If you’re in the throes of planning a wedding, it can be hard to stop spending money. After all, it’s your big day. You want it to be everything you imagined, down to every little detail.
There are some wedding details that just aren’t worth the stress and debt, though. There’s just no need to splurge on the extras that’ll go relatively unnoticed by friends and family.
So, if you’re trying to save a little extra cash on your wedding budget, here are a few details to scale back on. Your guests likely won’t even notice.
When you get wrapped up in decorations for the ceremony, it’s easy to go overboard. After all, why wouldn’t you want to deck out your ceremony space?
Everything adds up, and it’s important to remember that your guests will spend most of their time during the ceremony looking at you.
Save the money on all the extra aisle decor. Your guests likely won’t even notice, especially if you’re saying “I do” in a beautiful house of worship or outdoor site. Instead, focus on decking out the focal point: the altar or arch. After all, it’ll be in the background of your wedding day photos.
If you’ve never had to stock a full bar before, you’ll soon be shocked at how quickly the cost of alcohol adds up.
Your wedding guests will likely care that there is alcohol, they’ll be really happy if it’s free, and you’ll want to make sure it’s plentiful. (I ran out of drinks at my own reception, but that’s a conversation for another time.)
However, it’s very unlikely that your wedding guests are going to be picky on the exact types of alcohol available. If possible, skip the top-shelf package, and opt for more affordable options. Or, you can save even more cash by opting for a wine and beer only package.
Over-the-Top Escort Cards and Seating Displays
Instagram, Pinterest, and even Martha Stewart herself are full of amazing over-the-top escort card displays. Those amazing and interactive displays are really cool and they’ll make for an incredible photo op — but its definitely not a necessity, and it’s debatable on whether or not your guests will even remember it.
Instead, opt for something simpler and more affordable. Simple tent cards and seating charts work just fine, and will be much easier on your budget.
Your tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and napkins should look pretty and fit your color palette and theme. But beyond that, you don’t need to spring for the really expensive linens.
Your family and friends won’t judge you for not splurging on luxe gathered chiffon table skirts layered over strings of lights with coordinating, customized napkins. They might not even notice — not enough to justify the jump in cost, anyway.
Curated Extra Amenities
Sure, smaller details like monogrammed drink stirrers, bathroom amenity baskets, and personalized napkins are really cool. But it’s important to remember that those costs add up really quick, and they are details that guests certainly aren’t expecting and won’t notice if they aren’t there.
Putting together bathroom amenity baskets for guests with essentials like stain remover, first-aid items, and feminine products will be much appreciated by guests, but you don’t need to spend additional time or money creating a perfectly curated basket, either.