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A big part of a wedding planner's job is to help stay you on budget as you bring your wedding vision to life. But sometimes, if the two of you have done it right, there's a little wiggle room left over, and you've got a chance to splurge on something that will help bring your celebration to the next level. So where should the money go? We asked some of our favorite planners to share their favorite splurge items, and these are guaranteed to have a major impact.
Upgrade your furniture rentals.
This can be anything from choosing a table that doesn't need to be covered to springing for those scene-setting chairs. "Rustic weddings are a huge trend, and the best way to bring this style home is to rent farm tables. They can be expensive, but they add a design element that you can't get from a burlap tablecloth," says Casey Muller, owner and lead planner of Pink Diamond Events. "I also tell my clients to never underestimate the power of a chair that matches your theme [see photo above]. Sure, a basic banquet chair works, but if you want your guests to be wowed when you walk into the room, those Ghost chairs or rustic x-back chairs will really pull it all together."
Dress up your table.
"My favorite splurge is an upgraded place setting," says Alicia Falango, wedding planner and founder of Alicia K Designs. She loves mixing and matching different flatware, china, and glassware to create texture and curate a one of a kind look. "It's a great place to be original and enhance the design of your reception."
Photo: Leila Brewster Photography
Make a statement.
"I love creating a real focal point by designing a statement wall," says Virginia Edelson, founder and principal of Bluebird Productions. "Whether it's behind a cake, as a backdrop to a bar, or set up behind the band, it goes above and beyond and takes traditional décor to a new level." You could use fresh flowers, moss and greenery, paper flowers, or gorgeous fabrics — anything that matches your theme.
Hire a band.
While there are some amazing DJs out there, nothing can truly compare to the energy of live music. "It just gets people dancing!" says Muller. "A good band can cost several thousand dollars, but if you can find room in your budget to hire a band, you won't be disappointed."
Photo: Gertrude & Mabel Photography
Greet guests with welcome bags.
Whether it's a canvas bag, a wicker basket, or fun box stuffed with surprises, a welcome bag is a hidden splurge that goes a long way. "You can source the items yourselves or, if you've got it in your budget, you can work with a company that specializes in putting them together," says Amy Nichols, owner of Amy Nichols Special Events and co-founder of The Poppy Group. "Keep things simple with sparkling water, local tourism maps, and a few locally-sourced munchies, or really go for it with a bottle of bubbly and a serious snack spread. Your guests will feel really special when they find a beautifully wrapped package waiting for them upon arrival."