(Closed) what is the craziest, overpriced thing that you have ran into during planning?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

OMG I would have to say the venues!  These places are nuts with what the charge!  We seem to be having a “small wedding”  at 100-120 guests-Which I don’t think is small but okay…The venues around here charge a minium fee(which is fine)  But some places have out and out told me I don’t have enough people to use the venue!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 

Post # 4
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

HAHA…one of the venues we looked at wanted $104,000.00 NOT INCLUDING FOOD AND BEVERAGE!

In their defense, it was a large B&B and we’d have had to rent the entire thing out for 3 days (rooms started at $550 per night) plus pay a restaurant and spa minimum for those 3 days since they would have lost business from the outside.  We had a lot of guests, so we’d also have had to have a tent in the yard…also not included in that price.  So yeah…that was a no-go

Post # 5
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the most outrageously over priced thing we’ve encountered was photography.  We met with a guy that wanted to charge us like a million dollars, but we couldn’t figure out what was in the package!  The guy was really eccentric and he kept saying everything is a la carte.  That doesn’t tell me anything.  Why would I spend $6,000 + for something if I have no idea what I’m getting in the end? 

Post # 7
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Over priced florist!! she freaked me out 10k for flowers! aaaand she expected me to provode the arch vases aaand accessories that crazy lady! if im paying that much YOU need to provide all of that and some!..

Post # 8
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I was quoted 14K for a dinner for 100 people. It wasn’t even all that extraordinary. I found excellent food for less than half that price for 150 people, all free range and organic and DELICIOUS.

Post # 9
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Photography! I totally agree with that. Ridiculous. Thank god we managed to find a good photog willing to give us an amazing deal.

Also, invites. Who the hell knew PAPER was so expensive?

Post # 10
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

As one that hasn’t already been mentioned, veils.

I made mine for ~$5.00. Some places want to charge $150+ for the same thing!

Post # 11
1566 posts
Bumble bee

1) Food: I got a proposal from a caterer with a $25/person menu, but with labor and renting dishes, etc, it cost $150/person. That made me laugh – 6x the actual price of the food? No thank you. 

2) Invites: I made my website on Project Wedding, and they were advertising stationery that would match the website design. I clicked through, and it cost over $1000. This is one American wedding thing I will NEVER understand. Who cares about pieces of paper enough to spend so much $$ on them??? 

Post # 12
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Videography, most packages were in the thousands, $4-5K!  Some were really cool looking cinematic type of films, but it was outrageous to us.  We were finally able to find something under a thousand luckily.

Post # 13
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I saw invitations at a Bridal Show for $27.50 EACH. (For that price they better be individually hand delivered by a footman!) I actually laughed  at the lady and she said, “Oh, we have much more reasonably priced ones.” So,I pointed to the one in front of me and said,” How about this one?”  She said,”that one is around $15.” I said, “No thank you — not in my price range.”I want to have lovely invitations, but that is way too much.

Post # 14
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Veils for sure. The one I tried on in the store where I bought my dress cost $950!!! Insane. For a piece of tulle!

Our price per person cost at our  venue. I see other posters and what they’re spending and I want to cry. And our venue doesn’t even include a cake!

Post # 15
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was interested in doing a more rustic feel, so I found this beautiful old barn right by the ocean…gorgeous.

Rental fees started at $10,000 for just reception, not ceremony outside. Another $4000 for that. The place had no chairs, no tables, nothing. Just the barn and land.

I did also call the Monteray Bay Aquarium just to see how much that cost. Packages for weddings started at $14,000 minimum (with rentals included) and the minimum food package started at like $115. That was a lot, but you could get married overlooking the ocean and the sea otters (EEEE!!!) and have the reception by the giant tanks! And you had private use of the aquarium, and could do private tours inbetween ceremony and reception. If I had more like $50,000, I would do that in a heart beat. Better than the barn!

Post # 16
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

$900 for a photo guest book (similar photographer produced guest books from other photographers were $200-$300). 

I tried on a $1,400 veil (clearly I did not know the veil was that expensive when the sales lady put it on my head).  It was georgous, but I can’t spent that kind of money on a veil I’ll be wearing for my ceremony and formal pictures.


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