Post # 1
Because it’s always fun to dream….
If I had double the budget I have now, I would pretty much keep my overall vision and spending goals, except I would totally:
a) Pay for an open bar
b) Pay for my bridesmaid’s dresses/hair&makeup, etc.
and my FI would pay to fly his siblings from BC to our wedding (in ON).
What would YOU do??
Post # 3
I would pay for all my guests accomadations! We are having a small wedding and I would love to take care of everyone I truly want to be a part of our day!
Post # 4
Trolley as transportation.
Cocktail hour with tons and tons of fun apps
Late night french fry midnight snack
State of the art lighting
Post # 5
I’d buy a more expensive dress. My absolute max dress budget is $500, and I’m worried I won’t get much for that.
Other than that, I really can’t think of anything. I’m skimping on the dress in order to have an open bar.
Post # 6
@buttontoes: have you tried preownedweddingdresses.com, perfectbridal.com or oncewed? Or even the classified section on weddingbee? There are some absolutely gorgeous dresses for any budget! (and I’ve been thinking of scrimping on the dress to put more $$ towards the bar tab too, shhhhh).
Post # 7
I would have….
Done my BMs’ makeup ( i paid for their hair)
Bought the BMs their dresses
Had an open bar
Had some sort of party bus, even though the ceremony & reception were at the same place, LOL
Hired a wedding coordinator – that s**t was stressful!
Had a band instead of a DJ
Had a bigger tent
Post # 8
A nicer reception venue
real linen table cloths,
nice chairs instead of the ugly folding chairs that come with my hall,
I would have a sit down, instead of a buffet
I would get an upgraded version of the diamond wedding band I really want
And I would get the $500 veil I’ve been drooling over
Oh and I would pay someone to decorate instead of worrying about having enough time to do it early in the morning.
I would also get uplighting..
Post # 9
I would have flown everyone to hawaii!
Post # 11
@bebefly: I’ve been looking at the preworn sites, but I’m still way too far off from my wedding to think about buying anything yet. Fortunately, I have a long time to shop around to find something. I haven’t been seeing much for under $500, though.
Post # 12
I would have:
Hired a wedding planner although I am not sure I saved money by not hiring one
Paid for all siblings travel and accommodations (we helped a little)
Paid for BM dresses and hair (I paid for nails) and groomsmen tuxes
Bought BMs nicer gifts and had a more elaborate BM luncheon
Had a longer reception and more food
Gone all out with linens, chairs, etc.
While all these things would have been nice, having a stricter budget forced me to focus on what was important and be creative. I don’t know if a lot more money would have made my wedding any nicer.
Post # 13
A blonde Johnny Depp… teehee…
Just kidding. More time, super awesome photographer and completely open top shelf bar (and I guess taxi/ limo rides there and back). And maybe a videographer.
Post # 14
@buttontoes- Check Aria Dress. They have many choices under $500
Post # 15
chilvari chairs (i’m getting chair covers)
a wedding storytellers video
an open bar (right now it is open for beer and wine)
paid for the bm’s dresses, accomodations, hair, and make-up
late night food stations (french fries, burger sliders, pizza bites, mac and cheese, etc.)