(Closed) WAY over budget….

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You’ve covered 3 of the 4 biggest expenses  – and you’ve already got a grip on the 4th (food/drink). You can easily eek out the rest of your wedding expenses with some careful budgeting and DIY.

Don’t worry. You can still do this. It’s just breathtaking to spend that much money. 

Post # 4
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2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well at least you have your 3 top items for the wedding.  I would say, yes, you spent a lot for just these few things but you can still have everything on budget by bargain hunting for great deals on the other things you need and by DIY-ing a few elements to save even more. 

My entire wedding budget is around $5000 so I couldn’t imagine spending it all on just 3 things LOL. 

Post # 5
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2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Your major expenses are paid off. Research other food/drink options to see if you can bring the cost of that down any. Either way, you’re still coming in under budget.

Post # 6
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1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Typically, food, drinks, and venue will be half of your budget. But in your case it sounds like more? I’m guessing you splurged on a photographer and dress, and like you said, it was your choice and you are willing to spend it.

In my case, the catering and venue rental was the most expensive category, coming in at 45% of our overall budget. Next was photography. 

Brunch wedding receptions are coming back in popularity for cost effectiveness, and it lends a lovely, daytime feel. Maybe you could do that? Although, it you are already budgeting $7k, you should be fine. Our catering is coming in around $4500 now, for limited wine, unlimited tea, coffee and soda, appys and desserts for 100 ppl.

At this point you just need to resist any shred of dress regret and you’ll be fine! the fact that you are a year out and already paid almost half your budget is good. Eases the pain to spread it out….

Post # 7
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You actually didn’t spend a ton on photography or location, so I wouldn’t worry about it. Sounds like you’ve got a handle on it all!

Post # 10
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4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you tried the knot’s budget tool? It tells you the amount you should target for each line item based on your budget.  It might help you.

Post # 12
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2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Southerngirl4234:  You should be able to change the amount in the box to the right on the budget tool, then click “update” near the top and it will recalculate. I had to do this a few times for things as some things came through under budget and others over. 

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