(Closed) Now I know why weddings cost what they do. | What wedding prices surprised you?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The thing about wedding prices that surprises me most is that the moment you mention the word “WEDDING”, the price jumps up.

At the hair salon where we’ll be getting our hair and makeup done… on their price list, a regular updo is about $45… a BRIDAL updo is $65. This makes no sense to me. What is the difference?!?

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

well the thing that suprised me most was the cost of cars and invitations, my friends getting married a month after me and she’s crazy payed over $500 for invites and $1500 for cars, such a waste of money, we’re doing diy invites and getting mates with nice cars to drop us at venue ceremony. save your money and put it towards your honeymoon.

kimmylyn- i’m a hairdresser and if ur having any kind of upstyle it takes alot longer and a lot more skill than a simple style, therefore more money. if your having loose curls or just down they should not be charging you more.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The price of a photogrophy! It is insane! Lucky for us I found someone amazing with even more amazing pricing! I know a lot of brides dont agree with me but there is no way I would ever spend 1k+ on a photog.

Post # 6
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6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think everything did! But I also wasn’t willing to pay for things that either aren’t priorities, or I could do myself cheaper.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@gso_bride: The hair and make up cost and the trials were a huge surprise form.  If you are still lookling for table cloth rentals, I found this really inexpensive location that I am using

http://www.rentablecloths.com/

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I have my venue, photographer, baker, and close to getting a caterer booked. I did a ton of research for each task prior to putting down the deposit. No other vendor has given me more sticker shock than a DJ! I mean really? Play music, pump up a crowd and get paid $250/hour? I am in the wrong line of business…

Post # 9
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866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t been shocked by any wedding-related costs, with the sole exception of the officiant! The average cost around here is $600-$1000… for a half-hour ceremony?! I find it absurd. We’re still waffling about going with an expensive officiant who will craft us our own ceremony or asking a close friend to read something we write ourselves. I guess I just don’t understand what aspect of the job warrents that cost.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m boycotting most of the wedding industry by doing everything myself…finding a dressmaker instead of spending hundreds or thousands on a dress, using a grocery store, caterer, DIYing flowers. I do not understand why most people spend so much one day (probably because FH and I are poor, lol), but to each her own. 🙂 The only thing I’m doing traditionally is hair and makeup…which I’m sure will bite me in the ass with cost!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

the cost for hair and makeup was shocking to me.  i thought it’d be something like $75-100 hair, $50-75 makeup.  boy, was i wrong!!!  around here, it’s about $500 for hair & makeup!  seriously, for that i could buy all my bridesmaid dresses, and accessories.

Post # 12
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179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ooh, I thought of another one! The cost of a string quartet!! The CHEAPEST I was able to find was $550… and that’s after I researched 10-15 different quartets. $550 for half an hour of your time?!?! I seriously considered just humming the bridal march to save money. 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

my sticker shock was the officiant, like @BostonBaby … we’re spending $400 on ours (UGH) & thats the going rate around here (& upwards), whether its custom written or straight out out of a pre-written scripted selection.

I’m DIY-ing a TON of things, thank god I’m creative & have time to do it. Photographer & venue are the other big tickets, but only because A. photos are the one tangible item to look at years down the road, and B. the venue creates the setting for us.

There are a ton of ways to cut corners & save money, it just takes time, patience & research…and a lot of TLC.

Yikes. Wishing we eloped. Too late now LOL

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had the same experience with being totally surprised how much wedding things add up if you don’t have time/desire to DIY everything and you want a more “typical” style of wedding.  Since we’re having a smaller wedding (under 50), I initially assumed it could be done for $5-7k if we didn’t go crazy on anything.  But it’s ended up being like twice that when all is said and done (not including e ring or honeymoon).  There are a lot of fixed costs that would be the same whether you had a small or huge guest list – I think those ended up costing far more than I would have guessed.  The actual food/drink costs were not that surprising.

Biggest shocks –

I thought my dress would be around $500-600 – it’s $1k with alterations

I thought my photographer would be around $1000-1500 – it’s $2500

I thought my hair and makeup (just for me!) might be $200-300 (incl. a trial) – it’s more like $600 when you throw in one round of trials and the tips

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Everything surprised me really. Especially stupid things like the cheap-o favors that only cost $0.05 to make, but because they are for a “wedding” they cost $5 each. I think most of my irritation comes from the fact that whoever runs these some of these businesses think that us brides, who are so excited for our wedding day and it’s the one day that we’ve been waiting for our entire lives and we’ve been planning to be pretty pretty princesses since we were five, are brainless enough to spend that kind of money.

I’m just really glad that I had a long engagement and had plenty of time to shop around and wait for deals!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I guess i always thought about the big stuff like cake, band, venue, dress etc but the little things like lighting, invitations and stamps really add up! Also the alcohol was a lot more than i thought.

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