(Closed) Biggest wedding splurge?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 17
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

1) Venue, but it was all-inclusive, and included A LOT, thus making it – in my opinion, a savings for us, even if it is the highest paid vendor at the moment.

2) Photographer, but we LOVE him.

Post # 18
856 posts
Busy bee

Dress as well!

Budgetted for $1500 and paid $2200. Eberything else we have stayed on budget and have lucked out finiding better deals then what we thought we could.

Post # 19
2609 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think ours would be our ceremony venue. It was $800 for the space and $700 for 120 chairs! It’s a lot when I consider that for no extra cost really we could have gotten married at our reception venue…but oh well! This was the venue that made me light up as Fiance put it when we talked about where to get married. It’s a local botanical garden, we visit there frequently and love the idea of always been able to go back to a special place where we were married.

Post # 20
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@loveinthelibrary:  My dress. I didn’t have a real number in mind, but it wasn’t cheap. 

Post # 21
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My shoes. I had $400 lace flats made. They were nice, but they were $180-200 nice, and then the dry cleaner wrecked them after the wedding. I had wanted to shadow box them, so in retrospect, I should have bought $10 white slippers at wal mart, or $180 tieks and been further along.

Post # 22
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@loveinthelibrary:  Ours…by far was the wedding venue…then the photography for sure. Our honeymoon will be in between both of those.

Post # 23
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am spending (after alterations) about $1,600 on my dress when I wanted to be in at about $800-$1000.

We are spending about $1,000 more on flowers than my original budget, but we are doing something a bit unique with our centerpieces.

We saved A LOT of money on our photographer, since he is a family friend who has been a professional (high-end) wedding photographer for the past 10+years.

I am also paying all of $90 for my (professionally done) custom-made two-tier veil with alcelon lace trim and aplique.  Most places wanted $250+  


This may sound silly, but pretty much everything is a splurge to me.  I don’t normally get my hair done (cut and custom color $150 every 8-10 weeks), my nails done ($40 for gel polish manicure every 2 weeks), or tanning ($75/month for high-end salon) on any regular basis.  These things I am doing now and started doing recently.  I am going to get my hair and makeup done day-of – I do my simple daily makeup myself and have never had my make up done a day in my life, and my hair routine is usally air-drying hair down or hair in a ponytail (when my hair is in a bun, it’s a special day!).  And I just scheduled an appointment for eyelash extensions (yay Groupon!.  I’m thinking about waxing/threading/sugaring everything below my nose to boot!

I already told my Fiance that he had better not get used to me bing *this* girlie!  My wallet will appreciate the rest after the wedding too, I’m sure!

Post # 24
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our photography and videography is our big splurge, coming in at a whopping $8500. We DID negotiate it down from $11k so I am pretty happy with that. I know a lot of people will think that is ridiculous but these are the two most important things to us and will last years after the wedding. Check them out!

Cana Family

Post # 25
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

First – guest list. It was really important for my husband and I to be able to invite all our loved ones! This was our biggest priority so it was a no brainer!

Second – my day of coordinator. I wanted to be able to enjoy my day! Best money we spend. On the moring-of I turned everything over to her and can honestly say that I didn’t have to worry about anything else the rest of the day! She solved problems before I even found out about them. Totally worth it.

ETA: if we’re counting honeymoons – that’s definitely us. We spent more on the honeymoon than on the entire welcome dinner, wedding, breakfast, and rings combined!

Post # 26
1097 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

photography, hands down. We decided that was our top priority so I’m OK with that.

Post # 27
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The makeup artist is my only splurge. I am doing most things myself, so I am saving tons that way! I don’t wear makeup every single day. I am sure I could do at least an alright job. I originally wanted my Maid/Matron of Honor to do it, but I realize that would be a lot of pressure. I also don’t want that pressure. I have a specific look in mind, and I know she can do a good job because she did my makeup for free for me and was nice enough to do my entire face… I am also gifting the bridesmaids their makeup and jewelry that day. I am doing the most with that $350. Yes, that is a splurge for me!

Post # 28
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Venue and photography

Post # 29
1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


Photography: $4000 for the best in the area.

Venue: Historic, mountaintop resort. $16000 (including food and drinks.)

Post # 30
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Venue and band for us. 

Post # 31
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013


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