{LeahV} Budget Update : Save vs Splurge | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

As you go through the planning process, you realize how much things actually cost, and you have to re-evaluate your wants vs. needs. Since I have a mere 6 weeks left until my wedding day, the total cost is adding up, and I have had to take a step back and see where we can still save and where we can splurge! I will be giving you the final breakdown after the wedding, but sometimes it’s good to see where fellow brides stand during crunch time and see what money they have left. (if any at all) :)

Here’s a little Save vs. Splurge list from my perspective

Stationery

Save: Invitations/ Programs

Splurge: Thank you card

There are so many great DIY ideas out there for invitations and programs that save you a lot of time and money. Thank you cards are something that people may keep on their fridge for years to come, so here’s where I think hiring someone to design something unique is well worth it.

Beauty

Save: Pre-wedding pampering

Splurge: Day of Hair and Makeup

Instead of going out to a spa with your bridesmaids, why not set up a day of pampering in your own home. You can take turns doing each others nails and facials. Spend that money on a good hair stylist and make up artist instead. You will be looking at your wedding pictures for the rest of your life, so make your beauty a priority.

AttireSave: Shoes & Accessories

Splurge: Dress

Depending on what’s important to you, you may want to spend your money on a pair of Louboutin shoes for your wedding, but since we’re all Savvy brides, I doubt that’s the case. I say go for it all when it comes to your dress. You want to look back and remember your wedding day being the most beautiful you ever felt.

Ceremony

Save: Location

Splurge: Flowers/ Decor

This is a tricky one because you could switch it around and the ceremony could be as equally beautiful. It’s all a matter of opinion, so since I am a lover of beautiful things, I wanted to spend my money on the flowers and decor. We do have a beautiful ceremony location as well though, so I really didn’t have to sacrifice anything (Thanks Mom and Dad).

ReceptionSave: Linens/ Decor

Splurge: Venue/ Food/ Entertainment

The reception is the biggest expense for the entire wedding, so picking certain aspects that you really want to wow your guests with is key. If we all had a $50,000 budget, of course we could splurge on everything, but that’s unrealistic. Decide what you feel is most important and do as much research to find the best prices.

Photography

Save: Engagement photos

Splurge: Wedding day photography

If you really want engagement photos (like I did), ask around and find an amateur photographer that is working on building up their portfolio. You can get great photos at a great price. The photography is a huge part of the wedding day because those are the memories that you will keep forever. Don’t get sucked into thinking that you have to spend thousands on a good photographer, but don’t go cheap. You get what you pay for.

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Leah is a Toronto Bride planning her Spring 2012 wedding with a $20,000 budget. She is looking forward to marrying her sweetheart of 7.5 years and moving to the big city. She loves fashion, has a slight obsession with organization, and loves spending time with her family.

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    • Jenn
    • March 30th, 2012

    You had me right up until the dress/shoes debate. I’d much rather spend more on shoes than on my dress. I’m going to wear this dress one time in my whole life, but a great pair of shoes I’ll wear for years and years!

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