When I did the last post of our wedding budget break down, I thought of the things I would do differently. The one thing that I noticed is that the budget can quickly go out the door if you don’t keep track of the things that you spend money on. And the small things are the budget breakers!
There were a few purchases that I regret. For example, I bought two pairs of shoes that I thought would make great wedding shoes, but I ended up wearing old shoes that I love and planned on wearing from the beginning. Oops!
Don’t get me wrong, I was adamant to keep within our budget, I checked the budget regularly and we paid for the wedding in cash. I am super proud of ourselves for this. We even had money over and we are planning to use it for the honeymoon!
One thing that I regret is that I didn’t keep track off is the small items. For instance, the stamps for the invitations that I posted. I did in a way keep track of them, but I didn’t put the receipts into my wedding binder. If I look hard enough for the receipts, I will find them.
I also ordered things from Aliexpress, and I didn’t make a note of how much it cost. Aliexpress uses USD currency and the exchange rate changes all the time, so I am not sure what I paid for the items at the time. I know it was so inexpensive though that it couldn’t have broken the bank!
I loved my wedding binder, you can see how I put it together in this post, but one thing that I regret is the size. The large A4 binder made it difficult to take everywhere with me. I did take it with me most of the time or sometimes left it in the car if I traveled. But I really wished that I made it in an A5 binder or a book. That way I could’ve just put it in my handbag and take it where ever.
There are a lot of pages in my binder that I didn’t use. Which feels like a waste of paper now. But it did keep all of my information in one place and I knew exactly where to find everything. Which saved me a lot of time to not search through loose papers!
Another tool that I didn’t use is my phone! My phone is always on me, so I should’ve used it as a budgeting tool as well. I could’ve put my small purchases on my note-keeping-app. It wouldn’t have taken me 2 minutes to do that!
Tips for keeping your wedding budget in check:
So if I could give my past self some advice it will be:
- Get a smaller binder that fit in your handbag;
- Have another file or binder where you file other information (for example quotations; ideas for the wedding);
- Update your budget every day, or as often as you can (this one is just a reminder)
- Make a note (in a notebook or on your phone) of small purchases if you get home or put the receipt in the binder immediately;
- Make a note if you purchased something online, or print out the receipt to put into the binder.
- When paying cash, ask for a receipt.
- Take the binder/planner with you even if you think you don’t need it.
A few months ago I discovered Alexa Lily, an online shop that sells beautiful planners. And what blew my mind is that they already had a pretty Bridal Edit Planner! This would have saved me so much time and it is the perfect size to put into my handbag! It is basically my binder that I made for myself, just better! So kudos to them for making such an incredible planner!
I don’t regret making the binder at all. It was a lot of fun and I will treasure it always. It is now memory binder, keeping all the wedding planning alive.
This post will be bringing my wedding journey to the end. Now that the wedding is over, both Wiehann and I are so much calmer and are enjoying married life. One doesn’t realize how much stress comes with planning a wedding. But like I said, I wouldn’t have changed anything of our wedding day for the world! I loved every moment of it!
Till our next coffee, Keep it classy!