Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time in your life, and you are probably getting questions from everyone. Have you set a date? Have you chosen your dress yet? Where will you be getting married? It may seem like the questions never end or that you have more decision-making than you could ever handle. Since this is a big day for so many people, you may find the need to compromise with family, vendors, or even your groom on some wedding details. While you may decide to negotiate or delegate certain items to others, there are three important items you shouldn’t have to compromise on.
1. The Setting
Most brides have had visions of their wedding day that include a specific place and maybe even the particular aisle she will walk. Even if this is not true of you, you know what settings make you feel comfortable or create the mood you are looking for in a wedding location. Whether you envision a church, a beach, or a serene mountaintop, this location is a dream that can come true for you.
Since budgets play a big part in picking your location, let’s look at what you can do to make your dream location a reality. After researching popular wedding locations in your area that fit your description, you will have an idea of venue costs. If none of your options fit your budget, do not worry! This is the time to get creative with your connections. When coworkers, friends, and family ask about your wedding details, mention what you are looking for in a location. You would be surprised how many people have just been at a wedding that matches your description in a setting that may fit your budget. With some out-of-the-box researching and thinking, you will often find more than one option that will create the perfect setting for your big day.
2. The Dress
You may have expected this item to make the list, and it definitely deserves the spot. Nothing makes you feel confident and creates the look you want for the day more than your dress. Taking time to make sure it’s the one for you is not a decision you will regret. First, take some time to do some “experimental” shopping. Go to as many bridal boutiques as you would like, try on the dresses, and take pictures in the dresses. Your picture of the ideal dress may even change, and now you know what is out there. Here is where you get creative! Look online for styles that match your favorites. Another great option is to consider vintage wedding dresses. These can be a great way to save some money while still finding a design that fits your personality. Remember that the dress needs to be a good fit or slightly big, but alterations can adjust the look to create your perfect dress.
3. The Photographer
The final item you don’t need to compromise on is your photography. Everyone has seen the difference between wedding photos where the couple invested in good photography and ones taken by a well-meaning relative with marginal photography experience. The difference can be huge, and you will never regret the decision to hire an experienced photographer. Your wedding day will be wonderful, but will also be over when you leave. Your photos, however, will last your lifetime. Look at photographers’ websites, including their galleries. These are their favorite photos; so if you are not impressed, move on to the next one. And while you may know a friend who takes great pictures, take time to ask them about their wedding photography experience before hiring them. Your experience with your photographer and his or her work is definitely worth the investment and will give you memories to cherish forever.