(Closed) Top 5 most/least worthwhile wedding expenses?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
372 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like this list.  A lot.

Post # 4
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m with you on your whole “least worthwhile” list. We’re not doing Save-The-Date Cards, groom’s cake, favors, or limos. And I’m designing the invites myself and having them printed on the house by a printer we work with a lot. Smile Yay me!


Post # 5
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We actually are avoiding a lot of unnecessary costs because our church and ballroom are right next to each other. We also don’t have to rent linens or much decor at all as the venue is gorgeous on it’s own. I like the plainer invitations anyway too.

Post # 6
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i think i’ll hire a doc, but only because my company’s rep will be on the line and everything will have to go off without a hitch and i will have a lot of fun details and designs that i will not be able to take care of and be a peaceful calm bride (my goal)

Post # 7
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

most worthwhile: DOC, open bar, shuttle bus, hair & makeup; bacon-wrapped scallops (should’ve ordered more for appetizers)

Least worthwhile: favors (although it was cheap we spent too much labor on it); STD (email/website instead; makes me feel that I’m green); no limo & it was not a big deal & it was actually fun; DJ (no annoying cheese and ipod reception packed the dance floor).

Post # 8
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Top 5 Most Worthwhile

1. Photographer – He was worth every penny! It’s also the only thing you usually have left from your wedding day.

2. Band/DJ – Someone who is going to keep your guests on the dance floor! Everyone had  fabulous time!

3. Food – Everyone raved about our food, and it made me so proud! Our cocktail hour rocked!

4. Dress – Definitely get what you’re looking for! You have to look fab!

5. Honeymoon – by far the best part about the entire wedding!!!


Top 5 Least Worthwhile:

1. Flowers – I spent entirely too much on them on my mom’s insistence, and they die! Plus, my mom said she was getting my bouquet preserved for me. Um…no…my florist ripped it apart and put a few flowers in a shadowbox with our invitation. Sweet, but I wanted my bouquet!

2. Favors – I knew I had to have them, but I went cheap wine botttles and everyone thought that was fine! I didn’t think about it, but we should have made a donation to a charity instead.

3. Invitations – Everyone throws them away anyway!

4. Make-up – I got mine done by a friend, and it turned out great…and didn’t cost me a thing!

5. Accessories – I went with a plain cross and earrings my hubby got me for our first Christmas – less is better in my opinion. People want to focus on you and your dress, not a huge chunky necklace taking away from your awesome neckline!

Post # 9
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Top 5 Most Worthwhile

1. The food. Our hors’doeuvres (cocktail reception) were amazing and everyone raved about the food.

2. Photographer. Amazing.

3. Shuttle for guests from hotel to ceremony, reception and back to hotel. I was glad no one had to worry about driving around in an unfamiliar town, especially since there was only metered parking at the ceremony and valet parking at the reception.

4. Officiant. While pricier than a JOP, he connected well with our audience and personalized our ceremony to Darling Husband and me.

5. Favors. Everyone loved our personalized bottles of hot sauce and it fit me so well. Instantly people knew why they were there.

Top 5 Least Worthwhile

1. Hair. I probably could have achieved the same look having my BMs and Future Mother-In-Law do my hair. The ocean wind tossed it around and by the end of the reception, the curls were gone.

2. Save-The-Date Cards. I could have probably spent less money on these. But I love having mine as a keepsake from our wedding.

3. Flowers. I’m glad I made my and the BMs’ bouquets. Definitely wouldn’t have been worth it to go through a florist and pay out the nose.

4. DJ. Our iPod kept the mood good and people danced.

5. Umm, I’m out. Lol!


Post # 10
2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

In My Humble Opinion, no need to have:

1) HUGE wedding cake – most people liked the groom’s cake better (it was a chocolate ice cream cake from cold stone creamery and it was completely gone, while half of the huge, expensive wedding cake was left behind)

2) Favors – although they appreciated it, no necessary

3) Veil – I wore it anyway, even though I had almost decided not to. Actually wish I didn’t but didn’t want to waste the money I had spent on it.

4) Garter – bought one, didn’t do garter toss. Decided I wasn’t comfortable with it.

5) Fresh flowers – Not a single one at my wedding.


Post # 11
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just reading this post made me realize a bunch of crap that i shouldn’t have bought. brings back bad memories of money not well spent.

5 Most worthwile wedding expenses

1. doc (couldn’t have done the day without her)

2. photobooth (it was a hit at our wedding)

3. our open bar

4.  flowers…i loved my florals! it was beautiful!

5. food…it was a hit, but also i think i over did it on the food, we had hor d’oevres, a buffet, a chocolate fountain, a candy buffet, and a late night snack.  i don’t think anyone even ate the late night sliders we had.

5 least worthwhile

1.  my veil and bolero….i didn’t even use it, we forgot it at the hotel.

2. my hair. my mua was also the hairstylist. i hated my wedding day hair.

3. transportation….wish we had just loaned someones car.  We paid about 800 for a limo, it seems so wasteful now.

4. grooms cake…we were going to have it at our rehearsal dinner and the person who was supposed to get it forgot until after the bakery closed

5. invites. i think everyone tosses them.

Post # 12
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Today, I argue these 5 items are a must: 

1.  Expensive 4 inch heels for the bride (preferably by Christian Louboutin); 

2.  day of coordinator

3.  fresh flowers

4.  cocktail hour 

5.  gifts for the wedding party


Today, I argue we can live without these: 

1.  limo for transportation

2.  expensive invitations

3.  professional make up & hair

4.  bridal/couple showers

5.  place cards 

Post # 13
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

hmmmm i guess now that i am coherent (today) i will make this list

1. DOC

2. photog

3. make up artist/hair stylist (i gotta look good in the pictures:D)

4. linens (i have this “thing” about naked tables and chairs)

5… to have a spending limit on the venue of about 6-700 (space only)


1. don’t want an expensive dress (rather have a photog)

2. dj… rather use an ipod or live band

3. expensive invites (they are tossed)

4. limo (nah)

Post # 14
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

ooh, great topic!  For us, the list would look like this:

Top 5 Most Worthwhile

1. Photographer — ours was amazing, we love our photos!
2. DOC — it was oh so nice to hand the event management over to someone else
3. Alcohol — we really like wine, and it was important to us to have good (but not too expensive!) wines at the wedding
4. Food
5. My shoes — weird choice, I know, but I had to look forever to find them.  They were a bit pricy, but so worth it because they were comfortable all night!

Top 5 Least Worthwhile

1. Favors (we didn’t have any)
2. Letterpress invitations — I still like letterpress, but I think it’s a wee bit overrated in the wedding blog world.  I wish I’d gone with a high-quality flat-printed set instead of hunting down a cut-rate letterpress printer because I was convinced I “had” to have letterpress.  (It didn’t help that our printer was a NIGHTMARE.)
3. Limo (we didn’t use one)
4. Bride’s bouquet — we way overspent on my bouquet, it was gorgeous but HUGE.  I wish I had asked the florist to cut the size (and the cost) down.
5. Giant twelve-tiered cake with fondant decorations — we went with multiple smaller cakes. Our cake was delicious, which was what we cared about, and about half the price we were quoted for having one giant cake.

Post # 15
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m beginning to rethink my transporatation choices. The only reason we chose a limo was because our reception is about 20 miles from our church. so we figured have EVERYONE meet at the reception hall get on the limo stop at a park for photos, then to the ceremony in my hometown where it’s the hometown days with a parade and people everywhere, My plan was to just keep everyone together since some were out of state and I didn’t want them to get lost in the mess of things!!!

hmmmm :/ a train of cars would be jsut as good?

Post # 16
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Not married yet but here is my opinion: 


1) great venue

2) photographer

3) great food

4) something fun/unexpected at the reception

5) wine and beer


Not worthwhile:

1) liquor

2) flowers (i’ll have them anyways bc of my mom… but i dont really value them)

3) dj

4) fancy invitations/STDs

5) professional makeup

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