Where to Splurge and Where to Save
Recognizing where to splurge or save on your wedding elements makes all the difference when you are setting up the budget for your big day. We’ve put together a list to help guide you on where to put your money where it matters.
A venue is worth spending a large share of the budget for multiple reasons. It’s crucial to think about your guest’s comfort and their overall experience. Also, a nicer venue may require less décor, which can save money elsewhere in a budget.
Wedding Dress: Save
If a bridal gown doesn’t top the list of important details, brides should consider buying a used dress. Most gowns are worn once and kept in great condition. Try looking on Oncewed.com or even eBay for great deals on designer dresses. With the help of a good tailor and dry cleaner, brides can find like-new, quality dresses for drastically reduced prices.
The food you choose will have a huge impact on your guests experience. In fact, some say this is one of the most important aspects that guest remember! Be sure to set aside a good portion of your budget for catering.
An easy way to cut down a budget is by borrowing jewelry. Look through your grandmother’s or other relative’s jewelry box to find the perfect accent piece. Those items can also serve as something old or borrowed, giving them more meaning on the big day.
Splurging on a photographer can be well worth the investment. If you pick an amazing photographer, their photos can make any event – even one that wasn’t over the top – look really beautiful. You’ve put a lot of work into planning your wedding so you might as well find the best to document the event!
Flowers can take an ordinary wedding and turn it into an extraordinary wedding. It’s important to hire a florist who can take your ideas and make them come to life. Your florist can help you save money on flowers by showing you those that are in season and abundant.
Makeup & Hair: Splurge
We recommend budgeting for a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for the bride. This service makes a huge difference not only in the way the bride feels but also how she photographs.
Wedding Cake: Save
If a large, extravagant cake is not at the top of your list, featuring different types of desserts can save you a lot of money. One option would be buying one smaller cake to cut – prices are typically based on amount of slices and time spent constructing – then either bringing in another dessert option such as cupcakes. If you want to have a cake, find a venue that includes the cake in their packages since buying a cake from an outside vendor can be extremely expensive!
Candy Bar: Save
While you may think having a candy bar is a great way to save money on dessert, the reality is most of the candy goes to waste. We recommend you stick to the cake or other dessert options such as cupcakes.
As one of the most memorable parts to a wedding, it’s important you choose your entertainment wisely. Whether you go with a DJ or live band, we recommend making sure your entertainment is reputable and has plenty of experience with weddings.
Most favors given to your wedding guests will, sadly, be lost or forgotten at the reception. Although it’s a nice gesture to give your guests something to take home, it’s better to spend your money on other parts of the wedding that your guests will enjoy such as catering or entertainment.
While it’s tempting to splurge on your wedding invitations, the truth is, most guest will not appreciate the beautiful letterpress stationary you’ve spent hundreds on. Etsy.com is a great place to find beautiful wedding invitations and low prices.