(Closed) What are you splurging on?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Venue/Food (all-in-one, 36% of our budget)

Honeymoon (30% of budget)

Photog/Videog (12% of budget)

Post # 18
3298 posts
Sugar bee

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
2141 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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
6432 posts
Bee Keeper

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socalgirl1689 :  in order of cost ours was:

Food/drink: £9k

Photography: £2k

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
2120 posts
Buzzing bee

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
421 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
431 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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.

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