A wedding is a beautiful day where not only do two people celebrate being in love, but they also celebrate their love with their closest friends and family. It’s a party that’s one to remember. It is full of love, and happiness, and usually plenty of food and drink. Weddings also tend to be quite expensive, which can either hurt a lot of people’s savings or simply be unattainable. If you have a modest budget for your wedding, however, don’t fret. Know what to splurge on, and what you can DIY for the ultimate wedding:
Things to Splurge On:
- The Photography
Photographers do so much more than point a camera and press a button. There is a lot to photograph on the day alone, from being able to capture the candid moments that make the day so special to directing you and your partner to get those romantic shots that you’ll love forever. Once the photo shoot is done, however, there is a lot of editing and post-production to go through. Many people don’t consider the behind-the-scenes work, which is why you need to hire a professional who is skilled in all aspects of the job.
Looking for a photographer can be a tiring task. There are many portfolios to sift through and many interviews to hold. When choosing a photographer, though, you need to consider everything. For instance, does the venue have a photographer on stand-by who knows the venue like the back of their hand; do you want a local photographer who has a profound knowledge of where the best shots are? If it’s the latter, then you need to rein in your search to those in your local area. For instance, if you live in New Jersey, then search for the best Bergen County wedding photographer. Then, narrow down which photographer’s style you like best, and then further by their reputation. Opting for a company that organises and represents photographers can be a great way to ensure quality and professionalism.
- The Venue
There are venues all over that are absolutely stunning, and many which can offer you a more unique backdrop than the traditional reception hall. Search for deals, both for specific dates or for guest packages, and you will be able to have a beautiful wedding all in one go. Many package deals include catering, meaning you can kill two birds with one stone. Look for a venue that complements your overall theme, and one that is, in itself, decoration enough.
Things to Save On:
- Your Wedding Dress
There are many wedding dresses out there, and many of them don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Before you visit an expensive wedding dress store, make sure you consider all options available to you; vintage and minimalistic dresses are all the rage, as are beautiful and intricate, somewhat naked wedding dresses. Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you feel beautiful and comfortable in your dress.
There are many ways to save on flowers. Stay in season, keep it simple, and work with your florist to stay within your budget. You don’t need to overdo it with complicated bouquets. In fact, flowers are often most beautiful when their design is kept simple and elegant. If you are having an outdoor wedding or after party, you can opt to decorate with other decor or make use of the gardens already established.
- Food and Drink
Comfort food is the best food, and for a wedding, there’s nothing safer to choose. Simple foods are not only crowd pleasers; they are also much cheaper. However, make sure to cater to everyone’s diets; there are many vegans among us, and many people who have allergies. Ask in advance for those who need altered meals, so that the catering team and prepare for them properly and keep your wedding running smooth. For the bar, consider having one or two types of alcohol. You could make a deal with a local winery to stock your wedding for a good price, for instance.
Weddings don’t have to put you in debt. The more inventive, creative, and compromising you are, the more you’ll be able to find options that allow you to have your dream wedding, no matter what your budget is. After all, the money you save can be spent towards a honeymoon or even a house!