Post # 1
I’m wondering – What kind of wedding things did you justify as being worthy of blowing the budget?
I’m totally gonna blow my accessories budget – on a tiara.
I know that ‘fascinators’ and ‘headbands’ are more in style now, but I just have to go the tiara route. And it’s a specific tiara.
When I hear “tiara” this is the sparkly bit of perfect I see in my head:
Look familiar? You’ve probably seen it here:
It’s Queen Elizabeth’s favourite.
The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.
Since I’m pretty sure Her Mag isn’t going to lend it to me for my big day (selfish!) I figured I would get a replica. Surely some wedding tiara company makes something close.
Turns out, it’s super hard to find a replica of an actual tiara – unless you want Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara. That sucker’s everywhere!
After weeks of trolling the internet and getting several “we don’t carry that” and “we don’t take custom orders unless you’re with a pageant organization” I found it – at a place that makes stage jewellery. Go figure.
So I’m blowing my budget and getting my dream tiara. And I think it’s completely worth it!
(Especially since I’ll probably wear it all the time. Seriously, I’ll probably wear it while I vacuum my house.)
Post # 3
I spent more than I wanted to on my cathedral veil, but it was so worth it. It was the only thing I dreamed about when I was younger and thinking of my wedding.
Post # 4
We are going slightly over budget on a photographer and the wedding bands. My FI wants one that’s over $1500. I figure it’s okay to spend a little extra on something that he (and I) will see everyday. It better be something he likes to wear otherwise it won’t get worn and it will be a waste of money anyways.
Post # 5
We aren’t blowing the budget, but we increased the budget specifically so we could have a band because we both love live music (we see a lot of shows together – it’s one of our “things”) and the really good bands are pretty pricey.
Post # 6
I voted other. We didn’t blow our budget on anything really. But I was willing to blow it on a good DJ who could mix music and had some nightclub experience working a turntable. We ended up finding someone for less than I was willing to pay.
Post # 7
While we didn’t blow our budget per se, we spent a LOT more than we planned on gifts for our bridal party and parents. It was 100% worth it though as I think we got them amazing gifts and they did SO much for us throughout the planning process and wedding day, they all deserved it!
Post # 8
We went way over on food. We initially estimated that cost to be much lower than the reality. We also went over on our officiant, but we just fell in LOVE with our celebrant, and love the way she writes custom ceremonies. Totally worth it.
But then some items ended up being under budget – dress, photographer, etc. It balanced some things out.
Post # 9
As Encores, we knew right away that Eloping to a favourite Destination was important to us… and having a great Honeymoon.
Photos came in a close second.
And a Party for our Friends came in third.
Eveything else didn’t matter as much
The Back Home Reception Party turned out great… and on budget. Loved our special touches like our Cake.
The Photographer came as part of our Destination Wedding Package… the photos were “good enough” (nothing fancy) and I must admit an inexpensive expense. I might wish we had spent more…. but I can live with what we have.
Our Elopement to the Destination Wedding was fabulous. Our Honeymoon and the extensive 5 weeks we managed to wangle off to extend the Christmas Holidays was AWESOME
That is where the bulk of our Wedding Budget went… ON US.
I might have “wished for” a more Bride-like Dress… but in the end I have NO REGRETS
Cause it really was an Amazing Time in our Lives… PreWedding Trip – Wedding / Elopement – and Romantic Caribbean Cruise Honeymoon.
EVERYTHING this girl could have wished for.
Post # 10
Our wedding rings! I figure since they’re the only part of our wedding that we’ll be wearing and looking at day after day after day we’d do everything possible to get exactly the ones we wanted. Turns out we have moderate tastes and they’re about $300 each, so I’m splurging on a RHR that’s about $300, with the same reasoning that I’ll be able to wear after the wedding.
Post # 11
My wedding was super inexpensive (less than 6.5k) but my “splurge items” were our venue & photographer.
We originally planned to spend about $500 on a venue, and ended up spending $1,400. We also didn’t plan to have professional photography done, but I found the *best* photographer ever who was willing to work with me & I got 4hrs of shoot time for $700, then I tipped her another $150.
Here’s some pics of my splurges 🙂
Post # 12
Well, I spent a lot on a lot of things, but I guess in my mind, relative to what I COULD have saved, I splurged on my Vera Wang wedding dress and it was so worth it! I bought it used off of another bride so it was already cheaper than normal, but with alterations it still was more than what I thought I’d spend on my dress.
Post # 13
I love how every couple prioritize different things. For me, it’s what makes wedding personal to the couple as opposed to “just another wedding.”
@MrsSkeletonKey: TOTALLY worth the money on that venue! The wood floors, white walls and black accents – totally glamorous!