Post # 1
So when I started planning I knew I would have to make sacrifices, I would figure out what’s most important and cut back on the rest. Only everything seems equally important, I am having such a hard time figuring out where is a good place to save money. I am not crafty whatsoever so making something myself to try and save money is out. So is there anyone who looks back on their wedding with any spending regrets?
Post # 3
maybe you should post this is a forum geared for bees who are post-wedding.
I’d like to know this too!
Post # 4
This is a great question! I would love to see the answers to this…
Post # 5
When we first started wedding planning I was on the fence about having a videographer and I was adimant about having a unique form of transportation. We ended up scrapping the videographer when we found a Jaguar limo…after all was said and done the limo didn’t really make the statement that I was hoping for and they were late picking us up, etc. In hindsight, I wish that we would have scrapped the limo, rented a towncar or something much cheaper and used the $700 toward a videographer.
Post # 6
I did this poll today about wedding decor, check it out! Hopefully it helps!
::POLL:: Small Touches You Are Going Without!
Post # 7
I’m having a hard time thinking of an answer to this question because I feel like for the most part we cut back on things so everything that was left were things that I really wanted.
However, If I were to do it all again, I wouldn’t have gotten the veil that I did. Sure it was gorgeous, but it was $230 and I don’t think that it was worth it. It had little crystal beads along the edge and I don’t think you can really tell in the photos,sso a plain veil would’ve been fine.
Another thing that I could’ve cut back on was the DJ. He was a disappointment. I’m sure most DJ’s are great, but I literally was cueing him by staring him down through the ceremony because he started music at the wrong time, etc. so I could’ve had any random person do that job for a lot less. Also an Ipod wedding would’ve been fine, because this guy played 5 backstreet boys songs. seriously?! I loved them when I was in public school, not at my wedding.
So to go back, I would’ve found a cheaper veil and skipped the lame DJ. 🙂
Post # 10
I may get flamed for this – but honestly my biggest spending regret was the favors. I thought they were really cute – apothecary jars filled with candies (chocolate palm trees, pineapple star candies, chocolate covered Kona coffee beans, and candy seashells) – since we had a destination wedding Darling Husband and I had an interesting time packing them up. I was really disappointed that so many were left over at the end of the night.
I refuse to believe that they were boring favors, who says no to chocolate?!? If I had known so many would be left behind, I would have spent the time and energy on something else – like a massage and a mani/pedi.
Post # 11
I honestly can’t think of anything & I’ve really tried hard to think of something. Like others, we cut back during the planning process to what we thought were the bare necessities so we had no regrets. Ex: Only 1 favor per couple/party, no special transportation (My Mom paid for a horse & carriage to go from the hotel to the wedding venue as a surprise gift, but not something I would have done otherwise), alternative bouquets for the bridesmaids (something other than flowers), did our own decor and sold the supplies after the wedding, etc.
Post # 12
I would have spent less on the invitations. Utlimately no one cares about them after the fact and they really just need to let them know the time and location.
Post # 13
I regret our venue. After it was all said and done, I could have picked something for probably less than half of what we paid & got better service.
Post # 14
I second the favors. Guests don’t really care about them.
Post # 15
Actually no. I have no spending regrets. We cut a lot out and were very lucky to have a few people donate their services/goods to help us out. For example, we did not have a videographer or transportation. Would it have been nice? Yes. Was it necessary? No. A friend gifted us wedding invitations and they were awesome. We were just going to make our own from a kit. And we had an Aunt who owns a bakery make our favors. But as other posters have mentioned, only like half the people take the favors. We had so many boxes of cookies left over. It’s a shame they went to waste. If we had paid I probably would be a little perturbed.
Post # 16
Honestly, I regret a lot of it, and I wish we would have spent money in other ways. However, I’m typically a very practical person, and so lwhile ooking back how could I not regret the money spent on things I don’t even remember. We were very blessed to have my parents help a lot with our wedding budget, and so I let my mom dominate where the money went, and make choices that should have been mine to make. Additionally, I’m a people pleaser, so I just went with what her and my sister were telling me. Not smart.
*make sure what your spending money on is truly important to you, or you probably shouldn’t be spending that much money on it.
*I agree that favors aren’t really that appreciated, but I also think that a lack of them is tacky so probably just don’t go all out on them.
*Don’t skimp on your photographer, because an awesome photographer can make any wedding, no matter how budgeted look fantastic while a cheaper, quick fix, photographer is going to make even the most elaborate wedding look very budgeted.