2 of our vendors messed up but I have zero regret for how much or what we spent money on (using Roxy’s format):
Favors: So glad I did them. I spent $75 in fleece material and made scarves (.50/person) which were perfect. Some of my favorite pics of the reception are people wearing them and all of them were gone. Not one left behind and guests still tell me and mom how they use them.
Invites/programs/escort cards/all paper items: I paid $200 in material and made them. I had pocketfolds and RSVP cards and I sewed the programs.
Attire: $1,200 including alterations. I loved how my shoes looked and I LOVED my dress.
Flowers: $600. I made fabric bouts, corsages, and bouquets. I found a new florist and gave her my $500 budget for real flowers and they were perfect. I had a mix of tall and short centerpieces.
Lighting: $1500. I can’t say that I would’ve missed it but after havseeing it in action, the reception looked awesome with it. Even the pictures are incredible with the lighting.
DJ: We splurged a little because they came with lighting and after 500+ reviews, not a single one less than 5 stars. They were awesome.
Photographer: We found a mid range one for our area but I couldn’t be happier with them. I love the pictures and we received so many. I definitely recommend 2 photographers.
Videographer: We found the cheapest HD videographer we could find and I love the video. I cry every time. It really shows me all the little things that I missed.
Venue & Food: We went with Sunday to save $1100. The venue was beautiful and the food was great. We had a variety of beer and wine and people had a great time.
Limos: Didn’t do this. But my house (boys getting ready), hotel where I was getting ready, and venue were all within 5 minutes.
Makeup/Hair: Had my hair professionally done since I can’t and had my sister do my makeup. She’s amazing and might as well be professional.
Hotel: I spent the night with my girls in a pricey but large hotel room and I would not change this at all. The night before the special ladies in my family came over and we played games and drank a little wine. It was a beautiful place to get ready in and then the hotel allowed us to have our first look there.