(Closed) Wedding Score- fun game what’s yours?

posted 8 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hahahaa. This has me silently cracking up ๐Ÿ™‚ Good job!

Post # 4
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1313 posts
Bumble bee

How fun!! I haven’t actually “done” enough stuff to have a score yet, but hopefully in a month or two I will be able to do this.

Sounds like you are having a great time with everything, good for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Reception Venue: Me=1, them=0 – I was able to lock in some darn good rates last summer just after they remodelled this room but before anyone else had booked it so I was able to get in with no food/drink minimum and no site fee. This is a savings of about $1500 depending on how much people drink at the open bar.

Ceremony: Me=0, Them=1 – I guess I should say that I absofreakinlutely love my location, it’s in a rock and roll mecca but still a chapel with a cross. But the cost sent us up by about $1500 compared to a church wedding.

 Dress: Too early to tell. But if the ceremony dress is decent I think this is a total score – $600 and it includes veil and shoes (albeit I can’t use those shoes for the wedding, but hey! Free shoes are free shoes)

Invitations: Me=1, original place that quoted me $800 for 75 invites=0. Ya, that’s right lady, I went Vistaprint with an email/phone RSVP and people still want to come to my wedding. Unlike what you tried to tell me.

Decor at Reception: Me=1, event planner that wanted $4k=0. Uhuh, contrary to popular belief I don’t need you to tell me what will look good – i have WB and endless other sites to help me build what you couldn’t.

Budget/wedding tax: Me=0, Budget=1. Okay, how many times can you blow your budget in one year, because I basically do this every month. FYI, we started at 5k and have tripled that and have 6 months to go.

My score=60%. You win some, you lose some. Sigh.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

my wedding score

me: 1             Reception Venue:1          This has to be a tie. I consider my venue  pretty pricey but it includes a lot of stuff and is absolutely beautiful.

 

me:1                Save the Dates:0            We DIYd the crap out of our save the dates and I loved how they turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

me:0                Church:1                       They had the upperhand here because they’re the only church that lets non-members get married there anywhere near our reception venue, which has three ballrooms and books over a year in advance. As a result, we can’t have an aisle runner, no rice or bird seed, no flower petals (real or artificial) and the aisle is like 15 ft long. ๐Ÿ™

me:0              Honeymoon:1            They’ve lost our reservation, changed pricing, required us to mail something to them via certified mail (so annoying) and the list goes on.

me:1                Dress:1                    Finding a dress was the most god awful, painful, overly long process of my life. I’m SO happy with my choice, so I’ll call this a tie.

me:1                men’s wharehouse:0    Free Tux TO KEEP!! Woooo!!

My score = 50% – It’s a tie. At least my wedding isn’t beating me I guess.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Florist=0  me=1:  We got an AWESOME deal on our flowers.  She is also making our submerged flower/floating candle centerpeices for $10 a table…! 

Venue=0 Me=1: Our venue is beautiful, and we can decorate it any way we’d like.  We get to bring in our own alcohol too which is a major plus. Oh, and did I mention it’s very reasonably priced?

STDs=0 Me=1: They turned out great, they were super cheap and I still love them.

Invites=1 Me=0:  I hate you, stupid invitations.  I forgot to list the addresses and you get destroyed in the mail. I have to hand cancel you, which is going to be a pain, and may not even solve the problem.

End of night transportation=1 me=0: Why are you such a rip-off, event trolly?  I need you to drive 9 miles to our hotel, and you’re charging me $300, not including gratuity.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

this is cracking me up….

Post # 9
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

STDS: 0, ME: 1 – I ordered our save the date postcards from Vistaprint, and including postage, is only running me about $60. Win!

DRESS: 0, ME: 1 – Mom bought the dress unexpectedly.  Enough said.

FOOD: 0, ME: 1 – 3 Entree Barbeque Buffet, including carving station, for under $10 per person. Definite win.

INVITATIONS: 1, ME: 1 – I am sharing this victory, as I bought all 5 boxes of invites, 1 box at a time from Michael’s with coupons.  I share the victory since I had to make 5 seperate trips to Michael’s to do so.

RECEPTION VENUE: 1, ME: 0 – The most beautiful place in the world with too many downsides to sign the contract.  Our new place isn’t the most beautiful, but too many upsides to not sign.  A painful loss for sure.

CHURCH: 0, ME: 1 – FI’s parents purchased the rental as a Christmas gift. WIN!

FLORIST: 1, ME: 1 – We are going the DIY route for bouquets from FiftyFlowers.com, but are paying a florist for the bouts/corsages.  Too much work.  I’ll share the victory.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ceremony: Me=0, them=1.  I loved our venue and our officiant.  However, between needing a rabbi who were perform an interfaith wedding, and having to get married in MA (so we couldn’t use a synagogue where we were members) because we are a same-sex couple, we ended up with over $3,000 just for rabbi and synagogue.

Ketubah: Me=0, them=1.  No, there is no way to make the standard ketubah language–even that of an “egalitarian” text–work for two women.  There are something like 17 places in which the Hebrew refers to the couple in the masculine gender.  Thus, we had to pay extra for a custom text.  It was lovely in the end, though!

Chuppah:  Me=1, them=0.  Just to rent a chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) from a florist or chuppah rental place would have cost about $500.  Plus, since the ceremony was in MA and the reception was in DC, we would have had to either rent twice or not have our DC friends able to see it.  I decided that notwithstanding last having sewn anything 40 years ago, I could make one.  Partway through, I nearly gave up.  However, I finally made one–using the frame from a portable popup gazebo, so it was very transportable–for under $200.  I sold it for $200 after the ceremony.

Reception Venue: Me=1, them=0. Rental price for the venue was $750, plus $250 for an open bar for 60 people for five hours.  And we got to come in two days early to decorate, and bring our own food/decor instead of dealing with a preferred venue.  As a bonus, the club owner borrowed our musician’s guitar and sang us a song traditional in his family for weddings, as a tribute.

Food:  Me=1, them=0. We paid a couple of friends $500 to buy, serve, and clean up the food, and paid $200 for the food itself (from BJ’s Wholesale).  We had enough food for 60 people, plus enough leftovers that we were eating them for the next month.

Dresses: Me=1, Them=0.  They make matching bridesmaids’ dresses, but we needed matching dresses for the two brides.  And since I’m 5’10” and she’s 5’1″, and we’re entirely different shapes, we couldn’t get exactly the same style.  However, we found a bridal store at which the owner had a really good idea for what would look good on each of us, and still coordinate.  And it was a consignment store, so we got each dress for $450 and were able to walk out with the dresses the same day.  On a different day, we went back and got two coordinating veils at half off.

Invitations: Me=1, professional invitation designers=0.  My wife designed the invitations based on the design of our ketubah (formal Jewish wedding contract), with the permission of the ketubah artist.  They were gorgeous and unique, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Photography:  Me=1, photographers=0.  After looking at prices for wedding photographers, we were close to deciding we couldn’t afford one.  However, we finally managed to find one with packages as low as $650.  Because we were a same-sex couple (and he wanted to be able to showcase more of those on his site to attract business), were having our wedding midweek, and didn’t need an engagement session, he lowered his price to $400.  At the reception three days later, we didn’t have a professional, but friends uploaded several hundred photos to our photo sharing site.

Decor at Reception: Me=1, event planners=0. We had 127 lit paper lanterns, 8 spotlights for uplighting, 34 tablecloths, 220 napkins, 80 chair covers and satin sashes, 300 plates, 432 forks, 60 spoons, 252 drinking glasses, 100 champagne glasses. 24 centerpieces, a bird cage cardbox, and a “dancing shoes” basket with 20 pairs of flip flops and 23 pairs of Chinese cotton mary janes.  We bought every bit of this before the wedding, set it up ourselves, and sold it again after the wedding, losing very little money in the process.

Budget:  Me=1, them=0.  In spite of all the unexpected expenses, I still managed to be within a few hundred dollars of my original budget.

My score=80%. I was way behind in the first lap, but still managed to win in the end!

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