Post # 1
Let me clarify… Most folks don’t intend to waste money. It happens. Here is an example: I hired a crap photographer and wasted money on engagement pics that I will likely never see. I also purchased too many faux flowers for my DIY wedding bouquets, because I could not decide and lost some in a move. I also purchased some small items for centerpieces/decorations for the wedding that I will not use, but will likely keep. I would say together that I lost about $180 in planning the wedding, hopefully no more. I only regret the photographer issue. The flowers came out well, and I made good use of many of the supplies. Many things that I purchased, I plan to use and keep. For example, personalized items like the wedding cake topper will be put out in my home as well as my bouquet. I even plan to wear my wedding dress again! I get really annoyed when I have throw out a fruit or veggie that has gone bad, haha! I hate to waste anything!
Were there any purchases that you made that you wish you had not, or did not use? Do you think that you paid too much for something that you should not have? Do you plan to avoid anymore waste by reusing or giving away anything?
Post # 2
I’m in the planning process and trying soooooo hard not to waste, especially on the dress…..but I might end up wasting money on It anyway….
Post # 3
I planned to wear a crinoline under my mermaid so I bought one. $75. But my dress came in as a standard length and not long length like the sample I tried on. The crinoline made MY dress too short, so I couldn’t use it, and the salon would not buy it back or give a refund.
Post # 4
I’m still planning, but with the amount of food that will be at this dinner, I’m guessing there will be a lot of waste. I mean, how many people will actually eat all 4 courses of dinner after passed appetizers, stations, and chafing dishes? I sure won’t!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
bebelicious1: not so much a waste here, but not the intended usage. We DIYed our centerpieces – my MIL rounded up about 130 different bud vases from thrift shops and painted about 70% of them in different shades of blue. The day before the wedding we filled them with flowers and then retuned them to the room (to get them out of the heat). Well, they ended up split between the main room of the b&b and the bridal suite. Somehow, only the ones in the main room ended up going out for the reception, which really confused me, because I knew we had enough vases for 7 per table plus extras for the bar, cake, DJ, etc. Oh well, I figured, maybe I’d miscounted somehow! When we returned to our suite that night we saw that my friends had used the remaining vases all over our suite! They were EVERYWHERE, and it smelled like the most amazing flower garden! It was so beautiful 🙂 So, what could have been a waste ended up being something special just for us.
Post # 6
bebelicious1: the only thing I can think of that i would actually call a “waste” was that we had to buy 2 guest books because we couldn’t find our first one… Obviously it turned up as soon as we bought a second one! I was also having too much fun to apply my lipstick and lipgloss I bought especially for the evening, bit I’ve been wearing those at other times so it’s not really a waste.
Sure, there were many things where we could have spent less. But we had our absolute dream wedding and everything was perfect, so I don’t regret a penny of it.
Post # 7
We had chosen our colors so I bought my table runners and napkins in brown and Orange. Well now our colors are brown and Red…SO I am stuck with 140 orange polyester napkins. I have tried selling them time and time again but honestly no one wants them. I spend 90 after shipping.
Post # 8
I bought a hair comb & then decided I wanted a Rose gold one. So that’s like $60. I’m going to try & resell it
also I didn’t get the best deal on my candle votives but.. What can you do
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
bebelicious1: As of yet, I am not sure. We are not doing any DIY or purchasing any decor since the venue includes those things. The only thing I can think of is the food, as PP said. We are having canapes during the cocktail reception, plus a four course meal (anyone who chose the beef option is going to be so full because the amount that someone is going to have is enough for 2-3 people, IMHO – I know this because we went for our tasting and the portions were the exact sizes), plus a late night buffet that will also have our cake and cupcakes. People are going to be full. I hope not so full that they won’t be dancing …
Post # 10
bebelicious1: Yes I wasted some money. Only on 1 thing so far. I hired someone to do my bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets in silk (only flowers of the wedding as too many allergies on both side of the family). I took her my inspiration pictures told her what I wanted. I went to pick up my bouquets and they looked nothing what my inspiration pics and there was hot glue gun finger prints everywhere. She argued that this what what I ordered and said that if I wanted what was in the picture it would have been $10/stem (I ordered silk calla liles). I asked for a refund and she said no because this is what I ordered. So instead of letting her crappy flowers go to waste, I put them in pots, painted them and will be using them on the guest book table. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought my own real touch flowers (wish I had just done this in the beginning as it was about $200 cheaper to do it myself). Ah well live and learn!
Post # 11
hyzenthlay: that is so sweet! What a lovely surprise!
So far, I’ve overspent on a couple things (buying nice makeup, when I don’t wear any daily – $200). I bought a necklace from etsy to wear, but ended up buying a different one. (~$150) I bought some packs of paper that I ended up not using. (~$50). I ordered 150 little bells from China, and when they arrived, they didn’t make any noise – apparently they were “decorative” bells. (That was only about $5, but it was kind of funny) Lastly, I didn’t order enough fabric for my dress, so had to pay shipping for a second order.
Overall though, things have been under control, especially considering that I’m DIYing most everything.
Post # 12
Waitingbee57: Hey! How much are you wanting to sell them for?! My colors are eggplant and orange and I may be interested in them! Could you message me a picture possibly?
Post # 13
bebelicious1: eh i think it’s all relative. money could always be spent on “better” things, but it’s money! it’s meant to be spent.
I think the only money I feel like I truly wasted was on hair and makeup trials. I did about 4 of them with different people only to end up doing my makeup myself because I’m so picky with it and actually think I do a better job myself! So that’s about $600 for pretty much nothing. For hair, ended up just treating myself and my girls to champagne and blowouts the morning of the wedding since I just wanted loose wavy curls, so all those hair trials did nothing besides making my microlink extensions even more of a pain than usual to change out the week before the wedding. So all of that was really well thought out on my part, haha. I did end up hiring one of the makeup artists for my bridesmaids the day of, so all was not lost!
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
My wedding plans have changed a ton of times. back when we thought we were having a large 100+ people wedding I put a $200 deposit down on a DJ. We scaled back our wedding and decided to do something else so of course I can not get my refund back now :(. When I think about it it bugs me because that is $200 I could have spent on my centerpieces or flower girls or anything!!! I wasted like $20 on shoes I’m not going to wear. Another $15 on a DIY veil that I wont be using either. A $25 tasting fee for a baker I wont be using because she doesnt use buttercream under her fondant (she uses like hard chocolate, but didnt share that until after the tasting). So far that is it for me. I’m pretty on top of it now as far as sticking to my choices.
Post # 15
Lol, WELL yes, i have already wasted money but the wedding isnt until dec. so, its extremely likely that more will be wasted…is it worth it? DONO YET :/ lol hope so!