By Shalese Kocher

The more wedding planning you do, the more you realize there are a lot of little things you can sink more money into than you expect.  From programs to favors to the open bar, it adds up quickly!  We have some suggestions for a few things that make more worthwhile investments than others.

Skip Programs, Not Invitations!

Trying to decide the best place to invest your paper budget?  We say excellent invitations by a professional designer.  With ordering online, you just never know what you’re going to get in terms of paper and print quality.  Sarah, owner of Make It Posh, suggests, “Skip the programs if you’re having a traditional ceremony.  The only time I recommend it is if you’re doing something out of the ordinary or have a cultural wedding where guests might not know the customs.  Put that money into something else!”

One Sign Will Do

Marylee, owner of Marylee Marmer Events, believes in using menu signs rather than individual menu cards at each setting.  Large chalkboard signs or one beautifully designed sign near the escort card table is more impactful, so you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Skip Favors, Not Drinks!

A lot of your guests on their way out the door might forget to grab the wine cork or the custom water bottles you spent money on, but NONE of your guests will miss the bar!  Sarah points out that having an open bar will likely be much more appreciated than any favors you can think of.

Playing off of that, Honeylyn of Kim Moody Design suggests opting for a beer, wine and signature cocktail bar to save some money on the alcohol.

The High Low Effect

When it comes to choosing florals, it’s easy to have eyes bigger than your budget!  Alternating between big, tall centerpieces and smaller, low centerpieces still looks great, but costs a little less.

Above all, remember to prioritize your biggest needs and wants, and keep your budget in check!

Featured photo: Julie J. Photography