votes)
    31 %
    Things really added up... We spent significantly more than expected : (49 votes)
    34 %
    We didn't have a budget, or a price in mind : (11 votes)
    8 %
    I dont know... and we're paying : (6 votes)
    4 %
    Somebody else paid/is paying and we haven't discussed this : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had the same revelation after our wedding.

    We planned the wedding over two years so I bought little things here and there.

    We really thought we only spent around $5000…then I added everything up and it was closer to $10,000!

    Luckily for us we did get some good cash wedding gifts, and our IL’s paid for photography. I will say that spreading the cost over 2 years really helped too. It didn’t feel like we spent that much. lol

    Post # 4
    Member
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yeeep.  We spent only a little bit more than we planned – IIRC, we aimed for 11-12,000 and came in at 13-14,000. But I was shocked at how easy it was to get that high, even without paying for a venue (we did it at my mom’s house) and with a small guest list (~60).

    Post # 5
    Member
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We were thinking we could keep it around $7,000, but the way its going it will be about 15-16,000.

    Post # 6
    Member
    9145 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    It’s a budget.  We set up costs for each item based on the overall budget and what was important and we didn’t spend a penny more than what we had budgeted.

    Post # 7
    Member
    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We set a budget at the beginning but that has gotten way out of control.  I also think I’m at the point where I don’t even care about cost because I just want everything to be taken care of!  Terrible mind set but I am ready for this wedding to happen and want to be done stressing about it.

    Post # 8
    Member
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We were actually under, our budget was 10K and we came under 8K – however our  budget did not include our rings or honeymoon. Although “wedding related expenses” we didn’t see it as part of the actual “wedding budget.”

    Post # 9
    Member
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We were hoping for $15k, but spend more like $25k.  So def blew ours. It is crazy how everything adds up!  

    Post # 10
    Member
    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Before I sat down and figured anything out, I thought I could do this for ‘around’ $10K easily.  When I finally created a spreadsheet and estimated a cost by item, it grew to about $15K. 

    At last check, our budget is $19K and FI and I are trying REALLY hard to cap it at $20K. 

    So, between the time I first started thinking about budgets and now, it’s doubled!  Eeeek!

    Post # 11
    Member
    3302 posts
    Sugar bee

    I blew mine a bit but that was after we wrote everything down and figured it all out. I thought it would be no more than 15K minus honeymoon and rings. Now we are looking at alittle over 20K, especially since we may add back in some stuff we took out like videography.

    Post # 13
    Member
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    YUP! We didn’t have a firm budget, just a number we wanted to stay around. But when we looked at vendors if we loved them and could pay their fee then we would booked them even if they were over the “budgeted” amount. We ended up being 40% over our “budget”. But the final number was closer to what I had realistically expected to pay for our wedding. (this doesn’t include the rings, or honeymoon).

    Post # 14
    Member
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    we’re having a destination wedding and we thought that it was going to be a lot cheaper…it’s not THAT much cheaper

    Between our attire, the ceremony, reception, our tickets, fiance’s brother’s ticket, hotel, car–we’re spending almost 10k. That’s not counting all of the little extras or my engagment ring or our wedding rings.

    Post # 15
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    4153 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We came in under budget due to a couple factors.  My MIL bought our flowers which saved us about $1800.  And our venue forgot to charge us for our ceremony room which saved us $750 😀  Our budget for the wedding (not including HM and rings) was $13,000, and we came in under (can’t remember exact #)

    Post # 16
    Member
    937 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Yep! We are having the same problem now. We budgeted and estimated for $10k when we initially started planning. However, it looks like it will be about $13k-14k in the end. There were, obviously, some items that we didn’t account for when we first did the budget. Now, my spreadsheet is a little terrifying.

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