Why the Holidays Are the Best Thing to Happen to Your Wedding Budget

Believe it or not, the holidays are here!  And with it comes lots of festive cheer and joy.  But, there’s also a dark side to the holidays – stress, obligations and what can seem like money flying out the window.

And all of that coupled with planning your wedding and that stress, those obligations and your wedding budget can just push you over the top.  It can feel like a perfect storm of everything coming at you all at once.

But, there’s something you don’t realize.

The holidays are actually the best thing to happen to your wedding budget. 

You’re probably saying, what?!  What the heck are you talking about?!

Let me explain.

So, yes, you’re probably spending more during this time of the year.  There are things like gifts, parties or decor you’re purchasing.

But, can you guess what this is also the best time of year for?  Sales!

There are so many sales happening around the holidays on pretty much everything!  And those sales mean you can score so many wedding items for a much lower price.  Which means you’re paying less for items you would have bought anyway.

And come on, a little here and there adds up!  And when you can save a little bit on everything that helps your wedding budget.  Now, how happy does that make you?

Groom happily dancing with friends at a Sonoma destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Chrisman Studios)

So, while the holidays can seem like more than you can handle with your wedding, it’s actually an opportunity.  And since it only comes around once a year (and you’ll likely only experience it once during the planning of your wedding), you need to take advantage.

So, what should you be buying?  Here are 4 wedding items you should buy during the holidays.

4 wedding items to buy during the holidays

#1 – Attire and accessories

Bride and bridesmaids in mixed gold dresses at a fall wedding in Sonoma at Viansa Winery by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)

If you haven’t yet gotten your wedding dress, suit, shoes, jewelry, etc.. this is the perfect time to buy.  Especially if you’re buying something from a normal retailer.  But, even bridal retailers do big sales as well, so you’ll want to keep an eye out.

And don’t forget about your wedding party, the kids and your parents.  If there is anyone you need to outfit, this is a great time to capitalize on the sales.

And while secondary, don’t forget about your rehearsal dinner outfit, 2nd pair of shoes or anything you might need for the honeymoon.

#2 – Gifts

Welcome gift bag for guests at a destination wedding in Scotland by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Danielle Coons Photography)

This is the season for gift giving, which also makes it a great time to buy your gifts.  These could be for your wedding party, your parents, each other or your guests.

You’ll want to think about your favor, welcome gifts or any thank you gifts for those helping you out.

#3 – Decor

Gold lanterns and white flowers for a rustic wedding ceremony in Monte Rio by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Bustle and Twine)

The holidays are also a great time to buy any decor you’ve been thinking about.  If you wanted candles or special lanterns or a cool sign, there are lots of sales happening.  Everything from home decor stores to craft stores.

And don’t forget about stationery items too like stickers, favor tags, frames, pens or ribbon.

#4 – Miscellaneous items

Flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle at a destination wedding in Lanikuhonua, Hawaii. Event design by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Marina Miller)

And then there are all of the miscellaneous items that you can totally score a good price on during the holidays.  You’ll want to think about what you’ll need for the ceremony or reception.  Maybe that’s unity candles or a ring bearer pillow or a garter.

You’ll want to think about any little items like a gift box.  Or personal items like beauty products or a gym membership.  It’s also good to think about items you need for your other events like nice disposables.  Or if your venue/caterer is BYOB, alcohol even.

One word of warning though, just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it.  Make sure you’re getting the things you need, not a whole bunch of extraneous stuff just because it’s cheap.  And if your wedding isn’t taking place soon after the holidays, don’t buy anything perishable.

Don’t stress out over the holidays and your wedding budget.  Take advantage instead!  Capitalize on all the holiday sales and you’ll not only get stuff done, but you’ll make your wedding budget happy too.

Want help managing your budget so you can spend it wisely?  Contact us today.

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