• Your Wedding Wallet: When and where to spend, splurge and save

    Your Wedding Wallet: When and where to spend, splurge and save

    While love may be all you need, money is particularly helpful when it comes to wedding celebrations. Here are several insights on how to determine which details are splurge-worthy.

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The truth hurts: Not all brides have the budget of Kim or Amal. But by prioritizing, you can still have the wedding of your dreams. With so many details to plan, spend your money on what matters most to you. Sit down with your fiancé and a glass (OK, a bottle) of wine and make a list of your wedding must-haves. The rest will fall into place. Here are a few areas to get the conversation moving.
The Dress
Typically there are two arguments: either it’s a dress you only wear once or it’s the one time in your life that you get to look and feel like a princess. Either way, search for a dress that makes you feel your best. If you can find something on sale or on clearance, even better! There’s a reason trunk shows are so popular – they allow brides to get more bang for their buck and can even help them realize their dreams of wearing a designer gown on their big day.
The Space
Spend money on a space you love just the way it is. The less you have to change, the more you’ll be able to save on décor. Spaces with a lot of character to consider include performance venues, art galleries, museums, libraries, barns and scenic swaths of the Texas landscape.
The Dinner
If you and your love are foodies, an unforgettable dinner is definitely a big-ticket item. But even if you’re not, keep in mind that you’ve asked your closest family and friends to share this special day with you. Feed them, and feed them well. If your reception will go late into the night, surprise guests with crave-worthy munchies a few hours into the party. They’ll be hungry for more food after getting down on the dance floor for a couple hours. Ideas for late-night noshes include a taco bar, chicken and waffles, mini sliders and fries, a donut display and an old-timey candy station.
The Music
A bad DJ will ruin a party in two shakes of a horse’s tail. Book a reputable band or DJ with incredible references and a commitment to getting the guests on their feet – and heeding your dos and don’ts around classics and same ole tunes. Alternatively, create personalized playlists for each hour of the reception, upload to your iPod and have a trustworthy friend or family member take charge – because, while your nana may want to cut a rug, you might not want her getting down to Flo’ Rida’s Get Low.
The Photography
Your wedding day will be over before you know it. A great photographer is going to capture all the key moments and even some unexpected ones. There’s no way you’ll remember every little detail, but you’ll want to be able to look back on as many memories as possible.
The Special Touch
You may want to consider dedicating some of your budget to extraordinary elements – be they visual or experiential. If you like to think green, a valuable splurge would be eclectic dinnerware found in thrift stores. You can opt for a photo booth, or you can make your own picture-perfect op with dress-up props, empty frames and a whimsical backdrop that people and their phones won’t be able to resist. (For that, maybe designate a hashtag so you can glean pics from your social feeds.) Other fun things to consider: mingling karaoke into the music mix later in the evening, hiring a magician or a cowboy to do lasso tricks. For example, at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa you can enlist some of Hooves and Horns mascots to be part of big-day festivities as greeters, chauffeurs for wagon and carriage rides as well as living, breathing photo ops in the saddles of resident longhorns T-Bone and Ribeye.
Splurge-worthy details are unique to every couple. If your big day is distinctively you, then you’ve succeeded in creating your dream wedding. Oh, and have you finished that bottle of wine yet?

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