'Good to Know': Former Bride Shares Wedding Items That Were Not 'Worth It'

A former bride is hoping to help future brides save some money on "pricey" wedding items in a now-viral video.

Brooke McConnell's TikTok, posted to the account @ryanandbrooke, shared items she bought for her own wedding that she said she felt were not worth the price tag in a video that has been viewed nearly 200,000 times. The 53-second video prompted viewers to chime in to share their thoughts about wedding purchases.

"Wedding items that were not worth it," the text over the video read.

According to a study conducted by The Knot, the average national cost of a wedding in the U.S. in 2021 was $28,000, which was the same as the average wedding cost in 2019. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the average cost of a wedding in 2020 was $19,000.

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A woman shared the items she felt were not worth the money in a video that has since gone viral on TikTok. According to The Knot, the average national cost of a wedding in the U.S. in 2021 was $28,000. luana rigolli/iStock

In the video, McConnell went through the items that, looking back on, she said were not worth investing in.

"The first one being my wedding shoes," she said, showing a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. "They look amazing in this photo, but no one ever saw them."

In addition to the heels, McConnell also discussed the wedding sneakers she purchased. She said she bought a "nice pair," thinking she would wear them again.

"They are trashed, and there's a pair that looks identical to them at Dillard's for $80, so, don't do it," she warned.

Although McConnell heard that she should buy a special fragrance for the big day, an expensive perfume was another item she said was not worth the price tag.

She said the guests and her husband, Ryan, could not smell the perfume by the time she got to the wedding.

While McConnell also said the pajama set she bought was not worth the money, she felt somewhat torn on the last item she presented—wedding invitations.

"I was glad I spent a lot of money because people were really excited about them, but at the end of the day they go into the trash," she said. "Kind of worth it, kind of not, it's a toss-up."

Another piece by The Knot shared that an overwhelming majority of couples said there were things they would have done differently. Some of those couples specifically regretted what they spent their money on.

The piece stated that couples wished they spent less on the wedding dress and the invitations and spent more on the honeymoon, rings and the photographer.

Many viewers thanked McConnell for the insight.

"Good to know," @alysssteph commented.

"Thanks girl," @evelinsalmeron4 wrote. "I needed to hear this."

Other commenters weighed in, shared insights into their own weddings and offered some suggestions on how they managed to make use out of expensive items—particularly the perfume.

"I felt the same about our invites," @hannabenoit21 commented. "We went for the inexpensive side because nobody truly cares or keeps them after the wedding!"

"For the perfume, I just got a travel size and then I plan to wear it on our anniversary + honeymoon for the scent memory," @juliastisser wrote.

McConnell told Newsweek in an email there were many wedding items that she purchased that were a "waste of money."

"I saw them on TikTok or heard from friends I had to have it, and I ended up wasting a lot of money," she said. "I made this video just to give my thoughts and hopefully save some brides some money."

While McConnell shared some of the items that weren't worth the price, she posted other videos sharing the items she was happy she bought.

The flowers, unique name tags and chandeliers over the dance floor were some items she talked about in one of her subsequent videos.