Getting married can cost a lot of money, even if you’ve carefully budgeted. And because not every couple is the same, there are definitely expenses that may be perfect for one couple’s situation, but not for another’s.
A new survey from US company Novi Financial has revealed the biggest wedding expenditure regrets from couples who tied the knot in the past decade.
They polled 1000 people aged between 18 and 54 and asked them to rate the expenses they didn’t feel were worth it or they felt were a waste of money.
1. Wedding planner
Almost half of those surveyed – 48.5 per cent – said they regretted spending money on a wedding planner.
Wedding planners can definitely be a sound investment for many people, no shade. If you’re time poor or just plain hate organising events and functions they can be worth their weight in gold. But for others they are an added expense that could be saved by doing the organising themselves.
When the big day is over, memories in the form of photo and video are generally all you have left.
However, 36.7 per cent of people said they regretted spending money on videography.
While many people love getting the wedding video out and watching it over and over again, many others report that they watch it once and then don’t look at it again…ever.
3. Wedding favours
Wedding favours, also known as bomboniere, are traditionally given to guests as a way of saying thank you for attending the wedding day.
But many couple have regrets over this expense – 36.1 per cent of the respondents to the survey.
A lot of times couples shell out for wedding favours that are meaningless Knick knacks their guests will have little or no use for. Sending them home with something they can use like jam, honey, teabags, chocolates, wine or a plant is money better spent than a trinket.
4. Champagne toast
Many reception venues give couples the option of adding on a champagne toast to the cost of their bill. This is where every guest is provided with a glass of bubbly to toast the newlyweds during the speeches.
Depending on how many guests you have and what the venue is charging per bottle or per glass, this can add up very quickly.
35.2 per cent of couples who had one said it wasn’t worth the additional cost.
What’s a wedding without flowers? At the end of the day, it’s a question of scale. The more flowers you organise to have at the event, the more the bill adds up.
Some couples spend up big with flower arches, flower walls, bouquets, boutonnières, flowers as decoration at the reception and flowers adorning the aisle. Others go quite low key.
Some 29.1 per cent of people said they regretted the expense of their flowers.