Post # 16
The dj cost lol. 1200 for him to play a list of songs seems ridiculous and I am very picky on music so almost every song is picked out. I was tempted to rent a sound system and have my uncle hit stop on the ipod lol but that seemed tacky lol.
Post # 17
All of it. Weddings are so expensive makes me cry on the inside when i see the prices… get quotes. Photography is INSANELY overpriced. Venues are crazy expensive. And everythjng. Just everything. That’s why we wanna do a Destination Wedding for 5k and be done with it. Ugh
Post # 18
Gratuity that is included in the contract. I’d love to tip them after the event when I see what an amazing job they have done. I don’t like it when it’s a huge % of my bill automatically added on months before they have even done thier job!
DJ – I get the high price for photography because they are working on your wedding for months, but a simple dj without any fancy light show can still still cost thousands to play great songs and do introductions for only a couple of hours makes me cringe when I think about how much we spent on him(i’m hoping he is worth every penny!).
Post # 19
Alcohol- £20 per person ($32 pp) just to give everyone a welcome drink and half a bottle of wine with dinner. The rest of the night is a cash bar (normal in the UK). We literally only have that option from the venue and we cant bring in alcohol from outside or use a different caterer. I guess we just have to suck it up and pay it but that is definitely irritating.
My next most irritating expense is centerpieces. Fake flowers are still expensive and even DIY options arent coming up cheap. Its not a huge amount like venue or catering but its something I was hoping to save money on.
Post # 20
Wow, that is a lot for one drink and half a bottle of wine!
Post # 21
Stamps. Ivitations. ALL paper goods! And the worst thing is that I got beautiful tri-fold programs made that were NOT cheap, and we had like 50 left over that people didn’t take (my wedding was a month ago). I also had beautiful “thank you for sharing our first meal” cards made for each place setting, and those were expensive too. The sad thing is that no one cares about the paper goods but the bride (in my case)!!!!
Post # 22
Alterations! They’re so damn expensive!!
Post # 23
Someone tell me why it costs $35 to have my hair done when it’s not my wedding but over $100 when it is. It didn’t look any better than it usually does. If I had it to do over I would’ve told them I was going to prom and see them try not to look skeptical at my 30-year-old self.
Post # 24
rentals. We have to pay a $370 delivery fee for our $200 rental order (just plates, forks & knives, and glasses…) because the number of glasses we need wont fit in anyone’s car and the venue won’t allow delivery the day before or pickup the day after. -_-‘
Oh, and I was really annoyed with the fact no one would put up string lights and I was probably gonna have to pay $350 to get some pro company to come in and do it, but luckily our DOC said that she and her people could break their rules (no ladders) and get on the 1-2ft step stool required to string up lights. YAY. I know I should feel lucky, but frankly when I’m paying $2k for her and her assitant, plus another $50/hour for each “staff” member… I mostly feel entitled to shit like that. Woops.
Service fees bug me, too.. especially since some of them are 25% (bartender). I do not tip 25%… This bartender better be as good as gold.
Post # 25
I think it will be flowers for me. The 1st florist I “tried” to meet with got on my nerves and I only dealt with her over the phone. I have another florist appointment next weekend. I really want real flowers, so I struggle with paying hundreds of dollars on something that will die in a few days and I can never use again. I know some people spend thousands on flowers I’m not going to be one of those people.
Post # 26
We’re in the process of finding a photographer. I hate the prices!!! Minimum $2000 for like 6 hours of work!!! that’s ridiculous! Our engagement session is done my one of my BMs who is a photographer, but obviously she can’t do the wedding.
Post # 27
Chair rentals for us. The venue came with chairs, but they weren’t the best looking IMO so we upgraded to Chiavari ones. I know in the back of my head that that no one pays attention to them, but they stood out like a 100 sore thumbs in all of their maroon glory.
They were originally $10/chair but my event manager got it down to $7 for us and in the end, Darling Husband and I agreed that as frivolous as it may sound, it was worth it. I swear it’s a conspiracy that venues just have ugly stock chairs on purpose.
Post # 28
Everything about weddings seems to be frivolous to me.
Dress – definitely overpriced. And alterations should be included in that cost IMO.
Meal – way overpriced especially when venues only allow you to use their specified vendors.
Open Bar – Also overpriced, plus they throw in 20% gratuity AND put up a tip jar for guests to tip at the actual event.
Post # 29
Kate127: oh my word that’s expensive! Where are you?
To those speaking about florists, I made my bouquets out of felt, and crocheted flowers for the centerpieces. Cost me next to nothing and at least they will last! 🙂
My irk: Why is the price quadrupled just because it’s got the word “wedding” on the booking?! So annoying!
Post # 30
Obligation invites, to relatives we don’t have much to do with. They came, ate and drank, and left early. A total waste of money.