(Closed) What do you REGRET spending or think is a WASTE of money on for the wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not even doing Save the Dates. They just seem to frustrate most brides, and it’s not that I think they’re a “waste” of money per se, just that I don’t really think they mean enough to me to spend the money on them. I can see where others do, but for me, it was just one more thing I didn’t need on my To Do/Buy list.

Post # 4
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t get chair covers, or why people would spend $$$ on them. To each their own, but I really couldn’t care less what the chairs look like.  we had white plastic folding chairs and it didn’t bother me one bit

Post # 5
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We actually ordered too much food. We had an afternoon tea after our ceremony…and we had HUGE amounts of leftovers.I think we could have gone with half the amount and done perfectly fine.

We went overboard with favors. We had two, a box of chocolates and wildflower seed packets. The chocolates were gone in a flash, and we have a Ton of seed packets left 3 months later.

We decided not to do engraved napkins. They were an extra cost, and to be honest, no one was going to look at them for more than 5 seconds. No regrets.


Post # 6
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Fancy linens. I wish I would have with plain white linens.

Post # 7
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Nothing! We got everything we wanted and came right at budget. I kinda wish we had a higher end videographer but it was low in the list of priorities and there was no money left for it. My purchase of four dresses was obviously stupid…At least I sold three of them afterwards. I wish I had found the “dream dress” early on and had not gone through that agony.

Post # 8
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@ohheavenlyday: I’m so glad you said that! I don’t want to do save the date cards, either, but people were making me feel as if I needed to. I was thinking of just making sure with a phone call by either me or the groom – depending on who knows the guest best – that people coming from far away know when and where the ceremony will be. I’m having a small wedding and feel that it would be warm and equally as nice as a S-T-D card. 

Post # 9
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


It seems a lot of people accidentally overspend on them, which I can understand, because it’s exciting to finally get something printed up with your official wedding information on it! But there’s SO much pressure to make them cute and quirky, and just the thought of creating/picking out/ordering them, mailing them, and then doing it all over again 3 months later is too much for me. We’re only having 80 people or so, so it’s essentially family and closest friends, and they better have that date engraved in their minds already without a darn magnet! I’m kidding… but seriously.

Post # 10
165 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with the chair covers and engraved napkins. I am a MOB and I don’t get the appeal of the photobooth. It is an outrageous amount of money when a photographer has already been hired. I understand guests have a lot of fun with them, but I think they would still have fun without it. My list is long because I got married in another time when we didn’t do all this extra stuff. Fireworks. Way too much money. One thing I think today’s brides do much better with is photography! I wish my pictures looked like these do today!

Post # 11
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I absolutely love my dress but there was another one at another store that I loved just the same. Now looking back I kind of wish I would gotten that one. I could have bought it off the rack with no alterations for almost $300 less.


Oh well I will still love my dress that I have =)

Post # 12
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m kinda hyper about waste so there are a lot of things that I think are a waste or that people overspend on.

wild “going to the Oscars” Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses,
out of season flowers,
sit down dinners,
groom cakes,
chair covers,
monogramed anything,
free alcohol,
huge wedding rings,
guest books,
marked up invitations with 10 different pieces and 3 envelopes,
hand done calligraphy,
professional hair and makeup that comes to you,
crazy expensive shoes you’ll never wear again,
dress preservation

yea….imo of course

Post # 13
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My veil. $350. Ugh. I tried it on with my dress and it was SO perfect, the lace edging matched my dress perfectly, and I had NO idea how or where to find one that would match so well, so I just sucked it up and bought the one at the dress store. So dumb. I wish I hadn’t have done that. Especially since my veil went missing after my hairdresser helped me take it off in the receiving line and hasn’t been seen since. What a waste of money!!!

Another thing I sort of begrudge is DH’s suits. He insisted on buying all the suits for him and his Groomsmen. They were custom made in Hong Kong for a really good price, but the weirdo didn’t factor in shipping costs, so it ended up being basically the same price as buying them here. It made me really mad although I’ve kept my mouth shut about it because I think he recognizes he made a huge mistake there.

Post # 15
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Gemstone: I know. My hairdresser feels AWFUL about it. He can’t remember where he put it. Uggghhhh. I should have asked my sister to put it somewhere I suppose. Hindsight… I had the venue check everywhere for it, and my caterer asked all the serving staff but it hasn’t been seen at all. When I got my dress preserved I asked if I could add the veil into the box later if I found it and they said you’d be surprised how common it is for that to happen!

Post # 16
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

mine isnt a waste but if i could do it again i would do it a bit differently. our wedding is a bit out of the box because we had a very different wedding, our waterproof “just married” sign because it has the country and date on it

we went scuba diving immediately after we married and we have a “just married” pic and yes its a great pic but becasue the sign has the country and date on it we cant even give this away and i dont want to throw it away but im not about to display it in the house either


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