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Howdy, Readers, I’m Robin HitchDied, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be the newest Real Bride Blogger on the Broke-Ass Bride. I’m having a 200-guest wedding at a nice restaurant; but my traditional wedding doesn’t have the traditional Endless Fountain of Money to pay for the whole thing. Stay tuned every Sunday (say it in race track promo voice: “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!”) for updates on my adventures in throwing a big wedding without a big budget.
In wedding planning, as in life, staying within a budget requires keeping track of your spending. By “keeping track” I mean “obsessing over,” such that when you put a receipt in your back pocket and your tush heats it up to the point the thermal paper fades to illegibility, you shake your fist at the sky and cry out, “Nooooooo!” Because relying on your memory to determine the cost of those votive candles you just bought on super sale means rounding, and those 17 cents—or was it 71?—could make or break the balance of your budget.
Like many a broke-ass bride, I have an elaborate spreadsheet to monitor my wedding budget, the most terrifying cell of which subtracts what I have already spent to reveal the remaining funds in the budget. I see that Scary Cell when I lay my head on my pillow at night. With its dollar sign glowing in the dark like cat eyes.
But today I am going to face my fears and admit to Broke-Ass Nation that the number in The Scary Cell should probably be even smaller. Because there are certain wedding expenses I haven’t accounted for. And I need to acknowledge them, or this under-the-radar spending might torpedo my wedding budget.
Robin’s under-the-radar wedding spending (all figures approximate)
- Parking fees incurred in venue hunt: $12.50
- Public transportation fares incurred in venue hunt: $8
- Tolls incurred in wedding dress hunt: $9.20
- Gasoline fueling venue & wedding dress hunts: $30
- Cheap clear stamps that won’t stick to my acrylic block: $2.99
- Needle-nose pliers I broke in one day of work on wire bouquets: $8
- Bandages for pricked fingers while working on wire bouquets: $0.14
- Overpriced face cream purchased in a panic when I woke up the morning of our engagement shoot with flake-face: $25
- Extra bottle of conditioner I go through every month because I’m growing out my hair for the wedding: $5/month
- Clips and other accessories to help keep my longer hair under control: $14
Grand Just-scratching-the-surface total after ten months of engagement: $159.83. That’s more than chump change. It’s more than four times what we just spent on postage for our save-the-date cards.
As they say, the first step is realizing you have a problem. From now on, I will be more diligent about monitoring the miscellaneous spending I’ve been doing in the name of my wedding.
What are some of the lurking line-items in your wedding budget?