(Closed) What Drives Up the Cost?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Can you give some examples of the projects you are talking about? I honestly think it is food – for us it is about $60 a person for dinner, not including cake or drinks. That is a LOT of money! That right there is almost $8000!!

I do think that little details can add up to cost a lot, but thats part of what makes your wedding “yours”

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

for us, i think it was things that we just didn’t realize we would need, or would spend lots of money on. i knew i needed a ketubah, but forgot about the frame which costs just as much as the ketubah. and i knew we would give bridal party/parents gifts, but i didn’t think i’d spend as much as i did. even though i’m glad we did, they deserved it!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For us it’s been all of the little things that we forgot to add into our budget or that seemed so minor we never really considered them.  But you add up all of those little things and all of a sudden it’s a chunk of change.  For us it was Out of Town bags, paper for the programs/OOT bag maps and itineraries, tulle and ribbon for the ceremony arch, new songs from iTunes for the reception playlist, renting a projector for the slideshow… little stuff like that.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I haven’t gotten far enough in planning to notice the cost of all the details…but I think one of the biggest cost factors is the guest list!  For example, by the time we account for food and drink and decorations for one person, it will end up being over $100 per person!  So if we give 10 people a “guest” (i.e. for single people or those in a recent relationship), that is an extra $1000!  Weddings can get pricy and fast! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think its just the wedding industry in general.  As soon as you say “wedding,” the price gets raised up like 25%-60%.  It’s the nature of the beast.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think a lot of people also expect things to be cheaper than they end up being. Like, I thought $3,000 was a TON of money to cater food for 80 people. I almost died when I started getting catering quotes back. We underbudgeted for what we could get in our area, and thus went over budget….

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

i don’t understand Out of Town bags. i think they are cool if you are actually providing your guests information within them, coupons, or a “taste” of the city (ie cheesesteak in philadelphia) but when they are handed out and filled with advil, water bottles and a candy bar, i think it’s a nice thought but a total money waster.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

i don’t understand Out of Town bags. i think they are cool if you are actually providing your guests information within them, coupons, or a “taste” of the city (ie cheesesteak in philadelphia) but when they are handed out and filled with advil, water bottles and a candy bar, i think it’s a nice thought but a total money waster.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think food/catering is the WORST…. in my area the prices range anywhere from $35 pp – $120 pp.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

our caterer/decorator (hes doing both) is costing us a buttload!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think it is a combination of food/alcohol and things you dont think about that cost the most. Our venue + food + alcohol is going to be 7500 and it was the cheapest we could find for 100 people. That is crazy to me!! And I know that is actually on the cheaper end compared to what a lot of people pay. Plus I think a lot of people dont think about things like taxes, service charges, gratuities, etc. You get a catering quote and then you miss the fine print that says + 21% service charge + tax + gratuities. you’re significantly raising your expense there. 

Also I just didnt think about a lot of stuff. Like jewelry to wear, like shoes. Like how much cake costs (wtf why are eggs and flour so freakin expensive???). like the fact that after you spend so much on a wedding you want it to LOOK like you spent that much on a wedding and decide that 3/4 length white linens are going to make all of your hard work look cheap and the upgraded linens are worth it. but they’re how much? and napkins? wtf. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree with Mrs. Louboutin in that the wedding industry is a huge factor. As soon as you say “wedding” you’re looking at an increase of at least 30% for the same product.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it’s the big stuff that makes people go over. Catering, alcohol, venue, rentals, dress, DJ and photographer. I think people seem to spend a lot of time worrying about saving like, 100 bucks by DIY’ing something. That is a lot if the total wedding cost isn’t much, but when you’re spending like 20 grand or more, 100 bucks isn’t really worth the stress. The “little” things are NOT what has caused me to go over. It’s the big things.  I like DIY because I think it makes things fun and personal, not because it is going to keep you from going over budget.

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