(Closed) Prices SKY ROCKET whenever the word “wedding” is used…

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I feel you. It’s stupid. You could throw the same party for less if it wasn’t a wedding!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ah yes, the W word. One excuse that I’ve heard for it is that “the expectations are higher, hence the cost” which makes me think “Hmm…does that mean that the product/service you’d give me otherwise would be crap?”

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I completely agree. The argument that many of the vendors use is a wedding “requires” much more attention to detail and that it couldn’t be more different from a regular party if it tried. For some people that may be true but not for all, so there’s no reason to blindly apply a blanket statement to everyone. You can negotiate for lower prices and remove services/items you don’t need or want but not everyone is aware of it or wants to do it.

Also, alot of products you find that are specifically for weddings at the craft stores and such are higher priced and lower quality than the same item in a different dept of the store that doesn’t have the word “wedding” anywhere near it.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have heard this so many times!  That’s one reason why I only bought my dress at a bridal shop and not the bridesmaid dress, jewelry, shoes or veil because you get get just as nice things for a lot less.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

it is true for many things!

As far as bridesmaids go…if you can compromise on style and color somewhat, you can get a lot of bridesmaids dresses from department stores, and they rarely need alterations.  Saves a lot!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I fell in love with a necklace at the bridal shop I got my gown at…I will now be going to Claires to look for jewelry because I don’t want to spend over $100 on a necklace for 1 day!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Haha, yeah funny story. My sister got married Dec 5th in Philly, where I’m getting married in June. At the end of the night, the limo company she used offered to give her her next limo booking 1/2 off anytime. Her husband, my BIL, said “Great, our little sister is getting married in June, we’ll use you then!” To which he immediately replied “Uhh.. Uhh.. I didn’t mean for a wedding. Anything but a wedding I give you 1/2 off!”

AAAANNddd, I have a sneaking suspicion the flowers and labor to put together my bridal bouquet don’t actually equal $300 and if it were for a birthday arrangement it would be like 1/3 of the price.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Grrrr…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

True. My two best friends decided to be one of the first same sex couples legally married in California last summer, so on a Friday I ordered two bouquets for $90 each for delivery on Tuesday.

They loved the flowers so much they went back to this company for their actual ceremony 9 months later, and paid about $150 for very similar bouquets. Granted, they actually met and worked with the florist, and it was a weekend event (though Sunday, not Saturday). But if you apply this markup across the board…yikes!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think I was on the FTD floral website and the “prom” boutineers cost half of the “wedding” ones.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That is so true! Everything costs more when a wedding is involved!! I was really surprised when I was researching photographers. My sister had her senior pictures taken from a really nice photographer with outfit changes and indoor/outdoor settings. I couldn’t believe how much the price went up when the pictures involved a wedding!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

this is so true!!! i hate that items are 100’s of dollars more simply b/c it’s “wedding” or “bridal” i personally don’t feel painted wooden armless dolls used as cake toppers are not worth $150.00!! no thanks etsy seller! (in that instance anyway)

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@lees I agree I agree I agree….

and sometimes I find myself being drawn to stuff because it says “wedding” (esty, magazines, etc) but really it could just be a normal pair of (cheap!) earrings!

anyone else?!

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