We’re big believers in not spending all your life savings on your wedding that only lasts for a day; it really bothers us to see couples spending loads of money on unnecessary items instead of on the things that really matter. Revisit your budget spreadsheets, cut out the unimportant things, and start channelling your finances into these five things. Trust us, you won’t regret it. And your guests will be just fine without too much alcohol, sweet treats and a live band that they don’t have to shout over.
Splurge on your actual day photography. Not your destination bridal portraits because lots of people shoot one-year anniversary photos these days, but your actual wedding day, which is the one thing you will never get again. This is especially important if you’ve put in many hours to DIY your décor. Besides, a good photographer will make even the simplest wedding look beautiful.
Some couples underestimate the importance of venue, but if you invest in one that gives you the look and style you like, you might not even require much décor. Think of how much you’ll save on the flowers. If for some reason you are obliged to use a particular venue, consider focusing on your ceremony venue or have a separate, smaller reception for just your friends. A beautiful venue will make all the difference in your photos.
Designer bridal gowns might be expensive, but do consider splurging on that one special gown for your big day so you don’t spend the rest of your life regretting it. Some designer gowns these days can even be easily converted into another piece, and we reckon it’s so much more worth it than paying the same amount of money for five different mediocre gowns.
Gone are the days of vintage video recorders and the family gathering around a projector – and that is exactly why you need an actual day videographer. One day, you’ll look back on your wedding day, and you’ll want to revisit these cherished memories on video. Sure, this isn’t something you’ll end up watching every day, but imagine that nostalgic feeling when you do view it.
Not everyone can afford a wedding planner and decorator, but if you can, it’s worth it. DIY weddings are not easy, especially if they end up affecting your work. We say work harder at what you’re good at, save up the money, and let the planner and decorator do their job. Everyone will be happier that way, your spouse-to-be included.