(Closed) If you suddenly had an extra 10% for your wedding, where would you put it?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 46
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Buzzing bee

I get an extra $300! I would spend it like this:

Leather Bound guest book – $70

Bunting for cabin – $45

Ribbon backdrop for behind ‘vows’ – $35

More wine and dishes – whatever is left.

Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would get a photographer. We maxed out our budget mostly on everything that will make our guests have a good time, and we had to cut out some things that are only for us. I’m still trying to find a photography student for a few hours so we have something other than our own pics, but I haven’t had any luck so far.

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Honestly? Booze. My bare minimun requirments for getting married are, in order: Groom, dress, booze. If I could get away with just serving just cheese and crackers and move most of my budget to alcohol that would be awesome but we are having an evening reception so I don’t think that would fly. Fiance and I are both craft brew buffs and he’s a big whisky fan so I would love to have tons of local beers and cool cocktails and maybe a whisky bar for Fiance and his friends.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It would either go into the honeymoon or even extra day guests as we’ve had to cut them right down as it is.

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d put it towards food- add an appetizer station, another entree choice, etc.. Something fun and tasty!

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d either split it between things or use it for a venue. We have a $10,000 budget and most of the ‘inexpensive’ reception venues I find are about $1000 over our allocated funds. I  just found out yet another venue (one I kind of had my heart set on) won’t work, so I’m beginning to get discouraged. We’ve got plenty of time to find one, but if none are there to find…

Post # 52
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As tempting as it would be to say Honeymoon, neither of us will have the work leave. So bar or food, easy.

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Definitely honeymoon, because at this point, we had to cut it out 🙁

Post # 54
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

With the extra 10% that would put us at about $2,000 additional – I would definitely invite more people and put the $$ towards the extra catering and decor costs

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

chair covers! and I’d buy my BMs their dresses/shoes.

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I actually had this happen, sort of– one family member didn’t mention contributing during the budget planning phase, so I just didn’t count on anything, and then later offered about a contribution that will be about 15% of the prior budget, if it comes through. What I actually did with it was plan to pay some of the balances on the existing contracts we have with vendors to take some of the pressure off of other contributors.

In a more fantasy-based world, like if it was earlier in the process and I didn’t feel obligated the way I do at this stage, I think I would have 1) upgraded to my “dream” dress, 2) gotten someone to set up the flowers for me, which are currently going to be DIY, and maybe 3) to have someone else print the invitations rather than doing it myself.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d have our photographer come to shoot our rehearsal dinner and welcome party. 

Post # 59
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would hire a videographer or get a limo.

 

Post # 60
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Id save it, my original budget was $20k but idecided id rather put more in the house deposit account, so reduced the budget to $12k and even then i only spent $10. My wedding was perfect, i married the man i love and i would not change a thing!

Post # 61
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Honestly, I believe we’d put it towards one of the following:

  • Longer Reception
  • Music
  • Vintage Car Rental

Or we would consider using it towards a downpayment on a new car or house.

 

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