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    Quote Originally Posted by lileitak View Post
    Really?? They are usually crap - no offence. Can't think of one that I've kept. Despite how much they cost to the bride and groom.
    Depends on the family/group.
    Tradition in ours to personalise them and keep them.
    Only close friends/family get them though.

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    I think our wedding was about $25k which now, thinking back, is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on one day!! It was 4 years ago so I can't remember exact costs, but the ones I can remember are:
    Dress - $1,680 (I remember exactly because I had budgeted $1500 and my mum kept pulling out ones above my budget, thankfully this one wasn't much over my budget lol)
    Videographer - $3,000
    Photographer - $1,200 (I wish we would have spent more here and got a more experienced photographer)
    Reception for 70 guests including beverage package $7000
    Rings (both mine and hubby's) about $1,200
    We also paid for everything for the bridal party; dresses, suits, shoes, jewelry so that set us back quite a bit. We also spent money on ceremony decoration (beach wedding, so chairs, an arbour, foot washing station, buckets with ice and bottles of water, etc.) which quickly added up.

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    Our wedding was $2500 including honeymoon. Just us parents and our kids at my old work. Wasn't formal at all. It was the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    I wouldn't say they are crap but yeah, I haven't really kept any. One friend have everyone a nice silver photo frame (her dad owns a jewellery store) which would have been ok, but it was engraved with her and her husbands names and their wedding date. I've always thought it odd and never ever wanted to use it.
    I like edible favours myself. People are usually starving at weddings while they wait for meals to come out. We're giving peanut (or plain for those who can't/ don't do nuts) m&m's as our favours. It is our favourite treat so we thought it was a cute touch.
    My sil have everyone boutique jams. Yum! My other sil, a midwife, saved up all the little glass bottles used to feed the premmie babies and filled them with little candy pieces. That was quite cute too. And both gratefully received!
    One of my bridesmaids did our favours - little pots of personalised M&Ms (both out names start with 'M' they had "MR & MRS Lastname", our pictures, "I do" and champagne glasses. https://www.mymms.com/category/shop+...ion/wedding.do

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    My tips for a classy wedding on the cheap:

    Be smart about your reception. it's usually the biggest expense. You can find really nice places for a fair price and IMHO the really expensive places aren't worth 10k more

    Buy a deb dress instead of a 'proper' wedding dress. Particularly if you don't want the meringue type dress, you can find deb dresses for a fraction of the price that look exactly the same.

    Borrow your cars. We did this. Find someone with a new car, or in a style that suits you i.e. vintage holden

    Hire suits instead of buying

    Have bridesmaids choose from 'evening dress' lines instead of 'bridesmaid'. Anything wedding related and they double the price knowing you will pay it. Also going for an evening dress style means your BM's can rewear the dress

    Make your own table settings

    Make the drinks tab only beer, wine and soft drink and don't feel forced to top it up. If people want to get drunk let them pay.

    Try to make the wedding cake the dessert - serve with cream. The weddings I've been to, by the time guests eat 2 or 3 courses they are stuffed and the cake largely goes to waste. This can save hundreds, just ask the reception centre if they allow it (some don't, which I find money grabby)

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    Best favours we've seen was bottle opener key ring engraved with the couples name and wedding date. The girls got tea light holders but I'm not a candle person, however DH still uses his key ring years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lileitak View Post
    Really?? They are usually crap - no offence. Can't think of one that I've kept. Despite how much they cost to the bride and groom.
    the only ones I ever kept are from my sisters wedding. they were chrome wine bottle stoppers with little chrome birds on top. useful and pretty.

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    Unless they're food, I always chuck the favours.

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    Original dress was $4,000 I never wore it
    When I was 7 months preg we had a cheap wedding
    Registry $500

    Venue plus dinner $3,000
    Cake $400
    Dress $150
    Dh suit $200 shoes $200

    No photographer as I was preg didn't want one plus j hate photos
    We hit nice ones anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by lileitak View Post
    Really?? They are usually crap - no offence. Can't think of one that I've kept. Despite how much they cost to the bride and groom.
    I like lollies or chocolates for them 😂 I never throw those out haha I do agree on the random gifts though, hard to keep so many little trinkets or things from all the weddings you've been to.

    We had the little stick candies with our names written in them. So yummy and I was left with a bunch to eat for myself afterwards 😄 win!

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