(Closed) What were your splurges/saves?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 17
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sherryberry: I’m in the same boat as you, I am frugal 110%.




videographer ~ negotiated a price of $790


Ceremony Chuppa for $275. I saw them online and knew I had to have it as part of our ceremony…they’re so romantic and beautiful..really sets the mood.


Decorator ~ $700 I was stressed trying to think of ideas and set-up so I hired someone to worry about it for me….best idea EVER!




Veil~FREE borrowed from a friend saved $100, milk glass vases from thrift stores instead of etsy saved $150, negotiated our open bar price saved $545, makeup FREE (I’m a makeup artist), jewelry FREE (earrings & bracelet were gifts from family at xmas) dress alterations done by independent seamstress saved me $150, inexpensive flowers that are available all year from local florist saved $300 on our centerpieces, Paper rose bouquets instead of real roses saved $205, bridesmaid Gifts are kimono robes to wear on the wedding day during hair & makeup $35 each made by local seamstress instead of $75 each online, we bottled our own wine which took 30 minutes for 60 bottles and that saved us $250, great photographer for only $350 including engagement photo shoot which is super cheap for where I live (prices range from $1200-$5000), DJ our friends referred him so he cut us a deal for $650 cash opposed to his regular price of $800, DIY favours cookies made by family & boxes from dollar store, wedding invitations including response cards on-sale @ Michaels for $38…postage was free customized stamps from family at xmas.

Treat yourself to the shoes and veil…..you deserve to splurge a little on yourself for you big day!

Post # 18
6116 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@sherryberry:  We splurged on photography.  $1260 for 3 hours (including her 4 hour travel time).  I really wanted good photography, and H went along with it and is happy we did now.


We splurged three nights on our lodging – like $450 a night!  But the views were amazing.


We saved on our attire – suit from Kohls he can rewear, gown from a sample sale 50% off, did my own hair and makeup, rewearable shoes, had a wedding with just two witnesses too.

Post # 19
1845 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I keep doing the same thing in etsy!! There are these shoes that I love, but with shipping they will be $200, I’ve nevr spent that much money on shoes, so I keep freezing up at the checkout!!

For me, my photographer was a splurge, she was $2200, I know that’s normal, but that’s a lot to me! I’m the first person in my family to hire a “professional” photographer, meaning, didn’t use a friend or a student or something. 

My dress was a good deal, it was the sample dress and it was discounted $500. My mom paid for it. 

Post # 20
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Splurge is ceremony, I guess. It’s a chapel in downtown Boston and it’s just very special. And very expensive.

Reception is a splurge compared to what I wanted to spend, but it’s still a good value.

Biggest save right now is an amazing photographer that the best man knows. Somehow he got her to give us like 60% her normal prices. AH-MAZE-ING!

Post # 21
336 posts
Helper bee

We haven’t officially ordered or booked much yet, but our biggest splurges are probably already done.  The biggest one we are paying for is our photographer, who is $4400 after taxes BUT is giving us her $5900 package for $3900, minus the TTD session, because she really wanted to work with us.  (Whew!)  Our reception venue and food/bar is also going to be quite expensive, but FI’s parents are paying for it and they insisted on several things that will drive the price up.  We are extremely lucky and very greatful for them.

We’re also pretty good about saving though.  My engagement ring & wedding band are a set and the wedding ring only drives up the price by $200 for a 1/2-3/4 eternity ring, which makes me love moissanite all the more.  I’m getting a cathedral veil off Etsy for under $50.  Invitations will also be off Etsy and in the $2.50-a-piece range for the invitation, RSVP, envelopes, and a small enclosure card.

My dress is going to be a bit more than we originally planned on spending because I love, love, love lace and my mother offered to help with it and I haven’t researched DJs yet, but I think that those are the only possible things that could be splurges.  We want to keep everything else on the cheaper side.

Post # 22
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sherryberry:  we splurged on the photographer…I tried to stay under $1,000 but I could not find anyone that compared to what I was looking for. We ended up spending just about $3k on her and still to this day is makes me feel we could have found something less expensive. We did save HUGE on our ceremony ($250!!!) and the reception. We chose to have a Friday wedding to save some money and the reception is going to be $50/person and that’s including family style dinner, premium open bar, wedding cake, chair covers and photo booth!!! We saved in many ways but at the end of the day found a way to spend what was saved. We planned to have a $10k budget and ended up being closer to $16k which is still not too much and we have paid for everything ourselves so far but our parents will be helping with the balance we have left. 

IMO if you’re unable to stop thinking about the shoes and veil, get em girl!! You deserve it! 

Post # 23
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Splured on: venue/food, dress, honeymoon

Saved on: flowers, DIY invitations, shoes ($10)

Post # 24
9 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

The most important things that people remember and you remember is 

The Food The Music and you need great Pictures because those are memories 


everything else no one will remember 

Post # 25
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Saves – almost everything. I’m DYI pretty much all of the decor

the reception is priced 1/2 of what everywhere else in that immediate area is

cake is from local grocery store that does wedding cakes

flowers from a local florist that was 1k less than everywhere else

 photographer is a close friend who is a professional photographer who will be doing our photos as our “gift”

Splurge – chair covers. I dropped a pretty heft penny to “hide” the ugliest banquet chairs  I’ve ever seen

Limo – the inlaws insisted on paying for a limo bus. a bus? why? idk.

my dress. – it was like 2k over budget, but once I put it on, my mom and I knew it was ‘the one”

Post # 26
140 posts
Blushing bee

Splurged: Honemoon

Saves: Everything else

Post # 28
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Spulrged on my dress, it is a Vera Wang gown but saved on Venue that includes food, alcohol and linens by having a wedding on a Friday. It saved about $3500. I am also saving on the DJ, my friend is a really good club and wedding DJ and he gave us a killer deal. I am also splurging on flowers and photographer. 

Post # 29
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Splurged on the venues (pre-wedding cocktail hour at a swanky hotel, private charter sailboat)

Saved on my dress (had it made for me for about $140), flowers (my bouquet, bout for my man, corsages for the mom- all roses- totaled $60)… and we didn’t do decorations because the hotel was pretty and on the beach already, and decorating a sailboat just seemed ridic.

Post # 30
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


invitations – designed by me, printed thru vistaprint with groupons;

videographer – used Craigslist;

engagement pictures – used student found on Craigslist

Florist – my Bridesmaid or Best Man and I booked the same florist (that works out of her house) for our weddings;

centerpieces – everything was ordered from the dollar store and the florist will put everything up;

DJ – FH knows him so he’s doing All of our music (ceremony, cocktail, reception) and lighting for a killer price


Splurge: i feel like everything else is a splurge

Post # 31
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


Invitations worked out at $3 each. We made a wedding website for guests to RSVP so the invitation is simply one sheet of card. 

Favours – $3 each but also double as the placecards. 

Bridesmaids dresses – I decided I wanted to buy my BMs their dresses – $300 each BUT that’s all they’re getting so no gifts, shoes, etc. I didn’t want them to have to buy a dress I chose – they can wear their own shoes and accessories. 

Card box – DIY at under $40 all in. 

Bridal shoes – wearing a pair I already own. 

Makeup – DIY, my Mom bought me some of the eyeshadows for Xmas, the only thing I need to buy new is a mascara

Cake – family friend is doing us an amazing deal – $500 for a cake that would cost $1000 in a local bakery. 

Rings – plain bands in beautiful metals, beautiful and timeless 🙂


Dress – $1500 which isn’t OTT in the bridal world but WAY more than I’ve ever spent on clothes!

Flowers – looks like they will be $2000 – OUCH. But, they are also the centerpieces. 

Honeymoon – haven’t decided yet, but looks like we will be spending $6000 on this. WOW. 

Photographer – I was shocked at how much they cost! And we still went for the most expensive one!

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