(Closed) What put you over budget? Do you regret it?

posted 7 years ago in Recaps
  • poll: Do you regret going over budget
    I didn't go over : (7 votes)
    12 %
    I went over and I am glad I did : (23 votes)
    40 %
    I was over and It wasn't worth it, I should have cut more : (6 votes)
    10 %
    I am still planning and already over : (22 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    350 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I didn’t go into debt but I did go overbudget. The dress was overbudget, the flowers, the photography, and hair and makeup artists services.

    But I definitely do not regret it.  Just make sure you cut yourself off at a certain point or prioritize where your money is going.  The flowers, dress, and photography were the 3 most important parts of the day that I had to pay for.  I allowed myself to splurge there because I saved a lot in other areas. 

    Post # 4
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our original budget was $20000, but we will probably be closer to $22000. My dress and our venue put us over, but I don’t regret it. We are still trying to cut back on some things to bring it closer to 20000 so we have more money for the honeymoon.

    EDIT: We will not be going into debt for the wedding. At the rate we are saving, we will save well over our original budget amount. Anything leftover will go to our honeymoon or the beginning of our savings for a house downpayment.

    Post # 6
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    What put you over budget? Do you regret it?

     The wedding. No.
    LOL! The whole thing is costing well over what we invisioned spending. I don’t regret it, though, because going into it, we had no idea what to expect to spend. It’s still a little more than five months out, and I know things will only go up, but it is what it is. We won’t go into debt over anything, but still. Sheesh are weddings expensive!

    Post # 8
    538 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Weddings are crazy-expensive! Anything with the word “wedding” anywhere near it cost three times what it would cost normally…. *sigh… It was definitely a sticker shock when I first started planning… We wanted to keep it at $15k, but we’re closer to $20k…. Hopefully since there’s only a few more days to go, we can keep it at that! lol… Our big budget-buster was actually reception decor (my mom went crazy with the theme). My dad was shocked at the price of photographers, too… 

    Post # 9
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our original budget was $5,000. Our total is more around the $7500 range. We haven’t gone into debt for it, because our parents have paid for it all and we are really really happy and appreicative about that! What sent us over budget? Not knocking down the guest list…so paying for extra people to eat. Getting 2 dresses, one I bought myself the other (the one I’m wearing) my Future Mother-In-Law bought. + alterations. 2x since the first alterations were bogus and I got ripped off basically. I think though overall we did a really great job at staying close to our budget. We are having a really nice wedding, but a lot was DIY too, which saved on some aspects, and some we “splurged” on like food. 

    Post # 10
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @anotheroneofmany: HELLO DATE TWIN! 😀 

    Post # 12
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @anotheroneofmany: AHH  I KNOWWWWW! 😀 

    Post # 13
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I am still 6 months out, but I initially wanted to keep the budget at ~$20K total. I later realized that was a bit too much optimism, and a bit of cluelessness of what weddings actually cost. I think we will wind up closer to $25K.

    Things that put us over: adding videographer which I thought I didn’t want, and changed my mind, flowers are way more than I ever thought they would be, losing deposit on original photographer (long story, I have other threads about it), adding a partial wedding planner which I never thought we would need, and details like ceremony flowers and reception decor like table linens, etc.

    ETA: Thought we went over budget in the sense it was more than I wanted to spend, we absolutely have NOT gone into debt over it. I just don’t see any reason to go into debt over a wedding. If I didn’t have the money, I would be cutting things left and right!

    Post # 14
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Our original budget was $15,000, and we ended up at $17,250, so I think we did okay. We were pretty frugal in a lot of areas, so I felt like we were more justified in our splurges. We paid for everything in cash and cut back in a lot of areas (e.g. not having a florist, printing our own invitations, small photography package, using the synagogue hall instead of a hotel, etc.)

    We picked a few big (and admittedly expensive) non-negotiables: live band, full sit-down dinner, open bar. It was absolutely worth it! So many people have told us our wedding is the most fun wedding they’ve attended. I think it helped that we splurged on things our guests would enjoy instead of on personal indulgences and details that only we would notice and care about.

    By far the biggest splurge was our colored uplighting. I agonized for weeks over this–it cost as much as our live band! It was honestly the best decision, though. I think I’ve gotten more comments on our lighting than on ANY other thing from our wedding.

    Post # 15
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I went over budget and I should have spent more. I wish I had hired a videographer and live music for the ceremony. We could have afforded them (in cash), but I let Mr. LK convince me that they were not necessary. When the music got totally effed up during our ceremony I was definitely regretting the IPod route. And I wish there was film of teen LK giving a toast that made everyone cry. Mr. LK promised to give our flip cams to 2 people for recording. He didn’t, and we have no video of the day. Those are moments I can’t get back.


    Post # 16
    10714 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Our budget doubled and may even triple by the time were through. I though $5000 would cover everything but we quickly hit $10000 and still have $5000 left in payments. I may have been able to keep the cost below $7500 but people keep telling me this would look better than that or you have to have this and you have to invite them… it’s quickly become a more elegant event and a bigger number of people to feed and no longer are the days of us trying to figure out whose cooking what- we broke down and hired a caterer. I won’t know until the days following if I regret anything or if it was all worth it but I’m trying to keep an opened mind with a one day wedding that costs more than I made in a year previously. lol We went from no flowers to real flowers, simple centerpieces to pretty detailed ones, friendors to vendors (for peace of mind), cupcakes to wedding cake, diy food to catering, 90 person guest list to 130… and so many many more.

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