Post # 1
Just curious if there’s ONE item all of you bees are splurging on for the wedding?
I’ve decided, as much as possible, to do what we can "DIY" … but there’s one thing I’ve alreay decided to splurge on (and have put down the $100 deposit on…) and that’s our wedding cake topper…it will end up costing us about a total of $400.
I found someone online who creates these INCREDIBLE cake toppers in the image of you and your FI plus ANYTHING you want it to look like (sports, careers, etc.)
He and I are HUGE chicago cubs fans and so we’re getting ours done in a Chicago Cubs theme – and he actually LOVES the idea.
This is what it will sorta look like (made to look like us, though)
anyways – what are YOU splurging on?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
wow, that’s such a unique idea for a cake topper! 🙂
They look similar to "personalized bobble-heads" – is that the kind of vendor you looked for?
Post # 4
I’d say our photography, but that is a gift from my grandparents. I guess I am splurging on my dress because right now (besides the photography) it is the most expensive item we are going to have. Our flowers and invites will be DIY as will our food, and our venues just didn’t turn out to be very expensive. Sometimes living in a small town can have it’s advantages I guess.
Post # 5
Awesome cake topper!
My biggest splurge was the dress. I’ve been saving for a designer couture dress for nearly 2 years. I knew with my fashion sense, whatever I picked out was not going to be anywhere close to being "in budget." So I set up a separate account and deposited a little from every paycheck and it really added up. When it was time to start shopping for a dress, I was able to check out anything I wanted. I tried on Amsale, Christos, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and ended up deciding on a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. 🙂
Post # 6
Those cake toppers are great!
Our splurge is the cake. Baking is a passion of mine so when it came to the cake I was looking to do something funky to represent us and be fantastic at the same time. I never thought this would happen but our cake will be about a grand. I have to tell you that I believe it will be worth every penny. The cake tasting was amazing and the baker is very talented so I am looking forward to the finished piece!
Post # 7
Omg, what are they made of? I’m looking for something like that. Could I have the website of who is doing it for you?
My biggest splurge yet, has been my dress. I went for my dream dress, custom and handmade overseas, duchess satin, swarovski crystals, french macrame lace and pearls!
Post # 8
I LOVE the personalized sports topper! But I can’t bring myself to spend the $$$ on it. 🙁
I would say my splurge will be my wedding shoes. I *really* want Jimmy Choos. I’ve been hounding eBay and sites like RueLaLa. I’m capping myself off at about 250-300. I’m no longer splurging on my dress or photographer so I get a really expensive pair of shoes! 😀
Post # 9
OMG your dress sounds INCREDIBLE! any pics of it yet?…
btw, i PM’d you the link
Post # 10
The honeymoon. Travel is really important to us as a regular part of our companioniship, and we wanted our honeymoon to be one of our "lifetime all important, check off the list" kinda trips. It is costing us about $6,000 per person, but it will be the most blissful 25 days imaginable, and is helping to keep all the guest-accomodating, party-planning aspects of the actual wedding itself in perspective.
Post # 11
oooh westcoast bride that sounds fabulous! where are you two going?
Post # 12
love that cake topper!
my splurge is the photobooth… had to talk FI into it…. hope it’s worth it!!
Post # 13
@wedinred: Thanks! We’re doing a luxury European cruise for 13 days, with several days free at either end in the first and last ports. The cruise starts in Amsterdam and ends in Barcelona. It will be West Coast Groom’s first time in Europe, and the longest vacation we’ve both ever taken so we’re really excited!
Post # 14
BOOOOZEEE…we are trying to get as many bottles of alcohol as we can for our money…we are definately not getting cheap alc but we want the best bang for our buck…
Post # 15
photography (for the memories) and the honeymoon (because we will deserve it!)
Post # 16
I would say my reception 246/head plus tax; it’s at the Waldorf Astoria I wanted it to be special, I saw so many places, when I went to the Waldorf I had the a-ha moment, the only way I can afford it is to limit to 50-60 people and everything is serious DIY and hard bargaining and looking to some serious deals and asking personal favors, Photographer (1000) a friend and free-lancer photographer, hair and make-up free a friend from the John Barrett shop on fifth Avenue is doing it, flowers and bouquets $400 wholesale florist will do it and I’m doing my own bouquets, transport for guests $160-found someone on a shuttle walking down the street and he wanted a commission so is going to give me the best rate, invitations were $35 It was DIY still have to mail it, car is $50, I’m paying a co-worker to drive around int he city from church to hotel and to central park I’m going to just clean and spruce up my beamer, I also struck a deal for my brother to split a shortterm 3 bedroom apartment for all 14 members of my immediate family-the others will stay at my apartment, so I don’t have to worry where they’ll stay and I dont have to pay the full 880 (in exchange I added her daughter as flowergirl, veil and tiara gloves free, mom’s getting it in the Philippines, cake is free through the Waldorf, they are throwing in candles, a free honeymoon suite, a dancefloor and discounted hotel rate for guests. Videographer for $250, they do MTV videos and weddings on the side, MTV is not doing well now, works fo rme, and 595 for DJ.
so even if the reception is lavish, everything else is deeply discounted!