@amglory89 Thanks, everyone! It was totally awesome, and I'd be happy to write a post about it once I get caught up on my sleep. I don't know if it's weird to share photos with people I don't know, but I love them so much. If you're interested in seeing a few, here they are: Me: http://bit.ly/109t7xe, http://bit.ly/ZhT7Mh Us: http://bit.ly/109tdou
I didn't do an estimate Friday because I was at City Hall tying the knot and kicking off a weekend of partying. It was wonderful, and I didn't even worry about the spend (though I did check all itemized receipts for accuracy). Here's a rough breakdown: $250- hairstyles for Friday City Hall ceremony and Saturday party $320- makeup artist for myself and my mom on Friday (mom paid $200) and myself on Saturday ($120 with tip) $200- 1hr rental of a 1969 checker cab to take us from a photography session in Central Park to City Hall on Friday $1500: Photographer and assistant for 4.5hrs (on top of a $500 deposit paid in January) Other wedding costs (paid out of husband's bonus, thank goodness) $35: Marriage license $60: Cabs Friday and Saturday $1750: Tasting menu dinner Friday night for 18 close friends and family members $600: Dinner Saturday night before cocktail party reception, 19 close friends and family members. Mostly the same people from Friday, with a few differences. $3350: Cocktail party for ~60 people at a swanky lounge, open bar, some food (hummus/pita and chips/guac). Includes tax and tip. Total for big events, excluding dress ($500 with alterations), rings ($5000, bought in Dec) and decor (~$200): $7,615. Worth every penny for an amazing weekend of celebrating our marriage.
I clicked back to my Friday estimate ($415) with trepidation, but I am amazed that I was only over budget by $1.21. And I found $21 on the street in the East Village, so I'm technically under budget. Here goes: Friday - My sister got an offer for a great new job that will get her out of her current crummy work environment. I am very proud and sent her some flowers to be there when she got home from work: $48 - Supplies for dinner guests on Friday: $59 (bought a new chunk of the good Parmesan and a few incidentals). Estimate was $40. Saturday, wedding odds and ends: - Cupcake toppers: $105, total cost $114 with tax - A sparkly gold box for holding our chocolate party favors: $20.63 - New daily-wear Smashbox eyeshadow from Sephora. I could not scrape any more out of my current one: $20.69 - Taking guests out on the town. Fiance generously covered my share of dinner, so I bought everyone pudding for dessert afterward: $29 - Found $21 outside a bar in the East Village around 1am, with nobody immediately around to claim it. I picked it up and will use it for cabfare for a friend who's helping schlep wedding stuff to the party venue on Saturday. Sunday: - Wedding hairstyle tryouts: $104.50 + $20 tip=$124.50. Estimate was $170, so a good savings here. Grand total: $416.21-21=$395.21
@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter If you're in New York, you should look into the hiking options accessible via MetroNorth. Lovely trails around Tuxedo on the NJ Transit Port Jervis line, for ~$20 round trip from Penn Station.
Last weekend before my wedding, and even thought the wedding is quite low-key compared to the norm, the last-minute costs are creeping up. Here goes: Grocery shopping tonight to make dinner at home for first guests to arrive: $40, already have the wine. Confirming order for cupcake decorations with bakery: $105 Saturday: Who knows. Anywhere from $0 (hopefully) to $100 depending on incidentals and entertaining guests. Hairstyle try-out on Sunday : $170 incl. tip for two styles Total: $415. Gah. It's fine, though. Next weekend will be spendy, too. Then I'm going into hibernation for a few weeks money-wise.
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Happy Birthday, Billfold! I have been a loyal reader since the first day. I've very much enjoyed most of what I've read, and you've helped me break some bad habits and form some good ones. I have plans this evening, otherwise I would be there to buy you two a drink. It's the least I could do. Cheers!
I am hoping for a relatively cheap weekend since the month of April will be an expensive one. Saturday: Going to enjoy this lovely weather with a hike, either at Harriman State Park or perhaps near Cold Spring. Will pack lunches. Probably $14 for Metro North fare + $3 coffee for the ride. We may go to our local Irish pub for dinner afterward, as is our day hike tradition. If we split the bill, $20 for my half. Total=$37. Sunday: a nice lunch with a colleague to celebrate her passing the Foreign Service exam. $32 prix fixe, around $42 with tax and tip. Grocery shopping in the afternoon ($40) and some laundry ($6). Grand total= $125
Congrats and way to go! It's not easy to implement behavior change. But if you do it incrementally, it adds up to big changes over the long run.