(Closed) Warning tales from an over-budget bride…

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Yeah, I blew our budget by 30% and it was so worth it. I paid for all of the cost overruns out of my own account and the only splurge I regret is the letterpress invites because they were not on as luxurious of a paper as I had thought they would be.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@UK Bride: Your budget is about the same as mine ($25K US, expect it’ll grow 10%).  I think the way people do it is to skip things like the band (we have none) or even use an iPod, skip the videography (we’re not going to have it), skip the booze (ok, we didn’t skip this), cut down on the wedding party and cut down on corresponding gifts, etc. 

Mostly what I tried to do was research everything that would go into the budget so I didn’t forget things like taxes or tips, so my budget was as accurate as possible.  Of course, then I overspent some in dress and it looks like I wildly underestimated photography costs (not yet booked).  But I just try to focus on saving in each purchase – negotiating the vendor, finding free coupons for getting photos of us printed, etc.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t really set a price point. But I know when I look back on it, it’s going to be stupid how much it cost. But oh well. I’m getting married to the love of my life.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re over budget. No debt/financial issues/loans at all, but the amount of $$$$ we’re dropping makes me feel guilty from time to time.

Let’s just say I’m hoping that I can come back here in a few months and repeat what lovekiss said; I blew the budget, but it was SO worth it!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we were thinking we would spend $46 K and cut it to $10K and will end up at $25K. sigh.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are sooo over the budget as well (like 35%)… and we are paying our apartment as well (we have been living together for a year now).  When the wedding / honeymoon is over, we will have like zeeero savings.  However, we like to think that things will work out in the end, and it is totally worth it. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We didn’t set a budget, but there are plenty of little things that I had never considered. Example:

– Flower girl’s basket ($30)

– Petals for flower girl to throw ($12)

– Table numbers ($50)

– Seating chart ($50?)

At the beginning of the wedding planning thing, I was sickened by how much money we were going to be blowing on one day. But as we progress I find more and more little things that I think will add to the day, and I don’t worry about the money side of things much.

I try to shop around heaps and find good deals, so I suppose the unplanned for items sort of get balanced out.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We met budget, but only just.

I am very *ahem* anal- so I think that helped when it came to budgeting.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Don’t feel bad, it’s your wedding day and you sound concious of your spending and sound responsible enough to tackle any overspending in an efficient way. After all, this day only happens once (supposed to anyway!)

 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

ha, reading what you wrote is pretty much what happened to me. i went from about $10K to $15K as a result. funny my dress alterations were also around $600 – insane!  i have had moments where i am ok with what we spent, other moments where i think it was insane.  but honestly, it was the big things not the little things that cost so much and those are the things i dont regret – like our private reception, photographer and honeymoon. there were lots of little things i could have cut when looking back, but in truth, it would not have saved a whole lot.  maybe it would have saved enough to get a $300 video of our ceremony though.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

but now that it’s water under the bridge, just enjoy the pictures – particularly of the stuff that you splurged on. 🙂 smile – it’s worth it!

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