Post # 16
For the guests, we splurged on the meal/venue. Great food and open bar was a must for us, costing $170 pp.
For us, we splurged on photography. We have 3 shooters from 9am to 3am at $7500 not including prints or albums. Then we also got our videographer who are also 3 shooters, same hours, for $3500 including a 5 minute next day edit, a 1 hour edited copy, and a full day filming non-edited copy. So photo and video is costing us $11,000 but was truly important to me as its all we have left after the day ends. I have the memory of a fish and LOVE looking back at photos to reminisce.
Gosh I splurged on a lot of other things as well 😁😁 I had no idea what a wedding really costed before starting all of this.
Post # 17
Venue/Food (all-in-one, 36% of our budget)
Honeymoon (30% of budget)
Photog/Videog (12% of budget)
Post # 18
My dress by far… and it better turn out to be everything I ever dreamed of *cringe* My parents pitched in but I still feel guilty over the total cost.
Post # 19
food is the biggest cost we have
however ‘splerg’ as in ‘something you dont need but went more expensive on’ would be entertainment… HAD to have live music instead of a DJ
Post # 20
in order of cost ours was:
Entertainment (string trio; acoustic guitarist/singer; band; DJ): £1800
Dress (inc alterations): £1280 (though with shoes, veil, lingerie, jewellery, hair and make-up the total was much higher, at £2800)
Decor (flowers (2 pedestal arrangements, 10 mini fishbowls, 3 large fishbowls, 6 bouquets, 2 corsages, 7 button-holes), seating plan, place/menu cards, table names, chair sashes and covers): £1250 approx.
Venue hire fees: £1175
Other big costs were the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen attire (approx £1250), parent and bridal party gifts (approx £850), rings (£2.1k), cake (£500), registrar (£475), and save the dates/inviations/thank you cards (approx. £600). We skipped on transport, and DIYed where we could.
Post # 21
Pretty much everything 😳 But I think my biggest ‘splurge’ as in, a cost I didn’t really need but still wanted, will be the tablecloths. I’m buying full sequin tablecloths for every table.
Post # 22
- Wedding: November 2016 - Muhlhauser Barn
we were on a limited budget for our wedding and i saved in all different kinds of areas so that we could afford a fantastic photographer and videographer. They make up about 1/3 of our budget as well! I figure that the pictures and video will be with us for a lifetime. Our kids will watch it and our kids kids will watch it. I wish i could watch my grandparents wedding! how fantastic would that have been!
Post # 23
- Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens
My photographer was probably my biggest purchase. I know it’s the one thing I will have after the day so I wanted photos I could really love. I spent more on the dress than I planned just because I didn’t feel like myself in a lot of the options and one of them really clicked. But it wasn’t really a splurge to many brides’ standards. We went one package up for the food so that we could do chicken/steak instead of chicken/pork. So I would say a lot of my choices were pretty middle level in the options other than the photographer.
Post # 24
Food (gotta make sure guests are happy with great food!), and photo and video (went over our max budget at 4k). Photos are forever.
Post # 25
Our venue and food are rolled into one since we’re doing a restaurant reception, but the total is definitely more than I had planned on spending for those two things. The food and atmosphere is fabulous though so I feel it’s well worth it. I was prepared to splurge on photography, but ended up finding a great photographer right around the price I was hoping for. Not really a splurge, but I ended up spending double what I had expected on the personal flowers, having preserved arrangements custom designed on Etsy. Still not what most people would consider expensive though.