Wedding Regrets…I would spend less on…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BrideToBe14:  Catering. I could have ordered pizzas and everyone would have had just as great a time.

But $2k on decorations is a LOT. If you’re worried you’ll regret it, you probably will.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hmm… I would have spent more on hors d’evoures (they apparently ran out early), and less on coffe/tea/soda. We also had unlimited Mimosas, and everyone drank that! I didn’t see ANYONE drink soda, and only like one person drank coffee!

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I spent over $2k on flowers and I dont regret it at all! Many of our guests commented on our centerpieces! I dont have any regrets on what we did spend money on. However, I do wish we had spent more and had an after-party or an extra hour.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I probably would have spent a little more on flowers. We were on a pretty strict budget and only spent about $600. It helped not having a bridal party but the centerpieces were a little boring. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2006

Things I’m happy we didn’t spend money on: chair covers, expensive linens, personalized napkins, photo booth.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Favors are often left behind, so unless they are edible I would forget them.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I spent close to $5,000 on flowers and decor and I know that’s a lot of money to spend on that, but I don’t regret it one bit. The decor was one of the most important things to me and it turned out exactly how I wanted it. If the decor isn’t as important to you then you may regret spending 2k on it.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BrideToBe14:  I would have gotten more heaters 🙂 

It wasn’t terrible but it could have been warmer! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would have spent more money on photography to have a second shooter. My lone photographer was amazing, but it was impossible for him to be everywhere all at once. 

We spent $1000 on flowers and ordered them from our local grocery store. We definitely could have cut that cost even further, but I don’t regret it. The florist did an amazing job and looking at pictures of my bouquet still makes me happy. If you’re planning on going on a honeymoon right after your wedding, have a plan with what to do about the flowers – we left two days after the wedding and I still had my bouquet/centerpieces in my house. Sadly, I didn’t think to take the bouquet out of the water and our friend who was house sitting threw it out because it was stinky. At least I have the pictures! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would x the DJ completly.

I would have bought my undergarments ( petticoat and boostiea ( dunno how to spell! ) online and not from the bridal salon.

I would have gotten converse instead of flats – my feet hurt so bad even tho I tried breaking the shoes in before.

I would have not rented tuxes and gone with something they could keep – although we only paid like 60 to rent them and got a free suit out of it….

Everything about my weding was pretty cheap so not really much I could spend less or cut out since for a 2000 budget i kinda already had done that!

I wold have skipped on the chair sashes….

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@qtrfan:  I made and personalized all my favors even and a year and 2 months later 95 % of them are sitting under my feet in a bag waiting to be delivered at chirstmas parties or something beacuse most people didn’t even know that they could take them or that they where there… this is kinda my fault except I got kidnapped during set up of my reception hall and taken to my b-party so I wasnt’ there to say put them where people can see!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BrideToBe14:  If you’re looking for ways to shift money, spend the money on appetizers and skip the late night snack.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BrideToBe14:  Not married yet, however, I’m in the same boat as you at the moment.

My initial budget for flowers and decor was $2,500. Then I chopped at it in order to raise the photographer price because photos were more important to me than flowers. Now I wanna chop at it again and leave my flowers budget at like $600 because I’d rather put more into videography. Keep in mind, I already have centerpieces bought. Lanterns, large birdcages, and three tier gold mercury goblets (I have 3 different centerpieces that I will alternate on tables). So I just need to add flowers into the mix of what I already have and feel like I’ll regret spending a lot on them. Especially since I usually never remember flowers at the numerous weddings I’ve been to and I’m more of a candles person anyways, I think they look better. 

I will say I have an advantage with this because I have an amazing close friend who can actually be a florist/decorator if he really wanted. He did the flowers/decor for my engagement dinner and it was breathtaking. So I am just going to ask him if we can go together and buy flowers (he knows a wholesaler and can get me a hookup) and then he arrange them for me. I know he will say yes and my fiancé and I will pay him at the end for his time), even though I’m certain my friend will refuse to take anything. But we will make him. 

Do you know anyone that can arrange the flowers for you? Or have you thought about using lanterns, candles, etc., as a substitute for flowers? 

@alishaloo:  Ouch, that stinks. 🙁

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