(Closed) Married bees! Which things do you wish you hadn’t splurged on?

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: What would you have spent less on?
    dress : (7 votes)
    16 %
    venue : (5 votes)
    11 %
    food & drinks : (4 votes)
    9 %
    music : (3 votes)
    7 %
    photography : (0 votes)
    videography : (6 votes)
    13 %
    favors : (10 votes)
    22 %
    stationary : (5 votes)
    11 %
    decor : (5 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011 - Blossom Heath

    I wish we had asked someone we know to record the wedding and special dances because now we are in a court battle with the company that we hired.

    Post # 5
    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    The cake! I voted other, I didn’t want to vote food as the meal was delish and I would not change it! I said from the start I did not want to spend a lot on the cake, and wanted it eaten as a course after the sit-down meal as there is always loads wasted. However with everyone else chipping in I ended up with exactly what I didn’t want – a crappy, exspensive cake that no one ate. Damn.

    On a side note I wish we had spent more on our rings as they are worn everyday and need to last forever…

    Post # 7
    1346 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Must keep an eye on this for my up & coming wedding!

    Post # 8
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I go back and forth on my dress. It was great, and I loved it soo much, but it was kind of expensive (1,500). There was another dress that I loved that was like, 750, but my mom didn’t like it, so I kept looking. She paid for it, so it doesn’t technically mean any more money came out of my pocket, but I still feel bad about how much it cost (even though she pushed me towards it)!

    Post # 10
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Adams_bee: Haha, sure! The one I originally wanted had a sparkly bodice and a tulle skirt. It was really pretty, but this one is prettier… (I’m probably the only person who’s still debating their dress after the wedding, lol).

    Post # 11
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t regret a penny we spent and in fact, if I could do it again, I’d spend a little more. But then again we were pretty cheap and I’m overall happy with what we cheaped out on. I feel like I spent a good amount on my “look” (dress – $1000, shoes – $75, jewelry – $200, – Hair and makeup (including trials) – $400) but I felt beautiful and I’ll have those pics forever so I’m good with it. We also spent a lot on photography ($2200) but my photos are gorgeous and they’re all I have left, really, so I don’t regret that either. 

    The areas we cheaped out on were videography (totally ok– had a friend flip-cam it), dj (we did an ipod wedding and it worked out fabulously, dance floor was packed and no lame songs!), cake (found a cheaper place who did our cake for $300 but it was still beautiful and tasted great), transportation (didn’t have any– but wedding/reception was in the same place so who cares), decor (all the decor both ceremony and reception cost me under 400), flowers (i only had boquets, no floral decor), and paper (i DIY’d everything). 

    The area I wish we would’ve spent more on was time. Our venue included 5.5 hours for both ceremony and reception, which I thought was fine initially. But the reception was SO much fun and the dance floor was still packed when our time was up, I wish I’d paid to have 1 more hour there. 

    Post # 13
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m also in the “don’t regret a thing” camp. We scrimped in a lot of the areas you listed: venue, flowers, stationery, photography, and dress were all on the inexpensive side. We did spend more on live music, lighting, alcohol, and dinner, but those were all things that were really important to us and added a lot to our guests’ enjoyment/the atmosphere of the venue.

    The only thing that was hard to justify was our cake–it was really expensive, even though it was beautiful and delicious. We didn’t really have a choice in this case, though, because we were restricted by which vendors were kosher….all of which ended up being quite pricey!

    Post # 14
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We didn’t really splurge on too much. We majorly lucked out with most of our vendors and received services worth FARRRRR more than we actually paid for. The only vendor that I wish we wouldn’t have spent as much on is our DJ.

    He did a good job but he hardly played any of the songs that we asked him to. Darling Husband and I spent months making our playlist. It was important to us that certain songs be played but they weren’t. We even offered to give our DJ the songs that he didn’t have when we met with him (which were most of them on our list) but he said that he would get them. Well, he didn’t. During our reception I asked him to play a song that was on our list which was special to my family and I. Turns out he didn’t even have the songs from our playlist handy. He had to download them at our reception. He told me that he couldn’t get a connection in the ballroom so he wouldn’t be able to play the song I requested. Tell me, what’s the point in providing a “must play” list (which he specifically asked for) if you’re not going to obtain the songs ahead of time? It was very disappointing. From our guests perspective he was probably a great DJ but the fact that he hardly played any of the songs we requested and didn’t even bother to download them ahead of time didn’t sit well with us.

    Our friends that were recently married paid about half what we did and I didn’t think that our DJ was any better or worse than theirs. If we would have known then what we know now, we would have gone with a cheaper DJ and put that extra money towards something else. 

    Post # 15
    1240 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I feel like mines going to be my dress. It’s almost 1,800. But that’s okay. I feel like a princess in it.

    Post # 16
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @CorgiTales: Do you mind sharing your playlist?  🙂

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