(Closed) Frugal Bees – what did you say 'eff' it about?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@nocleverbeepun:  engagement ring, expensive veil. (Found one reduced from $300 to $35 and said that will do), expensive shoes, pricy cars!

Post # 4
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@nocleverbeepun:  Our ceremony/reception location! The rental fee was more than we wanted to spend, but we fell in love with it and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Everything else has stuck to the budget though!

Post # 5
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Invites, $50 diy clearance target sets.  Veil, $25 off ebay.  Dress, $250 running of the brides.  Shoes, $30 sale. 

Post # 6
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

I said ‘F-IT!’ to a big wedding…we didn’t want a 150 person party.  We could have afforded it, but it’s just not us (despite my Father-In-Law wishes).  Having a wedding with 24 people invited leaes an awful lot of room for us to spend money where we really want to instead of stretching the budget thin.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Post # 7
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My dress!

It was a gift from my parents. I had it narrowed down to two–A dress I really liked that was $750, and MY dress, The One, that was $1900 (of course…)

So my dress cost more than my reception!

Also, my bouquet! I made all the bouquets and floral arrrangements. I thought about it like “Should I spend $35 on JUST my bouquet? My total floral budget is like $250!”

And then I was like “Well yes, yes I should.”

Though I did dry my bouquet, and it’s safely preserved on my dresser! So it’s not like I chucked it after the wedding or anything.

Post # 8
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

videography. and favors.

Post # 9
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The dress – found one I liked for $299 – every so often I get dress envy, I even tried on a beautiful Maggie Soterro dress but it was ten times the price so eff it!




Flowers – My bouquets/bouts/corsages all come up to about 400 euro. The venue is supplying centrepieces – I’m not expecting anything fancy but the venue is already beautiful so I tiink it’ll be plenty good enough. 




Videographer – not worth it



Favours – no one really seems to care that much about them


Welcome/Bathroom baskets – I don’t really see the point 


Band – the venue supplies a DJ from 9pm, so by the time dinner is done, there wouldn’t be much time for a band anyway. I’ll do an iPod playlist for dinner. 




Open bar – Cash bars are standard in Ireland. I will supply wine with dinner and something for the toast but I’m not paying for people to get smashed when it’s not imperative from a cultural point of view. 




I was going to do my own make up, but my mums already booked a make up artist as a gift. 


Post # 10
6835 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Invites – Paperless Post (which were a big hit)

“Fancy” food – we did DIY cocktail hour food from Costco and had a catered dinner of chicken, pasta, roasted veggies, salad, and bread.  We knew the caterer (a friend) makes amazing food and as long as it was delicious, it didn’t have to be ritzy.

Open bar – we had a bunch of kegs of different local beer and really yummy wine that we bottled ourselves.

Videographer – my aunt videotaped for us on her camcorder and I LOVE it!  So great to see the ceremony and hear the speeches again.  But I didn’t need to spend $2000+ to see that.

Dress – $120 from Macy’s!

Post # 11
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’m saying “eff it” to spending thousands and thousands on a videographer… 

I’m happily spending that money on nicer booze for our BYO venue and a good caterer who can give me canapes, entree, choice of main course, dessert buffett.

Oh, and I’m having a grossly OTT cheese cake. As in wheels of delicious brie, cheddar etc. Eff it. I’m saving elsewhere and I’m doing this ONCE. 

Post # 12
427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

eff it on transportation, ceremony space, expensive shoes (got mine on amazon with a gift card) favors and my Future Mother-In-Law is makung the cake. i am also using the supplied tableclothes and no videographer


Post # 13
4996 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Booze. We wanted an open bar all night!

Good for you for being frugal. You just have to decide 3 things that are important and stay cheap on everything else. As long as you’re not talking yourself into one splurge after another you’ll be fine. 

Post # 14
1374 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Skipped: Favors, getaway car, videographer, centerpieces. The centerpieces part was not planned – the lady who we were originally talking to at the venue said they could provide basic centerpieces, but then she retired and we got a new lady. SHE informed me the day-of that they didn’t offer that! So… bare tables. I regret not getting a basic videographer, too, because my dad was supposed to record it on his camcorder at least, but informed me after the honeymoon that he couldnt get it to work. So I don’t have a wedding video at all 🙁

I also spent $5 on a cake topper (an initial) and $5 on a garter set (toss & keep)

All of my wedding day jewelry was stuff I already owned.

Edit: I think I went backward from the thread intention! Wrong type of eff it! Oh well it’s 4am, of course I’m not thinking straight 🙂

Post # 15
1182 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Videography and a DJ. 

Post # 16
496 posts
Helper bee

My dress! Went over budget on it, and will go even more over budget on it after alterations, but it’s so worth it to me. It’s the one thing that will be in EVERY photo of you, and if you love your dress there’s a good chance you’ll be beaming in the pictures!

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