Your wedding is one of the happiest days of your life, and of course you want it to be as beautiful as possible! But believe me, a beautiful wedding doesn’t have to mean going into debt! When Caleb and I got married in March 2016, we spent under $3,000 on our wedding, and that included EVERYTHING from clothes to flowers to invitations. I’m here to tell you, you can have a beautiful wedding on a budget! To make that happen, first you have to prioritize. From my own experience, I want to share with you 3 big things to splurge and save on for your dream wedding!
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Photographer: I’m a little biased here, since I am a professional photographer, but I think this is absolutely the most important thing to splurge on for a wedding. After all, it is such a special day, and you’re going to want to remember it forever. Sure, you can pay your little sister $20 to take a few pictures after the reception, but in 10 years, you’ll look back with regret. Spend some time researching photographers and figure out the look that you want for your pictures. Find one that matches your style and splurge a little bit; it is SO worth it! (P.S. If you’re in the Kansas area, check out Smile For Sophie Photography. She photographed our wedding, and she’s the best!)
Honeymoon: A year into marriage, I look back and what I remember most is not the wedding. It’s not the confetti exit or the pictures on the bridge. It’s the week that I got to spend vacationing with my new husband, having adventures and spending all of our time together. If you’re going to splurge on something, splurge on the honeymoon. It is so worth it to have that special time together as husband and wife.
Food: This one is debatable, since it depends on when and where you have your wedding and reception. At our wedding, we had a simple reception with just cake and finger foods, but we still budgeted a good amount of money for food. Why? Because these incredible people all came out to support us on the happiest day of our lives, and they deserve some food for that! 😉 Whether you’re doing finger foods or a full meal, I do think it’s important to splurge a little bit and feed your guests well. Plus, you get to eat, too, and that’s awesome!Your dream wedding doesn't have to be expensive! Save money with these tips! Click To Tweet
Invitations: Back away from Etsy. Invitations don’t have to be over-the-top to be beautiful and meaningful! We took an afternoon and designed our own invitations, then ordered this paper from Amazon and printed them ourselves. We added a little twine and had some of the cutest invitations ever! 🙂 You can also design your invitations online using a template and print them yourself. And if you’re really looking to save, skip the save the dates. We did, and it didn’t make a difference in the least.
Cake: You don’t need to pay a baker thousands of dollars to design a cake perfectly replicating your first date. You. Just. Don’t. Chances are, you know someone who is an excellent baker and can create a beautiful cake for you at a fraction of the cost! For us, that was my sister-in-law’s aunt. Our cake was delicious and much cheaper than ordering one from a bakery. Another great money saver can be to serve cupcakes instead of traditional cake.
Decorations: Yes. I know. I remember the wedding aisles at Hobby Lobby. They’re full of all these decorations that are *sooooo* cute and of course you NEED all of them for your wedding! I mean, what wedding is complete without a $200 arch, $792 in flowers, and an aisle runner made of pure gold? Plus, they’re pretty much always 50% off, so that means you can buy twice as much, right?!? WRONG. DIY decorations are the way to go! Trust me, there are so many tutorials on Pinterest that you can find a way to make absolutely anything you want! I really wanted an arch for our wedding, so we went out to Caleb’s parents’ land, chopped down a couple of trees, and he built us the perfect arch! 🙂 (This is also a great way to include those family members that really want to help; put ’em to work!) 😉Happy wedding planning! Come see what you NEED to splurge on and what isn't worth the money! Click To Tweet
Now it’s your turn. Would you add anything to these lists? What did you splurge/save on for your wedding?