(Closed) Worth it vs Not Worth it

posted 6 years ago in Reception
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Great thread! I don’t have anything to contribute yet but I wanted to give this a bump 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

love this! haven’t had my wedding yet but am looking forward to what everyone says!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

our wedding party was very simple.  No rituals, just a great day with family and friends, great food and drink, relaxed, casual party. No favors, no centerpieces, no special linens, etc.  What did didn’t spend on the silliness we spent on being able to invite more people, which was more important.

what was worth it – paying for the hotel rooms of close family and friends to stay at the small hotel where the party was held.  I got to spend three days with them as opposed to just a few hours. 

Also, I did not want a photographer, but hired one a few weeks before the wedding. Definitley worth it.

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Worth it: Paying for shuttles to take guests from reception venue to hotels.  Guests loved that they could enjoy the open bar and have a guaranteed ride to/from the hotel.  I loved that the open bar we paid for was actually getting used!

Not worth it: Paid $575 for a beautiful wedding cake.  Took some nice pictures, did the cake cut and that was it.  The venue cut some cake for guests to eat – some did, some didn’t.  Ended up taking like 3 tiers home and giving away.  Sooooo not worth the money if you are serving another dessert and aren’t planning to use cake as primary dessert.

Worth it: Photographer.  Worth every darn penny to capture the day in a way that guests and their photog skills just can’t.

Not worth it: Ceremony programs.  Took a lot of time/money to make.  Caused stress.  Most people just threw them out. About 50% of guests didn’t even take one.  So not worth it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Love this thread. Have been toying with not having programs. It’s 15 minutes- enjoy the suspense. I think I’ll cut them for sure.

 

Does anyone regret not using a d.j/live music? I’m doing an outdoor ipod mix but I’m on the fence about it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@piacavoleKt:  One thing I should have mentioned on my “worth it” list was a great DJ.  We spent quite a bit to have him there, but he was amazing.  Like my own personal wedding planner, actually.  He was great at getting us organized because he forced us to time out our speeches, bouquet/garter toss, cake cutting, etc.  On top of that, his music selection was awesome and he was great at reading the crowd. 

This doesn’t mean that people have to have a DJ.  You know your crowd better than any vendor, and I’m sure you could make it work with the iPod route.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Happy2bMrs:  Yeah. I guess for us we can’t figure out why to have him as we are doing no speeches, and no garter/flower toss. Plus our first dance is our entrance. But then I keep thinking, “what if something happens to the mix…”

Eh. So on the fenceeeee…..

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Such a great thread! 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Awesome thread! While I wanted programs originally, I now know it’s not worth the cost, haha.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@piacavoleKt:  Just have a plan B (and maybe C) and you’ll be fine.  I would suggest that you ask a family member/wedding party to bring an extra iPod docker (use a good one like a Bose that has good sound quality) and keep it in the venue or a locked car.  That way, you know you have a backup in case anything happens to sound system/speakers.  Then, put your playlist on two iPods.  If you don’t want to do that, you could always just make sure that there are 2 iPods in the place ready to go so that you have a backup in case something happens.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i can’t think of anything i did that i feel really wasn’t worth it. we didn’t have a huge budget, so we didn’t do a whole lot of “extras” that i’ve seen at other weddings (cameras on the tables, candy bars, etc).

we did spring for a photobooth and the photo strips served as our favors and everyone loooved it. they had a great time with it and i loved going thru the scrapbook seeing everyone’s pictures and reading their messages.

we also bought a couple of popcorn makers and served popcorn later in the evening. people get hungry after dancing for a few hours, so we wanted to give everyone a snack and it was a big hit! our guests were lining up for it!

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