(Closed) Stupid Expensive $$$$

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Veils and cake cutting fees as other PPs have mentioned are the worst offenders so far!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Setup/dismantling florist fees. 1K to dismantle 12 centerpieces and a chuppah? I can hire a college kid for $50 – how hard can it be to clean up flowers? 

 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@JenGirl:  +1 for the tips. 

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@atlbride2013:  That’s moronic. All you have to do is pour out the water, dump the greenery, wash the vase and transport, right!?

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

cake cutting fees!! 

Post # 22
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

my quote from the florist to rent vases.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

cake cutting fees, or charges to open wine bottles (even if they are yours)

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Room rental prices on top of minimums… I am already paying $125+ per person and a heafty overall minimum… Why do I have to give you $2k to rent a room that we are already essentially paying for…

Dance floor set up fees too- I wanted to kill this one venue when they told us they’d charge to set up a dance floor…

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

double post… not double the fun

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@PinkMermaid:  Oh yes! My parents have been in catering for a long time but never managed a place that charged cake cutting fees… So when I was going over the budget with them and said “this place doesn’t charge to cut the cake”, she was all- places charge to cut the cake?!?! That is insane! Indeed dear mother, it is insane!

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@EffieTrinket: and that’s why I’m not wearing one! lol

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@Meowkers: My venue charges 50 cents per person to cut and plate cake and another 50 cents per person to plate and display cookies. I plan to get around part of this by having cupcake bouquets on each table – no cutting or plating necessary!

I wanted to veto the cookies too, just ’cause I wasn’t very interested in having them, but Fiance almost had a nervous breakdown, haha. In Western PA, there is always a cookie table at weddings. End of story, apparently!

I agree about transportation, too. Our venues are less than 5 miles from each other, I am not renting a $400 limo for that. I was thinking of just renting a roomy SUV to transport me and my girls from the hotel to the ceremony venue and then the entire bridal party to the reception venue. Cheaper and we can use it all day instead of just a few hours.

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

SHOES! I went with affordable $40 heels from DSW, but some brides spend HUNDREDS on designer shoes that you basically won’t ever see under the dress! Boggles my mind

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We wanted to use vintage plates that we had collected (to avoid expensive plate rental fees).  That is, until our caterer informed us that they would charge $2.99 PER GUEST to bus and scrape those plates.

Uh.  I think i should have made a lot more money after Thanksgiving dinner, then…

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Tipping. If a vendor goes above and beyond and provides excellent service, then I’ll tip. But I do not feel obligated to shell out extra money. I don’t know who started this, but I think it’s outrageous. Tipping is a bonus, not expected.

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

limos…ugh

linen rentals also got me, but I wound up finding a great mom and pop that is doing it for over $200 less than everyone else in the area!

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