When it comes to your wedding day, many brides want to add personal touches to make the ceremony and reception their own. This is a great and cost-effective idea, as pictures, dances, treats, and more are all nice ways to put your own spin on the event. However, it’s easy to let DIY fever take control and try to do too much on your wedding day. The truth is, some things are just better left to the professionals. If you’re in the planning stages for your own wedding, here are 2 wedding expenses that are worth paying for:
The catering fees that come with booking your wedding at a venue can skyrocket your budget in a way you may find unnecessary.
“$80 per person for some grilled chicken and pasta? A side salad? Move over - I got this!” Slow down now, Martha Stewart.
Even if your wedding is small, cooking for a wedding is much different than any other party that you’ll throw. First, all the food must be kept hot and be prepared on a strict timeline so it’s ready to serve all at once during the reception. Second, you’ll be caught up with other important things, like hair and makeup, photos, and the ceremony, so you can’t spend time in the kitchen before the party like you can at other events. Another reason to skip the DIY catering at your wedding is because many feature an open bar. If you try to do this on your own you’ll be running around restocking all night and without a bartender to control things the party risks getting out of control. All of these things collide into a perfect storm of stress that’s much better to do without on your big day.
The second project you should never DIY at your wedding is the photography. Some brides want to skip the high price tag that comes with a quality photographer, but this often leads to regrets down the road. Of course, friends and family take pictures at the ceremony and reception but you can’t count on chasing them all down, and even if you do, there may not be anything #InstaWorthy. The photos taken at your wedding will be your only lasting keepsake of the special day because even memories fade over time. Even if you can’t afford an all-day photographer, strongly consider hiring one for an hour after the ceremony to catch the most important group shots of you, your spouse, and your family members together.
On your wedding day, you should be focused on what’s important: making your vows to the one you love and starting a new chapter of your life with your partner by your side. Be creative and put your own personal touch on parts of the ceremony and reception, but to avoid stress and regret, leave the catering and photography up to the professionals!
Aside from these two projects, if you're aiming for your big day to be mostly DIY in efforts to save money, consider investing into affordable wedding rings to save even more! Affordable wedding and engagement rings are highly durable, beautifully shiny, and are priced a literal fraction of the cost of a traditional ring! 💍
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