The Key Three: How to Save Big & Know Where to Splurge on Your Wedding Day
When you become engaged you are suddenly enamored with a to do list a mile high¬†& dreams of a wedding that you probably can't afford. You begin to think of all the guests, details, gifts, drinks, pictures, entertainment, favors, THE dress, and so much more... It's easy to become completely overwhelmed and think that it will be impossible to have the wedding of your dreams. Well, it's much more possible than you think.
Discuss the three most important items to splurge on between you and your partner. I like to call these The Key Three
Only splurge on these items and save on the rest. This is the first question I ask any couple when they begin planning for their wedding. Most couples go way over budget & figuring out what your priorities are from the beginning can help you stay in check.
When I married my husband the key three for us was photography, location, and music.
We knew that pictures and video would be all that we kept from our wedding day so we wanted the best photographer & videographer we could find. One thing you will be told over and over by anyone trying to give you advice is to be "in the moment" because "it will be over way too fast." This is the truest and most important reason to have tons of amazing pictures and video on your wedding day. When it's all said and done pictures are the way to preserve that special day. Your wedding day will be such a blur & pictures help keep the memories in focus.
Location was important to us because that is what sets the mood and makes the memory. We were married beneath a beautiful Kapok tree that grew next to the intracoastal waterway in South Florida. Our romantic spot definitely set the mood & we spent less in decor because the natural beauty of our ceremony spot was all we needed. Think outdoor spaces: a beach, under a tree, a field with mountains in the background or beside a lake. Every state has natural beauty - what special spot do you have as a couple?
Finally, music was important to us because that is what lifts the mood from romance to dance and turns your nuptials into the party of the year! Our DJ was also our emcee, and he literally dragged wedding guests on to the floor and danced with them! He was a riot & kept the party going until the lights forcibly came on!
Your key three may be completely different like: food, drinks, THE dress, wedding decor, flowers, etc.
Whatever your key three are it's important to decide with your partner and agree as a couple where you can afford to splurge & where you can save.
Chris Joriann Photography: http://www.chrisjoriann.com
Many Cheers & Happily Ever Afters,
The Bride Box Creator & Co-Founder