(Closed) Anything you regret buying?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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klbrend:  My $400 veil. I wore it for 30 minutes and that was it. Waste!

Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My garter I had to have one and I stressed over getting the right one more that literally every other thing in the whole wedding and in the end I took it off right after photos I don’t think DH has even seen it lol

Post # 4
1316 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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klbrend:  Our wedding coordinator!!! Don’t get me wrong, I think wedding coordinators can be sooo helpful and so wonderful, but ours was awful. (The wedding day was beautiful and I have no regrets and she didn’t spoil anything for the whole day, but she absolutely was not worth the crazy amount of $$ my mom payed for her services.) The wedding coordinator we picked was, in addition to being a day-of coordinator, supposed to be a support system/sounding board throughout the planning process, and my mom was convinced she would be helpful. She basically never initaited any conversations and anytime we sent something to her for “review”, she would just say, “Oh, looks great!” Um, not helpful. She was supposed to handle a lot of the logistical planning but I ended up doing things like the wedding day timeline myself, which was frustrating. Then on the day-of the wedding, she was helpful in getting all the guests seated (no ushers) but created huge amounts of stress for me because she always had to point out the “proper” way to do things and cause constant interruptions. Seriously, who cares if I’m standing on DH’s left or right side just because I walked down the aisle on someone’s left or right side….

Found out after the wedding that she was a little rude to the guests. We also had these little activities for guests (like advice cards for the bride and groom among several other things) in lieu of dancing, and she was supposed to encourage everyone to participate or take the initiative and bring the activities to the tables if they didn’t want to get up. Out of 60ish guests, we only had about 20 people participating in any of the activities. In addition, the wedding coordinator was constantly hijacking our time with the photographer and trying to boss her around. Excuse me, I hired the photographer for a reason, and she’s brilliant, please leave us alone hahaha.

Like I said, she couldn’t have possible ruined our day because we were so happy to FINALLY be getting married, but there were several moments of extreme annoyance and stress. I even had to step away into a back room with DH for a while because I was so ready to smack her hahaha. My mom really regretted the amount she had to pay too and wasn’t happy with her services. We would have mentioned it to the coordinator to see if we could get an adjustment, but she never even got in touch with us afterward to make sure everything was finalized and final vendors paid (her job!).

Post # 5
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel


Post # 6
33 posts

Shoes. I wore gorgeous ones I already had, but spent too much time looking at “bridal” shoes and stressing about the potential expense.

Bridal clutch. Bought a gorgeous one which I’ll certainly use again, but it wasn’t worth the stress of trying to find a “bridal” clutch — especially since you will nearly never carry it during the wedding. I could have used any of my other clutches and been perfectly fine.


Alcohol. Bought enough for 2 drinks per person the first hour and 1 drink every hour after. People were too busy talking to drink that much, and we only used half.

Church music. We hired a choir. They were so bad they were funny, but I would have preferred to have saved the money.

Drinks menus. I put these together cheaply, but they were not worth the time. People are happy to simply walk up to the bartender.

Wedding programmes. I printed one per person and we had half leftover. Couples must have been sharing programmes.

Cocktail napkins. I handpainted these and the venue forgot to hand them out. 


Post # 7
1998 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

This is a great topic. tagging in. 

Post # 8
7892 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We got a little overzealous at Costco. We bought too many snacks and drinks, which we didn’t think was possible. We had SO much leftover, and I was so bummed that I couldn’t take it all back with me. 

I also bought a petticoat that I altered but ended up not using. It was only a drop in the bucket of the wedding cost, but I didn’t need it in retrospect. 

Post # 9
742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

So far, I overspent on my veil and really don’t even know if I like the idea of wearing it now.

Aside from that, I was searching for lace tablecloths for our tables, but now that we’re changing venues and our guest list has grown… I think I may ditch that idea.

Post # 10
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

We purchased lunch for everyone the day of and we bought way too much! 

Post # 11
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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klbrend:  I regret buying stuff too early on in the planning, before everything started coming together. For example, I bought this cute sign to use at the wedding, but now, I don’t really think it’ll work with the rest of the decor, so I’m probably not going to use it. 

Post # 12
1240 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I bought a champagne sequin table cloth. Thought I was getting a great deal until I realized the tablecloth was the dimensions of the tabletop only (with no fabric to hang down). Now I’m left with a tiny tablecloth and don’t know what to do with it.

I also bought like 4 of those Starry String Lights (little LED lights on a copper wire) without a real plan for them. I thought I could just stick them in any vase/etc but it’s going to be more difficult than that to figure out how to hide the battery pack. They weren’t cheap either and now I don’t really know what the hell to put them in.

Now I’m trying to cool-it on the wedding decor purchases and reign myself in.

Post # 13
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I regret buying a veil and hair clip before the dress.  My d dress changed from the original idea and i can’t use this veil and the hair clip.  $75 wasted. 

Post # 14
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

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Post # 15
2990 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

The ring bearer pillow! We spent a lot on a beautiful one with loads of embroidered lace. And then our ring bearer chickened out and started to cry, so I gave him a lollipop, told him to sit with his auntie, and had the best man (his Dad) be in charge of the ring the entire time.


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