What are you willing to cut and what are you willing to splurge on?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
825 posts
Busy bee


  • Venue
  • Food/Booze
  • Photographer/Videographer


  • Elaborate (and expensive) dress
  • Letterpress Invitations
  • Elaborate (and expensive) attendents bouquets

Post # 4
2657 posts
Sugar bee

So far, I have no regrets about slpurging on our photographer.  We just got our e-pics back and they are amazing.  On the day after the wedding, I will be left with my husband, my memories, and the photos.  Photos are definitely worth the money to me.

I am, however, willing to cut corners on food.  My guests aren’t going to starve, but I don’t see a huge benefit in giving them a 5-course plated meal either.  I don’t mind doing a simple buffet or having less entree/side dish options if it saves money.  If there is hot food served in a timely manner, I’m sure that guests will be happy.  Also, we are cutting having a custom wedding cake because FI and I don’t really like cake.  We’re still deciding what dessert we want instead 🙂

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Splurge –


Guest comfort

Guest transportation [party limo]

Bride/Groom transportation [stretch corvette]




Chair covers/linens


Candy/dessert buffet

Cigar bar



Cut –

Also food [we went with a restauraunt we frequent often, but buffet style. Amazing food, cheap price!]

Venues [We wanted a gorgeous ceremony space, and a plain building for reception].

Dress [Spent around $500, will be about twice that with alterations]

Jewelry [Went with gorgeous, less expensive]

Shoes [Less expensive]




Post # 6
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Cut:  RSVP cards, cake knife/cutting whatever, flowers (I’m doing very minimal flowers), decor (mostly DIY stuff – thankfully I have a crafty sister/MOH), chair covers, special linens (the plain ones are fine for us), limo (we’re just driving up in my car, everything is at one venue), cake (I’m ‘meh’ about it.  The SO really wants one, so he’s in charge and its not going to be very pricey), photography (I know!  *gasp*), shoes, accessories (I’m probably just wearing ones I already own unless I find something cheap along the way.) 

Splurge:  food, open bar, honeymoon, my dress, MOB dress (my mum just dropped 85 lbs.  I want her to feel amazing!), MOH gift (my younger sister, I want to get her something she can wear as her something old when she gets married & that reflects our Nana who’s passed – her name was Ruby, so I’m getting her something Ruby in memory.)  

Post # 7
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

We cut out pretty much everything you’d find in your standard traditional wedding (we are having four guests and then taking them to dinner after the ceremony).

What we are splurging on:

-ceremony venue – it’ll be cold and snowy so we rented a nice indoor area for 30 min.

-“reception” – a fancy restaurant but since we only have four guests it won’t cost *that* much but still more than your average night out.

-my bouquet – $300 yellow roses


Post # 8
1162 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014









Videography (booked one but got the lowest package)

Bridal Photo Shoot





Post # 9
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Cut: cocktail hour
ceremony space (the hall is plenty big enough for the ceremony and reception)
centerpieces (a few candles will do)
dress (i’m having jasmines make it for a fraction of the cost of boutique dresses)

The hall! that was our major splurge. It cost us our entire original budget (which has now been doubled… whoops!)
lighting – this will be our main decor aspect, its huge to me. I want the perimeter lighting with lighted murals and a lit monogram… 

Post # 10
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@tiff-tiff-tiff:  splurge on the honeymoon and flowers and FOOD 

  cut/am not spending a lot on: videographer (not having one) and favors (favorite soft pretzels 30 for 100!) and my dress was only 650! (Its the dress I wanted though so it just worked out it was so cheap!) 

Post # 11
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are splurging on the venue/food (it’s at one of the best restaurants in town – about $100 per plate on food alone), alcohol (top shelf), photography ($4,000), invitations ($1,500), and honeymoon (Italy, Turkey, Croatia).

We are saving on centerpieces (DIY simple tightly packed flowers in vases – nothing elaborate), favors (not having them), lighting (venue already has great lighting), cupcakes instead of a wedding cake (I like the variety of choices for guests), videography (not having it), things like chair covers and linens (all covered by restaurant and thankfully very simple & elegant), transportation (ceremony & reception are at the same place), and music (friend manning an ipod on a good sound system instead of a DJ – I personally dislike DJs).

I want our wedding to be elegant and focused on impeccable food, drinks, and setting rather than elaborate decorations or details like personalized napkins. Our wedding is coming out to about $200 per person.

Post # 12
1275 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m willing to cut favors, cut back on flowers, potentially cut the DJ (FI has a ton of fraternity brothers who are pretty familiar with sound systems and music/crowds!) …. We splurged on photography and on the venue because 40 people can stay the night and we can bring in our own caterer!

Post # 13
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

Skipped out on:

Massive guest list

Expensive shoes


Splurging on:




Post # 14
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014




Chair Covers

PhotoBooth as favors

Open Bar (to me that’s not a splurge, its what you do at a wedding lol)



Limo (no need to pay $1000 to go a few miles!)

Invites (got some self-print ones at Hobby Lobby 50% off)

Decor (going to DIY as much as I can!)

Post # 15
187 posts
Blushing bee



  • Photographer (#1)
  • Open bar 
  • Venue/food


  • Favors
  • Expensive invitations
  • Expensive dress
  • Expensive cake

Post # 16
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013







-Expensive accessories 

-Letterpress Invitations

-Expensive Transportation (we have a taxi service we’re using for half the price)


We’re lucky we didn’t have to compromise on much, there are SO many great deals out there if you work at it! Our cake, makeup/hair, shoes, jewelry was all deaply discounted. Some things were designer, but eBay is my bst friend! 


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