Anyone that has planned a wedding knows how expensive they can be. One of the most difficult parts of planning a wedding, especially in a big city like Toronto, is staying within budget. Knowing where to save, and where to splurge, can help you plan a stunning wedding without breaking the bank.
Splurge: Wedding Photographer
As Toronto wedding photographers, we’re a little bias here. However, we know for a fact that no one ever regrets having beautiful wedding photos. Wedding photos are how you’ll remember your wedding for years to come. They’re more than photos- they’re memories. You can never recreate your wedding day, and it takes an experienced and skilled photographer to capture those key special moments so that you can relive them for years to come.
Save: Invitations and Stationery
Paper and stationery cost a shocking amount. Wedding invitations, as well as other stationery goods such as save the dates, menus, and programs all play an important role in the big day. They hold all of the necessary information people need to know about the day such as when it is, who the contact, what food will be served and more. However, no one will really remember or care about the quality of these when looking back on it. You can get good-looking stationery goods without spending a ton, so this is a great area to save some money on.
Splurge: Food and Drink
It’s commonly known in the wedding industry that when guests look back at a wedding, they rarely remember what music was playing or what the wedding colors were, but they’ll always remember the food. Good food and drinks will make a lasting impact on guests, and after a stressful day, you’ll also be thankful for something good to chow down on. There are many types of bars and catering options available, with varying costs, but this is definitely an area you don’t want to skimp on.
Save: Guest Gifts
It’s a tradition at weddings these days for the bride and groom to thank people for coming by sending them home with a little gift. Some people go all out for these, and while they’re a great way to say thanks to those that came to celebrate your special day, people aren’t coming for the gifts. They’re coming to share in your big day and have a good time. If you still want to do a guest gift there are tons of great gift ideas that will still keep you in budget.
Splurge: Bride and Groom Outfits
It can sometimes be hard to justify dropping a lot of money on an outfit you’ll only wear once. But your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life and every bride and groom deserves to feel their best. Having a stunning wedding gown or a killer tux is worth spending a little more on. Not only will these outfits forever be immortalized by your wedding photographer, but they’ll also impact how you feel on the big day. It’s worth splurging a little to feel beautiful and confident when you say, “I do”.
Save: Center Pieces and Small Decorations
Everyone wants their wedding day to be beautiful, and that means decorating the reception hall to fit your vision. Don’t break the bank to do this though. Sure, the decorations will be captured in wedding pictures and your guests will comment on them, but no one will really remember them when they think back on it. Guests won’t remember the centerpieces, unless they were in their way, or what color the tablecloth was. There are some great wedding decorations ideas that won’t send you over budget!