(Closed) What are you not including in your wedding budget?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 2
894 posts
Busy bee

I didn’t include honeymoon or wedding party gifts. Our parents helped pay for the wedding and we wanted the gifts to be from us alone.

Post # 3
768 posts
Busy bee

Honeymoon and rings on ours

Post # 4
7650 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We didn’t include the honeymoon. We had a budget set anyways for our rings so we just added that in when we originally set up our budget.

Post # 5
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did not include my ring (I only had one that I got when we got engaged) or the honeymoon. I also did not include the cost of getting my wedding dress dyed after the wedding – never even thought of including that. I included just about everything else including beauty treatments, crafting supplies (glue, cutting board, printer ink, etc.), his ring, gifts to family and bridal party and friendors, food while getting ready, hotel room for me and my hubby, Welcome Dinner (after rehearsal), Farewell Brunch, shipping for everything, photo album (that I just made a year later…) and an estimate for our guest book tree that we still haven’t put together. I was compeltely anal about documenting every little cost. It really helped us stay where we wanted budget wise.

The honeymoon was a whole different story. Went overboard on everything and spent more than the wedding!

Post # 6
9565 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Rings, honeymoon, prints/album, gown preservation, rehearsal dinner dress, some DIY decor, bridesmaids gifts, grooms suit, pre wedding beauty/fitness stuff and teeth whitening lol.

Post # 7
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Not including any pre wedding beauty stuff (as most of it I would be spending money on anyway as part of regular routine) and not including flights to our “destination” 2 months before the wedding to meet with the celebrant and venue and to have a hair trial. Everything else is in there! 

Post # 8
9565 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Oh yeah, our flights hotels for the weekend, plus the times we must visit during the year for planning and our license. 

Post # 9
2504 posts
Sugar bee

I didn’t include things that I can just get with my disposable income that aren’t really necessary. I mean, I can buy invitations without needing to save for it but they’re kind of necessary so they go in the budget. But if I decide to buy jewelry or a special perfume I won’t count that.

We are paying for everything ourselves so we’re including just about everything.

The honeymoon, the rings, the license, gifts.

Post # 10
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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Kaylaa:  It looks like you are trying to fool yourself… Why are you doing this budget? Do you think you overspent and are having difficulties now?

Me and my husband counted wedding rings, certificates, honeymoon, … the whole lot when we talked about money spent. Everything that is out of your normal spendings.

Post # 11
211 posts
Helper bee

Wedding bands, honeymoon, bridal party gifts, gifts for our parents, gown preservation, outfits for wedding-related events (ex. rehearsal dinner), grooms suit, pre-wedding beauty, wedding jewelry, hair and makeup trials, hotel suite for the wedding night, and flights back home for bridal showers.

Post # 12
969 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Kaylaa:  we have an overall “budget” and an actual wedding “budget”. I use quotes because it’s not a list of amounts we have to stick to just a list of what we guessed things would cost so we had a ball park figure to set aside to pay everything off upfront. In our overall budget we included rings and honeymoon, dress, shoes, thank yous, makeup etc. But for the wedding “budget” itself it just lists day of stuff or stuff directly tied to the event itself. My parents are helping out paying for different things too so this way we keep track of who is paying for what. My Engagement Ring was purchased by my Fiance prior to all of this and isint included at all. 

Post # 13
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My budget includes absolutely everything. I didn’t have an engagement ring and we had no honeymoon. I’ve tried to account for every penny spent not only on the day but after as well. E.g. I included the money we paid for a print out of a marriage certificate, new ID Card, etc.

I’m planning to do a budget recap soon after getting to do my wedding recap so that bees can see a different perspective from another country. I have to say budget recaps on here really helped me out a lot. Though I’m from a different country and continent than most bees here.


Post # 14
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Our budget includes everything that revolved around the wedding.

A breakdown of what our budget has :

  • Hair & Makeup
  • Bridesmaid Attire[this includes all Bridesmaid or Best Man attiel/jewelry/clutch and flowergirl attire]
  • Bride’s Attire [ring, dress, shoes, alterations, jewelry, clutch, undergarments, ect]
  • Groomsmen Attire [suit, shirt, vest, tie, shoes, cufflinks, ect]
  • Grooms Attire [ring, same as gm]
  • Bar [all alcohol, cups, napkins, stirrers, ect]
  • Bathroom Baskets
  • Drink Buffet [all dispensers, cups, water pitchers, ect]
  • Food Buffet [all food, condiments, serving supplies, plates, forks, knives, spoons ect]
  • Cake Table [cake, decor, cutter/server, ect]
  • Candy Buffet Table [all candy, vases/jars, tongs/spoons, plates, boxes ect]
  • Ceremony [all decor, flower girl basket, marriage license, sand ceremony, love letter box]
  • Cigar Bar [jars, matches, lighters, ash trays]
  • Cocktail Hour [all food & drinks]
  • Decorations [all uplighting, ceiling draping, venue decor]
  • Firepit [hay bales, firering, firewood, marshmallows, fire sticks, ect]
  • Flowers [all centerpieces, bouquets, bouts ect]
  • Gift Table [card holder & decor]
  • Gifts [all parent & attendant gifts]
  • Guest Books [one for ceremony, one for reception
  • Honeymoon
  • Late Night Snack [food, supplies]
  • Linens [all chair covers, tablecloths, runners, napkins, table skirts]
  • Misc [mainly for odd items that didn’t belong anywhere else]
  • Photobooth
  • Rentals/Vendors [ceremony & reception venue, officiant, dj, day-of help, bartender, photobooth attendant, & hotels that needed to be rented for vendors. Also includes tips.]
  • Stationary [all std’s, invites, programs, advice cards, menus, frames, escort cards, seating cards, and all signage]
  • Table Decor [candles, vases, chandeliers]
  • Rehearsal Dinner/Welcome Party [all food, drink]
Post # 15
1124 posts
Bumble bee

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thats super thorough; I love it! The only thing we have a separate budget for is the honeymoon but we have a specific budget for it. I just didn’t want honeymoon money to be taken away from for the wedding itself. 


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