Where to splurge… Top 4 Wedding “musts” that should take priority in your budget
Undoubtedly, the union between you and your fiancé is the most important thing about your wedding day, and to ensure a successful event, keep that first and foremost in your minds when planning your event. Beyond that, prioritizing your wedding budget may not be an easy task, but here are a few tips to know where your splurges will be well worth your dollars.
- PHOTOGRAPHY: At the end of the day, the photographs and video will be all you have left to look back on from your wedding; the portrait sitting on your nightstand that you wake up to EVERY morning and the canvas of you with your wedding party hanging in your living room that you walk past ten times a day. So do your research, hire a professional and dish out the cash or you will be regretting it forever when your ceremony shots are blurry or when there’s not a single picture of you with your parents.
- REPUTABLE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE SERVICE: The bargain shopper in you may lead you to believe that purchasing a gown via the Internet might sound like a great way to save a few dollars, or that skimping on a full-service bridal salon with an experienced alterations department is a safe way to cut corners. However, when ordering online you are risking getting inferior quality, not getting the gown delivered on time, or even worse, not getting your gown at all! And dress sizing is not a simple task, ordering a dress online or from a “Big Box Store” might actually cost you more money in the long run on alterations when you need to rush to an experienced seamstress at the last minute. An ill-fitting gown that you are uncomfortable in or that you are constantly adjusting can really ruin your vision. And back to those photographs you will be looking at every day for the rest of your life, it’s crucial that you are in a dress that you love, that you look lovely in and that you will not look back on and say “what was I thinking?”. Every bride has a vision of her wedding and that vision is focused on her in her dress, this is NOT an area to cut corners. So read reviews, buy from a reputable bridal boutique with an experienced alterations department and budget for a dress you will love for eternity. Remember, it is okay to splurge because chances are you will not remember the shrimp appetizer or the gold leaf on the Thank-You notes on your 25th Anniversary, but you will always remember THE DRESS!
- MENU& SERVICE: Make sure your guests are well-fed and that the service is impeccable. Food and service are some things that people tend to talk about during the reception and beyond. If your guests leave hungry or have an encounter with a rude server, this is what they will be remembering from your wedding. Even if you have a tight budget, you can still select a menu that tastes great and fills tummies, well served guests are happy guests!
- A BAND OR DJ: Your ceremony make take 30 minutes to an hour, and dinner usually takes roughly an hour, so what happens during the rest of your five or six hour reception? The entertainment! This is another “wedding must” so decline the offer from your neighbor’s cousin’s brother-in-law who is in a band as a side gig and forget about hooking up your phone to a boom box! Take the time to do your research and actually attend performances of prospective DJs or Bands, it is totally worth your budget dollars to book experienced musicians with good reviews. This is a huge part of your celebration and if you provide your guests with a fun evening of recognizable songs and a packed dance floor, you will have them referring to your event as the party of the year!