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

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Post # 32
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Worker bee

Bridesmaid dresses – why do they charge $200 for something no one really wants to wear in the first place?

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Photography – for sure.  I couldn’t find ANYONE that was in our budget.  My Fiance and I luckily have an acquaintance who has offered to take our pics for FREE.  He is a amateur photographer trying to get into the “business”of professional photography.   Of course, we will pay him, but the offer was so generous!!  I didn’t know what we were going to do if he had not offered. 

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

hair & make up shocked me the most!  Why can you charge double if its the bride!?!

also flowers – yikes I paid too much for ours (even after neg it down…)  but I was soo in love with my bouquet.  I carried it around the entire wedding and slept with it by me on the table that night.  Probably tmi but I really loved our flowers despite the cost!

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@CantWaittillMAY That’s wonderful… I had a friend who offered to take our photos for us too — but that was before we told him we wanted him to be in the wedding party! 😉

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I was amazed at the cost of a videographer.  I got a price from someone i went to school with for $300-$400 per hour.  Thats friggin crazy.  I found someone on craigslist for $450 for 6 hours….thats $75 per hour. Luckily some people are not out to screw you.  Now all i get is what she taped, no editing, but i don’t want them editing out stuff anyways.  I want it to look like a home video with people talking and kids being annoying. Who knows, they may edit something out that i want.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Photography, day-of-coordinators ($1500 in our area), hair (why so much more for a wedding up-do than for a regular party event?). Oh, and chapel fees. It’s God’s house and we’re providing our own pastor, why make money off us?

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Kimmlyn- I totally agree with you on the when you mention the word wedding the price jumps up. I went into a florist yesterday, with my centerpiece idea, to see if she could tell me roughly how many flowers I would need. She tells me and then asks me what type of event is this for. I figured I wasn’t buying from them, so I would lie. She said “Oh well that’s good, because our flower prices go up if it’s for a wedding.” I was like “Oh, well I’m not buying anything from here. I just wanted to know how many flowers this would need roughly. I plan on doing this myself. Thanks for your time.” and I walk out. I mean what’s the difference between doing the same centerpiece for a wedding then any other event? Doesn’t make sense to me. I plan on telling no one this stuff is for a wedding, unless I have to tell them. My friend went into a florist once and had them make centerpices, and when they asked her what it was for, she said just a family reunion thing. They didn’t question it, and she had someone come pick the flowers up so they wouldn’t know it was for her wedding, but she knew they would of jacked up their prices if she would of told them it was for a wedding.

 

Can’t Wait – I agree that it’s ridiculous how some churches/chapels require you to pay a fee to use their facilities. I would obvisouly contribute some kind of money to the church, like an offering, but some of these places can charge you up to like $2,000. It’s ridiculous to charge so much to use a place for 30 mins, longer if you are doing mass along with it, but still not long enough to charge me what my reception area costs. Luckily are church is not so big, so I am hoping they don’t charge us a huge amount. Future Father-In-Law is the treasurer there, and saud we might not even have to pay to use the church because we are members but isn’t for sure. We will have to pay the pastor who marries us though.

 

 

Photography is a big one. I am trying to find someone who will just give us a cd of all our images, and I will edit them as I like on the computer and go get them printed, but I’m finding it hard to find someone who will just do that. There are lots of places that will give you the cd, but you are also paying for other things, and I don’t want those other things. Fiance knows a few people who are in school, and one friend who is out of school who takes some pretty good pictures, and I’m, hoping Fiance talks to him sometime soon about doing our wedding. I don’t expect him to give us a discount, but I’m hoping he will, haha.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

SoonToBeMrs.Kiss- How much is going rate for a pastor?

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I totally agree that what surprised me was that once you mention the word wedding you can bet you’ll pay about double the price. How they can get away with that I’m not sure, especially when places like the salon clearly lists that a “normal” updo is a different price than the “bridal” updo. There is no difference… if I could go back, I would have just said I needed an updo and put the veil in myself.

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@kimmylyn Most of them are probably union- meaning they  have a set per hour rate that’s pretty hefty (my brother got a union-paying gig in high school and made more that afternoon then I did playing community concerts for three years).

 

Veils- I understand a price increase if one would want hand crafted lace, but I don’t believe a blusher should cost $65-150. The materials cost less then 20 (allowing for better tulle then what is sold at Joann’s) and with a slightly better than hourly rate, that’s a huge markup!

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

so far, the venue prices are killing me. my budget is microscopic and i just want to find a church that isnt going to rip me off. We want our wedding to be in a church and i figured it would be reasonable. i was so wrong! Some of the churches in my area cost a small fortune!!! I havent even started looking at rental costs we may have…i think ill get depressed

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Can’tWait- I’m not sure what we will have to pay the pastor who marries us yet, He is our pastor from our church, but it’s a seperate fee. If we do end up having to pay to use the church, then we will have to pay for that and pay him also. No one told me but I hope we don’t end up getting charged for the pre-martial counseling either. Our church requires it if you are getting married in our church. Luckily I am hoping for a great deal at our reception venue because FI’s dad and grandpa, are great friends with the owner. We are going to speak with him on Saturday with Fi’s dad.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t care how good you are at taking pictues; there’s no way I’m paying you HUNDREDS of dollars an hour to take pics. Sorry. I know that’s what you have as a reminder of the day, blah, blah, blah. But c’mon!?! Sometimes it works out to $500 an hour! AN HOUR?!?!?!

But the worst, the absolute worst, is the cost of an officiant. I mean, Fiance and I were literally offended. We’re not church goers but everyone we contacted was easily $300-$400. Our ceremony will be MAYBE 30 minutes. That’s the absolute max. I’m paying you the equivalent of $600 an hour because WHY? I’m not sure why performing a ceremony comes at such a high price tag (and most of those quotes did NOT include the rehearsal!)

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