(Closed) What did you splurge on?

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4497 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Photography. I’m super picky about wedding photography and pictures are really important to me. It was our biggest splurge.

Second biggest would be lighting.

Post # 4
9255 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

$1000 is a pretty great deal for a band you really love, so I think that’s smart!

We splurged on photography.  It took some convincing to get my husband on board for spending $2500 on that (which isn’t even crazy high for a good photographer), but I am sooooo glad we did.  The day is such a happy blur, so looking through all the photos helps us relive all the fun and joy.

Post # 5
1286 posts
Bumble bee

Photography and our food.  Well,  our photographer, is a friend of mine in the business since we work together on weddings once in a while if we need help. She gave me a great deal.  Food, we went with all BBQ, one of our cities top rated! 


Post # 6
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MichiganGirl24:  Food, alcohol and photography (most to least).  We hosted 3 events (welcome dinner, reception, thank you brunch) and wanted our guests to be able to drink at all three.  Our photographer was definitely worth every penny, and we got her most comprehensive package (engagement, boudoir, all day wedding w/2 photographers, all prints on dvd with release, $200 print credit).

Post # 7
2687 posts
Sugar bee

Photography is our #1 splurge.  We are really picky about photos and about 30% of our budget is going towards them.  I love our photographer so much and she is totally worth the expense to me.  A secondary splurge was on updates to our backyard (backyard wedding).  We technically did not need to install a fence, expand our patio, or redo our landscaping to make our backyard work for a wedding, but we’re using the wedding as an excuse to.  At least we get to enjoy those updates long after the wedding.

Post # 8
9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Our venue.  Instead of renting the beach house we held our ceremony and reception at for the weekend of the wedding, we rented it for the entire week leading up to the wedding.  We spent $2800 which was the lion’s share of our $5000 budget.  But it was completely worth it.  We were able to enjoy a week at the beach with friends and members of the bridal party.

Post # 9
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We splurged on the bar. We could have the standard beer/wine bar, but we upgraded to a variety of selections of beer/wine, all mixed drinks, and a daquiri/cosmo/margerita bar. It’s still only $16 a person for 5 hours. I think our friends will really enjoy it since we’ll all be 21-24, but the reception ends at 11 so it shouldn’t get too crazy. 

Post # 10
5480 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I really wanted cupcakes from this particular local shop… so that was our splurge.  Also, we splurged on an open bar.

Post # 11
9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@adoc86:  +1 on photography. 

My second splurge is the honeymoon. That will cost more than the wedding by far because I feel the marriage is the important part, not the wedding. 

Post # 12
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I splurged on my cupcakes! I was determined to have cow themed cupcakes and paid about $600 for 100 cupcakes with cow faces and spots on them. Our whole budget came to about $9,000 total. 

Post # 13
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Photography for sure

Post # 14
4497 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsPanda99:  Oh! I hadn’t even thought of the honeymoon. Okay. That was the biggest splurge 😛 haha

Post # 15
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  we splurged on our band as well!  That was a must-have to me.  We also splurged on our venue/ food.  We are saving money on flowers (a friend is a floral designer) and on the cake (doing a really simple set-up).

Post # 16
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Photography, food and wine….oh and my dress. But I dont count that as I used some money I was left and my elderly aunt would have been chuffed to see me in the dress that she gifted me.

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