3 Wedding Budget Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

top 3 wedding budget mistakes brides don't know they're making

I don’t need to tell you weddings are expensive. You’re regularly exposed to studies, pins and infographics telling you that the average price of weddings is hovering around 30K.

And even if you have a little more to spend on your destination mountain wedding, money isn’t infinite. You’d prefer not to blow your budget, even if it’s $70K or more.

Here are the top 3 wedding budget mistakes that practically guarantee you’ll go over budget.


1. Not creating a cushion

Remember this post where I talked about hidden wedding costs? Yeah, well, wedding planners and experts alike caution that weddings often cost up to 20% more than what a couple originally plans to spend. So if you’ve budgeted $50,000 for your destination mountain wedding, 20% is an extra $10,000! Your $50,000 wedding just became a $60,000 wedding.

2. Not counting “here-and-there” purchases.

Think of all those little purchases at the craft store. Some ribbon here, card stock there, oh, and those bottles! They’d be a good DIY project. Or how about those toe clips you bought on a whim for your wedding shoes? Or maybe you picked up some colored sand on sale for your ceremony. All those little purchases add up, and if you don’t keep track of them, they could cause you to blow your budget in a big way. You should account for every purchase in your wedding budget spreadsheet. A ten-dollar purchase here and twenty-dollar purchase there can really add up.

3. Pulling out the credit card.

Unless you’re like my in-laws who put EVERYTHING on their credit card to collect airline miles, but pay off the full balance each month, do not go into credit card debt to bankroll your wedding. With the associated interest and fees for carrying a credit card balance, you could add thousands of dollars to your wedding costs and take years trying to pay it off. At best, you could be bickering about this wedding for years as you struggle to pay off your the debt from the largess of one day. At worst, you won’t be able to put a down payment on your first house or you may not be able to provide your children with everything you want to give them because of those never-ending wedding bills.

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Christie Osborne
Christie Osborne has lived in or visited every mountain range in the US. Once a mountain bride herself, she's dedicated to helping mountain brides plan their weddings and find the perfect vendors. She's known in the blogging world for her no-nonsense attitude, and she loves to ski. Follow Mountainside Bride on Twitter Facebook and Pinterest.
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  1. says

    John and I have been talking about switching up our monthly budgeting and putting everything on our Amex to rack up some serious airline miles–honeymoon flights, anyone?

    • says

      It’s a great idea only if you can pay it off every month ;-)

  2. says

    Great tips! Tracking every single purchase is so important. I’ll admit that I didn’t do this well when I get married, but it’s so important!

  3. says

    Good tip, I never thought about having a little extra money for things that may come up.