Post # 1
I know a lot of Bees have strict budgets that they adhere to and have had to give up things they wanted to stay within those budgets.
What was one thing you nixed that you REALLY wish you could have squeezed into your wedding budget somehow? How did you decide to let that thing go over something else?
Post # 3
I really wish I had the funds to offer my guests a cocktail hour. We are getting married at 4. We are doing pics at 5 and the reception starts at 6. I wish I had the funds, but I am hoping that they will take in the view (Niagara Falls) and enjoy the scenery before the reception starts.
Post # 4
@priyathescientist: A florist… I’m having a friend pick up flowers from the farmer’s market the morning of…
Post # 5
Videography. Looking back on the day and seeing everyone’s wedding videos, I do wish I had something a little more special than just my friend’s/family’s videos I had them do. But, it didn’t really leave me too too heartbroken!
Post # 6
a florist, i would love fireworks at the end but it’s not a priority, dream venue
Post # 7
I would have liked to have a bigger menu. But we had to change our menu after my dad flaked on helping us pay. I’m not even sure we can do a champagne toast.
Post # 8
I really wish I could’ve had the money to hire help (a planner) and do things piecemeal and really personalized, rather than doing a “wedding package” somewhere. I mean, I love our venue, their food is great, the bar is a good price, and we got a good deal, but it’s the same wedding package every other wedding venue offers, etc etc. But I had niether time nor enegery to piece together an entire wedding by myself like that, nor did I have the money to pay someone to do it all, so package it was.
Post # 9
Videographer. I tried a million ways to make it work, but it just didn’t fit.
Post # 10
@ruby26, @pengoala: I’ve heard videograogphy is a lot of people’s biggest regrets. It’s something I definitely want to do.
@babeandbabe: I think Niagra Falls will be an amazing way to fill their time between the Ceremony and Reception
@OctBrideToBe, @Romantigua: Flowers can be so expensive, I understand why you’d forgo a professional florist, as desirable as it may be.
Post # 11
In retrospect, I wish I spent more on photography. We went with quasi professionals and they didn’t “direct” the families much for the formal pictures – I had to do that, nor did they print out my shot list (I forgot it), so I’m worried I didn’t get the right combos and wish I had more of just DH and I. We were just tired of directing traffic we didn’t have patience for more pictures.
My centerpieces didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped (had a base of quilted fabrics my mother made and MIL potted plants for us on top of that – but we didn’t pick out the flowers with her and I wish I had, even though we did a walk through), but I don’t think I would have wanted to spend the extra $500 even knowing that.
Everything else was great. DJ was inexpensive but pretty good, negotiated great deals with the vendor, choose pie over cake for non-monetary considerations, etc. We splurged a lot on our rings and gifts for others. I just wish we had gotten reimbursed for some expenses from our bridal party (that were intended to be reimbursed but we don’t like reminding). I also would have spent a little different for our backyard BBQ rehearsal dinner with everyone, but that’s only $100-200.
Maybe spending more on different flowers. In the end they were more wildflower than I expected – I had wanted more formal, roses and such, than I got in it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
I’m having my mom make our cake, a friend make cupcakes, I bought my dress used, and I am toying with skipping a florist altogether. BUT, the one thing I do not want to skimp on is a photographer.
Post # 13
Well, I am thinking of adding things back into my budget that I had cut out months ago:
I added a DJ
I added transportation
Thinking of maybe adding a videographer (we’ll see).
The one thing I wish I could spend more on is the FOOD! I am getting the basic food package that most caterers offer because it is budget friendly (1 meat option, 2 sides, 1 dessert). But I wish I could provide a variety for my guests. I plan to have a cocktail hour though so I hoe that makes up for it.
Post # 14
I’m trying to fit draping in somehow, but I don’t think it’s going to work. I love the look of ceiling draping with strings of lights, but the quotes I’ve received are not realistic for our budget. I haven’t completely let go of the idea, though.
Post # 15
Open bar and/or cocktail hour of some sort. With the budget squeeze the way it is, I don’t think we’ll be able to offer anything, and it really stinks. I’m going to try to work with our venue to finagle some sort of something (maybe we could subsidize drinks? I’ve heard of that) but I don’t know if we’ll even be able to buy anyone a single drink. 🙁
Post # 16
A more substantial honeymoon, but we don’t even have the vacation days to make it worth it next year! Also, our ideal location is in the Southern hemisphere and that would mean we would go in the dead of winter. No thanks.
We’ll go on a minimoon (maybe to the gulf?) and then do a big honeymoon trip the year after.