Most people would agree that one of the biggest events in life is getting married, so of course the wedding itself is expected to be a grand affair. Many couples opt to do a simple town hall union or something else low key, but the majority of average Americans spends about $32,641 on their wedding!
It’s important to set a budget for your wedding, and keep to it. The first step of planning a budget is figuring out where to splurge and where to save.
As my bosses told me during my summer internship at Cypress Falls Event Center, the photographer should be one of the top three biggest expenses. Why? Because even if the wedding location or setup isn’t that ideal, a good photographer will make it look beautiful! Not to mention the photos you keep are for a lifetime, so you might as well get ones that you’re proud to display.
This one comes with a disclaimer: only splurge on the DJ if you plan on playing music all night/day. If you don’t plan on having a dance party, and are only using music for the ceremony and first dances, then don’t go all out for a DJ or band. With that being said, most weddings involve a lot of dancing (after all it is a celebration) so get an awesome DJ!
- Wedding Planner
A lot of brides think they don’t need a wedding planner, but they are sorely wrong. A good wedding planner will meet with the couple to make sure everything is exactly as they want it, but then will take care of everything else. On the actual wedding day, you don’t want to have to worry about the timeline or coordination, but someone has to. Yes, the maid of honor does a lot of planning, but on the actual day of the wedding it’s best to let a professional handle it so all of your loved ones can just enjoy the event.
As someone who loves food, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard this, but it really does make sense. The most memorable part of your wedding won’t be (and shouldn’t be) the food. The reason guests are at your wedding is to celebrate the love you’ve found and the beginning of a new life. Definitely make sure you have enough food for everyone, but if someone is at your wedding just for a great meal should they really be at your wedding? You can even buy simple stuff from the grocery store for appetizers and hors d’oeuvres like fruit, veggie, and cheese trays!
You can have beautiful decorations without spending a fortune! Have friends and family help with DIY projects, and don’t be afraid to borrow things from people. Does Uncle John have a cool vintage truck that would make a great accent piece in your wedding? Ask to use it!
Of course the dress should be beautiful, and however expensive you want it to be, but you can save on the shoes! Make sure they’re comfortable though! You can also save on any jewelry and other accessories you or the bridal party will use. No one will be paying nearly as much attention to what you wear (other than the dress) as you will, and on the big day you won’t care weather your shoes are designer or not as long as you can walk in them.
Written by Josie Rasberry and Edited by Jenna Levy