(Closed) Where to save and where to splurge..

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Our biggest expence will be food. We are Greek & Italian so good food to us is a must.

We saved BIG on photog to us it wasnt really important to have over the top photog. We found her on CL she is great! It turned out that I knew her husbands fam! She is $400 with a disc!

most of the paper stuff I DIYed. I found someone on etsy to custom make out invites for uner $2 each!

Post # 4
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’d rather spend more on photography and alcohol and location.  many people list food as their top priority, but as long as it is good, i’m fine with that.  i also don’t really care too much about the cake or chairs or table cloths.  as long as they are white tablecloths and not cheap looking, I’m good.  I really want the invitations and other paper products to be super pretty, but I can’t justify spending ridiculous amounts of money on these, so I’m going to have my friend who is a designer design them all and then have them printed somewhere.  I would LOVE letterpress, but again, only if it is reasonable. 

Post # 5
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mishelleez: No way! Who on Etsy? Great deal!


Our biggest expense is the reception package – ca 6k, I’d say. And I don’t really want to cut anything off that, there’s not really anything to trim!

My splurge, I guess, is the photos. Ca 1800, I think. As everyone else says, they’re the only concrete things that you’ll still have when you’re old and doddery! Wink

I’m actually saving on my dress – getting it made, should come in under 500 or so. But it works, cos I’ll get exactly what I want.

Saving on music – solo DJ, no band. Saving about 1400 there, I think.

Post # 6
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Remember high price does not always = high quality.  I’d say photography and alcohol are probably should be the top 2 priorities.  Though the price points for both can vary so much that you don’t necessarily need to “splurge” to find amazing quality.  The other thing that may not seem like a priority early in the process but is totally worth the money is a reliable wedding planner/day of coordinator!  Even if you are the most type A, organized bride out there, the peace of mind a good coordinator can bring to your wedding experience is priceless.  Best money we spent!

Post # 7
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Food is definitely our biggest expense! Most of the decorations I am saving money on by DIYing it.  I personally don’t care for real flowers, I have bad allergies and I don’t want to sneeze at my wedding so I am going with silk flowers.  That’s a huge money saver!

Invitations, you can print them yourself by buying a kit. By using coupons and doing them myself, I am only going to spend about $150 on 200 invitations (not including postage)


Go shop at Michael’s. They have a great wedding department!!!!

Post # 8
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

we spent the most on photography and, now 3 months later, i wouldn’t change a thing. i don’t remember a majority of the little details, but i ADORE our pics and they represent the whole day. definitely worth a splurge!

Post # 9
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@aunt pol: Nesting project they are amazing! the girls are so sweet! heres a pic of mine

Post # 10
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

WE’re splurin on photography, well kind of.

Origally we set a $1500 budget, but couldn’t find any good photographers to fit that price. Now we’re paying $2400, but our photogs are amazing and we couldn’t be happier!

WE’re also paying $66 a plate at our reception. It sounds like a lot, but that includes appittizers, plated meal, open bar, the venue, chair covers, and all linens.

Post # 11
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Pick three things you really don’t want to cut back on, and then save on everything else. This is what we did, and it worked really well. Then, looking back, you can say that you had three things you absolutely loved that were really important to you.

For us, No. 1 was photography. We had a $25K budget, and spent $5K of it on photography. 

No. 2 was our venue. It was our dream venue, and it ended up costing a lot less than we thought. Score!

No. 3 was food/alcohol for our guests. We ended up getting the cheapest sit-down sinner package (how venue was kind of fancy though, so the lowest-prices option was still amazing with beef and fish options), and we upgraded the alcohol package to offer premium liquors, wines and beers all night long. Basically, a five-hour open bar. We thought it was worth it because it was our way of treating our guests.

Things we cut back on:

Flowers: Our budget was $300, and we got three Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, one bridal bouquet, three mom bouquets and four bouts for just that. They were small, and the flowers were in season, so it was easy for us to stay on track.

DJ: We had an iPod wedding. No hiccups at all.

Cake: We ordered a small two-tiered cake with minimal decorations, and it only served about 75 percent of our guests. We ordered cheesecakes for half our guests, and asked the venue staff to mix and match at each placesetting. We still had leftover wedding cake because by the time it’s served, people are up and dancing.

Dress: This is the only thing I have regrets about (sometimes). I got a short dress for $260, plus alterations. I sometimes look back and wish I had spent more time looking for a gown-gown (I got frustrated while looking and just said, “to hell with a gown! I’ll get a short dress!”). I loved my dress, and felt beautiful on our wedding day, but I wonder what it would have  felt like to wear a gown-gown that I actually loved just as much. Moral of the story: you only wear it once, but if you want to splurge a little, go for it.

Post # 12
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mishelleez: Thanks, I’ll go check them out! Yours are lovely!

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Photography and location were our two biggest priorities. We were lucky with our budget, and basically got our first choices on most things (I wanted to DIY a lot of things, so it opened up the budget a lot). I’d say attire and favors/paper goods were where we cut the budget the most.

Post # 14
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Splurge on the things that you want the most.  Shop around for the other things to save on.

Post # 15
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

Photography was my highest priority going in to planning, followed by food. Our photographer and food costs are pretty close to each other.

Then I found the dress of my dreams, which also cost almost the same as the catering, but I couldn’t turn it down. The dress was absolutely not a priority going in to planning, but it becamse one.

Post # 16
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For me, venue was #1. I felt that finding a venue that was BEAUTIFUL was key. Followed by food. I haven’t found my caterer yet, but I’m willing to spend a little more money to make sure that it’s good.

#3 was photography/videography. Some people don’t care about videography, but to me, it was just as important as photography, so both were allocated the same amount of money, and I actually came in under budget for both.

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