(Closed) Wedding VALUE vs. Money spent

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3942 posts
Honey bee

I didn’t get any discounts and I suck at negotiating, so my numbers would be exactly the same.

Post # 4
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are getting a great deal on a country club that Fiance sister has worked at 10 years. You normally have to spend a $10,000 food and beverage minimum for starters, plus the ballroom fee(reception) of $1000 and the terrace fee of $1500 for the ceremony. They are giving us the ballroom for free, the terrace rental for $500, and our food and beverage minimum is $4500…plus a 25% discount on our bottom line when all is said and done. We plan on sticking with the minimum and our proposal after picking everything we wanted came out to about $5000 including a keg and 10 bottles of wine. So Im calculating that we saved $7500 there.

Then, my cousin owns a landscaping company and he services the property for a local florist. He talked with them and worked out a deal where they dont have to pay for the entire year of 2013, in exchange for them doing my wedding. Their contract is $2000 so that is another $2000 I have saved.

Im trying to save in other ways as well but our wedding is still in the works so I dont have a final number but so far, by my calculations is $9500!

Post # 5
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m getting free alterations on my dress, because its a sample and that was the deal.  That’s about it.  Probably a couple hundred bucks saved.

Might get a $200 discount on a photobooth if we select the photographer that offers both.  

I pretty much feel like I’m getting screwed on every other expense.  And even those I’m dubious about how much is real savings.


Post # 6
2152 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hmm, lets see:


Venue/food was orginially $7500, we paid $6000

Dress was originally $800,  paid $400

Church was $200, we got it free

Flowers were $500. We did our own arrangements and paid $200

DJ was $750, we paid $500


So from those, it was worth $9750, we paid $7300

Post # 7
5658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

For most things I pretty much paid the price so I’d say we paid what our value was. BUT with the ambiance, and how all of my crafts came together and the weather, I would definitely value my wedding as higher than what we paid. We had a LOT of comments that it was the best wedding people had ever been to and people still bring it up now and it was in August. It was fun, chic, light and airy and warm and bright, it was a million things.

Post # 8
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used a 20% off coupon for all food and drink at my venue.

We had our reception at a restaurant and I happened to see they had a coupon in a newspaper about 6 months before our wedding. It didn’t have any small print excluding large event catering, so they accepted it!

We spent $15,000 on F&B, so that saved us $3,000 right there!

Post # 9
8573 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

So the real question is.. how much less did we pay vs. how much the items really cost.


So far I haven’t saved TOO much money. We are getting 2012’s rates for our 2014 wedding because we booked in ’12. [Not sure how much that saves, but let’s assume its $10 per room [$10 x 9 rooms = $90, for 2 nights = $180]. I’ve saved alot from buying things on ebay, I’ve found tulle and flower petals extremely cheap. I’ve been buying everything for our cocktail hour & bar in bulk [40 pc packages vs. 10 pc packages], and I’ve been doing alot of shopping around.

But, I have a budget calculater [weddingwire.com], that tells me how much I expected to spend, vs. how much i’ve actually spent. [real cost vs. what Ive paid]. So far the real cost is $2200, and we’ve only spent $1600. [we started last month].

Post # 10
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am doing a fair amount of bartering with my vendors and have gotten quite a few discounts for off-season, using multiple services, paying by check instead of credit, etc. Plus all the DIY.

I’m for sure, concretely in cash, saving 6% just by bartering services. That’s a discount that vendors aren’t giving other people.

The other discounts are a little more nebulous because anyone who is getting say, lighting, dj AND photobooth from my vendor would get the same price. So I dont know that I’d count that. But I’m saving 3% off several vendors by paying check vs credit. And I saved 10% off photography by paying up front instead of just doing a deposit. I saved 75% by DIY’ing my invites vs ordering them – but again, anyone else with that skill could do it. I saved about 75% by doing my own aisle runner.

Overall, I’d guess my “retail value” of the wedding is about 25-30% higher than the actual cash I’m paying out when you factor all of those things in. But that’s not to say that someone else couldn’t get the same deals.

Post # 11
9124 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Our band are good friends who usually charge $2000-3000, but they’re playing for hotel rooms + gas money (~$500).

I got our photographer to match another local photographer’s price – $2000 instead of $2500.

Thinking about ordering a Jasmine’s dress for $700 instead of the inspiration dress which is $3,000+.  (Not that I would ever spend that much on a dress!  In fact the 700 is about twice my original budget…)

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