Wedding ride-or-die: What was something you were glad you spent extra money on?

posted 4 months ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

sbl99 :  we haven’t had ours yet, about 6 weeks away! BUT I am 1000% glad that we spent money on a planner. She has made this entire process a dream, zero stress with finding vendors or anything. The month of the wedding I won’t have any stress with remembering who needs to be paid and when… that to me is priceless. 

Im also really happy we spent the $ on fireworks and some of our entertainment. I think it’s going to make for some amazing pictures and a very memorable wedding. A little OTT sure, but we are OTT haha. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Duplicate 

Post # 18
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108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Videographer

Photo Booth

Villa / Hotel Rooms for Bridal Party

Brunch the next morning

Post # 19
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Helper bee

The dessert table, that thing was devoured and I ordered more than the baker recommended. Everyone LOVED it.

Also totally worth the splurge on the Welcome Dinner. We had way more people than we expected, 90+ of a 135 person wedding and it was wonderful getting to spend an extra night with everyone. We did a lobster bake followed by s’mores and then just a hangout in the Inn’s pub. Most people stayed and closed down the pub, it was amazing.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’d say we splurged on our decor because the company is providing all floras and setting up the entire wedding and although it was a fortune (we could do it much cheaper on our own) we basically paid for convenience and don’t regret a thing! 

Post # 21
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Busy bee

Our late night snack.. A MASSIVE bread, cheese and charcuterie board. It was a perfect mini break from dancing, helped soak up the alcohol and they got all my favourite cheeses. Worth every penny of the $750 it cost

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

FOOD! We choose the most expensive catering package which had cocktail hour food, passed appetizers during the dances and speeches, a buffet open for an hour and a half with so much food, passed dessert hor’doerves, cake and a smore’s bar. We received SOOO many compliments from our guests, even months later guests talk about how we had the best wedding food. A bunch of people told us it was the only wedding they’ve ever been to where they didn’t leave starving. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We splurged on fancy portapotties, and I’m SO glad we did. They were the trailer style and a year and a half later, it’s still one of the first things people comment on when reminiscing about our wedding lol. 

I also loved our favors – local maple syrup from a family friend’s farm in beautiful round glass bottles with a maple leaf etched on it. I know favors are unnecessary, but they were so pretty and the syrup is so delicious. My husband’s grandma went around to tables at the end of the night snatching up any bottles left behind, to take home to her family that didn’t come to the wedding. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Our honeymoon! We are having a small local wedding and putting more money toward the honeymoon. Weddings are great, but our first vacation away as husband and wife is more important to us.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Our wedding has not happened yet, we’re three months out, but our splurge was definitely the venue/catering. We’ve been to many weddings where the food was terrible and we were left starving and wanting to leave to go eat. I feel like no one cares about the decor. They want to be fed well and have a good time. A good time means that things run smoothly. People know how to entertain themselves.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

videographer and photographer.

if you’re happy with both of those, spend it on your honeymoon!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

We had an outdoor wedding and had to rent our own chairs… I upgraded to the nice white folding chairs and am so glad I did because they made the photos so much nicer.

I also rented standing bar tables  to go around the bar… full all night.

And something I didn’t end up having to pay for but was beautiful… our DJ had just gotten new lights that they could shoot across the dance floor to cover it in a color; I ended up not going for it becuase of the extra cost and they brought them anyways, so pretty!

Something I wish we would’ve splurged on though would’ve been a band instead of a dj.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Raw bar! We both love all things shellfish 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - NC

I’ve been married a few months now, and when I think back to my wedding, I definitely wish we had spent less than we did. If I could do it all again, I would have spent less on all the things I thought were of the utmost importance, and used all that extra money towards our honeymoon or kept it to go towards a down payment for a house.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We splurged a bit on a live band and upgrading our menu.  My husband is really into food and our venue allowed us to bring in an outside caterer that we were thrilled with.  We still get compliments nearly 2 years later on both how wonderful the band and food were.  I don’t usually splurge on “experiences” like that, but for us it was worth it.

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