Post # 1
Everything is so expensive. I have money to spend, but it seems stupid to cough up money for little things. Its fine to have a big wedding, but sometimes it seems like you must! And then we have stupid etiguette. Theirs a difference between expected behavior and just being civil. Im pretty much only inviting family to my wedding. The food is so expensive and even though i can afford it i dont feel like certian people are worthy of soending that much money on. Its very sad to see brides who are tight on money go through these nasty companies who just want to reap off of us 🙁
Post # 3
I hate it, too.
It’s crazy. Just because the word bridal is tacked onto something the price goes up dramatically.
Just the other day I’m looking at makeup/hair artists in the area I’m getting married. Bridal hair and makeup: $600. Bridesmaids hair and makeup: $80. Um, how can that be? Are you airbrushing me with 24k gold?
Post # 4
I totally agree! That’s why I’m planning to do some DIY projects to help cut down on costs. I’ve also learned that anything labeled with “wedding” or “bridal” (i.e. bridal bouquet) costs a lot more than if it didnt have that label. My venue has a preferred florist that charges $300 for a bridal bouquet! That’s just so crazy!!
Post # 5
I agree, but the reason that everything is priced higher is because it’s an industry. People make a living off of more expensive “bridal” bouquets and seemingly overpriced veils and bridal belts, after all.
That being said, I think more people need to realize that there are alternatives such as DIY.
Post # 6
You don’t have to buy into the industry..although it’s so hard to resist at times. I’m DIYing almost everything.
Post # 7
@SerendipityBride: WHAT. $600? That is CRAZY!
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: I know. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when the women emailed me a price quote. It was actually a discount price because I’m getting married on a weekday. She charges an additional $200 if I wanted a makeup trial.
No one posts on their sites what their pricing is, so I have to go through and email all of them. Sadly, a lot of them are around the $600 price.
Post # 9
This is why I am not buying into this industry and doing the following:
1. Choosing a nice local venue that actually isn’t known for hosting wedding receptions, but offers a lot more bang for the buck. I am basically paying the same rate for it that someone hosting a corporate event or birthday party would pay. No wedding/bridal premium. My two areas where I have no issues splurging are 1) food and 2) booze. I want my guests to have fun.
2. My SO and I will be our own DJs and will be making our own “mix tapes” or rather, mix MP3s where we Spotify everything.
3. I will be DIYing centerpieces and foregoing flowers as I’m really not a flower/floral girl.
4. Still up in the air about photographer, but I will ask friends if they know someone into photography who wants to start up a portfolio and do pics for a less-than-market fee.
5. Doing my own make-up.
6. Getting my hair done, but will NOT mention to the hairdresser that this is a wedding, but a party that I’m going out for.
7. Getting married by JOP at city hall by ourselves + witnesses then heading over to our “corporate event” venue to celebrate with friends and family in the evening.
8. One of my best friends is an extremely talented cake designer, and she is insisting on doing my wedding cake as a gift. I feel truly grateful for that as that is another big ticket item.
I trust it will still be nice, the FI and I will not be any less married, and everyone should have a good time.
Post # 10
Keep in mind, that some of the added expense with things labeled “wedding” is because the vendors really do have extra stress simply b/c it is a wedding. They have to deal with bridezillas and the additional stress of needing things PERFECT that wouldnt be such a big deal for a, for example, 25th wedding anniversary.