(Closed) Sacrificing Things for your Wedding

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I really wish I had the funds to offer my guests a cocktail hour. We are getting married at 4. We are doing pics at 5 and the reception starts at 6. I wish I had the funds, but I am hoping that they will take in the view (Niagara Falls) and enjoy the scenery before the reception starts.

Post # 4
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1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@priyathescientist:  A florist… I’m having a friend pick up flowers from the farmer’s market the morning of…

Post # 5
Hostess
23790 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Videography.  Looking back on the day and seeing everyone’s wedding videos, I do wish I had something a little more special than just my friend’s/family’s videos I had them do.  But, it didn’t really leave me too too heartbroken!

Post # 6
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747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

a florist, i would love fireworks at the end but it’s not a priority, dream venue

Post # 7
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1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would have liked to have a bigger menu. But we had to change our menu after my dad flaked on helping us pay. I’m not even sure we can do a champagne toast.

Post # 8
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1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I really wish I could’ve had the money to hire help (a planner) and do things piecemeal and really personalized, rather than doing a “wedding package” somewhere. I mean, I love our venue, their food is great, the bar is a good price, and we got a good deal, but it’s the same wedding package every other wedding venue offers, etc etc.  But I had niether time nor enegery to piece together an entire wedding by myself like that, nor did I have the money to pay someone to do it all, so package it was.

Post # 9
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1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Videographer. I tried a million ways to make it work, but it just didn’t fit. 

Post # 11
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3462 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In retrospect, I wish I spent more on photography.  We went with quasi professionals and they didn’t “direct” the families much for the formal pictures – I had to do that, nor did they print out my shot list (I forgot it), so I’m worried I didn’t get the right combos and wish I had more of just DH and I.  We were just tired of directing traffic we didn’t have patience for more pictures.

My centerpieces didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped (had a base of quilted fabrics my mother made and MIL potted plants for us on top of that – but we didn’t pick out the flowers with her and I wish I had, even though we did a walk through), but I don’t think I would have wanted to spend the extra $500 even knowing that.

Everything else was great.  DJ was inexpensive but pretty good, negotiated great deals with the vendor, choose pie over cake for non-monetary considerations, etc.  We splurged a lot on our rings and gifts for others.  I just wish we had gotten reimbursed for some expenses from our bridal party (that were intended to be reimbursed but we don’t like reminding).  I also would have spent a little different for our backyard BBQ rehearsal dinner with everyone, but that’s only $100-200.

Maybe spending more on different flowers.  In the end they were more wildflower than I expected – I had wanted more formal, roses and such, than I got in it.

Post # 12
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3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

I’m having my mom make our cake, a friend make cupcakes, I bought my dress used, and I am toying with skipping a florist altogether. BUT, the one thing I do not want to skimp on is a photographer.

Post # 13
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2694 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, I am thinking of adding things back into my budget that I had cut out months ago:

I added a DJ

I added transportation

Thinking of maybe adding a videographer (we’ll see).

The one thing I wish I could spend more on is the FOOD!  I am getting the basic food package that most caterers offer because it is budget friendly (1 meat option, 2 sides, 1 dessert).  But I wish I could provide a variety for my guests. I plan to have a cocktail hour though so I hoe that makes up for it. 

Post # 14
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82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m trying to fit draping in somehow, but I don’t think it’s going to work.  I love the look of ceiling draping with strings of lights, but the quotes I’ve received are not realistic for our budget.  I haven’t completely let go of the idea, though.

Post # 15
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Open bar and/or cocktail hour of some sort. With the budget squeeze the way it is, I don’t think we’ll be able to offer anything, and it really stinks. I’m going to try to work with our venue to finagle some sort of something (maybe we could subsidize drinks? I’ve heard of that) but I don’t know if we’ll even be able to buy anyone a single drink. 🙁

Post # 16
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1964 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A more substantial honeymoon, but we don’t even have the vacation days to make it worth it next year!  Also, our ideal location is in the Southern hemisphere and that would mean we would go in the dead of winter.  No thanks.

We’ll go on a minimoon (maybe to the gulf?) and then do a big honeymoon trip the year after.

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