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

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 46
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Bumble bee

I think we spent our $ well, but I do think DJ’s are horribly over priced, epsicially because I choose the entire play list and we did not ask him to announce anything during the evening.

Officiant costs are about $500 where I live, if you have someone who can marry you for cheaper you 100% should.

AND brides hair and makeup was $250 plus a $250 trial. WAAAAY too much money, trials are not necessary unless you are doing something elaborate.

Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Galleria Marchetti

Our day was wonderful. One thing I regret- I overbought for a lot of things ie. flip flops, welcome bag pieces, but I hope to sell my leftovers.

Worth the money- our DOC and the band.

I’m still on the fence about whether I wish we had a videographer or not. I think at this point I just want the instant gratification of reliving the day, but will I care in 2 years? Would I have really watched it more than once a year on our anniversary? probably not.

Post # 48
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Commenting to follow.

Post # 49
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Blushing bee

My dress. Even though I LOVED it, it was way out of budget (especially after alterations), and I bought it really early (sat in my spare room for MONTHS). I feel like a little patience would have gotten me a better deal.

Post # 50
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I was sooo happy with everything from our wedding (and our budget was $5,000 – not including rings or attire). I wouldn’t call these regrets, but more of “if I went back in time, I probably would have done this instead”, and most of these are spend MORE money lol. I would have:

– Left the hem of my dress shorter. On grass I felt like I was stepping on it a lot and it looked long. It looked fine on pavement, but our venue was outside under a tent.

– Gotten a larger dancefloor. I questioned if we even needed one, posed the question here on the site, and (thanks Bees!!!) overall consensus was to get a dancefloor, so I did. WORTH EVERY PENNY. Problem was when I asked the tent company for it, they only had a smaller one left on my date. It was fine, but would have preferred larger.

– Hired 1 more helper (DOC) for the day of the wedding. Refilling, setting up different items, picking up, trash removal… 2 people were not enough. Family chipped in help, but I hated seeing that they were working on my wedding day (although they say they were happy to help)

– Gotten more beer. LOL. We had 2 kegs and tons of wine, but we had a HOT day, and we were almost out of beer before dinner was served! Friends stepped up and got another keg, but wish we had gotten 3.

Otherwise, I really stuck to my budget and people who I did tell, had NO idea we spent so little on a wedding for 150 people with dinner. The key is to be creative, research and explore all options. My best advice is to make the wedding about YOU, not what is expected or is “traditional”. 🙂

Post # 51
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Try to avoid Pinterest overload. I had lots of little ideas going and a few of them fell through the cracks because only I knew all the details and I couldn’t take care of them all the day of. Share your information and delegate! I don’t regret any of the spending. Very glad we hired transportation. It was worth every penny. Have fun! 

Post # 52
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I ultimately can’t call it a regret, because we loved our venue location and everything went really well, but we had wanted a smaller wedding in general. There was a different venue that we liked a lot that was much cheaper but because of our swelling guest list we weren’t able to book it.

We generally tried to keep costs down, and there were a few things we were veto-ed on by our families (the guest list, we wanted to have an ipod instead of a dj), but everything truly went well and we were happy with all the vendors we worked with.

Post # 53
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I got overly ambitious about our outfits in the beginning of planning and bought both of us very expensive designer shoes. My heels were way too high and when I wore them to a dress fitting (three months after I bought them), my feet went numb in 15 minutes. My dress was a long ball gown, so my shoes weren’t visible anyway, except in a photo where I lifted the skirt to show them off. 

 

Both of us ended up wearing comfortable, much less expensive shoes that we bought closer to the wedding date that were still nice. I could have saved hundreds of dollars, but I thought I “needed” designer shoes for my wedding. They’ve still never been worn, and I’ll probably put them on eBay.

Post # 54
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Honey bee

Haven’t had my wedding yet but according to brides I personally know, favors and added stationaries with the exception of the wedding invitation itself. About half the favors no one takes home. Not sure if people realized it’s a favor or just simply did not care. And for the stationaries, almost no one picked up the printed programs in the ceremony and the menu cards were also left scattered around the table. Of course there were few people who took some home to keep for souvenirs but very, very few. 

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I honestly don’t regret spending money on anything. I was pretty conservative with money for our wedding so we actually came in under budget and so everything we spent on was worth it. I wish I had gotten better dress alterations for the money I spent on them, but I still would have spent the same amount of money on them.

Post # 56
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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lightchaser :  you could make a smaller wreath and hang it up inside your apartment. I have a few wreaths hanging on closet doors. Just an idea 😊

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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sweetblessings56 :  I seriously regret my wedding dress expenditures! I bought one dress, gained weight, and then couldn’t manage to lose it. There was a complicated illusion back design that would have made altering it difficult, so I decided to sell it and buy a second dress. But then the second dress was way too big and I had to take it to two seamstresses to have it fixed. And I still haven’t managed to sell the first dress! So while I was ultimately happy with my dress on the day, thinking about how much I spent overall kills me just a little bit inside. I wish I had just lost the weight! 

Post # 58
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Blushing bee

I seem to be the only one that thought my favors were FABULOUS and I know people enjoyed them. They were little bags of granola made by my MIL’s friend (she has a legit company making organic granola). I didn’t pay her for them (so I can’t count it as a regret spend), but my point is if you think of something out of the ordinary, people will appreciate it and make it worth it.

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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maryrita :  I was thinking of making Christmas tree ornaments with them actually 

Post # 60
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I constantly reminisce about our special day, as I’m sure all of us ladies do. But when I do, I wish I wouldn’t have spent money on bathroom baskets for our guests. NOT ONE PERSON USED ANYTHING IN THEM! I spent a lot of money and time filling two of them just to give the items away to family. Another thing is some of my decorations for the outdoor ceremony. It was a hot Oklahoma evening and the weather was too extreme for some of them. I wish I would have thought it through and spent that money on other things. And last but not least, the $75 bustier from hell!

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