Post # 1
A purse isn’t really a NECESSARY item for your big day, and it’s an item that you could easily spend a lot of money on, and then find it never made it into any pictures (that is unless you specifically plan to pose with it at some point). If you don’t ever re-use it, a purse/clutch for the big day has the potential to be the accessory that’s the biggest waste of money. And then on top of that, having one might accidentally end up burdening you with responsibilities you don’t want? Do you really want to be the one to have the checks and tips in envelopes to distribute to the vendors? Sounds like something some other designated person should do anyway, but just having a purse might make you carry items that may cause you stress (ex: cell phone). On the plus side it allows you a stylish way to have emergency go-to items on hand (say for makeup touch ups).
Despite wrestling with all of the above worries I’ve made the decision to have one, and spent more on it than any other single clothing/accessory item I’ve ever purchased (besides my wedding dress). This is because I found one I fell hard for, and I anticipate cherishing and using it for formal events for a long time. To be honest I’ve been having a hard time waiting to use it, I have an upcoming trip next week where it would be an AWESOME accessory to a cute dress I have for dinner, but I decided to keep it in new condition for the big day. Even though it won’t be the accessory star of the day compared to my shoes, hair comb, necklace, and the all important ring… I can see myself re-using it more frequently than the rest (minus the wedding band) and being able to feel nostalgic for my big day every time I use it. That’s the goal anyway.
I see so many posts where the big splurge ends up being the shoes (mine were $95) and for the above reasons, my splurge ended up being my purse ($290). I still find my choice on where to spend a bit extra odd, but I have no regrets as long as I re-use the purse a lot.
Post # 3
@lovelyduckie: So here’s the deal. I wouldn’t spend anything because I can’t imagine carrying around a clutch on my wedding day, but i’ll tell you I splurged that much money on my wedding shoes, which nobody could really see. 🙂 I bought them because I loved them. If you love the clutch, you should get it! It’s your wedding day. 🙂
Post # 4
As much as I love accessories (and bags!) I don’t think I want to be carrying one around on my wedding day. I will probably have one of my bridesmaids carrying one for me. But having said that, I don’t see any issue with splurging on a clutch for the big day. All the better if you carry it again after the wedding.
Post # 5
I didn’t carry one at all on my wedding day. Just threw my touch up lipstick in my dad’s pocket, and then my husband’s later. There just wasn’t anything I needed to carry that badly on the day, and it was nice to have my hands free.
But if you love it, and want it to be part of your day and think you’ll re-use it I think it’s a perfect purchase.
Post # 6
I didn’t use one. I think theyre pretty unnecessary and wouldnt spend over maybe 70 bucks
Post # 7
I had one it was great. I didn’t carry it with me though I left it in the car and had someone bring it in for the reception. I spent about $25 from eBay 🙂
Post # 8
I think mine ended up being like $130, and I didn’t use it for more than a minute. A bouquet and a clutch was just too annoying. I’ll likely never use it again. Stupid (but pretty) purchase on my part!
Post # 9
I bought one and used it. I was meeting my husband at the venue for first look pictures before everyone else showed up so I was glad to have my cell phone, mints, and lipstick on me. I did end up needing my phone so the photographer could let me know when to get out of the limo to go meet up for pics. I just threw it under our sweetheart table before the ceremony. Also we went to a piano bar after the wedding and I needed my ID. I only spent $30 on my purse though and I have reused it a couple times already.
Post # 10
I wasn’t going to buy a clutch until I saw this…
It was $300 so definitely a splurge for a clutch, but I loved it on my wedding day! I plan on using it for future fancy events.
ETA: It comes in silver, too, but I had to restrain myself.
Post # 11
The one I love is $260, but I can’t bring myself to buy it. I just don’t think I’ll feel like carrying it around all night so it seems like a wasteful purchase.
Post # 12
I looooooove this clutch.
I have gold jewellery, and I’m thinking about taking it with me but leaving it in the car during the ceremony – that way I have it with me on the way to the reception.
It’s £39 ($60)
Post # 13
I’m crocheting a clutch for our wedding. It was the first thing I decided to make/have because I loved the picture in the magazine so much. This was so early that we didn’t have a budget, so I don’t know how much I spent on the yarn, but it’s cashmere so probably closer to $60.
Then, as the wedding took shape, I started to question the clutch. What was I supposed to do with it? I mean, sure – a compact, lip gloss, tissues, chewing gum… but what about the bouquet? I basically stuffed the clutch into a drawer and didn’t want to think about it until last week when I decided that I want to go to the cemetery where my grandpa is after the ceremony and leave my bouquet for him. Once I had made that decision, I remembered the clutch and it felt like the perfect accessory for the reception. It has now left the drawer and I’m working on it again! 🙂
Post # 14
I spent $50 on a purse that I never even touched on my wedding day (but I’ve used it a lot since then!)
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I bought a custom silk clutch from etsy – you can customize the colors, and it’s so pretty! It was $60, which was about as much as I wanted to spend.
This seller is highly recommended: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jesswitaj?ref=seller_info
Post # 16
I love purses and don’t mind spending quite a bit on one that’s just right for my life in general, but I won’t spend a dime on a purse for my wedding, because I don’t need one and won’t have any reason to use one. I don’t like to buy useless things, it makes me feel like a mindless consumer, just using up earth’s limited resources and filling it up with garbage.
I know some people might plan to have a purse instead of a bouquet or something so I don’t judge other people for getting a wedding purse if they know they’ll use it. I just would absolutely judge myself, since I know I will be only holding the bouquet and my new husband’s arm! 🙂