Breakdown of the cost of our table decor:
Vases- 3 nuetral vases $9 from Kirklands
Flowers- Baby's breath $4 from Publix
Runners- Faux eucalptus $10 from Hobby Lobby and woven runner $15 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Signage- 2 photo frames from Salvation Army $6, 2 signs from Canva free, and LOVE sign $2 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Candy Jar- Glass geometric dish $7 from Hobby Lobby
Total cost: $53
Our advice? Compare pricing online from other retailers and in-store. Salvation Army is half off at the end of the month and is a great way to snag vases and signage. The runners, baby's breath, and vases from Kirkland (which I had been eyeballing for a month until they were put on sale and I had a coupon to buy) are all decor staples in my home. I always advise that if you're buying decor for your wedding, have a plan to repurpose it whether it is selling it online or using it in your home. Stretch the spend! Knowing that Hobby Lobby frequently discounts their faux florals and other decor half off or more, sign up for their emails and plan out your purchases in multiple, smaller batches. It is easy to get swept up and add more to your cart than intended but when you know it is likely to be half off within a couple of weeks it makes putting those extra items back feel like a big win. Thank you to everyone who entered we had such a fun day meeting you all and look forward to reconnecting soon!
"I am still on the fence about this and it may just be my unpopular opinion but I was against serving alcohol at my wedding so we didn't. If I was getting married again tomorrow I think I would put aside my stance and splurge on an open bar. Our guests looked bored and it was hard to get people up and dancing."
"I am most happy we splurged on our videographer. Least happy that we splurged on favors and a limo. An absolute need at a wedding? A really good dj!"
"We were most happy we splurged on the travel expenses for our family from out of the state. If I were to get married again tomorrow I would absolutely have to have better catering with more options. Oh and I'd also have to have my husband there of course!"
J.B and F.B
"I am most happy we splurged on our flowers they were stunning on our arch and the centerpieces were taken home by our guests. I am least happy we splurged on our videographer because of how the video turned out and not being able to change the music. If I was having another wedding tomorrow I would absolutely have our violinist play for longer!"
"If I had to get married again tomorrow I would absolutely splurge on upgrading the drapes in the ballroom!"
"Most happy we splurged on our food options and desserts. The area I was least happy that we splurged on? Videography. Looking back we should have spent more time reviewing vendors and trusted our gut that the contract was unfair. If I was getting married tomorrow I absolutely would hire a wedding coordinator outside of the venue coordinator. I would have loved having someone else in my corner!!"
"I am most happy with the photographer and videographer! Those were the most expensive things we spent on the wedding but it was so worth it. I wish we didn't spend too much on the wedding cake! I would absolutely need a wedding planner if I was getting married again. Doing it all by myself was very stressful and I wish I had one!"
"I wish I would have splurged on the amount of time I spent doing trials for hair. You linked me with several artists but unfortunately when I found you it was too close to my date to change who I had hired. They weren't up to my expectations and I was glad to have you to talk through that experience with before walking down the aisle."
"I want to thank you for your time. I’ll tell you what stood out to me on your Facebook reply to another bride was your transparency in the cost of your services. I have been at a complete loss so it really helped me calm down and made it seem possible to have a day of coordinator."