Going over the budget.....

When I began this planning process we decided on a $15,000 budget then after seeing the things we wanted to include and the type of wedding we wanted we decided that $15-20K including our honeymoon was decent.


It seems I go over this repeatedly and constantly. We have recently decided we want to take a 14 day honeymoon. We want to visit Hawaii (where my FI is from), Cancun and Thailand.


Going over the budget I have found things I could live without, things I could do differently to make cheaper. I have decided to use Dressilyme.com for my wedding gown. I've researched them and I can get the dress of my dreams for $300 as opposed to $1000. The things I've decided I can't live without is a wedding coordinator and a photographer for pictures and videos. These two items alone come to a total of.....$4200 OUCH! At the end of the night we are having a pyrotechnic company do fireworks at $750 for the display we want but I can also take this down to $500 but I don't want to cut it out completely.


Am I the only one who obsesses over the budget and redoes it over and over again??? Like my numbers will be any different if I do it once or 100 times.

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:00 am
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I didn't start off with a budget at first because I didn't know how much things cost. Once I started to find out, I immediately decided what I could cut cost on and what I couldn't live without. I always tell brides to have a SPLURGE, which is something you absolutely can not live without and then STEALS, things you can cut cost on or do without all together.  Your splurge is definitely your photographer, I can tell this means a lot to you so definitely do not cut corners in this area. If you did do $500 instead of $750, would that make a big difference in your budget or are you going to have to cut cost in other areas as well?


I didn't obsess over my budget trying to stay within it and not go over it, but I did cut some things out as I got closer to the day that aided in saving us money. Always remember at the end of the day, what matters the most is you marrying the love of your life! 

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:16 am
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I totally agree with you KimandByron! i have been cutting some areas in our budget as well to include a couple of more people to invite. for the honeymoon we are not even going outside the country , we will find a place here and then wait until our one year anniversary to splurge on a vacation of or our dreams :-) 

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:27 am
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the biggest way to save on the wedding costs is to keep your guest list to only the people you love most.  who says you have to invite your entire church or all of your relatives.  none of my cousins, aunts, or uncles went to my wedding.  i didnt have the money.  i wanted to have a wedding i was proud of that seemed lush without spending a ton.  i planned my wedding years in advance and knew i didnt want to spend a ton, so i watched a ton of tv on how to save on wedding costs.  after i learned all of this, i felt at ease knowing that i would be able to pull off the wedding of my dreams on a realistic budget.


although, in my wedding budget i did not include the cost of the honeymoon.  that was completely seperate.  we went on the honeymoon right after the wedding.  traditionally the brides parents paid for the wedding, the grooms parents paid for the rehearsal dinner, the groom pays for the brides ring and the honeymoon, and the bride pays for the grooms ring.  dh and i paid for our wedding and included the rings in the budget.  but we kept the honeymoon seperate.  for us the honeymoon is completely seperate from the wedding.  we didnt want to think of them as an unit.

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 8:52 am
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Krosa thanks for the information. I have two years to plan and I am doing it that far in advance for the same reasons you did. It's weird but we didn't want to include our rings in a budget. We of course have an amount in mind but we both think when we find the ones we will know it and the cost won't matter.


Originally when our budget was 15K we left the honeymoon off but since we said 15-20K I told him I thought we could pull it off and include the honeymoon in that amount so I am on a mission lol. I have tons of family members I could invite but I only communicate with them over facebook and they probably won't come anyway so I won't waste time printing them an invitation (that sounds awful)

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 9:10 am
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It doesn't sound awful at all, your day should be shared with your nearest and dearest.

Your plans are all looking great, I can't wait to see it all coming together
Posted on April 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

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