(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 # 54
    1197 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    bebelicious1:  I hope so!  they come with a cushion, so it should be at least no worse than the chairs we would have gotten at our venue – white wooden folding ones.  I’ll report back after my wedding!

    Post # 55
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    bebelicious1:  it was a lovely wedding. we did have issues with the venue we did pick. they were really unpro. and unorganized. but it all worked out in the end. i ended up picking a yacht club, which was just a little building by the water and boats and harbor with mountains. so it was a nice area with privacy and it was a beautiful day! i had almost had my wedding on that sat instead of friday. good thing i did because the sat(next day) was pouring rain! 

    Post # 56
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I got married last week – we had a £8500/$13300 budget.

    I’ve just gone through our wedding spreadsheet and am mortified that we actually wasted £800/$1275, which is a huge percentage of our budget… 10%! We totally over-ordered on food (wasted a third of our catering budget… £600!) and bought too many odds and ends that didn’t get used, mainly accessories, far too many underwear sets and décor! I’m mortified because I could have put a huge chunk towards our honeymoon (I feel worse because our guests were unbelievably generous when we asked for contributions instead of gifts!) ARGH!

    Post # 57
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    This thread is old but its something thats still relevant. 

    I feel that i wasted almost 300$ steaming mine and the bridesmaids gowns. Our wedding was hrs from our home town and i anticipated picking up my dress from the town and then havong to bring it back for the wedding… well i didnt end up picking it up until the day before the wedding AND they steamed it for me!!!! 

    I’d already paid so no point cancelling… but then i had a monaro with only two doors for the bridal car and made everything crinkle anyway… 

    There’s  nothing else i regret paying for. 

    Post # 58
    343 posts
    Helper bee

    We had the venue half paid for when DH and I canceled the wedding planning and decided to take a cruise and elope in The Bahamas. I ended up getting a full refund for both the cruise and the wedding package after Carnival screwed up so bad, so it could have been much worse financially. I also ended up wasting about $600 on my dress/accessories because I ran into a huge issue with David’s Bridal and their policies. 

    Post # 59
    1133 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We wasted money on our videographer.  Don’t get me wrong, I wanted it, but it’s 4 months down the road, and we still don’t have anything, plus we were told the video basically didn’t come out. No refund or anything yet. That was a big waste of money, I would have spent more on a better videographer if I knew.

    I also bought tons of paper lanterns (ove rbought) and string lights. Our decorator ended up doing a beautiful job with the ceiling, so I didn’t even use any string lights. I purchased litle tea lights battery operated to go inside the lanterns, not thinking they fall right through without anything to hold it!

    All in all, probably wasted about $1,000 on things we just didn’t have time for.

    Post # 60
    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I only made one mistake so far, but my wedding is still 10+ months away, so who knows what will happen. I decided I wanted to have mini mylar number balloons as my table numbers (inspiration pic below) and got a little too enthusiastic about the idea, since I immediately went online and found the gold mylar balloons I wanted and bought them. It was from an American company and while I’m living in Europe I had planned a trip home to visit my parents so I thought I had to make the order ASAP so I could pick them up during the trip.

    Well, living in Europe has started to impact the way I think, since I looked at the order the next day and instead of ordering 16cm balloons (which are roughly 6 inches tall) I ordered 16 INCH balloons. That’s about 3 inches TALLER than the vases for our centerpieces. I couldn’t return them (well, I could, but I still had to pay the shipping and a restocking fee) so I ended up losing out on about $20. Found the balloons in the right size, though! And now I’m the official supplier of the balloons for my friends’ kids’ birthdays. 🙂


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