(Closed) Wedding things that turned out to be way more crazy-expensive than anticipated??

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Post # 3
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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 # 5
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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
8395 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My florist is emailing my quote today…I’m scared! haha

Post # 7
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well given that Im getting 1500-2000 Limo quotes,Im gonna go with Transportation!!

Post # 8
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

So far,

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 # 11
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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! 

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