I am kind of ashamed to say it but I think w splurged on almost everything I think the problem was that we did not have a budget...the only budget I set was for my gown and like Danielle that budget was blown out the window...any way besides the gown transportation, invites, definately the cake (got my cake from Carlo's Bakery...Cake Boss , drinks for reception, reception hall...ummm yeah just about everything!!!
Hmmm...I'm not much of a "splurger." I would have to say my shoes, although I got them on sale for something like $40. I say that only because I already had a perfectly good pair I could have worn, but decided to purchase these as a spur of the moment decision type thing.
But everything else is still right on budget or below!
There were a few things that I thought I was going to splurge on that I found totally awesome deals, like my BMs custom hair pieces and our toasting glasses. There are benefits to shopping where you work.
I did splurge on my shoes, the fabric for my bodice and Mead. My shoes are handmade, suede ghillies and a perfect addition to my dress. I will be able to wear them at renfaire for many years. The fabric for my bodice was a must have. I had the image in my head on what it would look like. I dragged FS all over the fabric district until I walked into one store and it was like clouds parted and angels were singing. I said "I want that one!", I didnt care about the price. And as for the Mead, I really really really want it. IMO it tastes so much better than grape wine. Our venue cant get it so we have to buy it and pay them a corking fee. I totally say they are all worth it.
2 at the chapel and then another 1 after the ceremony for pics around Vegas. We also bought all the rights to our pics & CDs so we can do whatever we want with the photos: extra prints, enlargements, photobooks, etc.
Our flights to our wedding is our biggest *splurge*!!! it's insane how much airfare has gone up in the past year, ugh. honestly, we've gotten the budget under $2500 for the wedding now - so there really wasn't anything that was a splurge!
The food for me it the most important, and the gifts to the parents, MOH, & BM (not having a wedding party) I'm excited about: the new Sony Bloggie. Stupid name but awesome features. I can't wait to see what they will capture at the wedding!