(Closed) Newlyweds…what were the splurges/details your loved and regretted?

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I splurged on a DJ and he was well worth it! I regret splurging on pintuck tablecloths, the white ones the venue had would’ve been just fine! However, I don’t regret splurging on chiaviari chairs. They changed the whole look and feel of the room.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Slurges/details that were worth it:

Dress including whole wedding look and venue. Colour scheme and DIY projects. I got so many compliments about how the two colours went so well together.

Splurges/details that didn’t matter as much as I thought:

I did a list for the photographer for what organised photos I wanted. In a way I wish there had been more relaxed, natural photos but I may have then been regretting what I didn’t have, so can’t really complain.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Slurges/details that were worth it:

My ridiculously expensive dress that I often felt guilty about during the process since it was over 10% of the budget.

The live band. Holy cow, they rocked so much!

The photobooth. I didn’t use it much, but my friend gifted us an awesome DIY guest book filled with

 

Details that were worth it, but weren’t that expensive:

Photographer. Totally undervalued. She rocked! Megan Wilkinson Photography from Davis, CA

 

Splurges/details that didn’t matter as much as I thought:

The big fancy venue. I’m glad I did a catering+venue all in one, but a cheaper place that was slightly less well decorated would have been just as good. Waste of money. Bummer. This one my parents don’t agree on this one–thank goodness!

 

 Details that were undervalued– I should have spent more time/money on them:

Flowers. Just some simple centerpieces would have been a great addition and not that expensive. Or we could have forgone the floral centerpieces altogether! I would have been a fan of putting roses around the tables.

Cake–should have gone somewhere with a better reputation for custom stuff. It was DELICIOUS but a PITA working with them.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Splurges that were worth it:

My DJ and my dress.

The average DJ in my area runs from $1,200 to $2,500. I paid $2,750 for my DJ and it was the best money I spent for the entire wedding. I’ve gone to the wedding with the $1,200 DJ and while they were nice our DJ had everyone from 2-92 (literally my aunt is 92 and was all over the dance floor) up all night. We had so much fun and I still am getting so many compliments on our wedding over a yr later.

I wouldn’t even want to figure out how much an hour my wedding attire actually was but I love it and have never felt so beautiful in my entire life. It was pure italian silk and real crystals and it looks amazing in all of my pictures and am so glad it was my dress.

Not worth it:

Don’t get my wrong I love my album. But my wedding package came with 22 pages for my album. Well I had so many pictures and had too many favorties that I paid extra for a 50+ page album. While I love it, I now realize that it’s something that will not be seen that often. I will store it away, but it isn’t something I can put on display. My wedding video, which I didn’t want, ended up being such a better investment.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’m glad I paid for a professional photographer. My guests got really great pictures, but they didn’t get everything I wanted to see, and it was nice knowing that I would be able to see everything.

I’m glad we bought all those yard games for everyone to play.

I’m glad we stuck to our guns and had ice cream instead a sit-down meal.

 

I regret that I don’t have any pictures with just me and my step-father.

I regret one of my bridesmaids.

I wish we hadn’t spent money on invitations. We were forced to change venues, officiants, everything less than 40 days out, and we only had time to send evites. Everyone got the memo and they were still pretty, just not tangible. I wish we had saved ourselves the money for the suppiles and the HOURS I spent making them.
 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

WORTH IT:

Almost everything in terms of our big ticket items were worth it to us.  The only thing I could have done without was the videographer, but it made our parents and grandparents happy to have a video.  We wouldnt have cared less. It was also worth it to DIY my own church and reception flowers while habing my dream florist do our bouuquets bc they were perfect and in every photo.

A total worth it splurge was having DH’s favorite ice cream flown in from Michigan.  It was $130 but it was his surprise wedding present at the reception and everyone got to try some.  He also ate a ton of it on our honeymoon.  (He made them wrap up the leftovers).

 

NOT worth it:

I obsessed a bit too much on my wardrobe.  I bought a fur wrap and multiple cardigans to go with my reception dress bc I didnt know what would look good and in the end wore a plain red cardigan from Target and ended up being too lazy to return everything (damn online shopping) after the exhaustion of the wedding.  (PS a short, cute reception dress was totally worth it,)

 

The best RANDOM purchase we made was a garment steamer.  We got it with a giftcard for $50, everyone in our family used it for the wedding to press their clothes and now we use it all the time for work.  Our bridal party was so relieved we had the steamer bc everyone flew in and the girls had no idea if we could iron their dresses, and our moms were PUMPED to steam their gorgeous gowns.

 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Best splurges:

* Our wedding planner.  She was awesome and saved me so many (literal) nightmares; before I hired her I was a wreck.

* Our food. We’re both foodies and wanted good food, not just bland wedding food.  We stayed in budget, but it was definitely a huge chunk of our budget.  But the food was great, and it was nice to feel like we were really treating our guests to a nice dinner.

Could have done without:

* A guest shuttle.  We paid almost $1000 for it, and I think five guests used it.  Definitely should have skipped it.

Glad we didn’t splurge on:

* My wedding dress.  It was $500 below budget, beautiful, and made me happy.  There was a more expensive one I was considering, but in the end I’m glad we had that extra wiggle room for other stuff.

* Big-name vendors for everything.  I was reading a lot of local wedding blogs and going to bridal fairs and getting caught up in who I “should” have do X, but the smaller, local, not-involved-in-wedding-fairs vendors were awesome.  We hired a small local swing band that I don’t think had ever done a wedding before (but had done parties), a friend-of-a-friend florist, and another friend-of-a-friend photographer; we checked out all their work ahead of time, but I don’t know that I would have found them had I not reached out to recent newlyweds rather than just checking blogs and wedding fairs.  These smaller vendors were all wonderful, and we saved a ton of money with them.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Love this thread!  Keep them coming please!

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

On things I’m happy I didn’t splurge on:  I obsessed about linens and chair covers and didn’t end up upgrading them or getting them and I was SO HAPPY about it!  It would have been an absolute waste of money.  Our venue came with basic colors – and we went with those.  I also obssessed with finding charger plates and didn’t end up finding any and it was perfectly fine!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Happy splurges: Photobooth, open bar (specifically our signature drink) and limo…a lot of my friends had so much fun using the photobooth during the cocktail hour while we were getting pics taken and loved the open bar, especially our signature drinks…both seem way over done here in wedding world, but I got compliments all night on how cute/fun it was. The limo took us and the bridal party home (so they could enjoy the open bar responsibly!) they were so touched we provided rides for them and we were relieved because the last thing we wanted to do was worry about driving home.

Sad splurges: Favors…sure they were edible, and I didn’t have any left over so I’m assuming they got eaten, but we also had a candy buffet that I decided to do AFTER purchasing favors so it was just like..one or the other would have been fine.

I wish I had spent more on: My dress! I love my dress and I always will, but I kind of regret not trying on some higher end gowns. I didn’t even have a set dress budget and for some reason part of me felt pressured not to spend too much on it…I don’t have dress regret, but I could have worn so many dresses I guess it’s just kind of sad it’s over haha

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@occhiblu: Only about 6 people used our guest shuttle too! I guess most guests really don’t mind driving themselves lol

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@occhiblu: Only about 6 people used our guest shuttle too! I guess most guests really don’t mind driving themselves lol

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