(Closed) Where are you cutting vs splurging?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Tell me where you're splurging (as opposed to being more conservative):

    dress

    venue

    food

    cake

    photography

    decor

    flowers

    makeup

    hair

  • Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The ONLY thing we’re splurging on is food, which is hilarious.  Everything else we’re doing pretty inexpensively (although very classy).  Food is out thing, so we’re having great food!  I woudl say like 70% of the budget is food!

    Post # 18
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    splurge:

    venue (I thought this was the most important thing!)

    photographer

    dress/hair/makeup/shoes (I am into clothes and makeup)

    DJ

    cutting:

    flowers

    invitations (DIY)

    decor (not needed b/c the venue is very nice)

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Cutting on:

    • food/drink: no alcohol, simplest buffet option
    • videography (friendor = amazing price!)
    • dress
    • paper
    • flowers (not ordering as much as we would like to)

    Splurging on:

    • Candy bar

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Splurged on photography (LOVE our photographers, worth every penny), venue (it’s so beautiful!), music (6 piece band), and dress (Monique Lhuillier purchased used). Skimped on videography (just having a friend do it), food (cheapest options), paper ($75 STD’s, Wedding Paper Divas invites), guest list, cake (simple white cake with flowers from a donut shop!). 

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Skimped:

    • Save the dates/stationary
    • Cake
    • Flowers
    • Linens

    I would categorize everything else as a splurge with the biggest ones being

    • Dress
    • Venue
    • Band (10 piece orchestra)
    • Lighting

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Splurge:

    food

    dress

    photography

    decor

     

    Scrimped:

    Venue (it was a steal for an amazing space)

    Drinks (beer and wine because our families arent huge drinkers)

    Dessert (some will be homemade because I am a pastry chef and I have been told it will be expected)

    Music (friendor my brother hooked me up with!)

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Splurge:

    • venue and food
    • dress and shoes
    • paper
    • flowers

    Saved:

    • cake
    • DJ
    • guest list
    • make up
    • no videographer

    Post # 24
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    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Food and Alcohol…and the venue – splurge!

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The only place we really splurged in our budget was venues.

    We wanted a great backdrop, great service, the right location, great catering that came with our reception venue, and all of the little perks that came along with that. That is what made our wedding really smooth and stress-free, but still beautiful. I’m still glad that’s where we put most of our budget.

    Post # 26
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I splurged on my veil, and food.

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    Splurging on the venue (although I still think I got a really good deal!)

    Food and alcohol

    Hiring servers/bartenders

     

    Cutting back on:

    Flowers – I have NO flowers! granted I am making 6 brooch bouquets total, but our centerpieces are very cheap

    Some decor – managing to find stuff very cheap on ebay, from friends, or borrowing

    Desserts – we will have a dessert spread, but half of it will be home made and im going very simple for the cake

    -Attire – I got lucky here with a free dress! That I am spending some money to embellish.

    Overall I’m very cost consious about the entire wedding. I have a budget and I’m sticking to it!

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Splurged on venue, and photography.

     

    Saved on dress, cake, invites, food, flowers, decorations, alcohol.

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Definitely splurging on photography. I LOVE our photographer. 

    We are also having an open bar. We were going to do this in whichever way was possible, and we were happy to discover it fit into our catering budget to have the caterer handle it.

    You could say I sort of cut corners on my dress, but actually, I found a dress I loved and then found a way to purchase it for less (from another bride, who never actuallty wore it, rather than from a salon that wanted an inflated price since it’s a “past season” dress). We’re also not having a DJ, since we don’t want one.

    I think we’re spending right about the middle of the market on most other things – can’t spend a lot less unless we cut the category entirely, but we could spend a lot more for the fancier stuff. Flowers in particular comes to mind.

    Post # 30
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Slurge: Venue, Dress, Photographer and DJ

    Cut: Flowers, Favors, Invites (DIY!), alcohol (only beer and wine)

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