Originally Posted by clgriffi7
So far the budget is about what I expected to spend but way more than what my fiance thought it would cost. He thought a DW would be about $10K - but he wasn't factoring in a lot of things. However, I am adding on a lot of nice to have items to the budget that will run up the price but that should make the time very special for friends and family. For instance I am budgeting about $1500 because I want to charter a catamaran for everyone.
We are planning on staying at the same resort for a few days after the wedding, but waiting to have a separate honeymoon around our 1-year anniversary. So even with my "extras", we will have enough money leftover from saving for the wedding to pay for the honeymoon. My fiance is freaking out at the total cost, but I just have to remind him that we have the money and that it will be okay.....
I agree, the FI thought we would be spending less but he had little basis for comparison. We are also thinking of chartering a catamaran which I explained was $1600 of our budget in addition to a separate outing for our bridal party.
I hadn't thought of the fact that our honeymoon costs are being bundled in with wedding costs. That's one way to help us rationalize what seems like a large bottom line. :-)