- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Bees, I need to come clean. Fiance and I are officially 7,500 pounds (UK) over our original target budget, putting us at a grand total of 17,500 pounds. I am feeling sick to my stomach at the expense. That’s a LOT. Our parents are happily paying for all but 1,000 of it, and we’re not in any kind of debt (or even rough financial situation) because of it, but the guilt over spending so much is eating me alive!
Can someone please tell me this is worth it? Are you married bees glad you spent the money?
Here’s what happened:
– we forgot to budget our wedding rings (500), our transport (300), my hair/makeup trials and day-of looks (215), jewelry (200), dress shipping and alterations (600, which is crazy since the dress itself only works out to costing about 800!), bouquets and bouts–a friend had said she’d do those and then backed out (230), and cake–groom’s mom backed out at the last minute (420). Girls, when you budget, DON’T LEAVE THE LITTLE STUFF OUT.
– we didn’t realize how expensive certain services would be, such as our photographer (1225), catering/venue (75/head for all-inclusive cocktail hour, dinner with booze, and evening buffet), thank you gifts for people helping out and wedding party (1132) and florist (1260). YIKES.
– we decided to “splurge” on things without having calculated aforementioned absurd expenditures. Splurges include uplighting (500), letterpress invites (500), Out of Town bags (200), and nice chairs (350).
As I said, I now feel sick to my stomach. Can someone pretty please tell me this is all worth it? I just keep looking at our total expenditure and want to weep.
Did this happen to anyone else?