(Closed) S/O What's your biggest wedding related splurge?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would say videography, definitely. i know that having a video is def a want more than a need, but I could NOT stop thinking about it. My Fiance finally said that he could see how important it was to me, so we are going to find a way to make it happen. Also, we are going on a much nicer honeymoon that we initially planned. Our families surprised us with lots of financial help with our wedding. When we initially budgeted, we planned to pay everything on our own. So, we had a little cushion… And I took FULL advantage of said cushion 😉

Post # 49
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Bee Keeper

@Laurenplusalex:  Most of ours were way over their average budget estimation, but our biggest splurge based on that (if I’m looking at the right link) is alcohol, coming in at $7k without an open bar, for 60 day guests and 92 evening guests (theirs is for 150)

Our next biggest splurge based on their costings is photography, coming in at $3700 excluding the album we want at $1500.

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The 9-piece band we hired cost $4,500 and a definite splurge, but absolutely worth it!

Post # 51
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Laurenplusalex:  We overspent on our venue but for the area we are getting a lot of bang for our buck.  Drum roll……..we spent 3/5 (yes, three fifths) of our budget on the venue.  It’s a private beach house.  We are having our ceremony on the beach behind the house and our reception will be in the backyard of the house overlooking the beach.  What possessed us to spend so much?  We are actually renting the house for the week leading up to the wedding and a few days afterwards.  For what we paid to enjoy the beach house for a week, we would have only purchased 6 hours for use of the reception hall (nothing else, just renting the space) at the other traditional venues we looked at in the area.

Post # 53
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Bee Keeper

@RECrerar:  Tell me about it! I had no idea how blimmin’ expensive they are!

Ours have cost us about £900 in total (3 adults in Dessy dresses; 1 in a high street dress; 1 junior bridesmaid (whole outfit).

I know someone who’s having EIGHT bridesmaids and wants ‘proper’ dresses (eg Dessy or similar); I do not envy her the cost I have to say!

Post # 54
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Busy bee

Our band is my biggest splurge

Post # 56
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We are majorly splurging on our photographer – I don’t even want to say how much! However, my dress was 50% off, we got the venue at a great price, and the venue allows us to purchase our own alcohol so we’ll save lots of money that way. At least, that’s how I’m justifying spending that much money!

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’ve done a really good job sticking to our budget breakdown on WeddingWire, only going a little over here or there (overall I think we’re less than 2k over budget and we have almost everything set). That being said, our one splurge was our trolley rental. We’d originally taken transportation completely out of the budget because everything is happening in the same little village (lodging, ceremony, reception, after party), but then we saw these adorable trolley cars and just had to have one. So they’re going to transport the guests staying at the other hotel (about 5 miles away) to and from our venue, and make a detour to pick us up too. That was about $1500 we unexpectedly added, but I don’t even care.

Post # 58
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

While it wasn’t the most expensive thing, our biggest splurge was in the “Unity candle” category.  We did the Unity in Glass unity symbol where the company in TX sends you glass crystals in your choice of colors that you pour at the ceremony and then ship back to them to be made into a unique blown glass sculpture.  It was considerably more expensive than a candle…..but TOTALLY worth it!  🙂

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

If we have it, it’ll be videography. I see good photography as a necessity, not a splurge. The videography will be practically just as much as the photography, but it is definitely not a necessity. I just really want it!! I’m also thinking about splurging on shoes, but I haven’t decided yet.

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

Our splurge area is lighting. <3 I love love love lighting.

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We’re spending $22k out of a $26k budget on our venue, which includes food (rehearsal dinner, saturday lunch, reception dinner, sunday brunch), alcohol, lodging for Fiance and I (well there are two rooms, so it could be a special in-laws bonding cabin), exclusive use of the site for the whole weekend, and activities.  Having on-site lodging was super important to me, and there just weren’t a lot of non-hotel venue options in the area.  The venue is a dream, and I am really happy we chose it.

That one ridiculous decision actually forced me to make some pretty huge cuts to the rest of the budget, and I feel pretty good about the balance.  We should come in around $26k including attire, photography, decor, and extras.

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