5 Frivolous Wedding Details that will Rack up your
by Cori Locklin
As you plan your wedding, you will find that around every
corner lies another opportunity for a costly add-on or upgrade. Many brides are
quick to nod yes to every seemingly fabulous idea and little extra presented to
them. Hey - when youre spending upwards of $30,000 - whats another $300? Its an
easy conclusion to make when swept up in the chaotic sea of wedding planning.
But if you're on a budget, the easiest way to stick to it is to just
say no. For what seems now like an idea that you absolutely cannot forego will
eventually wind up as just another unnoticed wedding detail that buried you
further into wedding-induced debt.
Here are some popular wedding
details and extras that you can live without, and neither you nor your guests
will be the wiser:
The Champagne Toast
reception site offers to pass a champagne toast to all of your guests for a
$200-$400 fee. Dont do it - its a waste. Many of your guests will simply take a
sip and set the glass down - or not take a sip at all. Its best to allow your
guests to simply toast with the drink of their choice when the toasts are made.
The Champagne/Chocolate Fountain
chocolate fountains, have been the rage for the last few years. If you have
your heart set on one - fine. But if not - this is another extraneous wedding
extra. Your guests arent going to search your reception site for the chocolate
fountain. Really, they won't.
The Grooms Cake
cake is a southern tradition that has recently been spotted at wedding
receptions throughout the country (we all remember the armadillo cake from
Steel Magnolias). No one ever runs out of wedding cake at a reception, so why
have two cakes? If youre on a tight budget, lose the grooms cake.
The Tossing Bouquet
Having your florist create an additional bridal
bouquet for the bouquet toss has become the norm, but this can tack on an
additional $50-$100 to your floral bill. Instead, have a friend or family
member pick up some flowers from your local grocery store for a mere $5-$10.
The Extra Hour
Almost every reception site has an upfront
overtime fee, and the venues event coordinator will casually mention that your
reception can go an extra hour for, say, $200. Wedding guests are usually ready
to call it a night after 4 hours - let them.
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Cori Locklin is editor-in-chief for
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