Post # 1
So mine was when we were going around and meeting with florists. One florist wanted to charge us $5,000 for our arrangements and use nothing but SILK flowers. At the end of the meeting I couldn’t do anything but ask if they were serious – if I was shelling out that kind of cash it would be for real flowers. Needless to say we went with another florist that costs much less for the same thing except that we will be able to have real flowers lol
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
@jennifer – haha yes photography was one thing that we ran into as well. I must have looked at a million websites and was just like… holy crap – WHY is this SO expensive?? I think a lot of times brides just end up going with these places because they think ‘oh well, that must be the average price’. I refused though and just kept researching and ended up finding a photographer I loved the pictures of for half the price that other places in the area were charging (metro Detroit area does not come cheap!)
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
$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.