Post # 1
If you could go back and spend more money on a certain part of your wedding…
Or if you could go back and spend less money on something that you thought you spent too much on….
What would it be?
I am wondering if my $2,000 budget on flowers & candles I will regret..
Post # 3
@BrideToBe14: Catering. I could have ordered pizzas and everyone would have had just as great a time.
But $2k on decorations is a LOT. If you’re worried you’ll regret it, you probably will.
Post # 4
Hmm… I would have spent more on hors d’evoures (they apparently ran out early), and less on coffe/tea/soda. We also had unlimited Mimosas, and everyone drank that! I didn’t see ANYONE drink soda, and only like one person drank coffee!
Post # 5
I spent over $2k on flowers and I dont regret it at all! Many of our guests commented on our centerpieces! I dont have any regrets on what we did spend money on. However, I do wish we had spent more and had an after-party or an extra hour.
Post # 6
I probably would have spent a little more on flowers. We were on a pretty strict budget and only spent about $600. It helped not having a bridal party but the centerpieces were a little boring.
Post # 7
Things I’m happy we didn’t spend money on: chair covers, expensive linens, personalized napkins, photo booth.
Post # 8
Favors are often left behind, so unless they are edible I would forget them.
Post # 9
I spent close to $5,000 on flowers and decor and I know that’s a lot of money to spend on that, but I don’t regret it one bit. The decor was one of the most important things to me and it turned out exactly how I wanted it. If the decor isn’t as important to you then you may regret spending 2k on it.
Post # 10
Great point, We have to order food from our venue. We are going to late nite pizza or burgers for the midnight snack
Thanks for your comment. I was thinking about getting more appetizers, we only have cheese & veggies right now. it is like $800 more though so I don’t know if I am going to do that yet.
I am a big flower person too 🙂 and I defintely notice it when it is not abundant at a wedding, it is not necessary for a beautiful wedding, but I just LOVE when there is a lot of flowers on the tables bc it seems more romantic “wedding like”
I totally understand your budget for flowers, I think I am going to do half of the flowers, on my own, wholesale from sams club because they cost so much through a florist. You can get like 200 roses and 60 hydrangeas for $160
Thanks for your comment. Great point I have heard monogramming and personalized crap we all don’t need is going out of style with budget friendly weddings:)
Great point, I am still not sure what we want to do for favors, we were thinking either mini champagne bottle’s, photobooth/white carpet photo, or candy bar
The decor is really important to me too, My dream is to have a elegant, flower filled event with lots of candles 🙂
Post # 11
@BrideToBe14: I would have gotten more heaters 🙂
It wasn’t terrible but it could have been warmer!
Post # 12
I would have spent more money on photography to have a second shooter. My lone photographer was amazing, but it was impossible for him to be everywhere all at once.
We spent $1000 on flowers and ordered them from our local grocery store. We definitely could have cut that cost even further, but I don’t regret it. The florist did an amazing job and looking at pictures of my bouquet still makes me happy. If you’re planning on going on a honeymoon right after your wedding, have a plan with what to do about the flowers – we left two days after the wedding and I still had my bouquet/centerpieces in my house. Sadly, I didn’t think to take the bouquet out of the water and our friend who was house sitting threw it out because it was stinky. At least I have the pictures!
Post # 13
I would x the DJ completly.
I would have bought my undergarments ( petticoat and boostiea ( dunno how to spell! ) online and not from the bridal salon.
I would have gotten converse instead of flats – my feet hurt so bad even tho I tried breaking the shoes in before.
I would have not rented tuxes and gone with something they could keep – although we only paid like 60 to rent them and got a free suit out of it….
Everything about my weding was pretty cheap so not really much I could spend less or cut out since for a 2000 budget i kinda already had done that!
I wold have skipped on the chair sashes….
Post # 14
I made and personalized all my favors even and a year and 2 months later 95 % of them are sitting under my feet in a bag waiting to be delivered at chirstmas parties or something beacuse most people didn’t even know that they could take them or that they where there… this is kinda my fault except I got kidnapped during set up of my reception hall and taken to my b-party so I wasnt’ there to say put them where people can see!
Post # 15
If you’re looking for ways to shift money, spend the money on appetizers and skip the late night snack.
Post # 16
@BrideToBe14: Not married yet, however, I’m in the same boat as you at the moment.
My initial budget for flowers and decor was $2,500. Then I chopped at it in order to raise the photographer price because photos were more important to me than flowers. Now I wanna chop at it again and leave my flowers budget at like $600 because I’d rather put more into videography. Keep in mind, I already have centerpieces bought. Lanterns, large birdcages, and three tier gold mercury goblets (I have 3 different centerpieces that I will alternate on tables). So I just need to add flowers into the mix of what I already have and feel like I’ll regret spending a lot on them. Especially since I usually never remember flowers at the numerous weddings I’ve been to and I’m more of a candles person anyways, I think they look better.
I will say I have an advantage with this because I have an amazing close friend who can actually be a florist/decorator if he really wanted. He did the flowers/decor for my engagement dinner and it was breathtaking. So I am just going to ask him if we can go together and buy flowers (he knows a wholesaler and can get me a hookup) and then he arrange them for me. I know he will say yes and my fiancé and I will pay him at the end for his time), even though I’m certain my friend will refuse to take anything. But we will make him.
Do you know anyone that can arrange the flowers for you? Or have you thought about using lanterns, candles, etc., as a substitute for flowers?
Ouch, that stinks. 🙁