We were never planning on hiring a videographer because it wasn't in our budget originally. After working some overtime and making a few cuts other places on things we didn't need, we were able to book one for a few hours to capture our ceremony/getting ready and first look/pictures session.
I'm so happy I will at least have the ceremony on video with a few other elements since that is the most important part of the day anyhow! This was definitely a last minute splurge and I'm pumped!
Our venue (includes ceremony space, catering, tables/chairs). We didnt want to spend as much as we did but for the location (right on open ocean) it was well worth the price compared to similar venues (10-15grand cheaper than similar venues).
Well if you ask my mom, she'd say I splurged on linens. She fails to realize that paying $225 to purchase white tablecloths and purple satin overlays for 15 large tables and silver organza sashes for 130 chairs isn't that big of a purchase. RENTING just white tablecloths would have cost $150 and had nowhere near the look we want. Really we haven't splurged on anything, it's all been about bang for the buck.
Our venue for sure. We went with a semi-inclusive venue so a lot was included but it was still over the budget we had originally set. Looking back, if I had to do it again, I would 100% do it the exact same way. We have absolutely no regrets.
Our venue / caterer cost the most but was in budget... our photographer on the other hand is about 4x our original buffet so that’s a “splurge” in my book... we also added some things that weren’t in the original plan that I consider splurges... a flip book station being one for sure!
Definitely the band! We cut costs in other places to justify our decision to spend so much on them. We’ve been to one wedding with a live band at the reception and it took it to another level. Our friends and families are partiers and love live music, so we know everyone will absolutely love it!
Our biggest splurge was the food. We are major foodies and there was no way we were going to serve a forgettable meal. When we entertain at home we take great care to serve a memorable meal so we had to do it right for our wedding!