(Closed) Help! Which of these is most UNNECESSARY in a wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Which of these would you cut if you had to?
    Videography : (99 votes)
    33 %
    Wedding Planner : (136 votes)
    45 %
    Transportation : (51 votes)
    17 %
    Alcohol/Bar : (9 votes)
    3 %
    DJ : (4 votes)
    1 %
    Other (Anything else you can think of?) - Please leave in comments : (3 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would probably go with a planner if it’s because of budget, that’s probably the most expensive. Transportation isn’t important either but it’s always nice and not THAT expensive. We didn’t have videography because there was no way we could afford it but I really wish we had ordered it. I love wedding videos.

    Post # 4
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    8042 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @alotlikelove:  I would cut the videography. I don’t see myself going back and watching my wedding very often… at all. If you have photos, then that’s good enough IMO. Truly I’d be happy with 1-2 photos but then again we’re eloping and being VERY low key so I’d be happy cutting any of those but I assume you’re having a traditional wedding.

    Post # 5
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    the only thing I’d say is necessary is the Alcohol/bar. the rest is really frivilous, especially the wdding planner and videography

     

    Post # 6
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    12816 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d cut videography in a second.  It was the one vendor I didn’t even consider having when I started planning.

    Post # 7
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    8426 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d cut the wedding planner….. Have you thought about other options like flowers are a big area where you can cut back as well. I know many have said video but I disagree….. I think video is very important! You’ll have the video forever! 

    Post # 8
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    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d cut the transportation.

    Post # 9
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    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    If you are having a traditional reception, I really do think the DJ is necessary. He/she makes the party and can read your guests and prepare and maintain the right atmosphere. If you are going to have a bar, you should host it. Your guests should not need to bring their wallets into the reception and no guest should be put into the position of feeling like he/she cannot afford to enjoy themselves the same way as other guests at a hosted party.

    The other three are not necessary. I think videography is a huge waste of money. I’d rather invest in good photography; I’ll look at the photos more and so will others. I have never, ever watched my parents wedding video and I’ve never watched anyone else’s either. As for a wedding planner… you only need one if you are having a very complicated wedding or are spending loads of money to not have to think about anything or plan anything yourself. If that’s the position you are in, then you probably aren’t worrying much about budget. As for transportation, guests expect to be responsible for that themselves.

    Post # 10
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    846 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    for my wedding i am cutting the planner, the transportation, and the videography. for your guests sake, you shouldn’t cut the DJ or bar.

    Post # 11
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    8152 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d cut the wedding planner and the transportation first personally. A big limo is nice but certainly not a necessity, and unless you’re having some really huge grand affair I don’t think a planner is needed either.

    I definitely wouldn’t cut the DJ, they can make or break the evening. For alcohol you could do just free beer, or beer/wine to save on costs if you had to.

    A videographer is kind of a toss up for me…we haven’t gotten ours back yet but we did have it done. My parents still have their video and we watch it once in a great while, it’s hilarious lol. At the end of the day all you’re going to have is your groom and your photos, so I wouldn’t be so quick to toss the idea of a videographer personally.

    Post # 12
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    3947 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If the transportation is just for you and your FI (not guests), I would cut that first.  If the transportation is for guests, then I would cut videography or wedding planner.  I’m torn between the two. 

    Post # 13
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    First I would say transportation.  Then a wedding planner, especially since you can just hire a day of coordinator.

    Post # 14
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    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I agree with mrs brownie – I would’t cut the DJ or bar for your guests’ sake. We skipped the transportation – I really didn’t think driving myself was a big deal, and it was nice to be able to stash things in my car! (Like my overnight bag, toiletries, etc.) We also skipped the wedding planner, because I had enough free time during our engagement to research vendors and book everything myself, but I can totally understand how hiring a planner is invaluable for some brides. We added videography at the last minute, but I personally don’t think it’s necessary (especially because, when it comes down to it, you can always ask a relative or friend to videotape your ceremony…that’s by far the most important part of the day and the most worthwhile to re-watch!).

    Post # 15
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I voted Wedding Planner. In the past, I would have voted Videography, but here’s a take on it that might be worth considering. It may or may not apply to you.

    I wasn’t going to have videography, but FI wanted it. His father passed away 2 weeks after his brother’s wedding, and while I’m sure it’s sad for him to watch, he also really likes having that video – and I’m sure his brother loves having his dad’s toast to him.

    I’m not looking at videography as a way to have a pretty movie of me and FI and capture every little thing about us. I am looking at it as a way to preserve memories of those we love that won’t be around forever. Photos are wonderful (I actually like them better), but they don’t preserve voice. They don’t preserve that really nice toast your MOH maid. You will most likely never have all these people in a room together ever again.

    For that reason, I was convinced on videography. Now – we are going cheaper and not breaking the bank on it. But I would probably cut my wedding planner (I have a DOC) before I cut videography because of that reason.

     

    Post # 16
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    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    Other: Favors

    Wedding Planner

    Videographer

    In that order 😉

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