Post # 17
I’m really glad I saw this thread.
We haven’t paid deposits on or bought anything major yet. It is nice to know where some feel they could have held back, a little, on. I was thinking a little over board with the flowers and the alcohol up to this point.. It’s good to have an idea of where I don’t need to splurge.
Post # 18
So far I’ve spent too much money on my dress. I ended up with two and spent over 4 times my budget. But it was a pretty small budget to begin with and I get to use one for a TTD session. I also ended up with a veil and I swore I wouldn’t wear one. It was hard to pass up after the consultant put it on my head.
We met with our caterer today and we are spending $600 over what I thought we would spend. But I know it will be worth it, and my guests will love it. Plus I get to keep the leftovers which is unusual for caterers, at least in California.
We’ve booked our photographer and we actually booked her for an amount below our budget. It remains to be seen if we end up with additional costs/fees.
We’re not doing a florist, but I am slowly working on accumulating decor items. It will probably still be more than I had planned to spend, but the items I am purchasing are resellable, so at least I get some money back.
Post # 19
I think mine were the invitations. They were completely awesome invitations that I absolutely loved, but it kind of kills me that we spend almost a grand on them. The flowers I think were the most expensive for sure… I was worried that they weren’t going to “fill up” the room, so I went a bit overboard. Once we got to the reception I was surprised by how intense all of the flowers were though! It looked great, but I’m sure I could have scaled back. I think I just had that whole “almost to the wedding, everything must be perfect” paranoia going on.
Post # 20
As I am getting closer to the wedding I am starting to second guess spending on almost everything. But the thing so far we have spent the MOST on that at times I feel I should have scaled back on is the venue. The venue alone is $6,000. Yikes! It’s an amazing place but doesn’t include food or alcohol or anything else.
Post # 21
I definitely feel like I spent too much on our venue/food. This portion of the wedding planning is a priority for me, but I still feel like we could’ve negotiated it to be cheaper. It’s going to be waaaayyyy too much food.
Post # 22
Wedding dresses. Bought 3 of them. I call that period temporary insanity.
Post # 23
For me I think it’s my rings. My husband picked out a tacori engagement ring, so then I “had” to pick a band that matched. I feel guilty that the money could have stretched a little farther if we hadn’t gone brand name.
Post # 24
My venue was WAY over budget. I was planning to spend 1800 and went up to 2900! However, this venue includes both the ceremony and reception site and the chairs and tables. So, it took up what I budgeted for those. Still, I feel a bit guilty. Luckily, I’m coming in under on a few other big things like my dress, cake, and photographer. So, in the end, I think it will be okay….
Post # 25
Food. We went WAY over budget. We had to cut down our guest list and such because of it. I think we spent too much but I still wouldn’t change a thing.
Post # 26
my dress. i loved it and it was the last one, fit me perectly, but i think i could’ve found another dress that i loved that was within my budget. oh well, i plan to sell it.
Post # 27
I think the food and drink budget was way more than it should of been. We spent like 1/2 of our entire budget on feeding people it was crazay!
Post # 28
I haven’t had my wedding so our budget isn’t complete yet, but the most over-the-top thing thus far is our quote for a $300 rose petal walkway path. Our flowers were quoted at over $2000 but the florist was able to bring it down to $1,100 luckily.
A cake isn’t worth $600 to me. I’m rarely impressed by wedding cakes and don’t eat them when I go to weddings so we’re skipping a cake, by a bakery anyway, so we don’t waste that kind of money.
Our photography quote is at $2600 for two photographers. I need to cancel the assistant, though, because we’re planning on hiring a $1300 videographer as well.
Lol ohh boyyy how the prices add up!
Post # 30
After the wedding, I felt really good about where we spent our money. Both flowers and the DJ were a “lot” – and especially the DJ was more than many people pay, from what I’ve gathered, but I really don’t regret it. People loved the music at our wedding, we loved the music, and our DJs were amazing to work with. I absolutely don’t regret hiring them, and don’t feel bad having paid them for their amazing work!
The flowers were a lot of money for not a ton of flowers at the end of the day, but they were beautiful, and DIY flowers would have stressed me out way too much.
We also had an open bar, which cost about what we expected. Again, expensive, but it really made the wedding that much better for our guests.
Overall I don’t have much money regret – we really stuck to our budget and had a venue that wasn’t through the roof expensive, and I did enough things myself or just cut back on things (like DIY invitations and decor) that our larger expenses didn’t break the overall budget.
Post # 31
photography. i’m going way over what i originally budgeted, but i really want awesome photos, so i think this will be money well spent.