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We spent way too much on wedding invitations. I was overwhelmed by the thought of DIYing them, so I had the florist do them. We paid $600 for 110 invitations, and they weren't even everything I had hoped for. I thought they were just ok. But we didn't have time to redo them, we sent them out about a week too late for my comfort anyway. I was at Party City the other day and I saw simple (yet quite lovely) DIY invitations that would have cost me about $200 before postage. That is the one thing I wish we didn't spend so much on.
Aside from the reception, we didn't spend that much on most things. I think we spent too much on the videographer ($1100). For the price he did a decent job but I wouldn't recommend him.We could have done without the video booth ($200) because it wasn't promoted enough so not a lot of people did it and the favors (photo coasters and bells). Most people left the bells or forgot the coasters. The bells we got for free and the coasters were $.89/set so we weren't upset about it.
I took off my veil after the ceremony and put a head piece in my hair. It was really pretty, and I really liked it, but it cost WAY too much. I'm pretty frugal by nature, so when it came to my wedding dress, I was having a really hard time justifying spending so much money on a dress. When I was trying on dresses, I became fixated on the price tags and would end up not liking dresses because I thought they were too expensive. My mom told me over and over again that if I was going to splurge on something, it should be my dress. She told me that it was the most important purchase of the whole day, because it would be in every single picture, and I'll be looking at those pictures for years and years down the road, so it was important that I absolutely loved the dress, no matter the cost. Once she put it into perspective for me, I stopped focusing so much on the cost of the dress. From that point on, when I would go to try on dresses, my mom would not let me look at the price tag, but she did give the sales ladies an idea of our general budget. When I tried on my dress, I KNEW it was my dress, and I didn't look at the price tag at all. The dress ended up being on sale, but it was more than I thought I would've spent. As much as I LOVE to get a bargain, I'm glad I ended up splurging on my wedding dress.