(Closed) What are (or was) your biggest wedding splurges? (with poll)

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: What is your biggest wedding splurge? (multiple choice)





    venue or location

    # of guests


    date (i..e. NYE, Valentine's Day)


  • Post # 2
    3053 posts
    Sugar bee

    My dress cost almost half of our budget, but my parents paid half – phew! We are spending a lot on our honeymoon too, but mainly because we have to travel during the holiday period. 

    Post # 3
    5136 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    submart:  i would say the venue and our honeymoon. we wanted to make sure we had great food and we wanted a great honeymoon. could we have spent less than half for a caribbean vacation, sure but i feel like we can go there anytime because its so cheap. going to Europe won’t always be an option and now that we have a little baby, we definitely won’t be going back for quite some time.

    Post # 4
    1282 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    My budget was about £20,000 (UK, pounds)- roughly average for our country. My caterer was by far my biggest expense- taking up nearly half the budget for about 90 guests, but I wouldn’t call it a splurge as we chose the cheapest option on the list of local suppliers the venue gave us, and the food was good but nothing fancy, and they didn’t go out of their way to help us out much on the day. Wedding food/serving staff in the UK costs far more than it should and is generally a total rip-off by a monopoly of pretty greedy comapnies. Technically spending so much sounds like a splurge but I just felt it was ticking a box.

    If you define ‘splurge’ by how much you paid compared to the average person on a certain thing, or how much you could feasibly have got away with, then it was my photographer. She was around £2,100 including engagement photos. I got the feeling she gets hired a lot by richer and more demanding clients than us, willing to pay to ship her out to the middle east or europe.  The kind of people who get professionals in to do their decor rather than design and make it themselves from discount shops! She was worth it. But yes a splurge because we could have paid £1000 and got decent basic photos. I treated myself and it was totally worth every penny.

    I splurged a little bit on shoes but I felt £150 was the limit. I don’t really understand brides who buy Jimmy Choos for the label and in the photos they look identical to ones you could buy on the high street.

    My date was my best cost saving as I chose a Thursday, saving thousands.

    Post # 5
    3949 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We didn’t splurge on anything – kept things very reasonable all over. However, our most expensive items were the photography and the catering.

    Our honeymoon would’ve been quite expensive, but my Future In-Laws gifted us use of their timeshare and DH’s aunt gifted us her airmiles.  (So generous!)

    Post # 6
    9340 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    submart:  venue and catering (not sure if that is a “splurge” but it was the bulk of the budget) and our BAND! We had a 9 piece brass band that’s been rocking out together for over 30 years – they are truly incredible. I told my husband the only way I wouldn’t keep pushing to elope was if we had the best band money could buy lol. 

    Post # 7
    462 posts
    Helper bee

    We are having a destination wedding so our biggest expense will be paying for everyone’s accomodation, food and transfers for 3 days/nights which will cost $15,000k. My partner is exceptional at negotiating so we consider it as a ‘bargain price’ considering how much the original quote was!

    Next big cost after that is our 1 year backpacking honeymoon and having to pay for ours, my parent’s and my sister’s plane tickets to the destination. (My parents are poor and my sister has just entered the workforce so i don’t want them to struggle with paying for plane tickets so we will buy it for them as part of the wedding budget) 



    Post # 8
    2009 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    venue/food is probably biggest along with outfits (but thats all 11 outfits not just the dress) then videography and entertainment is the next big costs not far behind… altogether that is exactly 4/5ths of the budget and the rest is everything else (shoes, rings, cake, decor, flowers, gifts ect…)


    honeymoon would be a big cost but I count a honeymoon and wedding as seperate events completely

    Post # 9
    158 posts
    Blushing bee

    Our honeymoon is definitely a big splurge – we’ll be spending around $25k. We are having a very private wedding without many of the bells and whistles though. 

    Post # 10
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Our budget is about 25k (this literally makes me cringe when I think about it sometimes but hey, big families and help from the parents)  My biggest splurges were the photographer at 3k, but a wedding planner friend once told me never cheap out on the photographer, pictures are the only thing (besides your marriage) that last longer than the day.  I went way overbudget on my dress, went shopping thinking under 2k and ended up spending 3k, Mom is paying for that (thanks mom!) and I’m going to try and sell my dress afterwards to refund her a bit.  Fiance and I decided the one thing we both wanted to splurge on was honeymoon, however this is not included in our wedding budget.  We just bought a house, are likely going to settle down and start a family soon so this is the last chance for a while to do a big trip.  We’re going to Barcelona and Paris for two weeks and I am beyond excited, neither Fiance or I have ever been to Europe.

    Post # 11
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Our venue (food, alcohol, ceremony site) cost us a little over $26k, which was about half of our wedding budget.

    Post # 12
    2163 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

    I did not want to compromise on a photographer! The only vendor who leaves your wedding still working is the photographer. Your photos are the only thing you have left next to items and memories. I want to have amazing quility prints to last for me to show my grandchildren some day

    Post # 13
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Our wedding budget was around 25k. Biggest expense was catering, but biggest splurge was photography/videography. We paid probably close to 3500 for both but after seeing the end results, sooo well worth it.

    Post # 14
    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: garden/backyard - July 9, 2016

    We are at about 8k, so pretty low really.  It helps that we are doing everything at our house so no venue fees!

    Biggest splurge by far – my SO’s outfit. He decided on a custom made kilt outfit with a jacket and waistcoat, add in the sporran, hose, sgian dhub, flashes, shoes, shirt, tie and cufflinks and his outfit is 3 times what mine cost!  Oh well, he’s happy so I’m happy 🙂

    Post # 15
    1052 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We squandered $2,100 of our 8K budget on our venue– and it looks like we will exceed budget. As it gets closer to the date, I’m not so sure it was the right choice, but the deposit has been paid so there’s no turning back.

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