Splurge vs. Steal: Wedding Budgeting

If you could splurge in one area of your wedding what would it be?  Wouldn’t it be nice to a bridal gown you’ve always dreamed of or your favorite restaurant cater you meal.  Some couples splurge on the photographer so they always have great pictures to remember their special day.

Now that you’ve thought about a few areas you’d love to splurge on, how can you make that happen? In order to splurge you need to find ways to save in the rest of your wedding budget.

I came across some great tips in a recent post, “Helpful Tips on How to Save Money on Your Wedding” on boston.cbslocal.com.  They start out by sharing, “movie Stars and royal families don’t have to worry about cost of weddings, but most other brides have limits to what they can spend on their big day.”

The post references a recent theknot.com survey that found the average bride spends $27,000 on their wedding.  Theknot.com editor Anja Winikka finds, “ the best advice is to set a few priorities and allow yourself to splurge in those areas, then look for places to save.

I love the idea of splurge vs. steal.  Price out each category in your wedding planning, from venue, vendors, bridal gown, wedding flowers, and caterer, from the start.  You can compare costs to get the most for your dollar.

Pricing out each area of your wedding budget with splurge vs. steal options you can see where each dollar is going and find additional ways to save.  As we can see in Winikka’s bridal bouquet comparison, they priced out a wedding flower bouquet of orchids and calla lilies at $325, where as a wedding flower bouquet with orchids and hydrangeas was $125.

Whether you are using real wedding flowers or silk wedding flowers certain types of flower stems cost less than others.  In the steal, orchid and hydrangea wedding flower bouquet, the hydrangea stems will cost you less in two ways.  The floral stem is cheaper to purchase but you also need less stems in an arrangement because they cover more area.  This wedding steal option is great because it costs less and also uses fewer materials saving you in more ways than one!

Wedding Flowers Steal vs. Splurge

photo credits: green hydrangea bouquet- marthastewartweddings.com; rose hydrangea bouquets- projectwedding.com; orchid hydrangea bouquet- stylemepretty.com; white orchid bouquet theknot.com; purple white orchid bouquet boards.weddingbee.com

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