Wedding Costs: YOLO

invest in the experiences


I must confess…I sometimes feel I am a disappointment to all that is budget-savvy. Though I've been praised by my mother for my budget-savvyness, it's a tough world out there. When I came up with my budget, I'll admit to you: I had NO CLUE what some things would cost.

I've saved plenty in some areas with others being a little more costly. The tuxes, catering, vendor tips, and gifts were some costs I didn't see coming. How was I supposed to know a tux rental would cost as much as my bridesmaids' dresses?

I'm sure you've seen those lists…they're all over the Internet. “10 Costs Brides Forget About” and yada yada. I really hate those lists…I thought they were full of bologna at first. I know I may need wedding dress alterations; I also know I'll have to tip my vendors. So what of it?

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Some costs can be unexpected. It happens. But I wanted those really cute dress socks for the guys. So I bought them. Yes, I splurged on a nice hotel for our wedding weekend, and I also splurged on a pretty awesome honeymoon (more on that later). It'll be a great way to celebrate together, and we're making memories.

I've spent time wondering if it's the best move because “It's so much money!” or “We didn't budget for this!” But the way I see it, this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and you might as well invest in the experiences that will be what you remember years from now.

Anyone else thrown budget-savvyness to the wind on occasion in their planning process?

What have you done to get yourself back on track?

Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.Β 

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