(Closed) what do you “count” in your wedding budget?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1850 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

When I think of a wedding budget I guess I just think of what is used specifically for the day. I don’t count rings or the honeymoon in the budget but pretty much everything else on your list I would count as wedding budget:)

Post # 4
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

That’s a pretty great list. I can’t see anything that you forgot. You are much more organized than I was 🙂

Post # 6
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had my “day only” budget of 15,000 but tracked everything remotely related to the wedding in an excel spreadsheet.  Wedding magazines, a mileage rate on my car every time I drove to the venue, the binder I bought to hold all the wedding stuff…

Our all inclusive budget including my e-ring, wedding bands and honeymoon was 28,000.

Post # 8
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My “budget” includes mostly just vendors.

It looks like this:

Photographer: 3300

Venue: 900

Catering: 2700

Florals: 600 (I know this is laughable, but I’m planning on DIY)

Coordinator: 500

DJ: 405 (this is what we are actually paying! Fiance gets a discount through his employer with our dj!)

Officiant: 300 (the going rate around here ugh)

Pretty much everything else is coming out of my “Allowance” or the rest of the cash we have weekly after we pay our bills. Some of that extra stuff includes hair, alterations, my dress, one of my bridesmaids dresses, our ceremony venue (only 50 bucks), our ABC license (only 50), hotel the night of, rings, hair, and decor. Luckily we’re almost done purchasing our decor and we can move on to taking care of some of the other things on the ETC list.

Post # 9
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my “budget” doesn’t include flights to dw, album, rings, or honeymoon. 

sucks you lost your first deposit on a photographer! hopefully it wasn’t too much!

Post # 10
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did not count the honeymoon, but everything thing else was included in the budget. Albums are part of our photography package, so we did count them. 

Post # 11
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m always really confused about this question. We are including everything in our budget- rings, honeymoon, everything. If we have to spend money, we have to put it in. But we can’t afford to spend more than the amount we have allocated for this event, so every expense needs to be accounted for. Not sure how people manage doing it other ways?

Post # 12
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m not counting rings and the honeymoon in my budget. I also have a wedding spending file that I add in the miscellaneous stuff. For example, samples for invitations, random yard sale acquisitions. I decided not to include wedding mags because it’s soooo embarrassing how much money I spend on those.

Post # 13
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

everything but our wedding bands, really.

but not the little things we pick up here and there

Post # 14
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not ‘counting’ things that I will wear/use again (blue shoes, rings, clutch) and not things like bridesmaid dress trip, or beauty prep things like facials, teeth whitening, mani/pedi and not craft stuff, like the gold pen I bought to write the Christmas cards (we included Save-The-Date Cards in the Xmas cards, but I counted the stamps)

Post # 15
116 posts
Blushing bee

For my budget and in my head, I’m tending to only keep track of the large ticket type items.  But, I know everyone and every situation is different.

Venue fee





Hotel Expense




I’m not including most little extras, etc. or the groom’s attire (re-wearable).  Nor am I including my pampering costs because I frequently do spa and salon appointments.  My paper expenses are also not significant.  And I don’t have transportation on the day because I’m planning at one location for the weekend of events.

Post # 16
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Anything that is specifically for the wedding is included in ours.  So the rings and honeymoon are not included.

I also didn’t include hair/makeup/nails since I will just pay for that the day of and isn’t something I need to order or reserve ahead of time with money.

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