First things first, after the excitement of the proposal has died down, is to decide on your budget. Deciding how you’re going to spend the money you have available to create the day of your dreams is a bit more complex than just splitting it equally between everything. Of course, some things are more expensive than others, but you’ll also find things along the way that cost more than you might have initially budgeted for, so a little bit of “leftover” money on the budget never hurts either. Here are just a few things that you should never skimp on for your wedding day.
There are a million different types and locations of venues for your to sift through and choose between, but ultimately your dream wedding should be in your dream venue, and the safety and comfort of your guests are of the utmost importance. Skimping on the venue could be so much worse than compromising on your dream – it could even be dangerous. If the venue you’ve fallen in love with is out of your budget, why not hold your wedding in winter, or midweek, to cut the costs?
You can’t have a great party without great food, that’s for sure. You want to make sure your nearest and dearest are well fed and fueled for dancing the night away, so be sure not to skimp on the caterer. You don’t have to go for the traditional sit-down, three-course meal if you prefer not to. These days all sorts of weird and wonderful wedding catering options are becoming popular, so be sure to shop around.
You will want to look back on your big day with a fondness for the rest of your lives, so having the memories captured professionally is crucial. When you’re hiring a photographer, it’s important to speak to them about their experience, look through their portfolio, and discuss any special arrangements before you make any final agreement. Same thing goes if you choose to have a videographer there to capture your big day too.
Your dress, hair, and makeup are crucial for making sure you feel and look incredible. Don’t spend the night before the big day panicking about doing your own hair and makeup – leave it to the professionals. They’ll be able to make you look a million dollars, but they’re also pros at creating a look that won’t melt off your face at the first sign of a tear – definitely worth the money.
This is the time for you and your new spouse to bond, enjoy each other’s company, and wind down after the stress of wedding planning for months on end. Spending a bit of money on the honeymoon guarantees you the perfect, romantic getaway – it has to be the trip of a lifetime after all.
Most importantly, don’t skimp on anything you don’t want to. Everyone has different priorities when it comes to their big day, so if something is important to you and it fits within your budget, splurge on it if you want to – it’s your day!