Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am sure you have done exhaustive research on how to budget and save for the big day. It is easy to find advice on how to save but when it comes to your wedding day we think there are certain things you should definitely not skimp on. Read below to see our recommendations for the wedding goods you won’t regret splurging on.
It’s obvious that your shoes are not the focal point of your outfit but that doesn’t mean you should pick a pair from Payless. Use this opportunity to buy a high-end pair of shoes that will be comfortable and last longer than just your reception. If you choose a shoe you really love, you’ll be able to wear it constantly after the wedding. A nude shoe will look great at work or going out. Even a designer pair of flats will be something you can rock on your honeymoon.
The iPod reception is becoming increasingly popular, but there’s a right and wrong way to execute it. Even if you want complete control over your musical selections, it’s absolutely worth the money to hire a DJ or band to ensure that everything runs smoothly. These days, a DJ/band contributes much more than just the music. They can make or break your wedding with lackluster reception announcements, shoddy transitions between dinner/dancing, and unenthusiastic banter. Many well-curated weddings have been ruined by shoddy speakers, poor wiring and band acoustics. Hiring a professional will ensure that your guests receive the best experience they can get.
Although all eyes are usually on the bride, your man needs to look and feel his best as well. Renting a tuxedo is the typical course of action for most couples but buying a fitted suit might be the best purchase you’ll make for your wedding (and future). As long as you pick a color he can wear again, your man will get many more wears out of his tailored suit than you will out of your wedding dress. It will look better than an off-the-rack tux and he can wear to other weddings, work functions and formal events. My husband has worn his suit several times since our April wedding, while my wedding dress sits in our attic.
No matter what you save on, splurge on photography. I’ve talked to many brides who tried to save money on their photographers and have heard some horror stories of not having any usable photos from their wedding. While you can shop around and find a good deal, avoid using your uncle’s family friend who bought a DSLR a few weeks ago. A professional photographer will be able to capture every fleeting moment from your wedding that you might have missed. You will thank yourself years later when you are reminiscing with your husband.
Pictures are great, but nothing can capture a moment like video. Nowadays videographers are becoming more a standard at weddings. While talking to friends as I was wedding planning, not having a videographer stood out as a most commonly cited regret. Just days after our wedding, I already started to forget exactly what the officiant said when he married us, what my husband’s vows were and what caused my maid of honor to cry. That’s why I hired a videographer - so even if my memory failed me, the video would not. Most of us have few home videos beyond our high school graduation. When you start losing older family members, a wedding video might be the last living memory of them.
Studies show that people value experiences more than material goods. So if you’re debating between a Vera Wang dress and a honeymoon abroad, you’ll be better off choosing the latter. No matter what your budget is, make sure to budget for a honeymoon. It’s important to celebrate your newlywed status with a trip; and no, a short weekend doesn’t count. Your wedding is only one day, but your honeymoon can last a week or more. Use that time to recount the time, celebrate your marriage and start building a life together. Coordinator One of the best purchases I made for my wedding was a day-of coordinator. She helped wrangle our vendors, organize the bridal party and take care of any emergencies that came up. Everyone told me I was so calm on the wedding day; I told them it was because I’d hired someone to do the worrying for me. Our coordinators cost less than $1,000 and were worth every penny. Accessories Whether you’re buying a tie for your suit or jewelry to match your dress, use your accessories as a reason to splurge. Most likely you’re buying something you can wear again, so it doesn’t hurt to upgrade. We understand sometimes budgets are tight but when it comes major life milestones sometimes it’s worth the extra spend. There are options in life for easing the stresses of wedding day costs. Wedding loans are becoming increasingly popular.
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