Post # 1
FI and I are trying to have a very cost effective wedding. Our budget is $10,000 max. The one thing we splurged on (so far) is the band. We really wanted this local band to play at our reception. They’re so amazing, and we HAD to have them! Compared to hiring a DJ, they really aren’t that much more expensive. Plus, we know that we love them, so we’re willing to pay the $1000 to hire them for the night.
What did you splurge on?
Post # 3
Photography. I’m super picky about wedding photography and pictures are really important to me. It was our biggest splurge.
Second biggest would be lighting.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
$1000 is a pretty great deal for a band you really love, so I think that’s smart!
We splurged on photography. It took some convincing to get my husband on board for spending $2500 on that (which isn’t even crazy high for a good photographer), but I am sooooo glad we did. The day is such a happy blur, so looking through all the photos helps us relive all the fun and joy.
Post # 5
Photography and our food. Well, our photographer, is a friend of mine in the business since we work together on weddings once in a while if we need help. She gave me a great deal. Food, we went with all BBQ, one of our cities top rated!
Post # 6
@MichiganGirl24: Food, alcohol and photography (most to least). We hosted 3 events (welcome dinner, reception, thank you brunch) and wanted our guests to be able to drink at all three. Our photographer was definitely worth every penny, and we got her most comprehensive package (engagement, boudoir, all day wedding w/2 photographers, all prints on dvd with release, $200 print credit).
Post # 7
Photography is our #1 splurge. We are really picky about photos and about 30% of our budget is going towards them. I love our photographer so much and she is totally worth the expense to me. A secondary splurge was on updates to our backyard (backyard wedding). We technically did not need to install a fence, expand our patio, or redo our landscaping to make our backyard work for a wedding, but we’re using the wedding as an excuse to. At least we get to enjoy those updates long after the wedding.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Our venue. Instead of renting the beach house we held our ceremony and reception at for the weekend of the wedding, we rented it for the entire week leading up to the wedding. We spent $2800 which was the lion’s share of our $5000 budget. But it was completely worth it. We were able to enjoy a week at the beach with friends and members of the bridal party.
Post # 9
We splurged on the bar. We could have the standard beer/wine bar, but we upgraded to a variety of selections of beer/wine, all mixed drinks, and a daquiri/cosmo/margerita bar. It’s still only $16 a person for 5 hours. I think our friends will really enjoy it since we’ll all be 21-24, but the reception ends at 11 so it shouldn’t get too crazy.
Post # 10
I really wanted cupcakes from this particular local shop… so that was our splurge. Also, we splurged on an open bar.
Post # 11
@adoc86: +1 on photography.
My second splurge is the honeymoon. That will cost more than the wedding by far because I feel the marriage is the important part, not the wedding.
Post # 12
I splurged on my cupcakes! I was determined to have cow themed cupcakes and paid about $600 for 100 cupcakes with cow faces and spots on them. Our whole budget came to about $9,000 total.
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: Oh! I hadn’t even thought of the honeymoon. Okay. That was the biggest splurge 😛 haha
Post # 15
@MichiganGirl24: we splurged on our band as well! That was a must-have to me. We also splurged on our venue/ food. We are saving money on flowers (a friend is a floral designer) and on the cake (doing a really simple set-up).
Post # 16
Photography, food and wine….oh and my dress. But I dont count that as I used some money I was left and my elderly aunt would have been chuffed to see me in the dress that she gifted me.