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

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 32
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I have several of each:


1. A custom made bolero for my dress, it’ll end up being about $250

2. Our honeymoon! It’s going to be very expensive, but it’s where we wanted to focus the majority of our budget.



1. My dress! It’s a bridesmaid’s dress in ivory, and it’s costing less than the bolero ๐Ÿ™‚

2. My earrings; I had an Etsy seller custom make me a pair of earrings in quartz and sterling silver, and they were only $25.

3. My veil/headpiece. I combined a headband and a birdcage veil for under 50 bucks. 


Post # 33
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Splurge – hmmm . . . almost everything?  Venue, Full open bar all night, Shoes (Valentinos), Gown, the list goes on ๐Ÿ™  Tough to have a tight budget with a 400+ person wedding.

Steals – friendor photographer (less than $1,000 for e-pics, wedding day pics, all photoshopping/editing and digital files), flowers ($2,500 for 50 centerpieces, 5 bouquets, 2 ceremony pieces, 40 moss ball pomanders and 6 cocktail centerpieces)

Post # 34
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Biggest splurge: videographer. I blame Weddingbee in full for making me fall in love with high-quality wedding video, and I managed to convince myself and everyone that since the photos/video are all we’ll have to remember the day after it goes by in a flash, it’s worth setting aside some fat sacks of cash for.

Biggest steal: I feel like we’ve lucked out on a lot of our stuff! The biggest one that comes to mind isn’t one that saved me a ton of money but saved me an infinite amount of labor, frustration and grief; I got Mrs. D’orsay’s beautiful cut-glass wine bottles for $20! Woohoo! She was amazing to sell them to me for that price, and I feel like I got away with murder after reading about all the work she put into making them. Thanks Weddingbee, okay I guess this makes up for the fact that you made me fall in love with expensive videography.

Post # 35
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our splurge is our honeymoon. 

My personal steal so far has been my dress! 

Post # 36
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

mine are just steals ๐Ÿ™‚

I bought a pearl necklace from Overstock for $50

I got a real pearl bracelet from ebay for $5!!  When it came…if you looked really close at the pearls, you could see some damage, BUT from more than a few inches away it looked PERFECT. So I had a 3 strand bracelet from China for $5!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 37
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Splurge – Photography, which is costing us more than our catering

Steal – Tons of DIY projects that are anywhere from free to super cheap. Table numbers and escort cards being made by my Future Father-In-Law out of wood scraps from his shop, favors are homemade jam made from hand-picked berries. OH and I won my shoes from a blog contest (free is definitely the ultimate steal!)

Post # 38
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

@Kaybee: Love the photobooths!!! Congrats – it will be a blast!

Post # 39
2560 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Splurge: Photog (but totally worth it), my dress (750 over budget), FH’s Prada suit

Save: Our DJ (a friendor who is charging us 1/2 his regular base rate and is including all the “extras”)

Post # 40
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Splurge: our reception venue (it’s pricey, but we couldn’t live without it and it’s a block from where the Fiance and I met) and my dressES (i loved them both – they only came out $150 over budget though)

Save: Cake is only $220 (fam friend owns a wedding cake business) DJ is only $300 (another family friend owns his own DJ business), DIY favors, made the STDs for under $30, and my BFFL is a professional wedding planner!

Post # 41
10216 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Splurge (I’ll let you know when the venue quote comes in ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steal: STDS they were $0.00 (that’s what I call saving on costs!!! I am also probably ending up with a drop cathedral veil of some sort and perhaps will be scattering rhinestones myself with a tad bit of jewel glue because I’m comfortable placing rhinestones, although I wonder if the self stick ones will stick??

Post # 42
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

These are great to read!

Here’s mine:

Splurge: Toss up between the venue (3k just for the use, doesn’t include ANYTHING…YIKES!) and the band ($4500 but I they’ll be worth it, they’re awesome!)

Steal: Um, nothing…Sucks but it’s true, pretty much everything has been either around or over budget…I guess I could say our videographer since he’s a friend and we’re not paying him anything but he’s just videotaping the ceremony and doing minimal editing…I guess my favors only cost about .45 cents each, that’s a good deal!

Post # 43
2680 posts
Sugar bee

There are so many splurges I had!!!  Id say the biggest (if only really looking at things that werent completely necessary like the venue) would be our photobooth and chiavari chairs/upgraded linens.  The photobooth was a HUGE hit (never had one at any of our friends/family weddings) and the chiavari chairs and pretty linens really made the room complete.

My steal would be our photographer – it was a business friend that Ive worked with before so we got a great discount on it!  Oh and the cake – it was included in the package through an off-site bakery and we only had to pay $220 in additions that we wanted and they upgraded our cake flavors for free!

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