(Closed) Married ladies: what was worth the money/time?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Photography was worth so much to me.  Flowers weren’t worth much to me since I didn’t really notice them.

Post # 4
4081 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hmm..good question. Although I loved putting them together, I wouldn’t do the bathroom baskets again. I talked to only two people about them after the wedding and they both said, “Oh, you made those?” They thought the hotel provided them (even though it said “From Jenn and Shwet”..) Plus, only about 1/3 the stuff was used…but I’ve read other women saying they were a big hit at their weddings…I think everything else was worth it.

Photography and videography are the two biggies for us. Both turned out fabulous!

Post # 5
1139 posts
Bumble bee

I can’t say too much about the money being worth it because my parents paid for everything.. but my dad did say to me at the end of the day “there wasn’t a penny I regret spending”.. so I guess it was worth it to them.  And they spent over $30k so it wasn’t a small chunk of change.  I do think the time spent was worth it.. everything was perfect and I noticed all the little details on the day of, and I appreciated the effort that went into them. 

Post # 6
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Photography definitely the biggest (though we were lucky and our photography was free), but if I could do it again, I’d definitely be willing to spend more on photography.  Our photographer stayed the whole day – showed up early in the morning to get picture of everything and I’m so thankful for that.

In retrospect, the fancy beverage napkins that we got (with our names and date) were probably a waste.  No one really used them or noticed them, lol!  Oh well!

Post # 7
142 posts
Blushing bee

Things that were definitely worth it:

– Extra “twinkle lighting” (white Christmas lights) outside

– Flowers – and I ordered extra just in case our ceremony was moved indoors (which it did), am SO happy I did that

– Fun table numbers and placecards- a girlfriend made them for me and I loved them – such a small thing, but I was delighted to see them on the table

– Monogrammed umbrella in our wedding colors – I figured that if I bought this I wouldn’t end up using it, it turns out it rained and some of our best pictures are with these

– I lucked into my venue setting up chivari chairs even though I definitely hadn’t paid the $8 per person for them.  However, seeing them, if I were to plan another wedding I’d definitely want them.  And I am a very anti-spend extra money for better chairs/chair covers/table clothes kind of person.

– Everything we did for dessert – wedding cake was multiple flavors (one per layer), a stand covered in mini desserts as our grooms cake, yum,

– Our music choices – a quartet for the ceremony and a DJ.  The quartet was such a nice touch and while I didn’t really notice them, I loved the pictures.  And our DJ acted as master of ceremonies and really kept things moving, and a lot of people complimented us on the music selections. 

Things I wished I’d done:

– Videographer – I’m dying to see what our first dance looked like, which I may never get to see (it’s on someones iphone, but I don’t see them very often

– One extra side dish on the buffet – I didn’t go through it, but it looked slightly empty to me.  I’m probably the only person who noticed. 

– I had bubbles for our departure – didn’t think to put them in a pretty basket and our venue laid them out on a tray – they honestly looked more like needles than bubbles!

Things I would have skipped:

– The fancy getaway car – in hindsight we would have been fine in our own car – not to mention it was a classic car and I was terrified the entire ride b/c it did not have seat belts

– Expensive shoes – they are only in a few photos – I had bought a super expensive pair and had doubts about the heel height, and then bought a second pair I was more comfortable with.  So I ended up spending over $200 on shoes.

Post # 8
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmm I think the most unnecessary thing I bought was expensive shoes, especially because I took them off after the ceremony and wore slippers for the reception.

The thing I’m the most glad I invested in was the photography for sure. Post-wedding, I really feel like it was the best thing.

I was a little iffy afterwards about wondering if it was worth it to get the limo, especially because I thought all of the wedding party would ride back to the hotel that we got ready in after the reception but a lot of them went home with their dates. So I spent a few unnecessary hundred dollars on a post-reception limo big enough for the whole party, but of course I didn’t know at the time they were going to do that.

Post # 9
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Photography and great food.

I was glad I didn’t spend a ton of money on decor- the candles did just perfect.

Post # 10
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Ember78: photography was great – I love that I can have a flick through and see all the special moments!

We hired a 1960’s red routemaster london bus – to take the 60 guests from the wedding to the reception! which felt silly – and it was – but amazingly silly – good silly – worth the little bit of extra money  – and it was such a laugh!

not worth it – the stress and worry – we were on a tight budget so we were careful to only spend on what we REALLY wanted, so I don’t have physical regrets – but I regret worrying so much – once I was up the isle – nothing else mattered!

Post # 11
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Having two photographers was totally worth it!!!!



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