Where To Spend and Where To Save With Your Wedding Budget
When you start your wedding planning you may come to realise that things are a lot more expensive that you initially thought and it may be time to cut back on some of those 'traditional' elements that you aren't too interested in and save some money so you can put it towards a supplier or element you really want to include. In this weeks blog post I'm going to give you my ideas on where you can save money and where I think you should think about spending a bit more.
If you have additional money to spend on your wedding or would like some ideas on where is best to spend your money, these are where I suggest you do some splurging!
Photographer / Videographer
Your photos and video are going to be the psychical memories of your day. You will be able to look back on these for years to come and will be a lasting memory of your day. I always suggest to book the best photographer and videographer your budget allows and you will not regret it! The last thing you want is to come away form your wedding with blurry or a limited amount of photos and what looks like a film shot on a phone because you wanted to save money on these suppliers. This is my top thing to spend that little extra money on!
Treat your feet to some beautiful shoes that not only look amazing but a comfy! You dont want to have these amazing shoes and then not be able to walk in them and have your walk down the aisle looking uncomfortable and like you are in pain! This dosent mean head out and by the most expensive pair of Manolo Blahniks you can find (although I'd be right there with you!) but think carefully about what shoes you will wear and if you would prefer to have two for ceremony and reception then do it. You dont want to be running around bare foot all day!
Similar to your shoes, you want to make sure your dress is comfortable and fits your correctly. As I mentioned last week this can be a hidden cost that brides dont consider when choosing a dress but please dont skimp on alternations. You want to make sure your dress fits you like a glove and for everyone to think it was made for you. You dont want to be pulling it up all day or tripping over the front of your dress because its too long! Have those alterations done and also make sure its by a professional!
Bridal Bouquet & Centrepieces & Altar arrangements
These are the floral elements your guests are going to see the most, the ones that will be captured by your photographer and videographer and the ones that will be the talking points. So by spending that little bit more on them will make it all worth while. Also if your budget for flowers is tight, dont forget to speak to your florist about repurposing your flowers , maybe using the altar arrangements from the ceremony to an entrance piece for the reception. Depending on what arrangements you are having your florist will be able to suggest the best way to repurpose and move them for you.
Picking the wrong sort of DJ or live band for your reception may send your guests home. Picking the right sort of music that will get your guests on the dancefloor and keep them there is worth their weight in gold and will allow you and your guests to have the most AMAZING night. Yes this can be expensive (talking a few thousand) but this will set the mood and tone for your wedding and will be such a talking point and something your guests will talk about for years to come.
The right lighting can transform a venue and make it unrecognizable (in a good way!) a simply marquee wedding can be turned into the most romantic and beautiful of ven