Learning to be strategic about your splurges is an important part of any wedding budget and it’s certainly no small task. Commit to the items that matter most to you as a couple, remembering the categories that will make the biggest impact. Splurge with a purpose on those big-ticket investments and you’ll have a wedding experience both you and your guests can’t stop talking about.

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Here are our 5 musts!

  1. Hire an incredible photographer:

First and foremost, it’s essential to invest in a top-notch photographer. They’re responsible for telling the story of your day and capturing the images you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Once the occasion has come and gone, those photographs will remind you of all the joy-filled moments that made up your wedding.
Similarly, a videographer is absolutely worth the investment for the sweet memories you can share with your children and grandchildren one day.

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2.  Plan an amazing food and drink experience:

In the process of planning your dream day, don’t forget to be thoughtful about your guests’ experience. No one wants to serve their dearest friends and family a mediocre meal, so make sure you hire caterers and bartenders who are up to the task. Consider a foodie farm-to-table menu, a jaw-dropping dessert buffet, or plan a surprise appearance of the hottest food truck in town. You’ll love watching your guests’ faces light up when you give them a dining experience they’ll always remember.

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3.  Wedding Coordinator or Planner:
Often this area is one you may think you are perfectly able to handle. It’s tempting to think you can save money by eliminating this area and organize all those wedding details. Surprise! You will not believe how much stress will pop up at one point or another. This is your day that you have been waiting for all your life. So, you don’t want to miss a moment of the day by fussing over all the details or become stressed out when things are not completed on your own timeline.
A planner will manage all the details and create an outline with a creative direction such as compiling spreadsheets, logistics, and the other important details. This will allow you to focus on your personal details such as “The Dress” and accessories.
Throughout the planning process, a good coordinator will incorporate your ideas and create the vision of what you envision your day to be like.
As an alternative, if a fulltime planner isn’t within your wedding budget, consider hiring a coordinator for your wedding day who will run the event while you relax and enjoy the excitement of the day. A stress-free couple will make a much smoother transition from your “I will” to “I do!”

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4.  Don’t Forget Beauty Treatments:
When it comes to your wedding budget, hair and makeup might feel like an afterthought but it’s definitely one place you don’t want to skimp. Pore through vendor portfolios to find a beauty artist that fits your unique style and be sure to book a trial-run so there’s no surprises on the big day. Once you’re found “the one” go ahead and splurge because if there was ever a day to turn heads, your wedding is most certainly it—and the pros will make sure that you look amazing in photos, too!

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5.  Plan your Honeymoon:
This category is a tempting one to skim over. You’ve already spent a ton of money on the wedding itself and many couples decide they’re not up for the additional expense of a major trip. But when you stop to consider it, will you have more future opportunities to travel just the two of you? As careers advance, cross-country moves take place or kids come into the picture, getting time away together can be really tough. Take the chance to escape distraction-free with the one you love while you’ve got it.

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There are many other “budget friendly” areas to think about when in the throes of planning your wedding. These are just the top 5 that will stand out and make a statement of your style!

Enjoy and come back soon!

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