(Closed) Did you spend money on something you look back on and feel was a waste?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

maybe you should post this is a forum geared for bees who are post-wedding.

I’d like to know this too!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This is a great question! I would love to see the answers to this…

Married bee’s???

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When we first started wedding planning I was on the fence about having a videographer and I was adimant about having a unique form of transportation. We ended up scrapping the videographer when we found a Jaguar limo…after all was said and done the limo didn’t really make the statement that I was hoping for and they were late picking us up, etc. In hindsight, I wish that we would have scrapped the limo, rented a towncar or something much cheaper and used the $700 toward a videographer.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’m having a hard time thinking of an answer to this question because I feel like for the most part we cut back on things so everything that was left were things that I really wanted.

However, If I were to do it all again, I wouldn’t have gotten the veil that I did. Sure it was gorgeous, but it was $230 and I don’t think that it was worth it. It had little crystal beads along the edge and I don’t think you can really tell in the photos,sso a plain veil would’ve been fine.

Another thing that I could’ve cut back on was the DJ. He was a disappointment. I’m sure most DJ’s are great, but I literally was cueing him by staring him down through the ceremony because he started music at the wrong time, etc. so I could’ve had any random person do that job for a lot less. Also an Ipod wedding would’ve been fine, because this guy played 5 backstreet boys songs. seriously?! I loved them when I was in public school, not at my wedding.

So to go back, I would’ve found a cheaper veil and skipped the lame DJ. 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I may get flamed for this – but honestly my biggest spending regret was the favors. I thought they were really cute – apothecary jars filled with candies (chocolate palm trees, pineapple star candies, chocolate covered Kona coffee beans, and candy seashells) – since we had a destination wedding Darling Husband and I had an interesting time packing them up. I was really disappointed that so many were left over at the end of the night.

I refuse to believe that they were boring favors, who says no to chocolate?!? If I had known so many would be left behind, I would have spent the time and energy on something else – like a massage and a mani/pedi.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I honestly can’t think of anything & I’ve really tried hard to think of something. Like others, we cut back during the planning process to what we thought were the bare necessities so we had no regrets. Ex: Only 1 favor per couple/party, no special transportation (My Mom paid for a horse & carriage to go from the hotel to the wedding venue as a surprise gift, but not something I would have done otherwise), alternative bouquets for the bridesmaids (something other than flowers), did our own decor and sold the supplies after the wedding, etc.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would have spent less on the invitations.  Utlimately no one cares about them after the fact and they really just need to let them know the time and location.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I regret our venue. After it was all said and done, I could have picked something for probably less than half of what we paid & got better service.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I second the favors. Guests don’t really care about them.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Actually no.  I have no spending regrets.  We cut a lot out and were very lucky to have a few people donate their services/goods to help us out.  For example, we did not have a videographer or transportation.  Would it have been nice?  Yes.  Was it necessary?  No.  A friend gifted us wedding invitations and they were awesome.  We were just going to make our own from a kit.  And we had an Aunt who owns a bakery make our favors.  But as other posters have mentioned, only like half the people take the favors.  We had so many boxes of cookies left over.  It’s a shame they went to waste.  If we had paid I probably would be a little perturbed. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly, I regret a lot of it, and I wish we would have spent money in other ways.  However, I’m typically a very practical person, and so lwhile ooking back how could I not regret the money spent on things I don’t even remember.  We were very blessed to have my parents help a lot with our wedding budget, and so I let my mom dominate where the money went, and make choices that should have been mine to make.  Additionally, I’m a people pleaser, so I just went with what her and my sister were telling me.  Not smart. 

My advice:

*make sure what your spending money on is truly important to you, or you probably shouldn’t be spending that much money on it.

 *I agree that favors aren’t really that appreciated, but I also think that a lack of them is tacky so probably just don’t go all out on them. 

*Don’t skimp on your photographer, because an awesome photographer can make any wedding, no matter how budgeted look fantastic while a cheaper, quick fix, photographer is going to make even the most elaborate wedding look very budgeted. 

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