(Closed) A budget post for everyone

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I completely agree with you on photography. We totally splurged on the photographer of our dreams, our our photos are AMAZING! In my opinion, being able to look through all my photos in 20 years and re-live the day will be priceless ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Great post. ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, it’s definitely a tie between photography, venue, and dress – but of course, it’s real life so I do have restrictions on these, they’re just our top priorities. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Having the 200+ people at my wedding. Sure, I want nice photography, who doesn’t want to remember how stunning and gorgeous and happy they were that day? But my future in-laws spent almost nothing on photography and they still look happy and wonderful in their photos.

For me, it’s being surrounded by the family and friends that I love and I just can’t cut my guest list in any way. (Sorry cut-throat-Martha.) Even though feeding people and favors and a big-a** cake will cost me a chunk, I want them all there.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I guess photography was the biggest thing for me, but I still didn’t go crazy on it.  I kept it a lot less than I originally thought I would actually.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The food. We’re doing semi-homemade, semi-catered for our picnic wedding, and I can’t wait for the deliciousness.

Post # 9
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am like whitesonnet.  It was totally worth inviting ALL the people we wanted at our wedding, including a few of my parent’s friends that we don’t know very well. It was such a great group of people, and there was a true sense of community on our wedding day.  Awesome!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This is a bit of a hypothetical, because everyone has some sort of financial limit, so we really can’t say “no matter how expensive” truthfully… but…

Music. We’re both classically trained musicians, so mediocre music, to us, is painful… and great music can turn a moment from something special to something unforgettable. Also, I’ve played in quartets at countless weddings, so it has to be not only well-performed but also original! I used to love Pachelbel’s Canon in D, but after having played it several gajillion times, I can’t imagine walking to it. Wink

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

hands down photography. then food. then entertainment. (splurge wise)

– other top priorities are all paper products, the dress, & flowers.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmm I guess photography was one of the things I was more willing to splurge on. And the venue, although it wasn’t the most expensive of all the ones we looked at. And also a band–entertainment is important to us, so we wanted to get a well known band who would be able to play pretty much anything we could think of. And lighting–it’s really important to me to have lots of candlelight, especially during the ceremony, and I’m willing to pay extra for candelabras, votives, etc.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

For me it was my dress.  I foolishly walked into the Bridal store to try on dresses and never told her my budget!  Luckily the dress was MORE than under budget.  For my Fiance it was photography and a band.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER hands down!!  You’re even flying ours (all 3 of them) from VA to Aruba!! 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For me it was my HEADPIECE!!  Does that sound crazy?? Hahahha. Years ago I was in an art museum and saw a beautiful, ancient golden wreath. I thought to myself: if I ever get married and have a wedding,  I want to wear something like that.  And I found someone on Etsy who could make, with the most amazing material!  It ended up costing only $75, but I would have paid SOOOOOO much more.  ๐Ÿ™‚

After that — the music!!  We’re having a string quartet for the ceremony and for the whole reception.  I needed the strings for the whole thing, so much part of the experience!

I’m having a small wedding, but it makes me feel so happy to see the posts where people say the guest list is the most important splurge to them.  How wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

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