Tell me Bees, what did you spend money on that was a waste at your wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Programs and bathroom baskets!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

champagne toast.  No one at my wedding even liked champagne, but the open bar was a great investment; it probably saved me over $1000 (my guests were heavy drinkers).  I didn’t spend money on my programs (DIY with leftover materials), but if you’re actually going to pay for them, don’t bother.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The fancy cake server set. Forgot it, didn’t miss it, and I just gave it away today while a friend and I were going through boxes.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The trendy barber striped straws with tags… although I loved them they went basically unnoticed and unused by my guests 🙁 

Things I did that were well received, although others said not to waste the time were the flip flop basket and the bathroom baskets…they were huge hits, oh and disposable camera’s on each table with an “I spy” game… those went over great too.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mr. and Mrs. chair back things from BHLDN they were super expensive and didn’t tie right onto the chairs so they didn’t look great – didn’t need em! The lavender toss for our recessional didn’t goas planned ppl didn’t really toss it well, so that was a waste. Expensive freeze dried flower petals for my flower girls, silk would have been fine. Customized hankies for myself and flower girls, cute but didn’t need them. Expensive shoes – I barely wore them! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lina010: Our food, which is kind of a vague answer.

After dinner, we had a fruit table, a pulled pork/hamburger and poutine bar, and cupcakes instead of a cake. In hindsight, I would have ordered enough of the “after dinner” food for half of our guest count. I guess our cocktail reception hors d’oeuvres and meal were filling enough! Some of our guests were taking multiple cupcakes home at the end of the night so we didn’t have to take them ourselves. We still left with 3 dozen, which we were fine with, because we loved them.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@trueblue14:  I was also going to say the fancy cake server set… I made the mistake of getting it engraved with our names and wedding date, so I can’t even give it to my engaged friends to use at their wedding.

I also bought an aisle runner that we never ended up using.

This isn’t something I spent a lot on, but I know plenty of married couples regret spending a lot of $$ on favors that guests end up leaving at the table.  I was glad we just made little bags of our favorite candies as favors–any “favors” that got left at the reception were just more delicious candy for us!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  A friend had those striped straws at her wedding.  They were adorable, but they were paper instead of plastic, and a lot of us guests couldn’t stand the feel of slightly soggy paper in our mouths.  Reminded me too much of a soggy lollipop stick!  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

This thread is really useful. I know not what to buy. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m trying to think and I do not think I wasted very much money. I did not do favors, ceremony decoration flowers, or really any ceremony decorations. I got married on a boat, so the harbor that we were in and the bridesmaids with their bouquest were the decorations during the ceremony. 🙂 I did get the fancy engraved cake server set, but I still like it. I don’t see it as a waste.

I got very inexpensive flowers and made my own table numbers. I tried to be very frugal with everything.

I was worried that it was going to look cheap, but it didn’t. The boat we got married on matched our colors so it worked out very nicely. 🙂

So I guess what saved us the most money is picking a good venue that did not need too much work to look pretty.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lina010:  Ooo good topic!  I’m gonna tag along and watch the responses roll in…

Post # 15
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Busy bee

We did a DIY backyard reception, and we honestly bought WAY too many cups, of all things, not thinking that 3/4 of our beverage options (everything but wine) were already in bottles or cans. Also, we overdid it on all our beverages — beer, wine and pop/soda. We were able to return $55 in beer, but the rest we are stuck drinking forever.

I didn’t buy it, but if I could go back I’d tell my mom not to buy me a clutch. It didn’t get used but for 5 minutes.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jmarvellous:  Curious; how many people did you have and how much beer/wine/soda did you buy?

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