Every couple getting married knows – weddings are expensive. From flowers to music to stationery, and your wedding venue – everything adds up. Of course, you want to save money where ever you can, but cutting corners too tightly can create an entirely new set of problems. It really comes down to compromise – saving in a few areas and splurging in others is a great way to find a balance between price and your wedding vision.
When planning your wedding budget you should always have a list of priorities – areas in your budget that you are both willing to spend the most amount of money. Here are the four areas where you definitely shouldn’t skimp. Their benefits far outway the costs, so spending more money in these areas will make a huge difference for your wedding.
A Wedding Coordinator
A wedding coordinator will not only direct vendors, create a schedule and make sure the décor is just right, she will also deal with little emergencies, keep everything on schedule, and take on the stress for the wedding day so you don’t have to. You might think it’s an extra expense that isn’t really necessary but look at it like buying insurance. You’ve spent a lot of money on your wedding, and having someone there to make sure everything happens the way it’s supposed to is like buying peace of mind. Often brides don’t realize until it’s too late – trust me, you can’t rely on friends and family for something this important. Waking up on your wedding day knowing there is a professional on hand taking care of every single detail is worth the extra splurge.
Good Food & Drink
The number one thing guests will remember from a wedding is the food. Keeping guest’s stomachs happy is the key to a successful event. It’s not only about the quality of food that’s important, but how much of it and how often! Food should be served in stages so that guests are never left hungry or thirsty. Passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a delicious meal followed by a scrumptious sweet table and a late night snack will keep guests in great spirits. Having a variety of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages available from the bar will keep guests smiling and dancing the night away.
Yes back to the guests – after all, it wouldn’t be much of a wedding without them now, would it? Happy guests create a celebratory atmosphere – when they are comfortable and have everything they need, they are in a better mood to enjoy themselves. This makes all the difference when it comes to planning a great party. Ensure they are protected from the elements – provide bottled waters and fans to beat the heat at an outdoor ceremony or rent tent heaters if the temperature dips lower in the evening. Keep lines short for food and drinks, and ensure there are enough seats for everyone at the ceremony. If you aren’t sure if you should spend the extra money on something, just ask yourself “Will this benefit the comfort of my guests?” If the answer is yes, then its money well spent.
Good Photography and Video
Weddings are all about creating memories – good photographs and video are essential when it comes to the memories of your wedding day. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but do spend enough to hire the best that you can afford. Professional photos and video become heirlooms to pass down to your children and grandchildren. As family members pass away, these memories are priceless – you can’t put a price on something like that. Remember, you get what you pay for – you don’t want to be left devastated if your wedding photos and video aren’t what you imagined them to be. Splurging in this area will ensure that you are hiring professionals who you can trust with your precious memories. After the cake has been cut, all the food has been eaten and the music stops, all you have left are your memories. Spending the extra money here will ensure you have those memories for years to come.