Most people that plan a wedding look for money saving tips for every avenue of their wedding. Weddings are becoming bigger and bigger every year, and while we of course want to have the best day we possibly can, a lot of it comes with a rather hefty price tag. However, you shouldn’t feel you have to deprive yourself of a particular splurge. In fact, most wedding planners recommend choosing up to 3 things to splurge on, so you can concentrate on money-saving ideas for the rest of your wedding planning.
Venue – yes
Your venue hits your guests with the wow factor when they arrive. It’s where you will be spending the whole day, and you want to make the most of it. So, no scrimping on this one unless you stumble across an amazing deal!
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Flowers – maybe
This one completely depends on the style of your wedding, and the two of you. If you’re just looking for a little complementary greenery here and there, there is no need to go overboard with the flowers. Maybe you’d prefer to go for a wild flower look, and with a little artistic merit, you could do some of the table flowers yourself for extra money saving. However, if grand and blossoming is your thing, then go for it.
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Drinks – no
Open bar or no open bar, that is the question. If you have splurged on amazing food, you may feel like you’re entitled to hold back on the alcohol, and you are right. As weddings are becoming more and more costly, there is no reason for guests to expect limitless alcohol on top of everything else. If you want to spend a little of your wedding budget on booze, some options are beer kegs and unlimited wine, but don’t feel the need to pay for everybody to get utterly smashed.
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Photographer – yes
Out of the few things you keep after your big day is over, photographs are one of them. They are a great way to relive your wedding, so spend time and money picking out the right photographer, and be very specific about what you want captured. This one is truly priceless, and there are shots that only a professional can capture.
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Décor and lighting – no
Don’t get too bogged down in all the little details: party favors, table pieces, invitations, chair decorations, lights. Sure, they can make a difference, but these are definitely areas for money saving. If you and your bridal party are particularly artsy and creative, you can put some of these together yourselves with the help of a whole heap of wedding craft websites.
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Music – yes
If there is something that really sticks in people’s minds after a wedding, it’s how much fun they had. Splurging on a good band or excellent DJ to get people on the dance floor and letting loose is well worth the money. It’s a huge part of the day and a great opportunity to get some fantastic photography.
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Food – yes
Don’t cut corners on the food, the guests will remember. It’s a long day, so everyone will need feeding at least a couple of times. Having delicious food settled in stomachs certainly makes those speeches go down a whole lot better.
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Dress – maybe
As a bride, you will inevitably feel pressure about the big reveal when you walk down the aisle. This choice again boils down to style and preference. If you have dreamed of your wedding and wedding dress since you were a girl, then splurging on your dress is something you should do – as long as your partner is okay with it! But, don’t feel the need for extravagance if what you want is simplicity. There are thousands of cheaper options if you take the time to look. You can also buy a cheap dress and spend a little on alterations.
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Cake – no
How many wedding cakes do you remember? Many couples make the mistake of splurging on the cake, partly because of the famous ‘cutting the cake’ photo. Once your guests’ bellies are full, they won’t be too concerned about dessert, trust us. Shop around for a good deal, and go for what suits you, not what’s on the price tag.
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