1.) Photographer. We really connect with ours, on both a personal and professional level, which will make the wedding that much more fun.
2.) Caterer. We probably overspent for our tiny budget, but since our venue was free, we decided to splurge on really amazing food. And we plan to eat a lot of it! 🙂
3.) Save-the-dates and invitations. I know I’m in the minority on this one, but I think that paper goods are very important. For me, they set the tone of the wedding, and well, they were just really fun to make. 🙂 (Maybe this is because I’m an invitation designer.)
4.) Favors. Also in the minority, but I love the idea that our guests will take home a delicious little souvenir. I keep thinking of how fun it was to get goody bags at birthday parties when you were a kid–same concept, bigger scale.
5.) Alcohol. Strong and plenty, please.
(Venue would have been on this list as well, but ours was free, so the value is … unquantifiable? 🙂
1.) Live music. While nice, it would have been unfitting to our intimate cottage wedding.
2.) Expensive dress. I found one I love for next to nothing and I’ve never had dress guilt.
3.) Centerpieces. Yeah.
4.) Flowers in general. We’re just going to DIY ours and hope that they’ll be beautiful even if they haven’t been professionally arranged.
5.) Fancy cake. “Tasty” is more important than “ornamental” to us, and we can get a yummy cake for much less, if it’s not covered in fondant and elaborately decorated.