(Closed) Married Bees, what do you regret spending money on?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Blushing bee

Spending wise I don’t regret anything. I cut costs where I could without impacting what we really wanted, which resulted in us being very comfortable with the amount of what we paid for everything. The only things I regret are more planning related: I wish I had spent more time on my thank you speech, put out the escort cards and table numbers myself (DH did it and didn’t realize he pattern had my sister ending up in a corner far away from the sweetheart table),  forgetting to grab my touch up makeup for the reception, etc. 

Post # 17
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729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Only thing I regret spending money on is my veil because I forgot to wear it 🙁 other than that no regrets! The day was beautiful and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Post # 18
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140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I regret how much money I spent on my hair. I got tape-in extensions and it ended up costing hundreds of dollars. I wish I had either bought a nice set of clip-ins or found something to do with my short hair.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My main regret was the flowers. I had a florist do the bouquets, boutineers, and ceremony decorations  (big arrangement for cross, aisle decorations). I actually had my mom do all the arrangements for the reception, we purchased a bunch of bulk flowers frome a wholesale market and augmented with flowers and greenery from her’s and my garden. The florist charged an arm and a leg and actually messed up my bouquet and the large arrangement for the ceremony. It was unanimous between the guests and even the other vendors that the arrangements my mom did looks much much nicer that the florists. 

Post # 20
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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Kslim13 :  Mind sharing what your favor was? I’m thinking really hard about what favor to use that will be taken home.

Post # 21
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925 posts
Busy bee

no regrets. Everything was perfect.

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I honestly have no regrets… We watched our budget closely though the whole time, so I don’t feel like we really overspent on anything.

Post # 23
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32 posts
Newbee

Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything I could have cut out and the cost of the wedding was still astronomical.  The industry is so expensive. 

Post # 24
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1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We regret spending money on our first venue, and $$$ on planning an event at a venue that was terrible to work with.  They really let us down by booking another event over our wedding. Overall, I think we regret not immediately seeing the value in working with seasoned and more professional people/vendors because that would have saved us so much time, energy, and money in the long run. 

Post # 25
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Haven’t had my wedding yet but I decided against favors, I’m so glad I did.  My SIL made adorable favors for my shower, and it was so sweet of her to do it, but I’d say half were left behind.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Our florist was a nightmare. I wished we had used someone else but our planner made the arrangements. They forgot a bouquet, all the bridesmaids and my bouquets were falling apart, and… the trees. I had them construct two indoor trees that cost $750 each with lights, etc. During the ceremony, one of the trees fell over. Twice. I was livid. After the wedding, we got our money back for the missing bouquet but only the labour costs for the tree since there was nothing wrong with the materials. Made me very, very mad.

I have zero regrets forgoing favours. Just not something anyone needs.

And our best money was spent on our DJ and on having an open bar.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

So far we regret the deposit spent for the first venue. Prices really are out of control as PP stated and neither of us like the way venues get away with this nonsense. Here around $5000 on a weekday jumps to over $11000 Fri-Sun for the SAME services simply because they can. Yes, we can afford it but screw them. Varies by individual but personally we have no desire to spend over $10k for a few hours. More of a learning experience than a regret really. Plus we accept responsibility for not exploring all our options initially. Switched the date and location, very happy with that decision.

Post # 28
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1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I regret the florist I chose…the final product on my wedding day did not look like the mock up they showed me. The mock up was full and beautiful…the centerpieces on my wedding day were missing at least 4 kinds of the flowers that were in the mock up and was obviously not as full. They gave me a partial refund after I complained and showed them pics of my mock up and the centerpieces on my wedding day. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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eurasianbee :  my DH sister does soap making, etc as a hobby. And she graciously made us about 70 cupcake bath bombs in our wedding colors. they turned out amazing, and ill have to admit it was very me since i LOVE bubble baths. But i want to say the only people who took them home were the women attendees, which was give or take half the guest list. 

In the end i dont know if it was even worth it, (her and DH made a deal about the cost, i want to say a little over $100) i ended up with like 40 bath bombs to take home and the majority of them are still sitting in a box. 

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper

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sweetblessings56 :  Even though our wedding was fairly casual/ DIY, I would have hired decorators. I VASTLY under-estimated how long it would take to decorate our venue, even with several others helping out. We didn’t get home until the wee hours of the morning, not ideal the night before the wedding. I would have gladly paid decorators and tipped them generously had I known. 

 

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