Where to spend your money on your Wedding

Where to splurge and where to save of course has to do with your priorities, but in the end, it’s usually a good use of funds to splurge on items that guests will notice the most and save on the elements that won’t get that much attention or won’t be missed. Some ideas:

Flowers

Splurge

  • Table centrepieces. Guests look at them for about an hour.
  • Mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages. These women have earned a little special treatment.
  • Your bouquet. It’s going to be in a million pictures.

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  • Altar arrangements. Most churches are already beautiful and all eyes will be on you two anyway.
  • Use in-season stems.
  • Men’s boutonnieres. Flowers for men. Need we say more?

Attire

Splurge

  • Wedding-day jewellery. This you can wear again and even pass down to your sister, daughter or daughter-in-law one day.
  • Shoes. Do you really need an excuse?
  • Your dress, if it means a lot to you

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  • Your dress, if you see it as important but something you’re only going to wear once
  • His ensemble. Rent if it’ll be a tux or buy a gorgeous new suit he can wear again.

Food

Splurge

  • Hors d’oeuvres. They’re a lot of handwork and require waitstaff to pass, but they make a first impression and guests will be hungry when they dig in.
  • Dishes that mean a lot to you or your fiancé. Whether it’s duck that you fell in love with at the tasting or a sentimental fave if there is a food that will make or break the meal for you, go for it.
  • If you’re having a bar, have it. You don’t have to go ultimate top-shelf quaffs or pour exotic sake (or even have two kinds of gin, for that matter) but this is not the time to serve off-brands and well liquor.

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  • Dessert. You’re serving cake, aren’t you?
  • Multiple entrées. Choose a crowd pleaser and work out a vegetarian offering and you’re set. This is a dinner party. How many entrées would you offer in your home?
  • The bar. If you don’t have a big-drinking crew or your wedding reception is taking place in the afternoon, skip the alcohol and offer fun punches, juices and other bevs instead.
  • Very few people are going to notice or care if you serve cava or prosecco rather than vintage champagne

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Music

Splurge

  • Reception entertainment. You’ll listen to your band or DJ for three or four hours. Book someone you love.

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  • Ceremony music. An organ and a soloist are all that most religious ceremonies need, and recorded music works nicely in most outdoor settings.
  • Though you should love your band, just how many horns do you need in the brass section?

Miscellaneous

Splurge

  • Hospitality suite for out-of-town guests. Giving out-of-towners a central place to gather if there is downtime between your ceremony and reception or when they all arrive the day before the wedding is a much appreciated gesture. It will also make it easy for you to say hello to many of your guests all at once.
  • Welcome packet. Suggestions about local points of interest, restaurants, drugstores, etc., will only cost you some time and will show guests you’ve thought about their needs. Print it all up and put it in their rooms before they arrive.
  • Photography. It lasts. Longer than a lifetime. And it can record all of the pieces of the day that you spent so much time putting together. Get it right!

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  • Calligraphy for escort cards. Just pick a bridesmaid or two with good handwriting and knock them out one afternoon.
  • Favours. Unless you’ve got something really specific to you as a couple or your wedding theme, just skip them and spend the money on upgrading the bar.
  • Bigger tables mean fewer tables. Fewer tables mean fewer centrepieces.
  • Daytime and weeknight weddings have price cuts built-in. A Sunday champagne brunch can be an unexpected delight.

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