(Closed) Name 1 category you splurged on and 1 category you regret splurging on!

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

The number one thing I’m glad we splurged on is the photographer. Ours wasn’t super-expensive, but wasn’t the cheapest either, and she was perfect. 

We could’ve saved money and time on the centerpieces, but I don’t really regret them- they were DIY, so they weren’t that pricey, all things considered. 

Our favors were lightsabers, and were one of the big hits of the wedding, so no regrets there!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Flowers – worth it. A few of our guests told DH that people audibly gasped when the door to our ceremony room was opened — it was almost all down to the flowers. People couldn’t stop gushing about them all night and still bring them up to me a few weeks later.

I’m trying to think of something we shouldn’t have splurged on but did, and I can’t settle on anything. Our vendors were expensive but came through in a big way, so it’s hard to regret any of it. Maybe the closest thing is welcome bags? I got a lot of positive feedback on almost every other aspect of our wedding but crickets on those, so maybe they didn’t make as much of an impact as I had hoped.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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milabeehappy: 

Venue.  Our venue cost about 50% of our budget.  It was right on the Pacific Ocean with a gorgeous backdrop.   A year later, I still get compliments on how beautiful our venue was.  Our guests couldn’t stop taking pictures of our ceremony spot.   

I didn’t spend a lot on flowers, but I’m so glad that I didn’t spend a penny more on them.  I have heard more brides complain about the costs of flowers more than anything else after their weddings.  And although, we didn’t spend a lot on our flowers, we still got a good amount of compliments on our flowers.   Also, videography!  I don’t even know where our video is now.  That’s over $2k down the drain! Find a cheap videography if you want a video.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I splurged on venue, food/cake/bar, and photography. 

Literally cut corners everywhere else. 

No regrets about splurging! I just wish I could have saved up for another year so I could have splurged on the things a girl dreams about, like a better wedding dress and flowers. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Straight away we both said we were so glad we splurged on videographer. Theres so much we missed and/or can’t remember. We are so glad we will get a reminder very soon. 

I didn’t exactly splurge on dress budget as it was small, but I wasted the small amount I had on a custom dress from China that didn’t work out well at all and left me with no dress 2 weeks before the wedding (id started about 8 months prior so it wasn’t like it was a last minute order). In hind sight I’d have kept looking for a secondhand or sample dress until I found ‘the one’ for my money and not been so hasty to give up on that route for a budget dress in the style I wanted. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Im not actually married yet but can imagine the others are right… without a decent venue (not expense just decent) you have nothing, Im slightly obsessed with centerpieces but I doubt they are actually important

 

flowers arent important to me or photography (given I worked in photography, ive been there, done that and the sparkle wore off long ago)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Theater

We haven’t had our wedding yet so maybe these will change, but the cost of everything is already clear.

Don’t regret splurging: Photographer, we’ve worked with her before and she gave us a generous discount.

Regret: My dress, though still on the lower end of the scale at 1k. I’ve seen preowned dresses that I would’ve loved more go for half that.

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