(Closed) Wedding budget regret….

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@destinwed:  How much deposit would you lose? and how much more do you have to spend? Could you trim down the plans without losing ALL the deposits? 

I am definitely a big proponent on small less stressful weddings. I guess i’m just not that type of girl…. I don’t look back on my wedding and say “it was all worth it”…. I see stress, money and regrets. The ONLY good thing i got out of it was i’m now a MRS and i’m someones wife….. and that i could have gotten a lot easier. Its behind me so its whatever at this point but i wish i would have done things ALOT differently.

Post # 4
4173 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@destinwed:  You have to follow your bliss lady, and if you thought a big lavish wedding was the ticket, and realize now that it isn’t…you call those vendors and your parents and tell them that there’s a new plan, and that’s that. 

Just make sure this is what YOU want….and not because you feel guilty about it, not because your Fiance threw the kid factor into to…but because its what you want.

Post # 5
176 posts
Blushing bee

Honestly, this is the here and now… and if you spend too much time dwelling on the money. I can promise you, that’s what you will be thinking about during your wedding… and it really wont be worth it.

Relax and tell youself… This is your wedding. This is the chance you get to have a wedding. Years from now you will reflect on this as your wedding. You children/grandchildren will see pictures of your wedding. It’s a memory. And it may postpone kids for a bit. But kids will come and money will come back.. but this memory will be irreplaceable. Relax and enjoy. In a few years the money lost will be irrelevant.

Post # 6
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m unclear what, exactly you’re thinking about doing. Canceling the whole things and doing a JOP? Scaling back the invite list? Cutting some things and getting cheaper versions of some things? 

I’m all for going the cheaper route on most things. I approached each wedding cost with the question of “Is this really worth this much money”. Consequently, our wedding came in significantly under budget. 

On the other hand, I don’t, for one second, regret the money we spent on our wedding. It was important to me to celebrate with all my friends and family. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but for us it was well worth it. 

All that being said, you just have to decide if it’s worth it to you. Don’t let kids be some carrot that is dangling before you. But think about your finaces as a whole and your future life as a whole. And if it’s worth it to you to save the amount you could at this point, then there’s nothing wrong with changing your plans. 

Post # 7
1029 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You got pulled in to the idea that weddings should cost a lot of money…don’t get pulled in to the idea that you need to be rich to have a kid! Yes, it would be preferable to be financially stable and debt free.  No, you don’t need to enroll in Baby & Mom yoga, or have the 2000$ stroller, or the 20000$ college savings fund.  I have a few friends who grew up with a little less money (their mum cleaned houses, or they remember a time when the cupboards were empty, or they never went on fancy vacations), but they were raised in stable, loving homes and grew to be responsible adults.  As kids grow older, their needs eventually become more expensive, but it seems like you alreayd know how to budget and save.  


Post # 8
3162 posts
Sugar bee

@Nona99:  +1

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@destinwed:  I think it is kind of wrong for your Fiance to throw in the kid factor. Did he originally agree/object to the budget? It takes two to get married and he could have spoke up in the beginning. I think it’s kind of messed up to guilt trip you in any way about the money spent/could have had kids.

You two should talk and discuss expectations. Perhaps you can scale back and still have the destination wedding, and save some money. Then it will position you financially to feel more comfortable about having children.

Post # 9
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@destinwed:  I’m sure you’ve seen this floaing around Facebook, but this really came to my mind:


Top 5 regrets of the Dying



1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

To me that kind of answers it, “Do I do what feels good for my life or do I do what my family expects even though it makes me ill to think about it?”  You have to be true to yourselves in the end.

Post # 11
2453 posts
Buzzing bee

While I certainly don’t think you need a lot of money for kids, DH and I did scale back our wedding plans by 50%. Sure, it pissed off my mother (who expected a fancy wedding), but in the end…. giving myself more savings and a better financial life was way, WAYYYYY more important that a couple of hurt feelings.


That being said, I cut back on things that guests would not notice. A downgraded appetizer. Less flowers. Cheaper wedding programs. Few details. I kept the things that would keep the guests comfortable relatively the same. It does sound like you have some more tricky things with it comes to destination wedding. If you can be more specific with where you originally allocated money, we can help.

Post # 12
2453 posts
Buzzing bee

FYI, I read through some of your other posts. What you have envisioned for your wedding is NOT easy. Italy is easily much more expensive than many other parts of the world. My DH and I have collectively traveled to 60+ countries and we would not touch Italy unless we’re rich, we can go to Southeast Asia or South America on the same budget.

Paying for your guests airfare and lodging is beyond generous. And when you plan a destination wedding, the backlash you receive is the downside of a destination wedding. Think again about the kind of life you want, the kind of memories you want from your wedding and go from there. If you want everyone there, then I can see you’ll have some difficulties. If you’re happy with the people who can afford and choose to attend on their own volition, I think that is perfectly reasonable. I love, love, love my family. However, if it’s my own money at stake – and I’m just a super practical person – if a destination wedding is going to be hard on my finances, it’s not worth doing it. It’s not worth the stress. And you also have that sibling rivalry going on with your sister, it sucks, it does sound like all these factors are just creating difficulties for you.


Have the wedding you love, not the wedding that people expect. 


Post # 14
6386 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@destinwed:  Why not just elope to Italy and then have a casual reception when you get home?  That way your family won’t gripe about the travel and you can still have your wedding in Italy without breaking the bank.

Post # 15
3479 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@destinwed:  You’re paying to fly people to Italy…. then paying for them to lodge there? That is really generous of you but incredibly financially foolish. People can’t expect you to do that… unless you’ve already told them you are. 


If I were you I would not pay for any of that. This might mean people can’t attend but at least that way your guest list will much much smaller. Sounds harsh but you had to expect that going in, having a wedding in Europe. I’ve heard Italy is one of the most expensive places to travel these days. 


That’s probably the biggest way to cut down!


It’s all about priorities 🙂


Post # 16
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sorry to hear your going through this coming from a budget bride only spending 4k here i think doing all the diy stuff makes a wedding special knowing you put your own touch on it i mean if you have the money and want to spend it then thats fine but if your regretting it i would cut back and have a less expensive wedding to be honest even at my budget im getting pretty much all the things i wanted and the extra money we save can go towards thing for our future like kids in the end you shouldnt listen to what others what you need to do what you want!

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