Thanks to the growing popularity of budget advice blogs and Pinterest, wedding couples are cutting costs in all the wrong places - and the results are horrifying.
We all know that planning a wedding is a military process. With the average Australian wedding costing close to $50,000, couples across the country are on a warpath to bargain, scrimp and save their pennies just to walk the aisle without going broke. But at what cost?
Bridal coach Rachael Bentick, director of one of Inlighten Photography shares the top 5 costs you should never cut for your wedding day.
1)The Flowers - I’m going to let you in on a secret – when everything ‘looks homemade’, it’s not. A wise Dolly Parton once said, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”, and when it comes to weddings, the same goes for anything and everything DIY.
In fact, you wouldn’t believe the time, effort and cash that goes into home-crafted flower arrangements. And truth be told, DIY flowers are hard. From stalking like a crazy person through a crowded flower market to transporting, storing and then arranging the flowers… they’re really hard. So save yourself a lot of floral-related stress and leave the peonies to the professionals.
2) The Photography - Uncle Martin might take killer photos on Instagram, but when it comes to your wedding day, don’t risk it. Unless you enlist a professional I can guarantee you’ll miss out on those special moments that an experienced wedding photographer has an eye for. If there is one element of your wedding where you ‘get what you pay for’, its photography. If it’s high-quality, professional wedding pictures that you’re looking for then don’t expect to pay less then around $5000.
3) The Dress - Deep down every woman knows that their wedding day is truly about finding The One… that is, the perfect wedding dress. Tragic dance floor music and drunken groomsmen will be forgotten, but how you looked the moment you stepped down that aisle will be remembered forever.
So never settle for a dress you don’t love. And never send a photo of your dream dress to China to have made for a tenth of the price (I can tell you, this never ends well). When you find The One that makes you feel amazing, buy it. It will be worth every penny.
4) The Hair - If your wedding hair plan includes the words ‘chignon’, ‘braids’ or ‘bee-hive’, let a stylist do it. It doesn’t matter how many times you practice before your big day, the combination of wedding-nerves, pressure to get it perfect and the stress of being rushed almost always ends in tears.
On top of this, one of the biggest issues on wedding days is brides who run late because hair and make-up isn’t booked for long enough to cut costs – allocate an appropriate amount of time and avoid the colossal stress.
5) The Wow Factor - Pick an element to incorporate into your wedding day that will make your guests go “Wow!” and invest heavily in it. It doesn’t matter if it’s Justice Crew performing on the dance floor or a giant size floral Gorilla, splashing out on personal touches will not only knock your guests socks off, it will have them talking about your wedding day for years to come!
For more information about Inlighten Photography visit www.inlighten.com.au