(Closed) Things I’m happy we spent money on and things I wish we didn’t!

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!  As I will soon be starting the process, I really appreciate these insights.  Thanks again and congratulations!

Post # 4
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

That’s so incredibly helpful to know! I might spring for a videographer now 🙂

Post # 5
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Thank you for posting this – it helps a lot! I was on the fence about getting my make-up professionally done, and after reading your experience I most likely won’t. I love doing my own make-up, anyway.

Post # 6
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My thoughts on the same topic:

We did have champagne and enjoyed it, though we had too much.

We didn’t have a candy buffet and didn’t do pro makeup, but it worked fine without it.

Bridesmaids were definitely better off getting hair done professionally.

We are SO glad we have video – we had a student and haven’t seen it yet, but are hoping for the best.

We got extra flowers for the aisle and were SO glad – it really added something. We were outside so didn’t need a ton of extra decorations, but we did have blue napkins and periwinkle overlays and the extra color made a huge difference. We also got big white umbrellas for the ceremony – they added shade and looked great.

We hired a live band – absolutely wonderful and totally worth it.

Post # 7
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thanks so much for sharing.  Currently in an arguement with mom about chair covers.  We think they complete the look – she thinks they’re austintatious (yea, have no idea how to spell that one).  We’ll pay for it ourselves if she won’t.

Post # 8
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Thanks so much for sharing!

Post # 9
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@EmEv: I completely agree about wishing you had hired someone to clean the house. Ours is still a disaster.

I’m so glad we spent money on our photographer! She already has our pictures back to us and they’re awesome! She made us a guestbook that was ridiculously amazing as well. However, I’m glad we didn’t spend a ton of money on an album because I’m finding out that you can create beautiful ones online for a fraction of the price!

I’m also glad we spent money on our honeymoon. SO worth it…without a doubt! The best money we spent.

I loved my hair and makeup so I’m glad we spent money on that to get it professionally done.

I’m also glad we spent the money on our minister…everyone told us how personalized the ceremony was and it was one of my favorite parts of the day!

I’m glad we didn’t spend a ton of money on: centerpieces and flowers. They looked beautiful but no one really paid much attention.

Post # 10
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i completely agree with the cleaning the house thing as well – it was like a tornado hit the apt. and it doesnt help that we have nowhere to store all the presents we got.

things i wish i didnt spend as much on for the wedding?

professional makeup – not much differerent from what i did daily, and didnt last all day. looked good yes, but could have saved the $80.

transportation – being that the driver only made half of his stops and “forgot” to transport the wedding party to the reception (thats a story that will be told later) NOT money well spent.

things i am glad i spent $$ to do:

photographer – just got my pics back and they look great!

videographer – cant wait to see what he comes up with after what i saw during the wedding

DJ – BEST DJ EVER – when our ride didnt get us to go to the reception he SAVED THE EVENT. best $$ ever spent.

cake – awesome looking and yummy!

DRESS – i have to admit i looked and felt great ALL DAY.


stuff i WISH i had the $$ to pay for:

better transportation

more uplighting

boudior session

a few more days on vacation! lol

Post # 11
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

This post is very helpful. I’m glad to hear that having make-up done isn’t for everyone. I just recently had my trial and I don’t feel like it’s that different from what I did on my own for my e-pics. I think I’ll use the money elsewhere. 🙂

Post # 12
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My top 3 “must haves” for a wedding are:

1) Awesome DJ

2) Awesome Photographer

3) Videographer (we had a friend of my parents and although it was his first or second wedding, we got 6 discs that had EVERYTHING on there and I’ve watched them about 4 times in the past year and see something new everytime.  I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend a videographer.)

Waste of money:

1) For my family and friends – decorations, centerpieces, etc.  They all loved the ‘rustic’ feel but everyone loved the food, drinks, and dancing.  So everything else was just an extra.

2) Professional make-up: Some of my bridesmaids had it done, and they looked like high class call girls.  I had my cousin do my make up (she always does an amazing job) and I got compliments all day and night.  However, I DO recommend doing a touch up between wedding and reception.

P.S. Don’t forget to feed your wedding party before the wedding.  We had subs, soda/water, chips, and desert and people were extremely happy with it.  You don’t really realize how hungry you are until you see the food and realize that you haven’t eaten anything all day.  I was in a wedding where nothing was provided – and I about fainted standing up at the front for the 1.5 hour ceremony…standing the ENTIRE time on the hard cement floor in the middle of July. 

Post # 13
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m glad we spent the $ on:

-Photographer!! He was amazing and our hands down favorite vendor. He (and his asst photog) made everyone come alive and the pics he captured of everyone being natural (no fixed poses) are soooo awesome.

-Flowers & Decor. Worth every penny. Although a big chunk of the budget, they made the ceremony soooo romantic.

-Pro MakeUp for me and my girls!!! No question about it.

Wish I Would’ve Not Spent $ On:

-Wedding Planner. She just wasn’t worth it and didn’t do well with executing fine details. A week or month of coordinator wouldve been better. With my planner, I found myself doing way too much myself.

-Favors. Although very cute and classy, people just oooowed and awwwed and thought they were part of the fancy decor and so didn’t take them.

-Desert Buffet. Everyone was dancing for the most part, barely ate the cake because they never left dancefloor and so they totally missed when the desert station opened.

Post # 14
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m glad we spent money on: 

  • Professional Airbrush Makeup and Fake lashes – I bought some high quality makeup for the rehearsal dinner and did my best make up job but I still looked 100 times better with the airbrush make up.  It lasted from 10 am till 10 pm even after sweating (june in Florida) and crying.  
  • Professional Pictures – I also am glad we allotted plenty of time to take pictures.  No sense paying for a photographer and then not setting aside time to take pictures! 
  • My dress – I am really glad I didnt settle and just do a Davids Bridal $100 dress sale.  My dress was about $1,000 but totally worth it. 
  • Good food, open bar (beer and wine) 
  • Perfect venue – Because we had a great venue that fit our “theme” we didn’t have to decorate much.  They even provided table cloths in our colors.

I really don’t have much that I think was bad spending (except the cake but thats because it didn’t turn out like I wanted).  

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