Do you wish you spent more or less on your wedding in hindsight?

posted 1 year ago in Money
  • poll: Looking back, do you wish you spent more or less on your wedding?
    I wish we spent MORE on the wedding. : (4 votes)
    17 %
    I wish we spent LESS on the wedding. : (5 votes)
    22 %
    We spent the perfect amount. : (14 votes)
    61 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    3536 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    chyangra :  iin hindsight, i’d have gladly paid the florist an extra $1000 to take care of ALL the flowers. i decided to try to do a small bit of them myself (the cocktail tables, the welcome sign) which seemed super easy and manageable (it was just purchasing some flowers and sticking them in mason jars). the reality was that it added SO MUCH stress to the day before our wedding (i won’t go into details, but it was a PITA) and i should have just sucked up the extra cash to pay the florist to just not have to worry about it.

    the place where i wish i had saved money was on my hair. the stylist was awful, and i should have done it myself (i’d have done a better job). oh well.

    fwiw, i guess we fall into the “spared no expense” category. we certainly weren’t blase about our money, but it was a $55k dream-wedding i’d suppose you’d say.

    Post # 4
    Member
    264 posts
    Helper bee

    chyangra :  We spent about $12,000 on our wedding and I wish we had spent much less. It’s just not that important in the grand scheme of things. It was a beautiful wedding, but at the end of the day, the only thing that really stands out to me is that I married my best friend. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1382 posts
    Bumble bee

    The only think I wish we didn’t spend money on was a pizza bar for the last half of the reception. WHO DOESN’T USE A PIZZA BAR?! My guests let me down on that one, I think 1 person ate from it😂☹

    Post # 6
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    714 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

    We spent $15,000 on our wedding and I think it was the perfect amount. We spent a lot on food and drink considering we had fewer than 20 guests, but amazing food was very important to us. Four years later our guests still tell us it was the best food they ever had at a wedding. We have no regrets!

     

    Post # 8
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    981 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

    We plan to spend $10k on our wedding, which is definitely budget here in CT. I STRUGGLED to find a venue that wasn’t charging $100+pp plus a venue fee. It was a lot of work, but we found one for $75pp with no venue fee, and we’re snatching it right up. 

    I want to be as thrifty as possible, because I know I’ll look back and only remember how happy we were. I wish we could pend less but around here, $10k is like the bare minimum to have would be considered a “normal” wedding at a venue and not severely cut corners.

    Post # 12
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    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I didn’t vote because technically I can’t answer it yet as our wedding isn’t until next month. I feel like we did a decent job staying on our budget. We splurged on things we wanted and tried to save in other areas. I don’t feel like I will regret not spending more or less. (we’ve spent about $30k — about $3k of that is our honeymoon)

    Post # 13
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    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    chyangra :  Hey, fellow Chicagoan!  I’m definitely sorting out the finances of all this stuff too.  FH and I went through one of those check-off lists and crossed off all the crap we just really didn’t care about and didn’t think were necessary.  That helped to narrow things down a lot to the things that mattered and that we wanted to spend on.

    And yes, I also get the impression that $15k is on the low end for a wedding that’s even remotely close to downtown.  We’re exploring options in the suburbs too, but a lot of stuff here is just damn expensive.

    Post # 14
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    981 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

    chyangra :  Well, I have an easy office job, of which my internet usage is not stricly monitore…bahahah. So, I can spend many hours a day researching. 

    How exciting – Chicago! Good luck with planning, bee! 🙂 

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