(Closed) What was your biggest wedding sticker shock?

posted 12 years ago in Money
  • poll:

    flowers

    beauty (hair, makeup, trials)

    dress

    accesories (veil, hair pieces, shoes, etc)

    alchohol

    food

    honeymoon

    decor

    planner

  • Post # 32
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2021

    One I didn’t see on here is the band. I had nooooo idea what a good band would cost for one night. It makes me sick to think about what we are spending. But at the same time this fall I went to a wedding with my band and at one point in the reception 15 people were sitting down in this 200 plus person wedding. I also went to a wedding with a bad DJ and the dance floor was pretty empty all night so I try to make myself feel better but it still hurts. I’d say initially I was shocked by the food/per head costs of venues I thought I had a good idea of what they’d be and they were $50 more than I thought in general…

    Post # 33
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    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2021 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

    Ours was videography!  A small fortune!  I keep telling myself that it is more of an investment for later on and less of a "wedding expense" to make myself feel better! 🙂

    Post # 34
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    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think veils cost entirely too much money!  All the other stuff, I expected.  I am most annoyed about the price of a cathedral veil. I think all veils should be 25.00 or less. 

    Post # 35
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Wow…this is interesting and insightful.  It will be interesting to see which one will be most expensive for us. 

    I promise to respond to this thread in a few months!   

    Post # 36
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    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I am with Yogigal! THAT much for a VEIL? are you kidding? You are correct, they should be cheap- we only wear them once! And they aren’t as involved as the dress..geesh!

    Post # 37
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    29 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    we had to pay over $600 to use the chapel that I’ve been wanting to get married in since I was 8 years old.  We’re not even using their pastor.  THAT shocked me (esp since I had kind of prepared myself for the other expensive items).

    Post # 38
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    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2007

    Flowers definitely! I had 300 people at my wedding, so my centerpieces alone cost $3,000! In total, my flowers were somewhere around $4,500 and I almost fell over.

    My photographer was also really pricey, but in the end, after I saw his work and what we got for our money, we got a bargain! And pictures last forever!

    Post # 39
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    36 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Seriously?  My caterer wants $1.65 per mini empanada!!!!! WHAT?  I can buy those at BJ’s Warehouse for $11 per box of 50! How could they possibly be $1.65?? 🙂

    Post # 40
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Mine = photography and a veil.  I was seriously shocked how much photographers charge, so we just asked my FSIL’s best friend (a photog student who has done a few) to do our wedding for us and my Fiance is handling the photo processing.  Why pay someone else when we’ve got plenty of in house talent? 

    And veils, whoa, the first time I saw a price tag for a veil at a bridal shop I almost fainted.  I ended up picking a dress Ithought would look cute with a hair flower that I could DIY and am just going entirely sans veil, since I wasn’t terribly interested in one in the first place.

    Post # 41
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    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I was actually shocked by the price of the alterations on my dress. 

    Post # 42
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    2403 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i’m shocked by the quotes i’m getting for a day-of-coordinator..!!! yikes!

    Post # 43
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    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    my hair: i have really long locs (ive been growing them for 7 years) and have always done them myself. after doing some research, im thinking that to have my hair washed, twisted, and styled in a unique up-do will be around $150, instead of the $75-ish i was originally planning!

    Food was another surprise, but we love the caterers and their food is like something off of top chef! plus their services come with acoordinator including day-of!

    Also, after searching far and wide for a dress that i liked, i splurged on what that was timeless, unique, and somewhat vintage-y…just what i wanted!

    My venue probably wasn’t outlandish, but def more than i expected before we started planning. but we both LOVED it, and so did my family, so paying a little extra was def worth it for such a great atmosphere.

     

    Post # 44
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    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m only just beginning to plan our wedding, and WOW– everything is so expensive.  You truly don’t realize how much money goes into a wedding until you start planning your own! 

    The food is ridiculously expensive, and I think we’re paying about $120/person… that’s for the 3-course meal, passed hors d’oeuvres, the cake, open bar, linens, barware, china, chivari chairs.  I guess a lot is included in our pricetag, but STILL!

    Also, never realized how much wedding gowns cost!  I struggle with trying on gowns for fear of falling in love with someone completely out of my budget (very easy to do).  I just cannot get myself to spend that much money on one dress that I will wear for one day!  I’d much rather invest the money towards an unforgettable honeymoon or towards a photographer who will capture amazing moments.   

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    FOOD mine is 246 per head

    so I’ve haggled, scrimped, DIY, begged for favors to offset, my thing I want my family and closest friends to have a great time and celebrate with me; everything else I got far below market value, was on sale or I made it or was free; I was not going ot pay full price for anything; except food and alcohol and venue  

    Post # 46
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    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Just a heads up on veil.  I enrolled in a veil-making class at Pacific Fabrics.  Cost of class $17.  Cost of supplies $4.30.  Having a full time veil-making expert there to help me make the exact veil I want?  Priceless!

    Trust me, you can make a beautiful veil especially with a little help!

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