There are times and places to save money, and most people would agree that a wedding is usually not the place to skimp on luxuries and sentimental purchases. It is, of course, an incredibly costly celebration, but it’s (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime expense that will seal the deal between you and your partner.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of must-haves when you’re planning a budget for your wedding. These are the quintessential wedding elements that need to be in tip-top condition before you finish up your budget. Even if you’re in the middle of planning a wedding or putting together the final touches, make some room in your wallet for these essentials. Once you’re done reading this article, you too will understand the importance of these considerations.
A Wedding Photographer
Amateur smartphone photos and Instagram selfies aren’t going to cut it for a wedding. If you’re serious about your wedding, then you want to capture it in as much detail as possible. Striking pictures taken by a wedding photographer or expertly filmed footage can make a world of difference when you look back, so there’s no excuse to skimp and get a beginner that doesn’t know what they’re doing or relying on Facebook posts to remind you of the wonderful time you had. If you want moments worth recording in photographic form, then hire a professional that knows what they are doing.
You want to be well-fed on your big day, so don’t skimp on the culinary experience. If you’ve rented out a venue for the day, then get the most for your money by looking at what type of food they have on offer. It’s always a good idea to try the food before you order several dozen (or hundred) plates of it. Make sure the palette is versatile and that there are alternatives for people with certain dietary needs. If something doesn’t fit your tastes, then don’t order it and ask for something different. This is your wedding, after all, and if people remember it for the bad food, then it’s going to (quite literally) leave a bad taste in their mouth. Don’t take the food lightly; make sure you and your guests are well-fed.
Wedding Emergency Kit
An emergency kit sounds rather daunting, but it’s not as bad as it sounds—at least, until you experience a need for it. No one wants to turn up to their big day with a button missing, questionable breath or smelly armpits. An emergency kit is designed to solve all of these issues, and you really can’t be too prepared for this. Keep some essentials in such as deodorant, a couple of extras that feel flimsy on your dress or clothing and an extra pair of shoes for when you don’t want to wear your glamorous heels or whatever you’ve decided on for walking up the aisle.
There are other things to keep in mind, but these three ideas are the essentials that every wedding plan needs. Don’t skimp on quality photography to make those memories last forever, give your guests food that will fill their bellies and don’t forget the wedding essentials that will cover for every possible mistake and uncertainty.