We were warned, but like most brides and grooms, we just didn’t listen. It’s very natural to want the best of everything for what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest days of your lives. But remember, a good, successful wedding is one where everybody enjoys themselves. As long as you have plenty of food and quality entertainment, you can be sure that will be the case. So stop stressing and stop spending unnecessarily. Especially, on those things that won’t live past that day!
Whilst we at Live-Lavishly.com are very supportive of extravagance, there is no need to spend thousands on one dress, for one day. Especially since the likes of ASOS are now stocking stunning bridal gowns at very affordable prices. If, however, you find The Dress and it costs more than a return trip around the world (honestly, think about it!), wait for the designer’s sample sale and make it your mission to bag that dress. With the money you’ve saved, you could buy that pair of Louboutins you’ve been dreaming about. Now they, are worth the investment considering you will wear them for years thereafter.
About those “customised”, “monogrammed”, “one of a kind” menus, nametags, table plans; that cost hundreds and a whole lot of effort… nobody really notices and even if they do notice, they don’t really care! Most venues provide this stationary within the package. Definitely consider using it!
It’s a well-known fact that the cake is never eaten at weddings. Regardless, buying huge, hand painted, gold dusted, singing and dancing wedding cakes seems to be the norm. When you’re designing your cake, bear in mind that most of it (very sadly) will end up in the bin (even after you’ve passed some out to the neighbours!). So you definitely shouldn’t determine the cake size based on the number of guests. In other words, if you have 100 guests, you don’t need a cake big enough to feed every one of them. The cake should definitely taste delicious; just hold back on the décor.
It’s a nice thought, but being realistic, 95% of the favours will end up in the same place as the cake! A really nice touch is to donate to a charity on behalf of your guests or in memory of a loved one who has passed away. In return, most charities will send you favour cards to display on the tables.
As beautiful as they are, they won’t last forever (or for even a week!). Candles are every bit as stunning and cost far less. You can even create your own centrepieces using recycled wine bottles! Consider limiting the flowers to the bouquets and buttonholes and don’t feel the need to cover the ceremony and venue from top to bottom.
The money you will have saved from the above would be much better invested in those timeless elements of your day.
You’ll be wearing these for the rest of your lives (that’s the plan anyway!) so invest in good quality, hard wearing wedding rings that you both absolutely love!
Photographer and Videographer
Photographs and videos of your wedding day are priceless. They’ll be your memories for the rest of your life and should be a true reflection of that day. You don’t want to cringe when you look them and dread the time that someone asks to see them. You should look at them and do nothing but smile. A good photographer will capture the day perfectly and you’ll be able to relive that day whenever you look at them. You may have a family friend who volunteers to take photos and videos on the day but we recommend investing in a professional; you’ll be so happy you did. Now, if that family friend is a professional, score!
A tailored suit is always a treat to have in your wardrobe and something that you will reach for over and over again. Three pieces are especially versatile. In saying that, if you prefer your jeans and Converse and have no intention of wearing a suit again, renting is the way to go!
SPLURGE! Remember, “travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer“.
Whether or not you take our advice on board, we really hope that you enjoy every second of your wedding day!