(Closed) Budget Woes–What are things you spent money on but later regretted?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I am still in the planning process and almost at witsend stretching my budget.  I can tell you what things I am happy with cutting back on or forgoing so far. 1) Anything that will go in the trash afterwards or not necessary because they can be provided for free. .  This includes, custom cocktail napkins, cake cutters and champagne flutes and rental specialty plates and silverware (gold) that I had im my original budget break down.  2) Rental linens- white linen is provided and it is classic. I am probably the only one that would have cared enough to notice anyway 3) Custom STDs, I made my own using cardstock, embossing powder, and photoprinting from walmart. The price ended up being $0.25/each plus postage. 4) A bridal portrait session before the wedding.  This will require another hair and nail appointment ($$$) and time.  We have 2 photographers for 8 hours on our wedding day.  I feel that is plenty of time to get my bridal portrait before the wedding and first look. 

Other things that may go on the chopping block are…..ceremony programs, menu cards, a special floral arrangement for the escort card table, ceremony arches, an aisle runner, chair decorations for the ceremony, a traditional rehersal dinner and real flower butoneres for the groomsmen.  etc.  

What things are you undecided about? 

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

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caitlynrenee: I think you can save a lot of places. I sometimes wonder why people get a video of their wedding when everyone now has smart phones. Will it be perfecct? Eh, probably not but you will get some video.

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Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Bookmarking 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

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caitlynrenee:  We didn’t use flowers (we had candles for center pieces instead) and that saved us a bunch of money. We also rented 100 napkins for $28 total, which added a pop of color to our tables on top of the white linens provided by the club where we had our reception.

We skipped the popular photo booth but DIY’d a photo “station” with poster board, sticker letters, and some super inexpensive props from amazon. Everything together was about $20.

 

I had a bouquet but we didn’t do a bouquet toss so skipped the spare bouquet for that – those were our only flowers. We bought an aisle runner and wish we hadn’t because it never got laid out. We asked a relative to play the guitar during our processional and recessional, so saved money by having our DJ start at cocktail hour rather than be at the ceremony. 

We did DIY programs, and while I really liked how they turned out, people just tossed them after the ceremony. In retrospect I would probably have skipped them and saved the money.

we didn’t but a traditional guest book, but diy’d that too. There are tons of cool guest book ideas on Pinterest – we saved a lot of money on that. 

What else… We really focused on putting our money towards food, photography and music. Oh, our only decoration for the ceremony site was potted plants that my mom already had – it actually turned out beautifully! 

Sometimes letting your venue speak for itself and keeping the added decor to a minimum really works, it did for us (thank goodness). Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Our coordinator. In the end, she really didn’t do that much for us and didn’t do what she said she would in her contract. Extra $1,000 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

save the dates- but only because I misprinted the date!! In the end I had to get in contact with everyone that had recieved one. When choosing the date we had already checked with the people most important to us (our parents, siblings, godparents) so honestly a save the date was unnessisary in our case. ~30$ from vistaprint (and unfortunately they were ugly too!) Regret all around there.

Don’t just go off websites, check venue packages in person and price out what is or isn’t included. Tent/table/chairs rental can really add up on a budget.

I ruled out one venue as too expensive because thier site listed a tent rental if you were going to dine outside, on top of the venue fee. But when I stopped by there a few weeks later IN PERSON, the coordinator mentioned that they now INCLUDE a tent for weddings, but alas all the dates I would have wanted were booked. :/

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I have read regret boards and so many brides regreted not hiring a videographer, so I dished out money for that.  I would love a great video that we can watch on our anniversaries.  And it falls into the category of things that dont get thrown away!  

I am going to do my own floral centerpieces.  i have been practicing with the discount flowers at the flower shop.   I am ordering bulk flowers from Samsclub and I’m in the process of making tall vases from dollartree candle holders. I am leaving the all the glass clear and will sell them after the wedding.  Flowers make a big impact.  My venue isnt 1/2 as interesting as yours so you should be fine with just candles.  

Right now im on the fence with favors.  My parents feel like it is necessary, I feel like people just throw them away.  I suggested something edible that could be eaten as a midnight snack (like extra cake).  My parents want a trinket/ dustcatcher that will last for years to come and people can look at it and remember.  I dont want to spend the $ on anyting that will end up in trash or at goodwill.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I didn’t really care about flowers so I got silk bouquets from Etsy for me and my two girls – cost me a total of $70 including postage, and they looked absolutely fine.  I now have them in a vase in my house! Your venue sounds like it doesn’t need much decoration – neither did ours; the only thing I did was get family wedding photos (back to my great-grandparents) printed and put in $1 IKEA frames and they looked great and were a real talking point during the evening.  We did email save the dates which saved us a reasonable amount of $$$ and VistaPrint invites.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

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caitlynrenee:  Great question about the videographer! If we had a spare 2k  would have hired one, but we were on a budget like you. We had a relative set up a camera on a tripod so that there weren’t any heads in the way and it wasn’t shaky. He filmed during the ceremony and it turned out great. We have it documented, we can watch it on our anniversary (the only time we would probably watch it anyway), and we saved a boat load of money. I highly recommend having someone film it for you, and put the extra money you might have spent on it towards higher quality photography or food or something you’re really excited about!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I love the make your “make your own smores” idea! We did small matchbox favors – 100 for about $20. If we were really tight on budget we would have cut them, but we could make an extra $20 work, and it was nice to have something else at each place setting since our decor was so minimal. 

I completely second the PP who suggested that you call around to venues even if they seem too expensive according to their websites. Our venue advertised wedding packages that included entire weekend rentals. When we called and explained that we were just looking for a ceremony location for Friday afternoon (we had already found a fantastic deal on a reception venue), they were absolutely willing to work with us, and for a cheaper price! It never hurts to ask. 🙂

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Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

What do you NEED in order to have a wedding? The list is actually quite small. Try making a list of things you absolutely HAVE to have in order to have a wedding, and then add things after that in order of importance to you and your fiance. It becomes immediately clear what the extraneous crap is.

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