Wedding budget...what to splurge and save on

Let's face it, the most stressful part of planning a wedding is fitting your dream wedding into a realistic budget. Most couples have no idea what a wedding costs when they get started and having a conversation with a wedding planner is a good fire phone call because they can lead you in the right direction of vendors and venues that will not break your bank account and help you stretch your hard earned dollar.

Here are some tips on items you can eliminate or be more cost conscious about without taking away from a fun, beautiful and memorable day.

1. Favors- Many guests forget them or throw them in draw after the get them home! Consider making a donation to a charity or give a small token where most of the proceeds go to a cause of your choice such as cancer research with

Invitations- Today there are so many inexpensive options for invitations such as printing your own and more affordable sites like Minted or Wedding Paper Diva that also address them for free! If you want something a little more personal but still cost effective check out my Carlson Craft site.

 Flowers- centerpieces and decor have come a long way and it's no longer necessary to decorate every inch of your ceremony and reception with expensive flowers. Consider using tapered candles in different sizes, votives and floating candles in jars to create ambiance. They are very cost effective and look elegant with any color scheme and style of wedding.

What to splurge on:

Music- A professional DJ and MC is the only way to ensure your guests are up and dancing for the night. Not only will they keep the party going but they will keep the flow of dinner, toasts and special dances to a perfect timeline of events. This part of your wedding is too important to be handled by a pop up inexperienced DJ.

Food and Drinks- The second part of your wedding that will be talked about besides the music is the yummy food and if there was enough! The cocktail hour is a guest favorite as well as the open bar. If giving less dinner choices helps your budget then that's where you should cut back as well as the dessert table. Adding an extra hour for a Viennese table gets costly, consider sending your guests home with a sweet treat favor of cookies or a cupcake to nibble on the way home.

Wedding Planner- This might sound like more of a luxury but it will actually save you money and the service will pay for itself. Planners know where to get you the best deals and can negotiate with their preferred vendors for better pricing then if you hired someone on your own. Not to mention it saves you the leg work, time and potential costly mistakes. Having a planner and coordinator for the day of your wedding is like taking out an insurance policy on the biggest and most expensive day of your life. You only get one day to do it right, why not have a professional guiding you in the right direction. Click here to find out more information on wedding planning packages.

For a free guide on wedding budget assistance click here.

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