As I mentioned in my last post, weddings can be expensive and budgets are tight. I’ve offered up some ways to save money but today I’d like to discuss areas you shouldn’t skimp on.
Day of Coordinator – You can’t be surprised I said that can you? A DoC will save you time and MONEY so I promise that it is money well spent. As one bride recently told me, “how can you put a price on peace of mind?”.
Photographer – Your memories will last a lifetime – but don’t you want photos that capture those memories? There is a photographer for every budget so look until you find one that fits in yours. Really tight? Look on Craigslist or check photography courses at your local university. Every professional starts out somewhere and you might just find someone amazing on their way up. So even if you have a very small budget for a photographer, it is better than depending on Uncle Bob and his semi-pro camera.
Music – Always dreamed of a string quartet playing as you walk down the aisle but just can’t figure out how to make that happen financially? Why not get a soloist? You only need them for an hour and you can get a similar vibe. Think your cousin with the iPod will be better than a DJ? Think again. Playlists can get messed up, announcements will need to be made, and your guests may need encouragement to dance. A professional will be able to handle all of that for you. Live bands are great but can be expensive – but if that’s really what you want, search until you find one that fits.
Food – We’ve all been to the gorgeous wedding with the sub-par food. Maybe it looks pretty but it just doesn’t taste as good as it looks. When searching for your venue – especially if catering is included – don’t forget to taste it before you book it! Catering doesn’t have to be expensive, of course a lot depends on what you are serving and where it is from, to be good. Don’t assume a buffet is cheaper than a plated meal…it is better to let your caterer know your budget and see what they offer. And don’t forget cocktail hour! Passed appetizers or at least a small buffet of meats and cheese are a must for your guests if your ceremony is taking place during the dinner hour. If your ceremony is at 6:00, cocktails may start at 6:30 and end at 7:30…so your guests won’t be eating dinner until 7:45 or later. I don’t know about you but I get cranky if I have to wait too long for food.
Flowers – But wait, didn’t I say in my last post to think of ways to cut back on your floral budget?? Yes I did. But where you should spend your money is on bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. Don’t try to do those yourself.
Yourself – Because you are worth it! This is absolutely the day to splurge on having your hair, nails, and make-up done. But it isn’t the day for firsts. Don’t have your make-up done by someone for the first time on your wedding day – you definitely need a trial run. Same with hair. And nails? If you are planning on having artificial nails for the occasion, don’t have them put on the day of your wedding. If you have never had faux nails before it can take some adjustment at first and it will show in the way you hold your hands. Have them put on a couple of weeks before the ceremony and go in for a touch up on your day if able.