August 2012 Moms

GTKY: Wedding

We've done this before, no? Maybe I'll ask some new questions. You'll have to forgive me, TK sucks and well, who doesn't love to talk about their wedding, right? ;)

So:

Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid:

Most expensive wearable item:

Biggest waste of money was on:

Something you would have done differently:

Best wedding related advice someone gave you:

Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:

And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! 

 


 

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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid:

    I believe at the end of the day it was around 30k.  My parents helped with some and we paid for the rest.

    Most expensive wearable item:

    My dress.  It was $1,600, but I had saved up for it.  I knew I would only wear it once, but it was perfect.

    Biggest waste of money was on:

    Nothing, really.  

    Something you would have done differently:

    We had no time to spend with guests during the cocktail hour because we were taking pictures.  Not good.  I felt very rushed.  I would have scheduled out a longer break between pictures and cocktail hour.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you:

    Once you've hit the wedding day, let everything go.  Put planning aside.  Pay attention to the ceremony.  Pay attention to your walk down the aisle.  Pay attention to everything.  It goes by so quickly and you'll only have this one day.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:

    I can't remember!

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! 

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  • I truly do not know our total cost.  I know that DH and I spent about $10,000 and my parents spent $20,000.  His parents also spent a lot toward the rehearsal, travel for family, and our honeymoon. We were engaged for 18 months so it was spread out.  Also, my parents went overboard and paid for a lot of things that they would not traditionally pay for (bridesmaids and groomsmen clothes, hotel rooms and plane tickets for wedding party, etc.)

    DH's suit was our most expensive wearable item.  I had a $300 David's Bridal dress.

    Biggest waste of money was flowers.  We went with a very pricey local florist and things looked like crap.  I could have done better myself with a trip to the flower market and some assistance from friends.

    Something I would have done differently is have had more food served at 11:00 PM.  My friends have done various late night buffets (pizza, tacos) and it is awesome.  Keeps people having fun and helps the drunks sober up!

    I don't remember much of the advice!  People did keep telling me to have fun, but I was really there to make sure the guests were having fun, so I thought that was silly advice.

    No PIP; I'm on the iPad today! 

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    Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: We spent about $15k.  My parents and DH's mom each contributed about $3k.

    Most expensive wearable item: My dress.  It was only $1,000, but nothing else I wore was more than that.

    Biggest waste of money was on: Cakes. Between the wedding cake and the groom's cake, we spend about $1,400 on cakes.  Hardly anyone even ate it because they put it outside our room after they sliced it and no one knew it was there. 

    Something you would have done differently: I would have done a written timeline of the reception.  It was kind of a cluster because of it.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: Make sure you take a couple of minutes with just the two of you during the day.  Totally awesome advice!

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: Someone told us we were spending too much money. Ha!

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! And now to be an AW:

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  • Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid:
    Close to 6k

    Most expensive wearable item:
    My dress, I got it on sadler, for 200

    Biggest waste of money was on:
    Nothing, we only bought the necessity

    Something you would have done differently:
    Started putting money aside earlier

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you:
    At the end of the day, you still have to eat. Don't get caught up in the day/wkend and can't afford to eat afterwards

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:
    None.

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix!
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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: Not sure...$15K? That might include honeymoon.

    Most expensive wearable item: my dress

    Biggest waste of money was on: wedding planner

    Something you would have done differently: Not hired wedding planner and made sure to actually eat some of the $$$ food I paid for ETA: Would have spent more $ on photographer, Could have taken the wedding planner $ and put it toward this.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: take time to stop and enjoy it

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: Anything on The Knot. J/K Sorta. The Knot is basically a whole community for the Baby Shower ladies. LOL There's some good advice, but you know your friends and family best so do what works for you.

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! 

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  •  Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: $10,000 plus another $2,000 for the honeymoon

    Most expensive wearable item: $250. Got my dress at Filine's Running of the Brides. The price tag said $2,000 My veil was free because it was my Mom's 

     

    Biggest waste of money was on: We were so cheap I can't think of any...H rented a car to transport us to and fro and I think that might have been unnecessary.

    Something you would have done differently: Really nothing. I might have had someone videotape us but I really don't see myself ever sitting down to watch my wedding video. 

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: Don't worry about the things that go wrong because those are the things you will remember. Stop and enjoy the moment because it's fleeting. Oh and wear false lashes. And bring a crochet hook to do and undo dress buttons. And my last one: EAT. Don't forget to eat. 

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: Go video and don't worry about photos. 

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    ETA: The photo above is one of the things that went "wrong." My niece came up and held my hand and look what a sweet moment it was.  

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  • Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid: I'd say 25/30k , my parents and dh and I paid for it

    Most expensive wearable item: other than my ring... My dress 1500

    Biggest waste of money was on:
    The whole wedding... We wanted a destination wedding, have too big of a family that put up a stink so we did it here... Had fun but could've bought a house instead... Hindsight 20/20

    Something you would have done differently: picked a different caterer, she almost ruined my whole wedding. If I hadn't had a day of planner to fix everything I would've been screwed

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: cherish the moment because you put a years worth of work into a couple hours and then it's over... Oh and hire the best photographer money can get you. We did and it was the best decision we made.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: hmmm I can't think of any right now

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix
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  • Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid: about 15k, my parents paid 10k and the rest I paid for

    Most expensive wearable item: my dress

    Biggest waste of money was on: all the "little" things: favors, programs, sparklers [even though that was one of my favorite parts], monogram napkins... Some people would argue that things like favors and stuff are bad etiquette not to have them, but TBH my guests lefts most of them behind, I had hundreds of leftover napkins and programs, and most people had left by the time we did the sparkler send off. If I left off those things or at least downsized or did generic forms instead of personalized, I would have saved maybe 1500 even though I DIYed those things.

    Something you would have done differently: Vegas wedding! Total cost of the wedding would have been half of what we spent.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: ask for a copy of your ceremony and vows so you can reread them to each other each year on your anniversary.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: your guests must be 100 percent satisfied at your ceremony and reception. I ended up spending too much time worrying about food, drinks, favors, coat racks, heaters [winter wedding], etc. that the days up to my wedding I was frazzled. In the end, I don't think everyone at any wedding could ever be completely satisfied. My family is pretty chill anyway, so I could have served hot dogs and beer and they would have been fine but I wish I had spent more of my days before the wedding enjoying myself instead of stressing over every little detail.

    Eta: found a picture of my dress... Also this wasn't even a pro pic and probably my favorite of me in my dress.
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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: $5000 - That also included our honeymoon, all food, hotel stay, etc.

    Most expensive wearable item:  My wedding/engagement ring

    Biggest waste of money was on:  Nothing.  We chose one of the least expensive wedding packages.  It included everything. 

    Something you would have done differently:  I would have hired a photographer who wasn't included in the wedding package since ours was awful.  I also would have splurged on a dress I loved instead of settling for budget and hair/makeup.  I didn't feel pretty at all on my wedding day.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you:  No one gave us any advice. 

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:  See above.

    And, my dress.  It was a bridesmaid dress ordered in white.  It was too plain and simple for me.  

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    ETA: We paid for everything.

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  • Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid:
    Four thousand? My parents paid for almost everything. I paid for my shoes and accessories. The reception was at the church so they paid for decorating and food. They did the decorating for my sister's reception so they felt it was worth it to pay someone.

    Most expensive wearable item:
    My dress. It was 500 on clearance at a local shop. I saved my parents a couple hundred bucks by doing the alterations myself.

    Biggest waste of money was on:
    I don't really think there was one, we were pretty good about expenses.

    Something you would have done differently:
    Double checked assignments for the ceremony and reception.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you:
    Enjoy the day and write it down.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:
    Don't try to remember it. It all happens so fast. What kind of advice is that???

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix!
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  • image bigbootyjudi:

    We've done this before, no? Maybe I'll ask some new questions. You'll have to forgive me, TK sucks and well, who doesn't love to talk about their wedding, right? ;)

    So:

    Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: Maybe 25K, my parents paid for most, H and I paid a little and ILs paid a little (rehearsal dinner).

    Most expensive wearable item: besides my ring, the alterations to my dress.  My dress was either last season or a sample so it cost $300.  But the alterations were a little more than that.

    Biggest waste of money was on: The whole wedding.  Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful, but I wish I would have gotten rid of the chip on my shoulder and just gotten married in my parents' backyard or Vegas, or small destination wedding.  It is just so crazy to spend so much for one day.

    Something you would have done differently:  Not gotten drunk-classy bride, I know.  To be fair, by the end of the night, most people under 30 were too.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: I don't remember.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:
    I don't remember.

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! 

     


     

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  • Mlynne, you have SUCH a gorgeous dress!

    Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid:  DH and I paid for EVERYTHING except the rehearsal dinner, which my ILs paid for.  Honestly, everything included, we paid less than $10K.  That includes the honeymoon.

    Most expensive wearable item: My dress, duh

    Biggest waste of money was on: Stupid little things like citronella candles.  Haha.

    Something you would have done differently: Nothing

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: GO ON A HONEYMOON AFTER THE WEDDING.  If you put if off you'll never go.  Oh, and free booze, even if it's just beer and wine (which is what we had).

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:  Shrug.  I seriously can't come up with one.

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix!   

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  • Total spent- I think it was around $40k and then another $8-10k on our honeymoon.

    Most expensive item- My dress.

    Biggest waste- I hate to say our venue, because I loved it, but I think we could have found a less expensive vineyard.  It was $5k just to rent.

    Some I would have done differently- See biggest waste.

    Best advice- Don't sweat the small stuff, enjoy your day. 

    Worst advice- I honestly can't remember.  I kind of ignored everyone! 

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     Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: $10,000 plus another $2,000 for the honeymoon

    Most expensive wearable item: $250. Got my dress at Filine's Running of the Brides. The price tag said $2,000 My veil was free because it was my Mom's 

     

    Biggest waste of money was on: We were so cheap I can't think of any...H rented a car to transport us to and fro and I think that might have been unnecessary.

    Something you would have done differently: Really nothing. I might have had someone videotape us but I really don't see myself ever sitting down to watch my wedding video. 

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: Don't worry about the things that go wrong because those are the things you will remember. Stop and enjoy the moment because it's fleeting. Oh and wear false lashes. And bring a crochet hook to do and undo dress buttons. And my last one: EAT. Don't forget to eat. 

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: Go video and don't worry about photos. 

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    ETA: The photo above is one of the things that went "wrong." My niece came up and held my hand and look what a sweet moment it was.  

    I love your veil!  It's gorgeous!

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    Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid:  I think we ended up spending about $40K - our parents split the reception which was around $20K and we paid for the rest.

    Most expensive wearable item:  My dress was around $1500 before alterations.

    Biggest waste of money was on:  Nothing that I can think of.

    Something you would have done differently:  Made my bridal party smaller and picked different bridesmaid dresses.  I tried to incorporate what all the girls wanted.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you:  A few things...Don't leave each other's side during the reception, the day is about each other.  Make sure to eat something.  You will never have enough time to spend with each and every guest and that is ok!  Go on a honeymoon!

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:  Hmmm... can't think of the worst.

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! 

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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: 10,000 my parents spent 7,000 the IL's paid 2,000 and we paid 1,000

    Most expensive wearable item: the dress. We spent 850 on it after alterations 

    Biggest waste of money was on: An ice cream bar... no one ate any.

    Something you would have done differently: I can't think of anything right now

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: on the day of no one is going to notice if you flowers are wrong or everything wasn't just how you wanted it.  They will only notice the flaws if you point them out. 

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:  I cant think of anything here either. 

     

    My advice if your looking to save a little money. Is to buy a veil online... seriously! The veil I wore for all of 2 hours cost me $30 and it was perfect. If I would have bought the same exact one in the store it would have cost me $160 or more.   Also I can't remember where you from but if your from a big city but there is a nice small town with a bridal boutique I'd go there prices are way better. I found my dress while I was in the city they wanted 1500 for it... I went to my small town shop and they ordered the same dress for me and it only cost 750.

     

    and finally here's a PIP 

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    Both of those pics were taken toward the end of the night and I was exhausted! 

     

     


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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: Around $12,000 including honeymoon. Not including honeymoon it was about $9K. My dad paid for my dress: $1K. Mom paid for reception/food: ~$6K. Ceremony location was free! Flowers (ceremony d?cor-arch, 9 bouquets, 12 boutonnieres, 3 corsages, petals for 3 FG baskets and aisle, 15 centerpieces for receptions): ~$2k. We paid for the DJ, limo, photographer, and miscellaneous: ~$2k

    Most expensive wearable item: Dress

    Biggest waste of money was on: Flowers. I still can't believe my mom paid $2K for that. We could have had less flowers/smaller bouquets.

    Something you would have done differently: I wish we had made some time for a dance for my mom and DH and me and FIL since we had done the traditional father-daughter and mother-son. It seems like they were gipped.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: Have fun.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: I can't think of any right now...

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  • I want to just refer to something Kiki said so I don't think a quote is necessary... She said the best advice given to her was to go on the honeymoon after the wedding or you'll never go. I am living proof that it is possible to not go right after the wedding. At the time, I didn't have much PTO saved up and then with it being the new year not much got rolled over so we planned to go on our honeymoon in May when our wedding was in January. The key to make sure we still went was we had everything booked and paid for before we got married. So it is possible. And we had an AMAZING time!

  • We spent about 3k. We had it at a country club in our hometown, and it's cheap as dirt in that town.

    My dress was the most expensive. 800.

    We didn't really spend an unnecessary amount on anything, truthfully.

    I would have eaten actual food, if I had to redo the day. Everyone wanted to hug me and shizz and I didn't get a chance to eat anything besides cake. So my advice is EAT!

    I'm on mobile, but my dress was off white, lace all over, with an empire waist, strapless with a slight sweetheart neckline. Loved it!
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  • Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid: About 25k, we paid for everything ourselves except my dress.

    Most expensive wearable item: My dress. Almost 4k after alterations. I stupidly fell in love with it knowing it was outside my budget. I did not ask for such a generous gift but after shelling out for my stepsisters' weddings I'm fairly certain my parents considered this a bargain.

    Biggest waste of money was on: I'm torn on this. In another post I mentioned my custom veil. But it was a special detail that is priceless to me now. So the only waste that still bugs me is the cake. We ordered enough for 180, 140 showed and unless 40 people had seconds there was a whole lot of cake thrown away. I should have been clearer with my instructions to save the leftover cake.

    Something you would have done differently: In a parallel universe my sister would not have been too preggly to travel and would have attended.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: Stop and take mental pictures, take a honeymoon but don't leave the very next morning. We got some better QT with everyone at our day after brunch.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: "You'll regret not having your mom there"...She was invited but chose to stay in FL with my very pregnant sister and I encouraged that arrangement. It's the cold truth but there was less stress without her there to stir up drama and steal focus.

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! Can we play wedding trivia again tomorrow when PIP from mobile is live?? Pretty please.
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     Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: $10,000 plus another $2,000 for the honeymoon

    Most expensive wearable item: $250. Got my dress at Filine's Running of the Brides. The price tag said $2,000 My veil was free because it was my Mom's 

     

    Biggest waste of money was on: We were so cheap I can't think of any...H rented a car to transport us to and fro and I think that might have been unnecessary.

    Something you would have done differently: Really nothing. I might have had someone videotape us but I really don't see myself ever sitting down to watch my wedding video. 

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: Don't worry about the things that go wrong because those are the things you will remember. Stop and enjoy the moment because it's fleeting. Oh and wear false lashes. And bring a crochet hook to do and undo dress buttons. And my last one: EAT. Don't forget to eat. 

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: Go video and don't worry about photos. 

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    ETA: The photo above is one of the things that went "wrong." My niece came up and held my hand and look what a sweet moment it was.  

    I love your veil!  It's gorgeous!

    Thanks! It was my Mom's. She used to be normalish.  

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    We've done this before, no? Maybe I'll ask some new questions. You'll have to forgive me, TK sucks and well, who doesn't love to talk about their wedding, right? ;So:Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid:Most expensive wearable item:Biggest waste of money was on:Something you would have done differently:Best wedding related advice someone gave you:Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix!nbsp; nbsp;nbsp;


    We got married in city hall and it was just me, dh and the justice of the peace. Then we took the bus to my favorite restaurant. We wore clothes we already had and didn't get rings until about a year and a half after we were married. Our total was probably something like 60 or 75 that we paid ourselves. I have no regrets about it. We both came from poorer families and preferred to put the money toward establishing ourselves financially. And it wasn't stressful.
  • Total spent: About 15k. DH's parents paid most of it, then us, then my parents

    Most expensive wearable item: My dress, about $1000

    Biggest waste of money: None really, we were very good with money. If I had to say, the guestbook. We had a smallish wedding (about 50 people) and only the first couple of pages were written on.

    What I would have done differently: Hired a really good DJ. The one we had was SIL's friend who only did college bars. It was fun towards the end because he brought his club lights and played house music, but the beginning was terrible. he didn't know what to do and there was a lot of awkward silence after the ceremony and during cocktail hour because of it. 

    Best advice: Make sure you have an event coordinator for the day of so you can focus on you and DH.

    Worst advice: I can't think of anything right now

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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: $15,000 and we paid for most. My mom paid for my dress, veil and the flowers. 

    Most expensive wearable item: dress 

    Biggest waste of money was on: strapless bra, I didn't end up wearing one

    Something you would have done differently: nope

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: enjoy each other

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: none.  

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix!  

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    We've done this before, no? Maybe I'll ask some new questions. You'll have to forgive me, TK sucks and well, who doesn't love to talk about their wedding, right? ;So:Total spent on entire wedding dress, reception, ceremony, etc. and who paid: 9000 bucks and my parents paid Most expensive wearable item: my dress which was 300something because I got it half off and it was already on sale. Biggest waste of money was on: nothing, we were very frugal Something you would have done differently: had more alcohol Best wedding related advice someone gave you: remember every detailWorst wedding related advice someone gave you: I don't remember. And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix!nbsp; nbsp;nbsp;
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  • alakealake
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    Total Spent:  15,000.  We paid for it, other than for the food, which was my ILs gift to us.
    Expensive wearable:  My dress cost me for the material.  My maid of honor is a dress designer as a side job.  She designed my and sewed my dress for me.
    Biggest waster of money:  I don't really have one.
    Something I would have changed:  I wanted to be married on my family farm, but my MIL wanted us to be married in her church.  I would have maybe stuck to my guns some more.
    Best advice:  Enjoy the day for what it was.
    Worst advice:  none.
    My wedding pics are on my computer in Miami, and I am home in Canada.
  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid: Too much. Ill leave it at that. It was the wedding of my dreams in Hawaii with almost 200 ppl. Alot family that flew from the mainland. Patents paid for the open bar cocktail hour. Most expensive wearable item: My dress. It was a Maggie Soterro

    Biggest waste of money was on: I would've chosen a different baker if I could do it over again.

    Something you would have done differently:Not did our surprise wedding dance at the beginning of the reception. Not everyone had been seated just yet. Dumb DJ made that suggestion.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: My uncle who was a little tipsy grabbed the mic and announced during the reception, the best wedding wedding advice is "Yes Honey" (towards DH) It was halarious since hes been married for 37 yrs!

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you:???

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! 

     


     

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  • Total spent on entire wedding (dress, reception, ceremony, etc.) and who paid:
    My mom paid for the whole wedding including the rehearsal. I believe it was around $18k.

    Most expensive wearable item: My dress! It was about $1500 with the veil and alterations.

    Biggest waste of money was on: Hmm... I think we used our budget pretty well. Nothing comes to mind. Maybe shoes? Nobody saw them, I hate shoes, and I only have one pic of them I could have content without.

    Something you would have done differently:
    We got married on a cruise ship and then 70+ people cruises with us for 5 days after. I think if anything, I would have had a better photographer there rather than just the cruise photography.

    Best wedding related advice someone gave you: REMEMBER IT IS YOUR DAY... don't revolve it around everyone else.

    Worst wedding related advice someone gave you: Don't worry about the food. But we had amazing food and I think that was everyones favorite part!! People love to eat!!!

    And PIP just yourself on your day, if you happen to be on the computer. I need a dress fix! I don't have one on my phone :(

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