Today is our 9th Day of Joy! We’ve been getting so much great feedback on our 12 Days of Joy series, which makes me really happy to hear. It’s been fun sharing ways to bring more joy into your wedding planning and I hope you have been enjoying it as well. We’ve got a few more gifts to give, so without further ado…
On the ninth day of Christmas, Mango Muse Events gave to me…
The Gift of Indulgence
One of the hardest parts of wedding planning is staying within budget. No matter how big or small your wedding budget is, it’s not always easy to keep to. While you try not to go overboard and stay within a price range you are comfortable with, it’s in our nature to want to splurge. Why? Because it’s fun and you get something even better. Splurging in some areas of your budget is ok, but doing it all the time is not because you’ll easily blow your budget way out of the water. So, compromising is what most couples end up having to do. It’s not a bad thing (it’s actually what is necessary to keep you out of debt and a good lesson for life), but it can get tiresome. So, to bring more joy into your wedding planning, we’re going to let you indulge a bit while not splurging at all. Now how does that work, you ask? I’ll explain.
Give yourself an indulgence day and do things that are fun and splurge-like, with the caveat that it should all work towards your wedding planning. So, to start, get your hair and makeup trial done in the morning, so you’re all made up and fancy (if you aren’t doing hair/makeup, then get yourself a haircut). This is out of the ordinary (for most of us), so it feels like a splurge, but isn’t because it’s something you needed to do for the wedding anyway. It also makes you look and feel good which is a great start. Then go shopping for your wedding accessories or wedding party gifts or your outfit for the rehearsal dinner. Shopping is pretty indulgent and fun and it feels like a splurge because you’re spending money, but it’s all working towards purchasing items you were going to get anyway. You can even take your friends with you (if you aren’t buying their gifts). Then end the day with dinner with your fiancé somewhere nice (or if cooking is your thing, cook a nice dinner). Remember, you’re all made up, so you might as well utilize it and date nights are a must during wedding planning. It takes you away from the wedding and gives you time alone.
Sounds like a fun day, right? It totally feels indulgent but isn’t because it includes all the things you were going to have to take care of anyway. Because you spent the day doing what feels like indulgent things, it’s not only fun but feels good. Doing each of these separately could feel like errands, but putting them together feels like treating yourself. So when you go back to compromising and staying within budget, it isn’t so hard because you gave yourself that splurge feeling. You got a splurge day without splurging, now that’s pretty joyful.
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)
3 more days of joy left, don’t forget to come back tomorrow! And if you want more joy in your wedding planning, contact us today!