mrsaj2b
Master October 2019

Whoa There Budget Buddy! Slow Your Roll!!

mrsaj2b, on September 30, 2019 at 9:15 PM Posted in Planning 0 40
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With a little under two weeks to go to our wedding day, we are just about done paying for the wedding. Since I am the keeper of the budget I have seen it all including the moment it all went astray. LOL! I've been trying to reign it in but once out of the gate the budget just took off left.

So now as the last checks are cut and all is said and done...drum roll... we are

$10,000 OVER BUDGET. **Sigh** I tried. I really did try.

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The good: Venue, Baker, Videography, Invitations, Bartender, Officiant

The bad: Photography, Catering, DJ

The ugly: Event design (my venue is a blank slate - we had to bring in EVERYTHING!)

The HM has its own budget so excluding from here.

So were you under or over? If over, what got you? If under, what didn't get you?



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  • Courtney
    Rockstar December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    If everything goes the way we hope it will, we'll be $5k under budget.

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  • Melle
    Champion June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I was $1.2k over budget. It was stuff like upgrading our menu and buying extra alcohol that really tipped us over but those were worth it
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  • W-K
    Super October 2019
    W-K ·
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    My original budget was $1,000. We’ll probably come in about $500 over once everything is said and done. I think what put us over are just little things I didn’t take into consideration originally. And we decided we could afford a honeymoon suite for the night.
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  • Megan
    Expert October 2019
    Megan ·
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    We landed WAY under, but that's thanks to our families. We set ours at $10,000 but landed at about... $7,000.

    Pros: My FMILs gift to us was her decorating the ceremony and reception and doing all the bouquets (she does this for a living). My dad who built our arbor specifically for us.

    The Good: Photographer, DJ, Caterer, Dress (not including alterations) all came in under budget.

    The Bad: Invites, Venue, Chairs for ceremony (all came in slightly over budget)
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  • Erin
    Dedicated October 2019
    Erin ·
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    We’re a little under 3 weeks away and it looks like we’ll be around $5k over budget, so not too bad. Catering was more than anticipated but we’re also having a lot of food, so it’s worth it. We’re also paying for the boys Airbnb for the weekend. I’m so ready to be done with all the details and just enjoy the weekend.
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  • N
    Dedicated April 2020
    N ·
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    Sigh. We are 6 months out and already over budget and having to rethink our venue. Main problem is we can’t get our guest count confirmed. Having everyone come from out of state and aren’t getting too many definitive yes and no’s this early out. Our venue has pretty drastic increase in F/B mins for the larger rooms and it’s looking like we’ll be over the max allowed in the smaller room (max of 60) but only by 10-20. But the larger room is intended for weddings of 200. So we may end up with some very expensive leftovers come April🤣
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  • Karen
    Devoted April 2020
    Karen ·
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    We're trying to keep it at 14k (without counting my dress which will come out to be about 8k with alterations) but it seems to me like we will over budget anyways ☹
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  • L. Madhak
    Expert October 2020
    L. Madhak ·
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    So far, I'm maybe $1000 over what we initially planned. For us, it was just a bunch of little things we forgot are needed. We doubled the budget when it came to our wedding bands, but was money well spent.
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  • Chelsea
    Expert April 2020
    Chelsea ·
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    Well we originally planned one budget, ended up significantly upping that budget, but we’re still going to be like $2-5k over not counting the honeymoon.
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  • Rebecca
    VIP August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    We didn't set an exact budget, just went for a ballpark.

    We stayed right around where we wanted to be, give or take a couple hundred. It helped that we went with fake flowers, little decoration, and I got my dress on MASSIVE sale.

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  • Laura
    Rockstar October 2019
    Laura ·
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    Our venue is a blank slate as well...I know i'll be over the budget my FH set. he actually thought it could all be done for 1500 LOLOLOLOL

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  • R
    Expert September 2018
    Rachel ·
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    Wow, $10k over?!? Fortunately it sounds like this isn’t a serious issue for you, for some this would be devastating. Did you set a realistic budget to begin with? I remember we naively thought we could pull it off for $x until we started connecting with vendors and getting quotes then we realized our initial number was totally off.
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  • K
    Dedicated October 2019
    Katherine ·
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    I think it all depends on what your budget was and what you wanted to accomplish with that budget.

    I saved on photography, alcohol (bringing it in ourselves), invites, decor and planning myself, and catering (found a terrific caterer who was also inexpensive)

    I went over my dress/shoe budget (originally 800) by 1600. Mostly by being indecisive.

    Overall, I’m probably over budget by 1k.
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  • Sarah
    Devoted October 2020
    Sarah ·
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    10k! Holy Toledo! I've been really, REALLY trying to stay in budget but I keep seeing things I like that are just a ~little~ over and thinking "Itll be okay if I go over on this one thing, right?" Except it's not one thing. It's everything. Smdh
    Heres hoping I keep it kinda under control!
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  • Valencia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Valencia ·
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    Sounds like my FH... he said 2000.... I had to shut that down immediately... lmao
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  • Valencia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Valencia ·
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    We never really set a firm budget... After getting a quote on the venue, I set the budget around 15K... that doesn’t include HM, paying on that separate... my venue will be the big ticket item and I’m DIYing majority of the wedding... i don’t plan to go over budget BUT I think if I do it will be due to video/photos...
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  • Watts
    Super March 2020
    Watts ·
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    Ours is the exact same. It was 60 guests or pay for 200. I decided to go with a Thursday night and the 60 guest room to save money. It sucks to take people off the list but when I started really paying attention, those people didn't really talk to me too much anyway.
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  • Taylor
    Rockstar October 2020
    Taylor ·
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    We are WAY over what our original idea was. We said "We could do a wedding for $12k-$15k!" Then there was some disconnect in what the vision was. I wanted a NICE event and would have been fine cutting some people and making it more intimate. FH wanted a TON of people and was okay with the wedding itself being more casual. My thought process was, if we're spending that much on something it needs to be nice. SO we ended up incorporating both wishes. Our guest list is currently 262 and MOST of the details are to par with what I had in mind. This has caused our budget to also double. The goal is for it to be under $25k now. We have almost exactly a year to go. *facepalm*

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  • Ivy ORP
    VIP October 2019
    Ivy ORP ·
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    We should end up $1000 under but we had a really small budget anyway. We saved by skipping things that we could do ourselves or just didn't mean much to us. It meant I did splurge on a few small things, but once I felt I was starting to lose control of the spending I would mention some of the purchases I was considering to get feedback and a reality check.

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
    Cassi ·
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    Technically speaking on paper we were about $2500 over budget.... That being said a good chunk (about $4500) whats gifted to us from family for different aspects sooo we personally came in under our set budget... lol all about how you look at it lol!

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