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

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 16
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Made a typo on the save the dates and had to reprint them!

Post # 17
176 posts
Blushing bee

Spent $225 on a veil that I didn’t wear during our ceremony.  I had it on for our first look but once we got to the ceremony site on top of a mountain, the combination of the veil and the wind drove me nuts.  I took it off during pre-ceremony pictures and stuffed it in a bag.  I had also spent $60 on a set of veil weights that I had with me too.  Didn’t even bother to see if they would have helped the situation.  Oh well! 

Post # 18
395 posts
Helper bee

Annoying but not too costly – bought cheap IKEA photo frames to use as table numbers but then felt they were too small and bought wooden frames from someone online. Ended up donating the IKEA frames, at least they were cheap… 

Costly mistake – when signing the contract with the venue the sales person told us that if we increase the total guests count by X people before the wedding they will reduce the cost per plate. At the time we didn’t think we’d have more people than the minimum we agreed on and didn’t put that clause in the contract. The in laws invited a lot more people than we expected – and when we called to increase our guests count of course the venue didn’t reduce the cost per plate as nothing was written in the contract. Stupid costly mistake – put everything in writing! Everything!  

Post # 19
8384 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The only thing I can really think of is that i bought 2 cheapie veils from china and then didnt wear a veil at all LOL. Luckily they were only like $30 combined. Actually, along that same line I bought 3 “boards” that I thought were chalk boards (used from a FB wedding group) but they were painted black. I didnt feel like paiting over them to actually be able to use them so they were wasted. i Think they were $5 each, so not a huge loss. 

I was eventually going to list all my wedding stuff to sell (mostly to get rid of it), but I’m so lazy I havent gotten around to doing it yet lol. 

Post # 20
2266 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

I hired an inexperienced semi-professional photographer without seeing more than one or two of her weddings. We had originally set a 9/3/17 wedding date, and I was worried no one would be available. 

Also, FH had balked at spending more than about $1k on photography. I tried to find a more budget friendly option, rather than arguing that someone good was going to cost more like $2k. Considering how exceedingly particular we both are about photography in general, I should have pushed back.

We ended up having to postpone the wedding after the original venue fell through. She was willing to push our deposit forward, which was nice of her, but as the year went on and I started seeing more of her work, I was increasingly unhappy with what I was seeing in her portfolio.

Mistakes that even a careful amateur wouldn’t make; a standing fan in the frame behind a bride in her “getting ready” shot. Hangers dangling in the background of mother-daughter candids. Things a more experienced/polished photographer would have caught. And her post-production always came out a bit… limp.

A “free” engagement session was included in our package price, so I figured it was worth seeing how she’d do on those. I chose a fairly dramatic location, believing that in such a gorgeous spot, there was no way they wouldn’t turn out well. I even paid her an extra $150 for the travel to get there.

She didn’t use the appropriate equipment for the shooting conditions – something FH even mentioned to her at the time – and most of the photos she gave us were a tremendous disappointment. We decided to release her from further contracted services, and ate the $500 deposit. We knew after seeing how she shot our engagement photos, her work wasn’t up to our standards for our wedding.

So, it cost me $650 to convince FH spending $2k on the right photographer was necessary. Considering that’s more than 2x what I paid for my dress, it was a costly mistake.



Post # 21
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

For me it was a better together sign I got off of etsy. I was expecting it to be well made. it was not. I wasted $70 for it (included shipping). I will be more careful of where I get things. I have actually gotten better quality items from recycled brides groups! Etsy is a good DIY idea thing, but do not rely on etsy. A girl I know said she spent 6 figures using decor from etsy.

Post # 22
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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clairhuxtable :  maybe under different circumstances I would have used them (who actually reads the bridal party names on the program?) but she and her husband have been through a lot together, I wanted to be sure she felt supported in her choices.

Post # 23
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I had two hair trials which I hated (that’s not my fault) then panicked and booked with another hairdresser despite misgivings, then panicked again and cancelled and got hit with a $200+ cancelation fee. I never actually signed a contract and no cancelation fee was mentioned so I could have refused, but I felt bad and just wanted to make it go away. It sounds silly but the whole hair situation was just awful! I couldn’t face going back to that salon so I made my dear fiance go and pay it! Then I got my friend to do my hair and it turned out SO much better than the professionals. Makes me feel better to know others wasted money too…

Post # 24
54 posts
Worker bee

I wrote 2017 instead of 2018 on my invitations 😣 luckily the company gave me a refund/credit to replace them! 

I also bought a wedding ring too early because it was on sale. I couldn’t stop thinking about another ring instead and ended up purchasing my dream ring a few months ago. I couldn’t return the original one so I’ll just use it as my “travel ring”. 

Post # 25
1532 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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ukbea :  I’m having one too.. hope my crowd get into it.

Post # 26
702 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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becks90 :  where’s your wedding? We’re in the north of England and I was worried the majority English guests at an English wedding wouldn’t want to ceilidh, but the dancefloor was full for the entirety of my friend’s wedding ceilidh last summer.

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