Post # 32
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I was actually shocked by the price of the alterations on my dress.
Post # 42
i’m shocked by the quotes i’m getting for a day-of-coordinator..!!! yikes!
Post # 43
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
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
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
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!