Did You Waste Any Money on Your Wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did you waste even a dime planning your wedding?
    Yes, worth it : (11 votes)
    17 %
    No, worth it : (7 votes)
    11 %
    So, so much money... : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Just a little dough. : (26 votes)
    40 %
    Yes, not worth it : (9 votes)
    14 %
    No, not worth it : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    884 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    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
    760 posts
    Busy bee
    • 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
    2051 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
    1568 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    1905 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    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
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

    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
    1099 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    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
    1158 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    809 posts
    Busy bee
    • 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
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: mountain venue

    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!

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