What are some items you think you wasted money on buying for your wedding?

posted 2 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I think we probably spent too much on decor. It looked nice but I dont really remember it now and the little signs and things never really got acknowledged beyond ‘oh those are cute’. 

I also think we spent too much on favors. We did chocolate and I thought being edible that everyone would take them (we even put them on peoples place settings) but so many were left. It wasnt a big deal, we ate them after the honeymoon but still a waste of money really. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

So far the only thing I can think of are totally unnecessary save the dates and a deposit on a venue we ended up choosing too soon out of excitement. I went through like 5 or 6 dresses (lost count) but sold all except one for the same amount purchased or a slight profit. Skipping flowers, transportation and favors which are on our unnecessary list. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Probably could have skipped favors and no one would have noticed.  My mom paid for our flowers and they were definitely way more and nicer than I would have picked. I would have scaled way down on the flowers if it was my money.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

I keep noticing people posting on facebook wedding classifieds cake cutting/serving tools and glasses that have never been used. So I would wonder if those are even necessary?

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2018

So- I have an interesting answer 🙂 I got married in my early twenties and we got divorced after 6 years together. I’m engaged again and planning a low-key wedding mostly for my fiance’s family. In comparing wedding #1 vs. wedding #2, here are some things I felt like we wasted money on and won’t be using again:

– Save the dates: we personally contacted our close friends and fmaily instead

– Decorations: I distinctly remember getting an aisle runner for our first wedding and hand-painting a monogram for it. yeah, no. Also, we had a ton of decorations at the receiption place. I think having a nice centerpiece is pretty much all you need. 

– “Thank You” gifts. Now that I am in my 30s and have been to countless weddings, these seem pretty pointless. I had a candy bar at my first wedding and remember having a lot leftover. 

– An expensive dress: I know the dress should feel important and special, but I just sold my old wedding dress for $100 on craigslist after it literally sat in a preserved box for 10 years. I’m getting a nice dress this time around but I go into these stores that sell dresses for tens of thousands of dollars and just can’t fathom spending that much on a dress. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Save the dates skip them if you can! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I built a 4ft by 8 ft ombré floral backdrop from scratch. I thought it would be cheaper to build one than rent one… Bought probably 400 dollars worth of fake flowers from the dollar store, cut them all off the stems and literally hand glued every single flower to the backdrop. I spent probably close to 3 weeks total building it…… and it was such a colossal waste of time because of where we put it in the hall, I think only 5 of our 140 guests ended up taking a photo in front of it. 

Never again. Such a waste of time and money!

A dress. 

I’m frugal and couldn’t justify spending 2000$+ on something I’m going to wear for 8 hours, plus I was super picky and couldn’t find anything I liked in bridal shops… I reeeeally wanted to order a custom made dress from one of the shops mentioned on this site, but my Mother-In-Law and my step mom basically both told me I was crazy and talked me out of it. So I ended up spending 2000$ on a dress I was “meh” about cause I was tired of looking. In hindsight I should have just said “fuck their opinions” and ordered the custom dress. That’s really the only thing I regret about my wedding. SO if you’re going to spend lots of money, make sure you absolutely love love love the dress! 

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We made gift bags for the children at our wedding, with sweets, stuffed animals, crayons and colouring books and games. We could have skipped the whole thing 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Save the dates totally thinking about skipping favors and I wish I would have stuck to no bridal party.

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