(Closed) What cost more than you thought it would?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Rental costs for chairs, tables, plates, silverware, glasses, and linens.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Pretty much everything.  Undecided

So far we’re going to end up spending more than planned on the photographer, wedding rings, and DJ.  I also didn’t realize how quickly the little detail type things would add up!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I never even thought about the cost of stamps… with thankyous for the showers, invites and STDs and then thankyous for the wedding we spent over $500

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@emileekay:  Stamps is a good one!!  So easy to not budget those in.

Things I thought were overly expensive in general: transportation, flowers, & hotel.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The person who is going to marry you!! We don’t belong to a church and aren’t being married in a church. So we went to Google to find officiants in our area.. I was shocked at how much they charge.. for a 20 minute ceremony! Most were between $400-$600. We ended up “hiring” the mayor of the city I grew up in, and apparently mayors are not allowed to charge a fee, it’s part of their civil duty. So we got that for free, woohoo. Although him & his wife are invited to the wedding, his wife is my mom’s boss.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Seashells7:  Cake….$500!!!?!?!?!!? for 166 servings….Good thing FMIL offered to  pay for it. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ya if you are getting married in a church, its expensive. We didn’t budget for $600 and transportation costs are crazy, we are renting a bus and its $700, limo is too small for my wedding party.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think it’s important to weigh the cost of purchasing vs. making it yourself. I personally have a billion things going on, and it wouldn’t be worth the stress of trying to DIY much of anything. If you have a particularly long engagement, or don’t have a lot of commitments outside of work then by all means, craft away! 🙂 But don’t think that you’re going to save yourself a ton because in the end, you’ll still spend a lot of money and you might just drive yourself nuts. I let the professionals do what they do best 🙂

Also, prioritize the various vendors so you know where you can splurge but what you might need to give up as a tradeoff. To avoid paying an arm and a leg for the florist to decorate every nook and cranny of our venue, I collected hurricane glasses of various sizes over the year and will be printing pictures of us… which are all things that will live long after the wedding, and the vases can hopefully be used by another bride!

But yeah… stamps. Those were killer. I was in LOVE with the fancy ones online but they were just outrageously priced. And let’s be honest, I’d rather have an extra excursion on the honeymoon than special stamps that will just be thrown away lol.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

the officiant!  omg I was shocked at the prices.  We went with the cheapest one we could find, (although he was great), and that cost $800!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Stamps were a big one for me too. Stuff like plates, cups, napkins and flatware, we bought all our own (disposable) and it was more than I excepted, and renting them in my tiny town would have been even more. And supplies for DIY stuff. Like, tape and glue and that sort of thing that I didnt think of.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The one that caught me off guard was the cost to hire the band (we’re doing a live band). Over $4000 … that’s $1000 an hour. I nearly peed my pants when I got that quote.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Everything!  But especially:

  • All the “little things” (address labels for STDs, guest book and pens, card holder, place cards, etc.)
  • Purchases for wedding-related events (new dress for bridal shower, etc.)
  • Tips

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Flowers. I almost passed out. 

Also, photography. Yes, there are a few photogs out there worth several thousand dollars. But for every one with real talent, there are three hacks who can charge the same amount because ‘that’s just the market’. 

I can’t seem to find anyone who will just take some normal pictures without going overboard and charging an arm and two legs. 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

all of the little things.  the bathroom baskets were a lot even though the items were only $1-$4 each, they add up very quickly x2.

little extras for decorating.  fishing line, double-sided tape, battery operated votives, etc.

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