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

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 31
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Busy bee

I wish I didn’t spend $150 on shoes. they were uncomfortable anyway, and the payless version (from their formal collection — the kind you can dye) would have looked almost exactly the same. 

Post # 32
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Busy bee

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eurasianbee :  honestly, I think food is the only kind of favor that will not be thrown away. many people (including me) chose to do no favors at all. 

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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sporkette :  yes to this. I swore to myself i wouldnt do favors unless it was food, but because DH wanted to help his sister out, we changed ideas. When planning our wedding i heard it time and time again about wedding favors, but nope still didnt follow through with that, ha. 

i was able to get the perfect shoe for cheap in shoe carnival, and they were exactly what i wanted something sparkly. 

 

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Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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sweetblessings56 :  favours! I had no idea about these and let my mother in law do it. Looking back I wish I realized they could be a simple thing like a seed or something. Who really cares about those things anyway?

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I don’t regret spending any of the money we spent (but we had 30 guests and our budget was somewhere in the 10k-15k range–sorry, I didn’t keep close track on it). 

What I wish I had spent money on that I didn’t?”

-Day of coordinator, even for 30 guests

-Hired transportation. My parents ****REFUSED**** to rent a car, but didn’t voice that until late in the game. I wish I’d hired someone to drive them around, or all of us around, because hauling the wedding items, plus my dress, myself, and both my parents around in a tiny ford focus was the single point of the wedding that caused me all the stress. 

Oh—I didn’t spend money on a hotel block, I had a courtesy block, but nobody used it. Everyone booked nearby hotels instead at a higher price. So, don’t spend a dime on that. 

 

And we did have favors and they were a huge hit, so I’m glad we did ours ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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winterash :  Mind sharing what your favor was? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

As much as I loved the idea of having a hot cocoa bar at our wedding, we could have done without it. The single pot of cocoa we had at our reception was only 1/4 empty by the end of the night. The Irish Cream and Peppermint schnapps…? One bottle of each had been opened so we could do shots at the bar. The marshmallows and candy? Finger food for drunk guests. LOL ๐Ÿ˜› Really, I should have known better. We had two types of wine, two types of beer, and whiskey old fashioneds (which are extremely popular in Wisconsin)… cocoa bar didn’t stand a chance!

Oh, and also the super delicious fall trail mix I made. I thought it would be nice to have a seasonal snack, but there was so much other food that literally nobody ate any of it.

I also regret spending money on silk flowers. I know they’re the cheaper option, but I didn’t even consider the environmental impact they have. Most will probably wind up in the trash. I feel really bad about that one.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not really a regret, but I wouldn’t have bothered with favors. But they were really important to DH so we did them. Everything else was well worth it!

Post # 39
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Bumble bee

As nice as my wedding was, I’d have been perfectly fine eloping so everything felt like an “extra” expense. 

Had I known that we were going to have to go with our rain plan, I would not have had the two large floral urns made — they were the most expensive part of our florals and you couldn’t see them the way we had to stay in our rain plan, and they didn’t move them into the reception space as planned.

I would have price shopped better for H’s suit; I know we could have gotten a better deal. 

Again, because of the rain plan situation, I didn’t get to hear the string trio as much as I’d have liked (we were out of the way out of hearing distance), and I didn’t have much of an aisle to walk down, so their songs were very short. I could have saved significant money by not having them. 

People absolutely loved our favors so I’m happy we did them. 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

No regrets here, but I had a large sweet table with 4 desserts per person plus 4 naked cakes, so naturally I had leftovers,  so maybe I would let only 3 desserts per person.

All the favors, (Hangover kits… ) were very appreciate from my guests.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

The DJ. HE SUCKED!!!! He was recommened highly and said he had over 15 years doing weddings. I would’ve thought ours was his first one. 

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Cake/cupcakes. Our venue provide delicious desserts and by the time the cake was cut everyone was complete stuffed. Out of the 100 cupcakes we purchased I think only 15 were eaten! The rest was taken back to my parents house and are still currently in the freezer :/

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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eurasianbee :  We did small bottles of different spice mixes. We did a spice unity ceremony (think sand ceremony but with spices) and so our favors were “Winter Spice” (our last name) and I put a label on each, with ingredient list on the bottom. 

We had mulling spices, jamaican jerk, herbs de provence, cajun, garam masala, and something else I can’t remember. We had 30 guests and I made 40 favors, and they’re all gone, so I assume they were well liked, at least. We did this because we knew even if we had them all left over, we’d like and use the spices ourselves, so it wasn’t a waste (beyond the cost of the labels and such). 

Oh, and for the children I had individual white boards and dry-erase crayons–those were a huge hit. 

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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lightchaser :  I used real touch florals for our wedding. I plan to recycle them into a wreath for our front door–no waste here! Maybe you can do that. 

Or, there’s a bridal consignment shop near me that will buy all the centerpieces if I decide to do that–look into that option!

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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winterash :  The wreath idea is a good one… If only we were allowed to hang them on our apartment door… ๐Ÿ™

My landlords suck.

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