(Closed) Looking Back, What Could You Have Done Without on Your Wedding Day?

posted 8 years ago in Money
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Commenting so I can follow along!

 

Post # 168
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Real flowers! I hated all my flowers and before the wedding had seen some great fake ones (that had a mix of wood flowers, dried herbs and dried real flowers), if only I had gotten them I wouldn’t have been so unhappy with all my bouquets and centerpieces.

Also, I put a lot of time and energy into some crazy lighting (including major stress the week of the wedding when some filters didn’t come in on time) and honestly it didn’t look as great as I thought it would the day of.

Post # 169
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can’t really think of anything we could have done without….

We probably could have saved money by toning down the decor and cutting back on favours. We had a photobooth and did cute little boxes of chocolates on each place setting. (but the boxed favours weren’t very expensive to tell the truth, they took forever for me to make though!!)

Post # 170
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

also to agree with some previous posters:

don’t get fancy expensive invitations (vistaprint is awesome and cheap!)

don’t waste money on live music for your ceremony

And I have to disagree about bathroom baskets, you can put them together for like 20$ at the dollar store, they are definitely a nice touch, a lot of people commented on mine.

Post # 171
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Commenting to follow! This thread has definitely helped me a lot!

 

Post # 172
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@RunsWithBears:  

I wanted to do the bathroom baskets too. In fact I even bought them. But when I went to the benue to check it out I realized no decent basket would fit on the bathroom counters!!. Was so disappointed, but I eneded up using the baskets for something else. Ha

Post # 173
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Newbee

Great thread!

Haven’t had our wedding yet but we are not having STD and now I’m thinking of skipping favours and programs after reading the comments…maybe I’ll take those savings and invest in a videographer…

Post # 174
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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Post # 175
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Worrying about what our guests would do between the ceremony and the reception while we were taking photos. They ended up finding a place to hang out, drink and be merry!

We were quite simple with things and I think everything was pretty classic and elegant.

We could have done without his boutineer…but whatever…

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One thing I would say is have a backup pair of shoes, of the same height — in case your pair breaks (as mine did at the very end of the night) or they become uncomfortable!

Post # 176
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@steph_RN:  I plan on doing Hershey Kisses…I love those boxes!! Where did you get them?

Post # 177
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Commenting to follow! Our wedding is going to be pretty bare bones anyway but I would love to learn how to further strip it down (much to my FI’s dismay.)

Post # 178
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also posting to follow!

 

Post # 179
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Lots of people have suggested skipping programs, but I’d suggest considering whether you have a ceremony that might need some explaining.  We’re doing an interfaith Jewish-style ceremony, and many of our guests won’t be familiar with the Jewish traditions they’ll be seeing.  Rather than turning the ceremony into an educational lecture by the rabbi who’s officiating, we’re putting short explanations in the program.  Plus, programs (which you can DIY) are cheap anyway.

As for guest books, I agree with many others that it’s a waste if you’re just having people sign their name aince you’ll probably never look at it again.  But there are lots of creative alternatives that make nice keepsakes.  We bought an inexpensive coffee table book with beautiful pictures of our city, and we’ll have a framed note next to it asking our guests to write us a note inside the book pages.  Hopefully we’ll have a pretty book that we’ll enjoy, filled with warm wishes from our guests!

The biggest expense (and drama) that I’m skipping is bridesmaids, and I couldn’t be happier about it! 

Post # 180
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My best friend was married in September. She is not on the bee but these are her regrets:

Didn’t need:

Expenisve cake-Much of it was left over and they didn’t even try it

Big real flower centerpieces- No one noticed or cared

Favors- They had a TON left over

Fancy Invitations- Again, no one noticed or cared

 

Wish she had spent money on:

Videographer- They had a family friend do it but it’s not the same (she says). She wishes they had switched around money to pay for it

 

Things she is happy they splurged on:

Photobooth-It was packed all night 

Post # 181
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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@moniquaa:  I love hearing this! I’m totally skipping programs.

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