(Closed) What were your splurges/saves?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m currently SO happy with my wedding dress, have been looking at the Corrina for ages:

http://www.jcrew.com/wedding/Wedding_Bride/gowns/PRDOVR~77762/77762.jsp’ defer=’defer

Then JCrew started a sale last week and I decided that I was going to take the plunge, turned out my dress was not part of the 20% discount. HOWEVER, they had misspelled the name of it in the details – so I called them and then honoured their mistake and applied the discount to my dress only (it’s been changed afterwards). So now I’ll get the dress for around $530, shipping and tax included – yey!

Splurge… well, we’re getting married in Sweden so that’s $2400 in flight tickets at once. We’re also spending a little extra on the wedding bands, around $2200 for both of them.

Your shoes are so pretty… but what about the veil – can you provide a link?

Post # 4
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

My saves:

My dress. It was discontinued (and only for a matter of a month or two) was marked down 50%, but the were having a sale so I got an additional $100 off. Best of all, I feel like I didn’t compromise or anything on it.  

My tiara. It orginally was $150 and I got it for $80 (tags attached and in its box) just because a bride decided last minute she didn’t want it. 


My splurges:

My veil. I am going cathedral length with bead details so it comes out to around $260

My make-up. I am probably going to get airbrushed make-up instead of traditional makeup. I have heard excellent things about the woman I am using and about airbrush makeup in general.


Post # 5
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am usually very frugal, but for my wedding dress I splurged (IMO, not when you look at what brides spend on shows like SYTTD) and I also splurged on my wedding shoes. I spent $1400 on my dress (alterations will be extra) and my shoes were about $400.

But I was encouraged by my mother (who is helping to pay for the wedding) to treat myself because this is a once in a lifetime event and I am worth it!! Best mom ever!

I say splurge on the dress and shoes and veil, etc. You’re going to have all kinds of pictures of you that will last a lifetime, and this is likely the only time you’ll ever have that many pictures taken of you in a particular outfit, so it had better be amazing! 😛


ETA – I saved on pretty much everything else. I’m making my own cake, I’m doing my own flowers, I’m DIYing the favours, decor, etc.

Post # 6
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Splurge: $4000 Wedding dress eeep

Save: $700 Photographer. this deal was awesome compared to the 2-6k elsewhere

Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My saves are the decor (all made by my mom and I) and paper products (we designed and printed and assembled them all ourselves)

The splurges are photo and video. I also went back and forth on my splurges, but I knew I’d be unhappy if I cut back there, so I went for it! The shoes and veil sound like they are part of your dream day, so I say go for it and cut back on something else!

Post # 8
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our splurge is the officiant. We hired a family therapist is also a wedding officiant. Her wedding package includes five sessions to get to know us as a couple in order to write the ceremony and to help guide us through any pre-wedding issues. So really we’re getting the pre-marital counseling and ceremony written at the same time! I can justify the cost because the ceremony and our pledge to spend our lives together should be more important than everything else.

As far as savings, we haven’t really had any blow out deals yet. We are staying below the budget I set, so I guess that’s still good.

Post # 9
34 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are saving on a lot of things like our centerpieces that we are making from mostly dollar store supplies, my jewelry that is my Grandma’s, and invitations from Vistaprint. We are splurging on our photographer though because we really want the pictures to be great and last forever! Our photographer is making an album for us that he sends to Italy to get finished and we get two photographers so that we don’t miss anything… we are spending $2300 overall on the photographers. I am VERY frugal person so it is so hard for me to spend this much money. Even what seems cheap to many brides seems like a lot for me. My shoes were $88 and I that is the most I have ever spent on shoes in my life!

Post # 10
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I splurged on my wedding invitaitons (William Arthur).  I have loved sending out everyone.

Saving,saving,saving on everything else. 

Post # 11
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


– photographer ($3K and worth every penny)

– dress ($1K)



– groom’s cake (we did a cake buffet of 6 $30 bakery cakes instead)

– veil ($30 on Etsy)

– rings (bought on Amazon – less than $700 for both wedding bands – and Ruby Lane, a vintage/antique site, for my engagement ring)

– garter ($10 on Etsy)

– flowers (used a very inexpensive but awesome florist in the area)

Post # 13
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My saves are:

My attire except for the shoes– Dress was $300 (was being discontinued and it was the last dress in the store AND it was my size!! FATE!!!) Bought my veil (Originally $150 but got it for $89) tiara (Originally $150, got it for $57.99) and jewelry (this is earrings and necklace–$10) all from ebay.

Centerpieces– reusing old wine bottles and painting them for our centerpieces (If you want to see inspiration pics on any of these let me know!)

Venue– Won it at a bridal show, would have costed 4K if I hadn’t and it includes tables, chairs and linens

Photographer– $500

Videographer– (It wasn’t that important to me so I hired a newbie for $300)

Photo Booth– They had a winter special last year and I put a $350 deposit down to reserve him, the total will be $450 for 5 hours I believe.

Transportation–plan on using my mother’s convertible

I’m sure there’s more I’m not thinking of but I will go ahead and talk about the splurges:

shoes– cost me $54 with tax, not that big of a deal but I did drive 2 hours away to get them!

undergarments– maybe close to if not over $300!

Flowers– $800 buying them from sams club collection

Bridal party gifts– this cost is still racking up!!!


Post # 14
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


Wedding dress: I had a budget for $1500, but when I looked at the price tag of my favorite dress (the most elegant, beautiful dress of my dreams), it was only $900, which I believe was the cheapest of all the dresses I tried one.

I’m also getting a free veil, accessories and $50 credit towards a pair of shoes from the boutique.

I’m not buying any decorations, because my venue takes care of all that (and it’s not an expensive venue).


Photography: My Fiance and I loved the pictures we saw on our photographer’s blog and we’re getting the most expensive package from him – $3200. But we feel that it is worth it.

DJ: Apparently, everyone knows a DJ. My FI’s old coworker is a DJ, my sister’s friend’s brother is a DJ, my friend’s cousin is a DJ. These were all recommeded to me because they would be “cheap” but I kept hearing how a DJ can “make or break” your party, so I decided to go professional. DJ cost is $1050.

Post # 15
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We splurged on the photographer and videographer and I’m so glad we did!!  Now that the wedding is over, I’m very thankful I have photos and a video that really captured everything and provide me with wonderful memories. 

Post # 16
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sherryberry:  We are not even remotely finished with everything, but I can say that we have splurged on about 99% of the stuff we’ve taken care of thus far.  It’s a little sickening because we started off saying, “We won’t make a definite budget, but we’d like to stay in X range.”  Now we’re saying, “Well, we’re only going to do this once … So I guess it’s okay.”

Realistically we could use the money for other things (we’re paying for everything), but we do have it available to us.  And, to be fair, we aren’t going completely nuts with spending.  We know we can’t afford a $75,000 wedding, so our spending will never even get near that amount.  We’re not completely irresponsible!  Haha.

That being said, I’d say based on our costs so far …

Biggest Splurges:

– My dress.  It was $2790 before tax.  (Not including alterations.)  I love my dress, though, and I don’t regret ordering it.

– My accessories thus far.  I’ve only ordered a belt and hairpiece, but the belt was $375 before tax and the hairpiece was $205 before tax.  I probably could have gotten cheaper alternatives, but I fell in love with them at the bridal shop.  I’d still say they were worth it.

– Our caterer.  We don’t have the exact numbers yet, as he just gave a rough estimate … But we’re thinking with the dinner options we’ve selected, “butler style” hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour, and choosing to have a plated dinner, we’ll be paying around $5000 for approximately 180 guests (give or take).  Definitely worth it, though, because the food is amazing.  (Not to mention the fact that he let us pick hors d’oeuvres that aren’t even on the menu because it was important to us to incorporate some Asian food into the menu since we met in China!)

– Renting chiavari chairs.  We’re actually saving some money on this, as we received a discount through our venue … But I still count it as a splurge because they’re completely unnecessary.  A chair is a chair.  But we really liked the look of them, so we’re getting them.  I’d estimate this to be about $540 (give or take).  Like I said, not that expensive, but also a random splurge.

Biggest Saves:

– Venue.  Our venue has a “minimum amount” you have to meet with them, but they also take care of pretty much everything (minus attire, rings, food, and cake).  It’s really easy to meet the minimum when you consider photography, flowers, DJ, decorations, alcohol, etc.  Overall, though, I’d say the actual rental cost of the venue was pretty inexpensive compared to the other locations we considered.  The cost to rent is $1800 on a Saturday, and that includes tables, chairs (though we’re upgrading those), and basic linens (we’re probably upgrading these as well).

– DJ.  As I mentioned, our venue offers a lot of services.  We’ll be able to get our DJ for $695 for 6 hours ($100 for each additional hour).  It’s not cheap, but it’s certainly much less expensive than some of the other DJ companies were charging!

– Engagement photos.  We’re not doing them.  We struggled with this for a while, but ultimately decided we didn’t really want or need to do them.  Sometimes I wish we would, but we’re really saving quite a bit by cutting them out.  Obviously we’re paying $0 for this.

I know we’ll have a lot of additional splurges (and hopefully some additional saves!) as we continue planning.  For example, the wedding bands I’m interested in are in the $2500 range, but we’re hoping to save some money on less expensive invitations.  It’s all just a big balancing act, really.

I also think some things are kind of “middle of the road” for us.  We’re thinking of upgrading our photography package to get some additional albums, etc., but it will still be between $2300-$2800 (depending on which package we choose).  I think that’s fairly standard in this area (from what I’ve seen).

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