(Closed) Share: your wedding’s “splurge” and its “steal”

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Our splurge is our venue and mini moon.

Our steal is the ring box that I made for our ring bearer to carry (47 cents).

Post # 4
7772 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Our venue is the splurge. It’s $20 more per person that we wanted to go, but it’s perfect.

Our steal is our photog! He gave us his $5k package for $1500.

Post # 5
3282 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

for us,

SPLURGE was open bar (beer and wine) all night.

STEAL was my wedding dress…$125 (inc shipping!)


Post # 6
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Krissy – great job on the dress!


Splurge – photographer

Steal (free) – venue – my grandparents’ beautiful farm and handcrafted cabin

Post # 7
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Splurge – Having our ceremony in a synagogue and with a rabbi, even though we were getting married in MA and therefore had to pay the astronomical nonmember rates to do so.  (We live near DC.)

Steal – Open bar for 60 people for five hours for $250.

Post # 8
216 posts
Helper bee

Splurge was the venue!

Steal was the free honeymoon suite we get for our guests booking out all the rooms!

Post # 9
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2021

splurge- ha ha almost everything compared to my original ideas!

steal- the bm dresses were originally $160 we got them for 65 on clearance.

Post # 10
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Splurge: Photography, for sure. $5K, but worth every penny.

Steal: our invitations, menu cards and programs. We had AMAZING custom print materials that featured us as a digital illustration. My cousin is a graphic designer and illustrater and designed them for free, and we had them all printed for $200 total. That included 100 each of invitations, two enclosures, menus and programs.

Post # 11
10844 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Splurge – Our photographer (www.stillmotion.ca). He shot my friend’s wedding a couple years ago and I swore I would have him when it was my turn! He’s so gifted I didn’t care how much it cost to have him!!!! (Probably not the best attitude to have going into a meeting with a vendor, lol)

Steal – Our cupcake tower with two tier minicake customized to match our invitations. Enough cake/cupcakes to feed 80 (it’s part of a larger dessert buffet). We came in at $387 which includes $130 delivery fee (our venue is far from the city) and a $30 cupcake stand rental! SCORE! I was so happy about this!

Oh and also my DIY lobster cake toper which cost me about $2.50 in Fimo clay I think. I’m rocking the cake table so far!

Post # 12
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Our Splurge: the Ice Sculpture and the Venue
Our Steal: Our centerpieces, made them for $150 when the florist wanted to charge $700!

Post # 13
1565 posts
Bumble bee

Splurge: Venue + food. Historic mansion on the river and gourmet stations menu. 

Steal: Bridesmaids gifts. Retail value $300 and I got them for $80 🙂 

Post # 14
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010


Splurge= ceremony site. If I had gone to a traditional church it would have been $500 with officiant. We are spending $2k. Just for the place, officiant, piano, and 2.5 hours.

Steal= DIY white hydrangea centerpieces. I’m getting mine for $3/stem with shipping and the silver plated vases were $8/each. $20 a centerpiece instead of $100 or so that the florists wanted.

Post # 15
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our splurge is our photog – our package is a little over $5k.

The steal is our DIY photobooth – it’s going to be less than $300!

Post # 16
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Splurge – Venue and Caterer. We tasted lower end caterers but the food just didn’t compare!

Steal – Our photographer is a friend of my mom’s (who’s a wedding photog!) and he’s shooting our whole wedding for $600.. and he’s GOOD!!

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