Once you get over (or block out) the horrifying fact that a wedding can easily cost you over $20K (and that’s low for the national average), you have to decide where to spend that money. What aspects you invest most in will depend on you as a couple, but here are the categories that I’m most happy we invested in.
Venue: The second I set foot on the property at The Springs in Tulsa, I was sold. I could already see me and Worsham dancing in the reception area in my mind and the lake view was beyond perfect. Some couples prefer not to spend a lot of money on a place you only spend one day at, but having our dream venue is something I’ll never regret. It will be in all your pictures/video for eternity so you better love it!
Wedding Video: Everyone knows to invest in their photographers (shout out to Prickly Pair Photography!), but sometimes people skip on hiring a videographer. I considered this while I was still in the stages of sticker shock (WHY IS EVERYTHING A MILLION DOLLARS?!). Thankfully, my mom talked me out of skipping on a video. It is the one thing from that day besides your pictures that you’ll have forever – and the only thing that will take you back to the feeling of that day. SPEND THE MONEY. We just got our highlight film a couple days ago and it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched it like 100 times already and am not even remotely sick of it. If you’re in Oklahoma, check out Glorious Day Films!
FOOD: Food was high on our list from day one. It’s the only thing I ever remember about other people’s weddings. I have it lower on my list now only because the day of the wedding, I felt like if I ate more than a few bites of things that I would barf all over myself because I was so excited. The few bites of food and cake I did have were magical though! We went with comfort food that included a mac & cheese bar and pulled pork sliders. Thank you to Simply Amazing Catering and Patti Cakes! Karen from Simply Amazing even made me a cute wedding dress hanger so I wouldn’t have to buy one.
Flowers/Décor: My absolute favorite detail in how our wedding was decorated was the flower arch and chandelier. It’s crazy how much fresh flowers can change the entire look of a wedding! Our wedding planner and his team (J.A. Mathis Events) did a great job of taking my Pinterest board and turning it into real life. The venue itself is gorgeous enough, but when you throw in flowers, sparkles, and painted pumpkins (it was October) it’s truly magical.