(Closed) Did You Waste Any Money on Your Wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did you waste even a dime planning your wedding?

    Yes, worth it

    No, worth it

    So, so much money...

    Just a little dough.

    Yes, not worth it

    No, not worth it

  • Post # 32
    272 posts
    Helper bee

    Well, we got our DIY centerpieces from the dollar store and thrift shops and I certainly loved the effect but don’t need over a hundred tea light holders in my small city apartment. #firehazard. I also spent over $80 on a GORGEOUS gold cake topper from Etsy and left it in my bedroom on accident but thought the florist had it. Ah well, I’m framing it to hang in our bedroom anyway. 

    Post # 37
    4520 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

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    bebelicious1:  thanks. I am angling for a one day mission project on my honeymoon, but we’ll see. I really wish we could donate the leftover food too!

    Post # 38
    8573 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Yeah, I wasted a bit of money, and it probably added up to quite a chunk.

    Originally, I had purchased table linens before I purchased my dress. The dress I chose was bright white, while the linens were ivory, and a yellowy ivory at that. Everyone told me that it wouldn’t matter, but it really mattered to me. So I have some table runners, tablecloths, chair covers & sashes that I’ll never use.

    I also purchased a bunch of coverups for my dress that ended up looking like crap. A few of them were tulle, and the tulle just looked so cheap to me, even though I spent a good $70 on each one. I ended up going with another that I got from davids bridal, but I probably lost $300 bucks trying to find one I liked.

    Shoes. I bought alot of shoes. Some weren’t white enough, some I didn’t like. Some I liked at the time, but don’t like now.

    I had bought some of those cutesy favors [like the XO soaps, glass heart coasters, ect] that I decided not to use. I plan to give a few to my bridesmaids, but other than that they are pretty much garbage.

    I bought wine buckets that I won’t be using.

    I bought supplies to make a DIY petal aisle runner – about 6 feet in I decided I didn’t like it and trashed the idea.

    I made a set of 6 foam flower pomanders, but they didn’t quite fit with the theme so I remade them, the originals are just sitting around.

    We also bought alot of halloween themed items before we decided that we didnt want a halloween themed item [even though our wedding is on halloween]. Things like cupcake towers, inflatable buffets, toe tags for drinks [to mark drinks], ect. These won’t be used anytime this year.

    All in all, I’ve probably lost a good $1000 or so when you add up everything, but I think there’s a little waste with brides who tend to do everything themselves.

    Post # 39
    1378 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

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    jenilynevette:  I might be interested I. Your linens. Send me a estate with at you have.   

    Post # 40
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    bebelicious1:  yep yep yep. and not worth it but thats okay. it was over a year ago now so ive come to terms. first off my venue that i booked over a year in advance seriously ended up closing down…. it was my dream venue. so with less then a month to go and all tickets bought. i had to find food and a venue and booze. because my first venue was all in one. then the boys (groomsmen) never sat down to pick or buy suits so they had to rent them… in the end we ended up renting them. at 150-200 a piece…. if they would have just done it them selves. we also bought wayyy to much beer. in the keg. and we were leaving town so that was a little bit of a waste. that was pretty much all i felt we spent too much on. i also hate throwing food away…. i have a sign my coworkers got me “if it walks out of the fridge, let it go!” lol. 

    Post # 41
    2890 posts
    Sugar bee

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    bebelicious1:  We lost our venue deposit because although we canceled 18 months before the event and still had plenty of time to book it to another couple, they didn’t want to give it back to us. So it sucks, but we had no choice. I still haven’t found a job 5 months later, it was obvious to us that losing a few hundred dollars was a wiser choice than putting a few thousands on credit so we could carry on with the wedding plans (although we couldn’t afford it anymore, due to our drastic change of income). But as much as it was heartbreaking to me to lose money we could have used to pay our bills, it gave us an occasion to change our whole wedding plans altogether. And when we finally can afford to get married, it’s going to be a 10-guests, JOP event, no venue, no entertainment, no nothing, just me and him dressed nicely, a great dinner at a great restaurant with our parents, siblings and SOs, then off to a B&B or something. Or, we’ll just throw a casual BBQ, backyard event. In the end, we’ll actually save a lot of money.

    Post # 42
    272 posts
    Helper bee

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    bebelicious1:  yes- here’s our BEAUTIFUL cake topper…that I forgot at home.


    Ah well, it will be framed soon enough. 🙂

    Post # 43
    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I put a down payment of $150 on a photobooth company that stopped responding to me and basically disappeared off the face of the planet-never got that back.

    I bought a hoop skirt for my dress for $80, and the bridal salon went out of business so I never received it-borrowed my friends instead but still out the money.

    I bought bubbles for about $45 that we weren’t really able to use-we used some for a few sunset pictures but it really wasn’t as cool as we thought. Wasn’t a huge deal but since we had our ceremony and reception in the same place, we never really did a grand “exit” where they would be used and they wouldn’t let us do them inside. By the time the wedding was over and we finally did exit, it was too dark to use/see them.

    I think that’s it, for the most part. I know there’s plenty of leftover “stuff” sort of everwhere at my house right now still, but those were the big ones that stuck out.

    Post # 44
    1197 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I could’ve gotten my dress cheaper, but other than that, we’ve been pretty thrifty!  I’ve splurged on some things (Chiavari chairs, caricature artist) but I wouldn’t consider that money wasted since it was spent on something I did want.  There are some things I wish I’d actually spent more money on!

    Post # 45
    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m secretly glad to see I’m not the only one who regretted spending money. I hired a graphic designer on etsy to do custom invitations because I didn’t like any of the premade one. She was not very good and couldn’t understand what I was asking of her. In the end I had to pick a premade template that I didn’t love because we ran out of time and really needed to send the invites out. So that was $70 I’ll never see again. 

    Oh, we also lost $200 on a venue deposit because we decided to have a smaller wedding elsewhere. 

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