Post # 16
We splurged on food and alcohol – that was our starting point for developing our budget.
We saved on decor (I made pretty much everything), flowers (paid a total of about $250 for silk flowers for bouquets/boutonnieres and didn’t use florals in centerpieces), men’s attire (all the guys, including my husband, got their suits off the rack at JC Penney for $100 a pop!), and stationery (bought from shutterfly/basicinvite which are always having sales, opted for an all-in-one invitation style to cut down on extra add-ons, didn’t use programs).
For the most part, everything else was pretty much what we planned to spend. We went a little higher than we wanted on photo/video, but we think what we got is worth it.
Post # 17
Splurging on photography/videography, decor and food.
Saving on invites and transportation. The rest in reasonably priced in between 😀
Post # 18
We splurged on venue (it was like $50-$55k or something). Florals and decor ($10K).
I saved on seating charts, transportation, coordinator, dress, makeup and hair, didn’t do a cake. We took an Uber back to the hotel after the wedding.
Photography and videography were pretty reasonable too: $2600 and $2400 so $5000 total.
I live in a VHCOL.
Post # 19
DJ – getting a playlist together and borrowing PA from a friend
Photobooth – combo of WedPics and a Polaroid camera (and we get to keep the camera)
Accessories – wearing jewellery I already own and negotiating a free veil with my dress
Invites and paper – pro graphic designer friend of Fiance for the design so printing is the only cost plus postage.
Splurge: rings, photographer, dress (I went way over budget), suit (FI is having a lounge suit made to measure).
Our venue is neither splurge nor save. We could have spent more and we could have spent less but this was a good price point especially as it’s a hotel with exclusive use. Similarly with flowers we could spend less but could spend more. We’re looking to repurpose some of the church flowers at the reception so whilst it’s twice my brothers flower budget (he’s getting married two months before me) it’s not as high as it could be given everything we want.
Post # 20
Not yet married, but in the heart of planning!
– Venue, food, and drink
– Wedding suite for night before and of wedding
– Decor- flowers, rentals, etc.
– Photographer- not cheap by any means, but compared to some of the others we looked at they were a steal and our engagement photos turned out beautifully
Neutral: (needed to be done and costs were about average across vendors we looked at)
– Hair and makeup
Post # 21
Splurged on the venue and catering. I still shudder at the cost.
Saved on the photographer–we are getting married in January, which is his slow season and he offered a nice discount.
Saved on a DJ- We happened to luck out here. Fiance really really really wanted a certain DJ and we booked him, and it just turns out his rates are great.
Saved on save the dates- we used Minted. I liked them so much we will probably use them for our invites too.
Will almost certainly save on shoes–I’m probably going to wear regular flats. They’ll be comfy and will double as regular-wear shoes after the wedding.
We won’t be having transportation, as the ceremony and the reception are in the same place, and the hotel is right next door.
Post # 22
Interesting to see how differently everyone prioritizes. Thank you all!
Post # 23
I’m splurging on:
photography and video
bouquets and botoniers
Spending average on:
I’m having a destination wedding in South America so the prices are very different from the US
Post # 25
hi there, may I know how the process for getting a custom made dress from China is like? Did you fly over for fittings?
Post # 26
I splurged on:
· Reception and Ceremony venue
I saved on:
· Ceremony décor (Silk flowers, lanterns, and birdcages & candles DIY)
· No programs
· Save the dates (vista print 50% off sale)
· Hair & Make up
· Favors – made salt scrubs with essential oils everyone loved them and we didn’t have any left.
· Invites (vista print 50% off sale)
· Bouquets and boutonnieres (silk flowers DIY)
I splurged on food and photography but I hired an event planning company that provided a few services for us and we were able to save money that way. We found an event planner that provided; food, servers, bartender, photography and cake. I only hired her as the day of coordinator and my fiancé and I did the decorations and things ourselves.
I found my DJ and videography from a Facebook wedding group in my area.
Post # 27
Plan on splurging on food/venue, photographer (many people regret not having had a better one), and possibly the dress.
Saving on flowers, DJ (I am making the list, mostly), tux, and decided not to have a bridal party!
Post # 28
Food and alcohol can make or break an otherwise great wedding so that is where we went all out. It was very important to me to have delishous variety of food and it was very important to my husband to have an open bar with alot of varitey as well. Guests had a good time because their bellies were full of good food and they had plenty of alcohol to choose from.
Post # 29
So I am not planning a wedding quite yet, but I am in a different camp, where I have been a guest to a ton of weddings (especially lately) and I will tell you what I notice splurges on: Bar, venue, music, photography. I cannot tell you anything I’ve ever had to eat at a wedding, and I don’t even remember if they were good or not! My advice and future plan is to get something edible and move on. The only wedding I remember the food was when my friend did a backyard wedding and had the BEST BBQ! I wanted to take home a whole pan of that brisket it was so damn good!
Post # 30
– venue + wedding planner
– officiant (we got a celebrant that’s 3x times the price of a commisionner)
– make up (the best in the area)
– flowers (silk ones, saved us $2200)
– invites from vista print
– food (went with buffet to save)
– Alcohol (open bar but we can bring in our own alcohol)
Having said that, we did basically go over budget in everything except invites.