(Closed) Must outrageous pricing you have come across when wedding planning?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 47
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4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Sadiepoo:  exactly. In the meantime my basement is full of wedding stuff/furniture and my Fiance cannot wait to get it out! As he informed me, that is “his domain” and its being crowded. Haha.

Post # 48
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2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i’ve been doing a little ‘pre research’ and there’s a venue i was interested in – for saturday weddings the rental cost is 7000.00 + 13% tax. 

includes….nothing. not a table, chair, fork or napkin. no food, no staff, no liquor. 

what in the actual ____!

Post # 49
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881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@lstyle25:  One MUA wanted $200 to drive 30 minutes (yes it was one where they ONLY traveled and didnt have a real salon which makes it that much crazier!) Add that to the $200 just for my haur and makeup pftttttt 

Post # 50
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2949 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

After seeing how ridiculously priced veils are, I’m so grateful that the cost of my gown includes my veil.

@peonyinlove:  I had similar case – I always dreamt of getting married at a theatre or at the museum or the art gallery, but after seeing the venue hire price of $6k and considering the additional costs for food, alcohol, rentals, security, etc., I quickly crossed them off the list. We even had restaurants quoting us $14k minimum spend for 65 people and these are restaurants in the suburbs. We had popular restaurants in the CBD quote us have that price and their quotes included some decoration! Grr

 

Gowns are ridiculously overpriced in New Zealand if you purchased them from a bridal salon. I can get the same authentic gown from a US bridal store that sells online and ships intertionally for much cheaper, even if I took into account the exchange rate, the shipping costs and customs fees. And if you live in Auckland, the majority of bridal boutiques charge you to try on their samples. And don’t get me started on the price of rings here. It sucks living in a small country sometimes.

 

Post # 51
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

The Sand Plum Event Center–in small town Oklahoma–charges $7995 for facility rental. It includes things like tablecloths but does NOT include food or drink.

On top of that, they charge an $8 per person fee “for all the various costs based on your number of guests.”

And THEN you have to pay another $1,000 to have your ceremony there, too! But hey, they will let you use their unity candle holders, so maybe it’s a bargain at any price.

AND THEN you get to the Catering page, and it mentions:”We do allow outside or self catering. There is a nominal fee, but it is not an empty fee.”

As for bar service: “We do charge a flat fee for the glasses, bar and added cleanup involved. We also ask that you hire one of our approved bar tenders to serve it.”

Did I mention this company boasted about “no hidden fees” further up in its literature?! They emailed back to follow up, and it was all I could do not to reply with “LOL.”

Honorable mention:
-BHLDN, where for only $200, you too can be the proud owner of a comb with a long piece of tulle stuck to it with hot glue. Some of the veils on that site are BEAUTIFUL, but this literally something you could make yourself for $5

-A wedding planning company wanted $1600 for Day Of coordination. I straight up said, “Lady, that’s 10% of our budget, and for 10% we could secure a full-service planner.”

-Florrie Mitton. $80 for a garter…they are lovely though.

Post # 52
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2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@adoc86:  You know I bought stuff for my venue too but it was because it was my grandmother’s church and they didn’t have a lot of the wedding type things.  Since I knew I wouldn’t need any of that afterward and it was all purchased with the church in mind, I donated the linens and glass bubble vases to the church so they could use them for future events (these were white so they could use them whenever.)

If for some reason you don’t see that you can sell that stuff perphaps you could donate it to a non-profit?  That way if you itemize you can write it off your taxes at the end of the year. 🙂

Post # 53
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2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Also I was super creative and lucky to have a huge family and great friends in wedding planning.  The most outrageous thing I paid for was 60 for a cake topper.

Post # 54
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2949 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@EffieTrinket:  Wow. $1,500 is the average rate for a Day of Coordinator here Yell

Post # 55
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1063 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

opps edited for wrong post. But the most outrageous pricing I have come across is the bar cost for purchasing 1 drink for each guest to toast with.

Post # 56
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1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Does anyone think the cake server set is a waste?  I just can’t see spending that much money on something that I’m pretty sure I will never use again.

Post # 57
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854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@renwoman:  Does anyone think the cake server set is a waste?  I just can’t see spending that much money on something that I’m pretty sure I will never use again.

I can see it collecting dust. 

Post # 58
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

@MrsR2014:  sounds like the tagylan cultural complex. Lol

Post # 59
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

My mom thinks cake cutting fees are a total rip off. She says ” I’ve raised 3 kids and have 5 grandkids. I can cut a cake in a blackout.” Lol. Luckily our venue is waiving the fee. I think the charge to upgrade to chiavari chairs is ridiculous. It will be $750 plus tax and service charge. Im really battling with myself on this one.

Post # 60
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4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Mrs Christopher:  good idea! I hadn’t thought of that.

Post # 61
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@nanikoa:  We’re paying $900 for 80 chivari chairs. That is absolutely ridiculous!!! Maybe I should have looked into buying those too, LOL.

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