Anyone else make silly mistakes that cost you money when planning your wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

We had 90 guests so I ordered 100 expensive invitations. D-uh… they were almost all couples.

I used the extra ones for scratch paper and grocery lists. cool

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My only real one was I thought I would diy table number frames and that failed. It was only $50 thankfully. 

I orderd thank you cards from vista print and I hated them so much. I got a full refund and tried to use them but I really didn’t like them. So we decided to order new ones, which cost $200. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

We had a doughnut cake and I thought I had ordered half orginal glaze and the other half raspberry glaze. Turns out I had ordered raspberry filled, so Darling Husband had to buy a couple of boxes of the raspberry glazed ones so we could get at least some of the pink colour that was supposed to be on the doughnut stand. It actually turned out better as the pink was subtle 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

I also bought loads of craft stuff to make table names with and ended up just printing them off as it looked better than my hand mades ones!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’ve got an odd shaped engagement ring so I struggled to find a wedding ring that I liked with it. I bought a wishbone shaped ring as I thought it was the best option but I kept looking at it before we got married and I just didn’t like the two together. It took me a long while to decide I wanted a custom ring and I could no longer return the original wishbone ring. So I never really wore the wishbone ring and it’s mostly been sat in jewellery box. The wishbone ring was about £500 and the custom ring was £1,000 so that’s money that could have been much better spent.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

shadows9x :  yes. I have purchased 3 wedding dresses. Don’t judge . 🤭

But seriously. I could have paid the photographer with that money. and the worst: I don’t like any of them. So useless.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I ordered 120 gorgeous wedding programs at $2+ each. One of my bridesmaids had just gotten married the year before and I put her maiden name on the programs out of habit, forgetting entirely that she had a new, married name…. an expensive mistake.

She is the only woman in our friend group who did change her name and so I didn’t want her to think I was passing judgment on her choice by not using her married name. I reordered the programs, the wrong-name programs are still boxed up in storage at my parents’ house – I don’t want to throw them away, which is deeply irrational. I never told anyone, but my husband jokingly called them “alternative universe programs.”

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I bought a $170 flower girl dress from Alfred Angelo…which was supposed to arrive the week after they ended up declaring bankruptcy. So that never happened, and trying to find something else that I liked as much as that one was difficult. Ended up finding a PERFECT dress for $17.99 on clearance at Dillard’s. (By that point I was so over it I was about to let her wear her Elsa dress down the aisle…)

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I bought a clearance wedding dress a few sizes too big with the assurance that it would be no problem to alter. After months of costly alterations, I gave up and bought a new dress. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I booked a swing/jazz band, and since have decided what I really want is a ceilidh! I’ll lose my £160 deposit, but the cost of the ceilidh plus the original deposit shouldn’t be as much as the original band. It still feels wasteful though, but I do love a good ceilidh!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I bought a pair of ivory wedges with a little crystal detail, thinking I am uncomfortable in heels and my wedding is outside under a tree, so with wedges I can walk without sinking into the grass, and dance all night comfortably. Then even though it was too late to return the first pair, I decided those were boring and bought myself a pair of low-heel Badgley Mischka pumps in a cobalt blue with crystals on the toe. Everyone agreed they were much prettier, and they didn’t add to my height so the dress length was still fine.

I ordered those flower petal things you put over the heel part to prevent sinking into grass, but they come in two sizes and instead of just ordering both and returning whichever didn’t work, I guessed. I guessed wrong! They were too big and kept falling off. Also it turns out that I can’t dance in even a low heel without fear of breaking an ankle, so as soon as we did our grand entrance into the reception, I kicked them off and didn’t put them back on again until the very end of the night. Worth it, because I have some great pics with the pretty blue shoes, but now I have a pair of bridal wedges in my closet at my parents’ house, and a pair of lovely blue heels with grass stains on them that I probably won’t wear again.

TL;DR: If you wear heels on grass and buy those petal things, make sure you get the right size!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

glitterati :  You’re a good friend. I would have 100% used them.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I waited until the last minute to pay for one of our vendors. I had to pay online and was charged a “convience” fee which amounted to $200. So annoying. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I bought my wedding dress too early because it was on clearance and I figured I would rather save the money than feel like a princess in my dress – but months went by and I realized I did care about the dress and bought another one that I adore. Could have used that money to pay for every vendor tip. 

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