Weddings are expensive. There's no way around that. But it's hard to say when you're allowed to splurge and when you're allowed to save money. Read our guide to figure out which situation is which!
As of 2018, the average cost for a wedding was $30,000 That alone might be enough to cause the fiances and fiancees reading to have a minor panic attack trying to figure out which expenses are really necessary and which can be substituted with a (much) cheaper substitute.
But don't panic! Damiani Jewellers is here to provide a handy guide of wedding planning tips to point you in the right direction:
For the Bride
Women come first in this guide because, gentlemen, let's face it—women have a lot more to deal with when preparing to walk down the aisle. A good rule of thumb is that if you're going to keep a thing forever, you should splurge on it.
For example, one of the better choices for a "splurge" item is a wedding ring. Buying a quality wedding ring ensures that your ring stays with you for years and years to come. In our humble wedding planning tips, we can suggest high-quality bands from luxury designers like Ritani and Carlex for a ladies' wedding band that will wow your loved ones and stay a treasure you can enjoy forever. Think dress, wedding band, heels, and wedding photography when you're looking to splurge!
What are exceptions to the "keep it forever" rule? Entrees, the cake, bridal flowers, and flowers for the altar. In this case, it's the "going to be photographed" rule. No bride wants her guests to leave with memories of the lopsided cake or rubbery steak!
But if you're looking to save, consumables that don't generally get photographed, such as appetizers and drinks, are fair game for savings. Also, we suggest taking the "something old, something borrowed" rule literally—make it a bonding exercise to ask your female relatives to borrow the veil, accessories, and non-bridal jewellery! It will add an extra touch of familial love to this beautiful event.
For the Groom
The wedding planning tips for men look very similar to the women's list. The biggest thing that a groom should splurge on is a men's wedding band. Whether you're looking for an understated 18k white gold band or a diamond-studded and elaborate CrownRing atelier piece, make sure you get something you want to keep forever.
The groom cake, something of a contemporary tradition, can be something that's more fun and tasty than something you spend a huge amount of money on. When it comes to tuxedos, this list of wedding planning tips leans more towards "save" than "splurge". Guests are going to be more focused on a bride's dress than the groom's tux, so feel free to rent a super amazing and comfortable tuxedo that'll only cost a fraction to do so.
Also, if you're in charge of the honeymoon, Mr. Groom? You shouldn't need a list of wedding planning tips to tell you that you should splurge on that!
If you're interested in finding out more about the bridal jewellery, including wedding bands and engagement rings, that we offer at Damiani Jewellers, call us at 905.850.4653 or visit our Woodbridge, Ontario showroom today!