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Often times brides get so frustrated with buying things for their wedding, that after everything is added up, they’re ready to throw in the towel. Stop for a minute and breath. Don’t let this happen to you! Your wedding day will be one of the greatest days of your life. It’s time for you to take control of your budget and we are here to help. Now, we know that you can’t save on everything, so how do you know your best option? First, figure out what’s most important to you. Then read this blog, and we will help you figure out what’s worth the big bucks!

 

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Before the Wedding

Invitations

Of course we want the first impression of our wedding day to be nothing short of spectacular, so why not get creative and make your own invitations? These are a definite SAVE for us, and with all the design software that’s available to us today, you can make something beautiful and personalized without missing a designer.

Wedding Planner

This aspect is a little tricky depending on whether you’re having a big or small wedding. If you’re planning on having someone as a wedding planner though, then we suggest you SPLURGE on this one. There are some ways around this, especially with a small wedding; buy a wedding planner book! These are a definite SAVE and you can find them as easily as heading to Barnes and Noble or just searching online!

Bachelor and Bachelorette Party

Ah, the last hoorah with the boys or the girls. Let’s go big. No, let’s go huge! No, let’s… stop kidding ourselves. This is not the time to splurge! Going on a camping trip, to a winery, or even out for just a night or two can leave you some big bucks for your big day. This, we can all agree, is a SAVE.

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Getting Ready

The Dress

Alright ladies, now this is a big part of your dream that we can safely say can also be a big part of your budget. It may only be for a one-time wear, but you’ll want to be feeling more beautiful on this day than ever. No one is judging you for this, so SPLURGE. Find your dream dress!

The Makeup

On your wedding day, your makeup doesn’t have to be perfect. Chances are you’ll probably cry it off anyways with tears of joy. There’s no shame in bringing out your trusty makeup bag and getting a SAVE with this one. Your husband will think you’re as beautiful as ever. Just don’t forget your waterproof mascara!

The Shoes

Okay, okay. So we know how much we all love our shoes, but for something that will be under your amazing dress all night, we think this one is a SAVE! Many times product comparisons show that we can find almost the exact same $300 shoe for about $250 less than that. Unless you’re planning on wearing these shoes throughout your whole life, plan on saving for bigger, better things.

Jewelry

Now to the wonderful accessories that really add those little details that make a big difference! Yes, that’s right, SAVE! Every girl you know owns jewelry. Ask to borrow something from a friend or family member, and with all the jewelry between all the women you know, you’re sure to find just the perfect piece at the perfect price!

 

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The Ceremony

The Venue

SPLURGE time! There’s really not much of a way around this one, but that’s okay! Your venue is one of the things that your guests will remember most, and you want that memory to be like a fairytale. Find the place that you love the most, and reserve your spot. Keep in mind that this is also the background in all of your pictures.

The Photographer

Speaking of photographers, we’ve got another SPLURGE. With phone free weddings being on the rise, we want a good photographer that’s going to capture every breathtaking moment, and maybe even some of the not-so-breathtaking moments. Either way, these are the memories you’re printing out and putting up to look at for a long time to come. They should be just as amazing as your wedding day.

Bouquets

As you walk down the aisle, what’s the one thing that everyone will be looking at other than your dress? Your bouquet! It is your centerpiece as you walk down the aisle. However, this does not mean it has to cost a ton of money! DIY bouquets are easier than ever to create and with so many tutorials online, even those who aren’t so crafty, can make the most brilliant bouquets that your family and friends have ever seen! So try and DIY ladies, and this one will get you a SAVE!

Altar

We’ve come to another tricky one that all depends on the couple under it: the altar. If you’re oh-so-crafty, love to DIY, and can get down with some handyman work, then by all means SAVE. By making the altar yourself, you can add a huge piece or personalization to your wedding that everyone will be asking you about! However, this is a big DIY project, so if that’s not the direction you want to take, feel free to SPLURGE here. After all, this could very possibly be the most decorative piece of your ceremony.

 

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The Reception

The Food

SPLURGE! Yes, we just went there. You don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen right before your big day, and you don’t want that burden to fall on your family or friends either! Plus, we all want to eat some really good food, and all the guests will be happy. If you love food as much as we do, then just go for it on this one!

The Music

Grab your funkiest friend or family member, and plan to SAVE on this one. Invite someone to be your DJ, have them put together a playlist, approve it (!), and get to dancing! There’s no need for any high tech here. This is when all your guests are just coming together to laugh and have a good time with you! As long as you’re happy, so are they!

The Bar

One more time, we’re leaving this up to you. Having an open bar is (almost) always a good time, and something to consider using a SPLURGE on. Although depending on your tastes, having a drink menu with items already prepared, may be a cheaper option that you can SAVE on. This is a hard one.

The Cake

You might be surprised at this one, but we think that the cake can surely be a SAVE! Try getting a plain cake and looking up ideas on Pinterest for decorations and cake toppers. There’s no need to go to the highest extent for something that you can make beautifully your own. Plus, you’re going to devour it in a matter of minutes, and it’ll probably taste better knowing you didn’t break the bank on it.

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The Honeymoon

Oh wow, we’re already at the honeymoon, and with all of the money that we saved on the wedding details, we’ve earned ourselves a SPLURGE! Yes brides and grooms, the wedding is over and now it’s time to get away. You deserve nothing less than to splurge on your trip and create memories that will last a lifetime. So choose your destination, book your stay, and get ready to get far far away! You earned this splurge!

 

Our purpose at Weddings in Athens is to show the outstanding selection of Athens, Georgia wedding vendors such as wedding photographers, videographers, florists, wedding planners and venues. We hope that our information will be helpful to you as your plan your Athens, Georgia wedding.  Please contact Weddings in Athens if you would like to have your listing added. Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weddingsinathens.

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