(Closed) What did you regret spending too much on or not enough at your wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
1004 posts
Bumble bee

I wish I’d hired the more expensive DOC I had been considering.  I didn’t hire my DOC due to costs.  I hired her because she had done a wedding at my venue before and she just also happened to be cheaper.


Post # 3
2662 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Hair and make up. I think they both could have done a better job to match my requests – I just wasn’t experienced enough at the time to know what I was agreeing to. Both were nice and held really well but they weren’t as vintage as I’d requested and it was very expensive! I guess just make sure you are 100% happy with your trial.

Post # 4
657 posts
Busy bee

I regret not hiring somebody to do my hair. I asked my mom (who is a professional) to do it and while it was a nice bonding experience, it was also very frustrating because what she wanted for me was not what I wanted for myself. 

On the other hand, I had my sister in law (who also is a professional) do my makeup and that turned out well. 

Post # 5
1547 posts
Bumble bee

Wish we spent more on decor because we tried to DIY and ended up spending the same amount as if we just hired it. Also wish we spent more on my hair. 

Im glad we spent so much on makeup and food.

 Wish we spent less:

Shoes and accessories- I will never wear those shoes again, they are white and got muddy from going outside. I dont know why I thought I needed bridal shoes.

Gifts for everyone- honestly they werent appreciated and we overdid it. We paid for everything for our bridal party (hotel fees, transport, hair and makeup for bridesmaids, suits for groomsmen and dresses/shoes/accessories for bridesmaids) which was fine and expected but we then thought we had to give additional gifts and ended up spending way too much. I regret the additional gifts. 

Post # 6
9396 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

overall I was super happy with all my vendors, tbh.. so I guess I paid the right amount.

The only thing I regret is buying so many donuts as favors: less than half the guests wanted one.  Luckily I left them in the lobby of my apartment building and they were gone within hours (it’s not uncommon for someone to leave donuts for the rest of the building so people are pretty eager to take free goodies haha.)  Still, that’s $50 I could’ve saved.

Post # 7
1759 posts
Buzzing bee

I can tell you my friend’s regrets: should have rented speakers and just used an iPod instead of hiring a DJ, should have just bought flowers from Costco, should have gone with cheaper food option to afford an open bar (people would have appreciated booze more than food), should have gone with something cheaper than wedding cake like Costco cheesecake and cookies brownies fruit etc.  And not paid so much for the veil, worn comfortable shoes.

Post # 8
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

In hindsight, I would have nixed the churros and chocolates we had as a midnight snack. They didn’t have enough servers to bring them out on time, and it came out 30 min later than they were supposed to. We had paid for enough churros for 106 people and only 30-40 people got them. People were too busy dancing to leave the dance floor for churros.

I’m glad we spent the extra money on decor and flowers, on a wedding planner and videographer. I wouldn’t change too much of what we did except we could have saved money on the midnight snack not too many people ate.

Post # 9
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

wish i had gotten marriedearlier and had cheaper, lighter food. more on my dress. and more effort put into the rehersal!

Post # 10
3268 posts
Sugar bee

I can’t really think of anything that jumps out at me as something I would have changed on the day, money wise anyway.

The thing I wish we did was keep (or buy a second, smaller) more of our wedding cake. I wasn’t all that interested in food at the reception, and was too tired to remember to bring (a biiigg slice) cake to our hotel room with me. I wish we had the foresight to ask someone to save more cake. We had a small piece with champagne in the room after, but it wasn’t nearly as much as I needed to feel like I ate our cake, lol. I miss our cake, a lot. And we’ve since moved 2k miles from our cake vendor, so I’m not likely to get any in the future..

Post # 11
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Wish I would of spent more on myself. I was so cheap at the end and literally my husband spent more on his hair then I did. I didn’t get the shoes I wanted and bought a cheaper dress. I had to make sure everyone else was taken care of.

I should of also got a DOC because ya I drove myself nuts.

i didn’t really overspend anywhere I wish the officiant was cheaper but they were all the same price lol.

Post # 12
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I regret letting my mom bully me into spending $1100 on invitations 🙁 We would’ve been happy with spending $50 on Vistaprint and I don’t even think anyone really noticed that our invites were high end tbh.

Kinda wish I had spent more money on my flower crown and just gotten a fresh one made. I wanted to save money so I bought a nice flower crown from Etsy. It definitely photographed well and was beautiful, but it was very obviously made from fake flowers and I should’ve just shelled out the cash to buy a real one. Oh well!

Post # 13
8255 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I should have spent more on my hair lady! She came inexpensively with the MUA, who was amazing, but even after my trial I didnt love her. Then, on the day of, she made us so late my Maid/Matron of Honor missed our pre-ceremony pictures. She just didn’t really know what she was doing. Everyone said my hair looked nice but I hated it. 

We could hvae probably saved money on our venue. It was gorgeous, but since ILs wanted to invite everyone theyve ever known we had to get a larger venue that could accomodate all of them. We ended up having only 65 people so could have gone with another cheaper venue that was just gorgeous. But oh well. 

Post # 14
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No regrets, but in retrospect I’d have hired someone to handle my save the dates/invitations/thank you cards/place cards/programs etc. My husband and I DIY’d them and while they were absolutly perfect, it took a lot of time to print, stick, stuff, organize and track everything… and then a couple cards got lost in the mail… For some reason they just ended up being my wedding stressor. We could have afforded the extra cost and it would have freed up a fair bit of our time so I think it would have been worth it. 

Post # 15
1412 posts
Bumble bee

I wish I’d insisted (and paid for) my photog for the rehearsal dinner. My in laws ‘hired’ my now-nephew who was 24 at the time, but he ‘overestimates’ his abilities in everything- including taking pictures. (Like how he just quit his job to be a pro baseball player- he couldn’t even make the CLUB team in college- 7 years ago…) His pics were all blurry 😡 Which could’ve been avoided if I had known that was who they chose to ‘hire’…

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