(Closed) Spin off: Tell me bees: What did you spend money on that you were glad you did?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4948 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Well, I eloped, but we still put money into photography. Can’t ever go wrong there. 🙂 

l also splurged on my wedding shoes (Old Gringo cowboy boots). and I wear them all of the time. 😀

Post # 4
46 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m so glad I splugred for my Chiavari chairs.  I am a total chair snob at weddings (weird, I know,).  Would have saved almost $1000, but It was still worth it.  Lighting at the reception was something I am glad I spend the $ on.

Post # 5
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’m glad that we spent money on chair covers, which is something that my mom didn’t want us to get. I’m also glad that I spent almost $300 on my veil because I really didn’t love my dress (hate would have been the word I used before the wedding), but I absolutely loved my veil and I still like staring at pictures of it. You know how some women say that they wish they could wear their wedding dress again? That’s how I feel about my veil. 

Post # 6
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Extra apps.  Open bar.  Extra pies for pie bar so there was plenty of choice and to make Darling Husband happy (ordered over 1.5 slices per person at DH’s request).  Bigger flower arrangements for altar rather than cheaping it (probably should have just splurged $50 more for the pretty urns too.  Oh well.  Roses from Costco for the bbq decor day before and ceremony location.

Post # 7
10588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Linens – chair covers, overlays for a few tables and table runners.  I couldn’t believe the difference they made to the venue.  I looked so beautiful when I walked in and it made me excited that it was for my wedding!

The flowers were also worth it and something I didn’t really care much about until the day.

Post # 8
472 posts
Helper bee

I’m having a small destination wedding. We are splurging on the photographer/videographer. Our house is filled with photos from trips we’ve taken and important outings. 

I’m sentimental when it comes to photos, so this was a big one for me. My parents eloped to Vegas and the chapel they got married in lost their wedding photos. When my brother and sister-in-law got married at the courthouse they used a disposable camera. When the photos came back they were blurry and not of good quality. 

Post # 9
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Catering, wine, dress, venue x

Post # 10
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We eloped, and I’m glad we spent the money on the photographer.  I searched high and low for a good price, but excellent quality.


Other than that, we went kind of budget on everything else.  My dress was $400. 


I’m glad we got the elopement package at the lodge as it took care of all the little details (flowers, reservations, officiant, champagne, etc).

Post # 11
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Dress, venue, ceremony musicians, photo booth, photographer, videographer, everything! No regrets 🙂 

I have never once thought damn, I wish I had that money for something else now. 

Post # 12
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

commenting so I can follow!  Keep it coming!!! This is making me feel SO much better about my choicesSmile

Post # 13
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Welcome bags were my biggest compliment – most people traveled in, and were excited to have a bag when they checked into the hotel.  Our bags had nips (vodka and rum), sodas, waters, candy, granola bars, other snacks maps, a note from us, lists of things to do and places to eat, and tips for getting around the city.

I was also glad I poured a ton of money into photography (the photos were great reminders, because the day flew so fast!), the premium open bar, and the food. 

Personally, I didn’t find much of anything at my wedding to be a waste, persay, so I could go on and on with this list!

Post # 14
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I know they are no longer popular among the younger set, given all of the creative options that exist today, but: spectacular engraved invitations. 

I can be extremely indecisive at times, but the moment I saw the sample of those super-thick, gorgeous, 100-percent cotton, engraved Crane invitation cards wrapped with a platinum-colored ribbon, I knew they were the invitations I wanted.

I also spent quite a bit of money on my flowers/floral events designer, and I was very happy with the results.

Finally, we served a combination plate of filet of beef and shellfish for our dinner entree and had a selection of heavy, butlered and stationary hors d’oeuvres for our hors d’oeuvres hour, so we spent a great deal of money on top-notch, delicious food.  Everyone raved about it, so I’m quite happy with that choice as well.

Post # 15
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Flowers and food were the two things we didn’t set any budget on because they both mean a LOT to us. We got many compliments on both. Many of my friend’s weddings that I’ve been to in the last two years skipped flowers completely and had a buffet so it was nice to change it up from the norm of our circle.  

Post # 16
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We busted our budget a couple of times but that was really due to our being naive about how much weddings cost and of course our splurges. Our big ticket items that our guests raved about: 9 course sit down meal for our guests (customary in Darling Husband and I’s culture), DJ, open bar, photobooth, and dessert bar. Things Darling Husband and I splurged for ourselves that we loved: my designer dress and shoes, draping for our venue, our florist, videographer, and photographer. Actually now that I’m making the list, we kind of splurged on a lot but it was well worth it for us. 

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