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3 Wedding Essentials to Save On and 3 to Splash Out On

Even with a sizable wedding budget, you still want to make the most of it. Not a penny should go to waste if you want to make your wedding day one that’s not only amazing for you but also memorable for your guests (for the right reasons!). The good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money, so it’s not too difficult to start cutting costs. But you also need to remember that there are some things you don’t want to skimp on. If you try to save in the wrong places, it could lead to disaster. So where should you try to make a saving and what’s worth splashing out on? Read on for some ideas.

Save On: Stationery

Wedding stationery can start to add up pretty quickly. You start with save-the-dates and invitations, then you end up with programs for the ceremony, place settings, thank-you notes, and more. Getting stationery printed professionally is one option and you might be able to do it cost-efficiently. But if you’re thinking about ways to save, doing it yourself could be one of the best ways to save some money. You can design simple items yourself using free graphic design software like Canva or even hand-write invitations and other stationery. It might take a little more time, but it can save you some money.

Splash Out On: Photography

Photographs are one of the main ways to make sure you have physical memories of your day. You want to be able to look back on them years later, and you’re probably hoping for some photos you’re happy to display too. One thing to remember is that your wedding photographer is likely to put in a lot of work. As well as working on the day of the wedding, they’ll do things to prepare for the day and they’ll spend many hours editing too. If you want quality photos, you can expect to pay more. However, there are still ways to save. Finding the right photographer and choosing a package that suits you can help you avoid paying over the edge.

Save On: Flowers

Flowers are a must-have for most people’s weddings, but the costs for them can quickly add up. With bouquets, boutonnieres, venue flowers, and more, your floral budget could be much larger than you first imagine it would be. You can easily find some savings when it comes to flowers, though. Keeping things simple is one way to cut back on your floral spending. You can still have stylish bouquets for the bridal party if you choose a simpler, more affordable design. Making your flowers multi-purpose can work too. Move them around and use them in different ways throughout the day.

Splash Out On: Food and Drink

Your wedding is all about you as a couple, but it’s also about showing your guests a good time. That means food and drink are both really important. You don’t want your guests to go hungry or feel like they’ve been cheated when it comes to drinks. So if there’s one thing not to hold back on when you want to make your guests happy, it’s ensuring they’re well-fed and the drinks are flowing. You can still set a budget, but you want to make sure it’s not too low.

Save On: Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a sweet gesture that shows your appreciation to your guests. But it’s best to avoid worrying about them too much. They’re usually only a small thing, so they don’t need to be too expensive. Many couples choose the DIY route for favors, especially when you can rope in a couple of friends or family members to help you out. There are plenty of simple favors you can put together that your guests are sure to appreciate. There’s no need for any huge gestures or expensive favors.

Splash Out On: Hair and Makeup

Some bridal parties might choose to do their own hair and makeup as a way to save money. This can work out if everyone is taking a fairly relaxed approach to the day, or maybe someone in the bridal party has some professional skills. But if you’re spending money on hair and makeup, it’s not something you want to skimp on. It’s worth paying for a professional who’s not only experienced but is also reliable. You want them to listen to what you want, deliver, and come through for you on the day.

Some wedding costs are worth spending less on, but be careful about saving money in the wrong places.


Edel Alon
Edel Alon
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.


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