It’s no doubt that weddings can be very expensive. From catering to the dress to all of the little details, your wedding has the potential to be financially draining. Next week I will discuss a few ways to save on your wedding, but today I am talking about a few things that I think are worth splurging on. While you can certainly argue that these aren’t necessities, they are things that would either add some fun to the day or things that I wish I had spent money on for our wedding.
- Photography – Yes, yes, I know! I’m a wedding photographer, so of course I value professional photography. If I could go back and do our wedding all over again, I would hands down spend a good chunk of our budget on a killer wedding photographer. The only professional photos I have of our day are the prints that we paid for after the wedding, which wasn’t much. The wedding photos are arguably the one thing that will last a lifetime and begin to leave a legacy.
- Videography – Our wedding video gets played at least once a year around our anniversary. Our kids sit down and laugh about hairstyles and the fashion, but they also get to see us laugh and cry as we became husband and wife. We also get to see our grandparents, who have since passed away, smiling and enjoying our special day.
- Late Night Snacks – To be honest, I didn’t really know about this trend until about two years ago at a wedding in Indianapolis. The couple hired me to stay for the entire reception, so I was there when the soft pretzels from their favorite late-night restaurant was delivered for the guests. What a great way to feed those who had stayed to dance the night away and give them something in their stomachs before driving home for the night. If I had an endless budget, I’d spend money on a taco truck!
- Entertainment or Fun Activity – Some of your guests may be perfectly happy dancing the night away to your favorite tunes. Others may be a bit bored at the idea, leaving them to either sit on the sidelines or head home early. Having some fun activities or other entertainment for them to enjoy is a great way to get them to stay longer. You can keep this simple by bringing lawn games for outdoor receptions or board games for indoor venues. Or, if you want to “wow” your guests, you could hire a magician or caricaturist. The possibilities are endless!
- Professional Hair & Makeup (at a cute salon) – This one seems simple, but really does make a huge difference in the day for the bride, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride and groom. Find a cute salon with a lot of natural light, bring stuff for mimosas, and provide some fruit and light snacks. You and your girls will have a more relaxing time getting pampered and you’ll end up with makeup and hair that will last all day, and most of the night. Bonus tip: Have your photographer show up for the last 30 minutes or so of this time! Some of my favorite pictures of the bridesmaids with the bride come from getting ready time.
These are just a few ideas for adding to your wedding day. Of course, you could scour the internet and find dozens more. After setting your wedding day budget and outlining your top budgeting priorities, I suggest picking just a couple of splurges that mean the most to you.
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