We all know that weddings are an expensive affair. The bigger they are, the more you’ll spend. And, even if you have a budget, there are usually unexpected bills that you never planned for.
But, if you want to save money, you can always skimp on certain aspects of your wedding. Going DIY with the decorations, for instance, is a good way to knock a chunk off the bill. Still, there are a few things that you don’t really want to skip out on or go for the steep discount. Read on for our list of 5 wedding expenses that you shouldn’t skimp on.
- The Photographer. Because of the invention of camera phones and digital cameras, so many people think they can take good pictures without any training. While you may be tempted to go with a cheap photographer or enlist the help of a friend, there’s actually a huge, notable difference between amateur and professional wedding photos. If you want some great shots to commemorate the event, go with the pro.
- The Food. If you’ve been to a lot of weddings, you’ve probably come across at least one reception with lackluster food. If the meal you provide for your guests could double as elementary school cafeteria food, then you should up your budget a bit.
- The Music. A bad DJ will ruin a reception. An empty dancefloor means a boring party, and people we start to leave pretty early if that’s the case. Instead, do lots of research and pick the local DJ or band with the best reviews. They usually cost a bit more, but you get what you pay for.
- The Venue. Nuptials in the rec room at the back of a bowling alley can be a bit…disappointing. If you have a small budget, resist the urge to go with one of these sad places. You can still save money by having your wedding in a friend’s beautiful backyard instead. Just make sure you’ve figured out parking…
What do you refuse to skimp on for your wedding?