Biggest Wedding Save/Biggest Wedding Splurge

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Splurge: My top hat.  It is my least necessary possession, even beating out my crystal whiskey decanter for the title.

Save: My top hat.  First, it was only $125, $155 with shipping.  It’s silk plush, which is the most desirable material for a topper, and came in its original case.  The plush is in perfect condition.  It is easily worth twice what I paid.  But wait, there’s more!  I hadn’t used my PayPal account in years.  When I logged in to pay for the hat, there were $160 in the account, that I didn’t know about!  For all intents, and purposes, my top hat was free!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My biggest wedding save? – well I am DIYing all of my centerpeices out of glass jars that I am collecting from family and friends and making them pretty with burlap and tulle. They are going to cost be a total of like 15 – 20 bucks to make all of them. 

DJ – Our DJ is a long time family friend of FI’s and has agreed to do our whole wedding for 200 bucks

My bouquets are rolled artificial maple leaves and will only be costing me 95 for all of the bouquets and Boutineers. 

Splurge – Its not even a splurge since it is still relatively cheap. We budgetted to have a mediocre photographer for $400 then decided to go with a professional photographer for $1500 that includes, 10 hours of photography, an engagement shoot, $200 print credit, free guest downloads, and just a personal experience as she is a long time family friend. 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@alysee:  biggest splurge is my attire. I always thought it would be under a thousand but after everything ( accessories,alterations) it will be as much or more than our reception dinner (30 people around 2500) and biggest save so far is fiancé finding vintage tux in the style We wanted for $22! We still have to buy his shoes, new bowtie and get it altered but what a steal and he will own his wedding tux:)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@soinlove79:  If you are looking for patent leather shoes, and self tie bow tie, thetiebar.com has satin ties, (unless his lapel facings are grosgrain, then beau ties ltd is good), clermontdirect.com has good quality tux shirts for cheap, and cummerbunds, too, if he needs a waist covering still.  I got a pair of patent slip ons by cAlvin Klein on zappos for $130; their lace ups are the same price, and with correct black tie details.  Te shoes are nothing special, but they’re cheapa look good, and are comfortable.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@alysee:  fun post!

Biggest splurge: Our splurge is our $1850 videographer. The price isn’t super costly, but a videographer wasn’t in our initial budget at all. We are upping our savings just for this, so I count it as a splurge!

Biggest saving: I purchased my gown for 50% off because I bought it off the rack! The dress had just come out of the box that morning, and I was only the second girl to try it on. It fits perfectly, so I bought it immediately! Yay! 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Biggest savings would have to be the dress[$599], and ceremony[$125] & reception spaces[$175]. I’ve saved on smaller things like lights and organza thoughout the process which has added extra wiggle money.

Splurges would be photography.. as we originally hasn’t planned on having one, food, booze, photo booth, cigar bar & dj.

Post # 9
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771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Duncan:  thanks for info. we will ck it out.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oh gosh, this is difficult but I guess it’s relative to the service(s) that were provided.

In terms of cash/money we spent the most on catering which included rentals/staffing. It was somewhere over $20k

Biggest save: alcohol. We were able to bring our own in and could return whatever wasn’t used (although I kept most of the wine). Cost was about $2000-2500

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Save: DIY’d the bouquets and boutinierres with a mixture of silk/brooch bouquets. DIY’d all the hair pieces and earrings my bridesmaids and I wore, so for myself, a flowergirl and 4 women it all came down to well under $100. Paid $17 for 3 pink ties on eBay. Got $10 clutches for the bridesmaids online.

Splurge: photography. Went well over budget on that one… by $2000. Argh!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

SAVE:

No bridal party – this might not sound like a save but I was prepared to have 4 BMs as I have 4 very close girlfriends.  For me, I think you should pay for a BM when it come to hair/makeup, dress and shoes (assuming you want to pick out what they wear) so….for me….I would have spent a lot of money if we decided on a bridal party

 

Splurge:

Tie between 2 pair of Manolos for the wedding and flowers – Heels for pictures and ceremony and flats for dancing.  I wear lots of rose gold jewelry so I got rose gold glitter pumps and flats at the Manolo sale this year.  I did get them at 50% off so it was a bit of a savings.  Flowers – roses everywhere you look. A GARDEN of roses.  We’re having a small, 60 person wedding, but there will be red roses covering everything.  I’m quite excited to see it!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I don’t think anything wedding-related is “savings”, lol. Weddings depreciate fast; they’re only sentimental to the bride & groom. Any money not spent on weddings = money well saved. I am speaking about “savings” from a finance/accounting’s perspective. 😛

Biggest saves:
My red Chinese kua for the tea ceremony; free! (Gifted)
$24 USD + shipping per Flower Girl dress from Unique Vintage. I was about to spend $50 CAD per girl, before shipping. Both 100% cotton dresses are wearable after the wedding for both girls.

Biggest splurges would be venue and photography — even if the cost of the DW venue would be cheaper than most local venues in the city. ($26 + 5% GST + BC PST % + Gratuity in CAD) versus $50 + GST + Gratuity per person in CAD, in a city in Alberta.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@Duncan:  Thank you for those links!!

I’m encouraging my fiance to use:
http://www.savilerowfashion.biz/mens_collection/

A future cousin-in-law got his wedding suit custom made for $300. The tailor is coming to Canada in April; going to US for custom-measurements in March.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Splurge: my dress was my dream dress.  It was originally within budget (more than I wanted to spend, but with my issues with fabric texture, I knew I wasn’t getting away with cheaper), but the extra length put it over.  Also photography.

Save: pretty much everything else.  Flowers were mostly greenery (and what florals were present were grown by the florist), so we had nice, full bouquets for at most half the cost of ones made entirely of flowers.  The venue was rented for pretty cheap, because we did it on a Sunday (a little more than $2000 total there, and that was venue rental, food, and alcohol).  We played music through some high quality gaming speakers that we already owned rather than hire a DJ (which made sense, because we weren’t dancing at all).  We didn’t rent any transport.  Our invites were about $3/card – a very simple, eco friendly design that we took some colored pencils to.  Instead of a cake, we had cupcakes.  I managed to find $230 shoes for under $100.  I made the decor – 1k paper cranes.

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