(Closed) If you could have spent less money on a part of your wedding in retrospect…

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I would have cut back on some of the food. 

We had 5 hors d’oeuvres selections for the cocktail hour, 2 entree selections, 2 pasta selections, a salad and a vegetable. It was delicious but it was a little too much.

We had enough leftovers for 2 weeks!

Post # 4
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles

Probably invitations— I loved ours so much but it was a lot of money and I don’t know if I would do it again. 

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The rehearsal dinner–I loved the location, but the caterer went a little nuts with the rented fancy linens and things.

Post # 6
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Honestly I can’t think of anything…. part of me says we didn’t need professional lighting (which we still didn’t spend a lot on, it was minimal uplighting, dance floor lighting, and a pin spot on our cake)….. but then when I look back at pics I am so glad we had the lighting because it really added ambiance.  I’m sure I’d feel differently if I had paid for everything myself, though — we were lucky that my mom paid for a majority of the wedding.

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

If i were doing it all over again I would go with a different, less expensive venue, and channel more toward photography and videography. I realize now that the day itself passed in a blur, but those two mediums mean a lot because they give me a chance to relive things. But I loved my wedding so I don’t know that I would take my "do-over" opportunity.

Post # 8
88 posts
Worker bee

It is hard for me to say since we didn’t do anything over the top and had a budget friendly wedding.

We did have an over abundance of alcohol and should have purchased less. The worst part is I wanted one more glass of champagne at the end of the night and the server said they were out. I am pretty sure they stole a bottle or two!

Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

Invites.  I was really excited to do them ourselves on the Gocco, use vintage stamps, etc.  But I haven’t reused the Gocco as much as I thought I would (OK … at all), the stamps were kind of a headache, and I bought a LOT of unnecessary supplies (paper, pens, stamps, etc.) in the course of figuring out our final plan.  And after all that, I wasn’t crazy in love the final result.  We could have just purchased something for the same overall cost, or done something on a regular printer for even less.

I was also a 2-dress bride, and the one I *didn’t* wear cost twice as much as the one I did.  Still plan to resell it someday, but who knows…. 

Post # 10
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

The wedding is still 8 months away but I went a little more than double my budget for the dress last weekend. I’m in love with it but I’m still in shock and we haven’t even ordered the veil or other accessories yet!

Post # 11
37 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008

Oh geez. Our cake. Our cake was as big as Texas and could have fed everyone in Texas. I spent a lot of money on that cake. We only had 60 guests, so as you can imagine most of the cake went down the drain.

Post # 12
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I love these posts; they are so helpful!!  The wedding has yet to take place, and I already wish we’d spent less on invitations.  We went with letterpress (cheap for letterpress, though) because we both loved it and couldn’t agree to anything else.   Our excuse was that many people would not be able to come, so the invite is all that they would see of our wedding.  Silly us!

Post # 13
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My dress. I spent exactly what I had planned – but I really wish that I had spent less. Now it’s just hanging in our spare room… and as much as I loved wearing it and how it looks in photos, I don’t think it was worth the money. Plus, I really wanted to do something simple (and probably make my dress), but I was talked out of it. Now I regret not going with my instints.

Food/reception. This is a little unfair, because the reason that we spent as much as we did was because having a full dinner was important to my husband. It would have been cut out if the wedding planning would have been left to me. I would have done light hors d’ouevres, punch, and cake.

Post # 14
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We were so budget conscious that in retrospect I would have spent MORE!!!!  

Post # 15
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

i would have spent less on the officiant. i completely forgot about an old friend who is an ordained minister. she would have done the ceremony for much less and it would have been more personal. if only i had retrospectacles…

Post # 16
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I feel good about how I spent my money with one exception.  Dry cleaning the dress was $200 and the dress only cost $400.  Now it is just sitting in my closet.  In retrospect I should have donated it to Brides Against Breast Cancer instead of having it cleaned.  I just kept imagining my future daughters getting angry at me for not having saved my dress!

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