Wedding budgets can be tricky to set, but it is important to be realistic about the costs associated with what you want for your big day. Knowing when and where to splurge can help you keep your budget under wraps. Keeping certain items on your must-have list can help you decide how to spend and save on your big day.
Having an ill-fitting wedding dress can be disastrous! Not only will you not look your best, but you won’t feel your best either. In some cases, your wedding dress retailer will provide free alterations with them purchase of a wedding gown. If this isn’t an option, spending the extra cash to have alterations done is an absolute necessity for new brides. Alteration costs vary from $40 to $500 to get things right, but having the perfect dress that fits you is worth every penny spent on the gown and alternations. Comparing local tailors or searching for an independent tailor is the best way to ensure you are getting the best rate. Make sure to check references before you drop off your dress for alterations. The last thing you need is an inexperienced tailor that has never dealt with delicate fabrics before.
Your dream wedding venue can make your fairy tale wedding day come true. Unfortunately, many of the items you will need to pull off your dream wedding aren’t included in the venue cost. This means you’ll have to rent many of the items you need such as; ceremony seating, reception tables, chairs, plates, stemware, silverware, linens, and any specialty rentals you are hoping to have. These costs can add up quickly, often making many brides cringe at how fast their budget goes to wedding day rentals. Although it is important to ensure your guests are comfortable during your wedding there are ways to cut a few costs. Forgoing the expensive linens, keeping table settings to a minimum and being conscious of how many tables you actually need, can help keep your budget under control.
Having the precious memories from your wedding day is always worth the splurge! Finding the right photographer can take a little leg work, but once you find one that you love, spending the extra cash on wedding photos can help ensure your big day is cherished for a lifetime. Often photographers are one of the most expensive items on the wedding budget list, but appreciating the outcome is worth every cent.