Elizabeth Mitchell, BRIDES
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 it because your guests won't 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. So, go with the basics. "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? "More than likely, your planner will be boxing up all the ones left behind at the end of the night."
3. A Full Premium Bar
Asking your guests to pay for beverages at your wedding is like charging admission for the bathrooms; it's basically a violation of human rights. However, providing a fully stocked bar with tens of alcohols and mixes is not necessarily a must. "If you prefer one [particular] spirit," says event designer Veronica Cole, "Then feel free to spurge for an upgrade for that particular spirit." For instance, if you love vodka-based drinks, go for Gray Goose, but nix the other alcohols, or at least go cheaper on the others.
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."