How is your budget??
Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:29 PM
Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:48 AM
In all honesty, I have just begun having a blast planning this wedding. Prior to the last couple of weeks I had had so many dips in the planning that I had really regreted even having this wedding - I wished we had just had a planned elopement. And really this past week I was in full force bridal mode- trying to finish everything. I am so happy that I made it through my dip and am now in turbo planning mode.
I think that why I had my "scary" moment in regards to money is because it was sooo much at once, and not spread out over a few months. But, I've got it, and I'm not hurting financially, so I'm HAPPY!
Plus, I have a lingerie shower on the 12th! My MOH (and only BM) is coming in town from Boston - I can't wait!
Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:55 AM
We are still planning to do an AHR but it is more of a BBQ and the whole thing will be under 2k.
I am very budget conscious on a day-to-day basis which has helped us with planning the wedding. Poor Hiram has spreadsheets to consult for any major purchase, but he said he appreciates that our finances are in order. The last thing we want to do is start our marriage with a huge dollar-sign shaped cloud over our heads.
Like everyone else has said, I think it is a matter of picking the things most important to you and compromising or finding less expensive ways to do everything else.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:02 AM
Posted 30 June 2008 - 03:35 AM
I really didn't feel like we skimped on anything either; we just didn't do a lot of the extras such as DJ (we hooked up our laptop to the sound system), OOT bags, programs, etc, and we stuck with what the wedding package offered, nothing more, which was more than sufficient for us.
I kept track of everything we spent mostly because I was curious as to how much the whole thing would cost. We paid everything on cash, so I wanted to keep track of it all. It also helped that we anticipated for after-wedding costs.
I agree that you have to prioritize what's important to you and let the not so important stuff go. It was so easy though, to get sucked in to all the little details and want to have the best of everything. One of my moments was when I received my invitations and envelopes. I found the envelopes to be cheap-ish, made with thin paper, instead of that nice thick paper. I was going to go out and buy better quality envelopes, but then thought to myself, "Is it worth the extra effort and expense for ENVELOPES?! Are people going to really care? Or even notice? And even if they did notice and thought it was cheap to have thin envelopes, do I really care that they care? Not at all! I have more important things to think about. Use the freakin' envelopes and move on with your life, lol!" Not that envelopes would break the bank by any means, but these little upgrades here and there do add up, and you always want more! So yea, I had to say that to myself on a few occasions when I almost splurged for something unnecessary.
Honestly, what I remember from the day was not the centerpieces or favours, etc - it was sharing in the moment of marrying my love with our close family and friends.
Staying on budget felt really good too, lol!!!
Posted 30 June 2008 - 03:36 AM
I'm having way too much fun planning this!
Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:58 AM
Like we do in the rest of our life outside of wedding plans, FI picks up the big ticket purchases and I handle the details. It probably comes out to be the same $ amount, I just buy a little at a time.
All I heard last week was, "for someone who is so broke, you sure have a lot of packages coming every day". I just laughted and said "Yeah, but when you look back at your wedding day and see that it was the most beautiful day of your life, you'll thank me".
I have really cut a lot of corners and still got what I wanted. I haven't bought much that wasn't on sale. I've been planning since last year. The only big expense that I'm not backing down on is the cost of mariachi's for 45 minutes which is $600.
I am a planner by nature and planning so far in advance has really helped to catch some great sales!
Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:40 AM
Now that almost all of the planning is done and once we buy a few last minute items, our total is probably right around $30k. It is still cheaper than a wedding here in NY, so we really aren't too upset with going over budget.
Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:43 AM
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