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When you're a bride, it can be easy to get caught up into thinking that every single detail of your wedding has to be perfect. In reality though, no matter how much money you throw down on top-shelf liquor or how many hours you spend stressing out over favors, there are just some things that simply aren't worth the splurge because your guests won't really notice or remember them in the long run.
Let's face it, the chances of your guests being completely blown away by your plates and glasses is pretty much slim to none. Unless you're having a seated dinner, go with the basics, advises wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride. "While china with silver and gold rims can be quite elegant, at the end of the day, many guests don't notice it in dim lighting and with plated meals," points out Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions.
Unless you can eat them, no one really cares to get something with your new monogram or photo on it, warns Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. Think about it: if you received this at someone else's wedding, what would you do with it when you got home? "At best, you would put it in a drawer with other wedding memorabilia. More than likely though, your planner will be boxing up all the ones left behind at the end of the night."
3. A Full Premium Bar
Yes, asking your guests to pay for beverages at your wedding is a cardinal sin, however, not serving the best of the best alcohol totally isn't. "If you prefer one spirit or another and you know your guests do too, then feel free to spurge for an upgrade on that particular spirit only (for example serve Grey Goose instead of Absolute Vodka)," recommends event designer Veronica Cole.
4. Luxe Table Linens
If you're looking for a place to save, start with your table linens. "Since the table is covered in plates, silverware, glassware and centerpieces, the linens become something guests won't notice," explains Stefany Allongo, founder and chief consultant of The Majestic Vision: Wedding and Event Planning Services. Make the flowers the focal point instead.
5. Exotic Or Out Of Season Flowers
Filling a centerpiece with coral peonies in December is just like setting your money on fire, cautions Domino. "There are alternatives that will look close enough and be a fraction of the cost. Ask your florist for substitutes if your proposal comes in above budget."