If you total up the amounts of all the previous posts you get $10,543.62.
(As I said, I don’t consider E’s suit an actual wedding expense… so for the sake of argument I’m deducting that cost to give a total $10,213.62.) But think whatever you want.
We were hoping to spend around $10,000… but we went a little bit over. We wouldn't have been able to do it though without a generous gift from my parents which helped us cover our last-minute overages. It's all that stuff at the end you forget about- paying your pastors, gratuity, tax, etc that will get you.
In all reality, I had my wedding for way cheaper than I should have. Include the $2,000 I should have paid to my photographer, the $500-1000 more I could have paid for a band or DJ, tack on another $500-700 for a wedding cake if we actually bought from a baker, add the couple grand more using a professional catering company would have cost us, don't forget I only paid half for my coordinator and she didn't charge me for the labor to do the flowers- there's another $1,000 easy. Not to mention all the free stuff I got from contests and bartering. Yeah… so I went over my original budget… but I definitely still consider myself savvy. ?
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