(Closed) What did you purposefully leave out of your wedding? (Poll)

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: What can you/did you live without at your wedding? (For personal reasons, not financial)
    Favors : (35 votes)
    20 %
    DJ : (13 votes)
    7 %
    Expensive dress : (13 votes)
    7 %
    Expensive decorations/flowers : (20 votes)
    11 %
    Cocktail Hour : (17 votes)
    10 %
    Expensive photography : (8 votes)
    5 %
    Some combination of the above (info below) : (54 votes)
    31 %
    All of the above : (17 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @Buttercupmcgee:  you should edit the poll so people can vote for multiple things 🙂

    I left out the DJ. Since my wedding was very small, I decided that an ipod would be a better fit.

    I also used minimal decor and affordable flowers. Obviously this helped keep costs low, but it also minimized the time and hassle required for setting up the venue.

    Post # 4
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    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Religion. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We had an ipod reception. It worked out amazinly. No one missed the cheesy dj at all– and my husband made a KILLER playlist. Our dance floor was packed!!

    Also, I had 0 flowers except for bouquets/bouts. I did candles and feathers for decor instead. Way cheaper!

    And I guess my dress was cheap-ish depending on your definition. It was about $700 before shipping/alterations. 

    Lastly– we did have favors but they were homemade. Chocolate dipped pretzel rods. I think it cost me like $30 to make enough for everyone. Yum!

    Post # 6
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    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yeah the poll should allow people to vote for more than one option.

     

    We left out expensive photography we only paid about $600 for that, we didnt have expensive food either, we ordered from a local caterer (friendor) and we didnt use any flowers except for my bouquet

    Post # 7
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    354 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I watched my fair share of SYTTD, but I just could not get on board with the idea of a many-thousands-of-dollars wedding dress.  I set my budget at $1500 and ended up spending $600. 

    Post # 8
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    All of the above plus guests. 

    Post # 9
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    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Favors, Expensive photog and DJ (got a reasonablely priced one for CHEAP!), minimal decorations, and trying to find the something old/new/borrowed/blue

    Post # 10
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    3000 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Favors and expensive flowers. I did all the flowers myself and ordered them from Growersbox.com. I had minimal flowers in the centerpieces (since we used branches and feathers in half and candelabras for the other half) and did smaller bouquets.

    Post # 11
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    11270 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @MrsElopement:  lol

     

    we didn’t have a dj, a really expensive photographer or expensive decor.  we focused on good food and beverages for our guests.

    Post # 12
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    475 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Silk flowers only for bridal party/attendants (about $250) and that’s it. Free centerpieces provided by the hall and other minimal decorations are all I need 🙂 Big cost cutter! And I spent under $1000 on my dress, undergarments, veil, shoes, jewelry, and alterations combined.

    Post # 14
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    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We are leaving out flowers from our center pieces, only having bouquets none anywhere else. It’s partly for expense, flowers for weddings are way over-priced, and partly because i’m not into flowers all that much and the ones I do like are all expensive without it being for a wedding.

    We are toying with leaving out favours, but I may just take a few hours and very little money and make some simple homemade cookies and package those up as favours, that way we aren’t leaving them out, but we also aren’t wasting money giving out things no one would want. Who doesn’t like cookies? My only hesitation there is I’ve always wanted a candy bar, and if we have one that would be our favours.

    We aren’t going with an expensive photographer either, but the guy we are using is $500 for the day and amazing, its not his profession just his hobby. My Maid/Matron of Honor used the same guy and her pics turned out great. We are also actually skipping a full out cake, just going with something small to cut and leave it at that. I figured that since we already have such an amazing dessert for our meal, no one will eat the cake except us.

    Around here DJ’s are fairly reasonable at $400-$500 for the night, so we kept that in. As for the dress, I’m trying to spend as little as possible on that, but I’m not going to take somethng I hate just to keep costs down. 

     

    Post # 15
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    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @babu22:  Oh I so know what you mean! I’ve seen episodes where the girls had a $8k budget and couldn’t find a dress in that price range she was happy with! I could never imagine spending that on one dress for one day. Our whole wedding will come out around $10K. 

    Post # 16
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    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    No DJ. I hate DJs at weddings. My dress was gorgeous, but only $400 after alterations…I really dislike the prom dress wedding gowns that people spend thousands on.

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