Almost every couple who plans a wedding in Utah does it with some kind of budget in mind. Although this is the one time in your life when extravagance is worth it, you also have to take into account the costs related to the honeymoon and setting up a new life with the person you love.
That’s why we’ve come up with this list of places to splurge on your wedding budget and where you can get away with cutting a few corners.
Where to Spend Your Wedding Dollars
- Venue: There is nothing that sets the tone for your Utah reception and wedding than the site you choose to host your big day. It is where your memories will reside. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to find the most expensive site and hand over your deposit. Instead, look for a wedding venue that offers timeless style and a comprehensive package of services—if you can find one that includes a consultant, you can even knock off several thousands of dollars from your total bill.
- Photography/Videographers: It’s a sad truth that many brides have to face, but if your wedding photos don’t turn out well, there is no getting them back. Your Utah wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event full of the people you love and the stunning beauty of all your wedding planning efforts. No one ever regrets hiring the right photographer to capture every detail. Besides, some of the best photographers that we know are among the least expensive.
Where to Save on Your Wedding
- Invitations: Yes, your invitations are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding. However, simple elegance often goes much further than the more expensive options out there. Skip the expensive colored graphics and engravings. Additionally, if you have the talent, you can even make your invitations yourself and wow your guests with the personalized attention to detail.
- Gown: Don’t get us wrong, your wedding gown is important—perhaps one of the most important purchases for your wedding. However, you don’t have to buy a designer dress in order to look your best. By shopping early and spending some time researching which styles are right for you, you can shop sales, off-the-rack, or even used to find the perfect look for your day. You might also want to consider updating a precious family heirloom gown.
When It’s Your Call
When it comes to issues like wedding flowers, a live band or DJ, the catered menu, or the wedding cake, it’s up to you to determine how important the details are. If you choose an outdoor venue with a built-in garden, for example, you can skip the wedding flowers altogether. You can also skip the string quartet and a five-course meal by opting for a great sound system (and a CD you made yourself) and one or two really extravagant courses. And as far as the cake goes, you can often get away with a whimsical tower of cupcakes in place of the more traditional tiered cake.
No matter what your budget, you can enjoy every elegance you imagined—and in a Utah wedding venue that makes it easy. As long as you know where you want to splurge and where you can get away with a few cutbacks, anything is possible.