Post # 1
My top 5:
1. Florist. GULP.
3. Dress transport and alterations. Holy mother, that was expensive. International shipping ($600 all by itself, though the dress shop told me when they shipped it that it would only be $50. *facepalm*), a carry bag, a 1″ hem, some minor nips and tucks, steaming, and a neckline alteration cost nearly as much as the dress itself.
4. Car to take me to the church and then Darling Husband and I for pics and to reception.
5. Gifts. All those little touches like Out of Town bags, bathroom baskets, and favours added up!!
Post # 3
@UK Bride: 1. Invitations-$500…no DIY, just ordered online-ridic!!!
2. Alterations….$265.00 and counting
3. Accessories (garters, guestbook, candles, floer girl basket, etc….almost 500 bucks!
4. Airbrush tattoo coverage-$200 and up…I may just let them show:-/
Post # 4
Post # 5
1. DH’s outfit. Budget: $250 (thinking he’d rent). Actual: $2500 (buying a tux, shoes, shirt, bow tie, cuff links) – sheesh!
2. Alterations: my dress didn’t need that much work, but my bustle was 24 ties at $15 EACH. It ended up being something like $555 (plus the slip – which I hadn’t figured in – another $60). So, it was about $600 I really wasn’t planning on (I thought it would be more like $200).
….that’s all I can think of for now… I’m sure there were others. I’ll update as things come to mind. 🙂
Post # 6
My florist is emailing my quote today…I’m scared! haha
Post # 7
Well given that Im getting 1500-2000 Limo quotes,Im gonna go with Transportation!!
Post # 8
Photography – We had a great deal and then our photog backed out so now we have to pretty much take what we can get…which means more $$ – I am still livid about this.
Lighting – Holy cow does it cost a lot to have some lights put up for a few hours.
We meet with the florist soon and I have a knot in my stomach already about how much that will cost. *Shudder*
Post # 9
@Westwood: Four words: Sams. Club. Wedding. Collection.
You order them online, they deliver to your door, you would NEVER know they came from Sam’s club. It is saving me a couple grand.
This is the whites collection. They have whites, brights, pinks, greens, ect.
Costco also has something similar
Post # 10
Yes, yes, and yes. Reading these makes me remember even more things that caused budget anxiety. Biggest one I remember now is that DH’s wedding ring was super expensive–like, 5x more expensive than mine!
With our florist quote, the kicker wasn’t the flowers, but the candles! We wanted the whole place to be candlelit, which ended up being waaaaaay more than we thought it would be. Candles seem cheap until you bung 750 of them into one room. Yikesola.
Post # 11
@jackndiane: Seriously??? That is like the most awesome thing I have heard all week!! Do you know if BJ’s has something similar? I would love to do this!!
Post # 12
1) The veil. Crazy expensive if purchased in a salon. The fingertip veil I originally tried on with my dress was $700, and it was nothing special. They were even expensive at David’s Bridal–a fingertip lace veil was $350. I ended up going with an Etsy vendor.
2) Food. We had trouble finding a caterer that came in at less than $120/head. We were originally thinking we could do $50/person, but were flat-out wrong.
3) The add-ons that you might think would be included in your venue but aren’t. If you have to rent chairs, tables, a dance floor, and av, these things add up really quickly.
4) Alterations. I thought the shortening and taking in would be costly, but didn’t realize the cost of the bustle.
5) Hair and make-up. The cheapest bridal updo I could find was $150.
But, on the bright side, things that were cheaper than expected:
1) Florist. My wedding was in a garden, so I didn’t need extra flowers for the ceremony. We came in well under budget.
2) DJ. We got a really good one for much cheaper than we thought, and he threw in ceremony music for free.
3) My wedding band. I went with a diamond and saphire eternity band that wasn’t really supposed to be a wedding band, so I didn’t pay the “wedding premium.”
Post # 13
Definitely flowers and transportation! Getting those quotes is scary- I see who the email is from, and I’m afraid to open the attachment.
Post # 14
I had no idea photographers would be so expensive. theknot.com planner said, with our budget, $1k was reasonable. HA HA HA. As if. I found two photographers for that much whose work looked like point and shoot cameras were used. PASS. We ended up getting a steal at $1,800, but it was still a hard pill to swallow.
Post # 15
@jackndiane: YUP! we did the same thing! we also got our cupcakes and mini cake topper from them in plain white frosting and had a friend decorate them the way we wanted for a total of $45! best money saving idea ever!
Post # 16
@atomlins81: OMG, hair and makeup were horrible, not to mention all the pre-prettification stuff like facial, mani/pedi, body scrub, etc.