Where to Save and Splurge for Your Hudson Valley Wedding Day

Industry experts weigh in on where couples can save in their wedding-day budgets and which elements are worth the extra expense.

Excited for your big day? For couples getting married in the Hudson Valley, weddings are unforgettable affairs filled with loved ones, beautiful moments, and stunning scenery. Of course, they can also be expensive endeavors. To help sort out what’s worth the expense (and what isn’t), we touched base with local experts to find out exactly where to save and splurge.

Splurge

“In the past, when 300-person weddings were common, I’d advise couples to forgo things like menus, programs, and specialty invitations. Now, with 20 to 50 guests, it’s worth the splurge to focus on those details that make everyone feel really special.”

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—Rachael Solomon
Bad Boss Bride

Wedding table with napkin
Splurge on details, then save with decorations. Photo by Adam Okimatsu

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“Inner envelopes are rarely used anymore. It’s considered old school, and not including them is an easy expense to cut because your recipients will most likely not be expecting to see one.”

—Debbie Kaliner
Informally Yours, Rye Brook

A couple kissing on their wedding day
Photo courtesy of Georgia Blue Flower Truck

Splurge

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“Memories are forever, so what better way to keep those memories alive than with images and videos you can go back to at any given time? If you don’t have a large budget, ask your photographer/videographer for options — whether it’s hiring them for less hours or selecting a package that does not have all of the bells and whistles.”

—Jacqueline Vazquez
Lifetime Events by Jacqueline

Crystal place cards
Photo courtesy of mod.creative

Splurge

“Use unique materials that act as table décor and place cards. Have names printed in the same font as the invitation, in a color that complements the entire tablescape, to create that seamless flow.”

—Melissa Grounds
mod.creative

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Splurge

“Wedding-gown preservation may seem like a splurge, but your dress was the splurge. We’ll clean the gown, and then it’s preserved in a museum-quality preservation chest. You’re protecting your investment by turning the memory of your special day into an heirloom that will last for generations to come.”

—Marianna D’Alessandro
American Wedding Gown Specialists, Middletown

A floral wedding arch
Photo by Hales Studio Photography

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“If you want an arch, but the cost is beyond what you expected, consider what resources you or your family may have. One father of the bride, who was a builder, created a wood arch for the ceremony, and on the day of the wedding the florist decorated it.”

—Jacqueline Vazquez
Lifetime Events by Jacqueline

Splurge

“Centerpieces, bouquets, and floral arrangements take years of experience and a lot of talent to design. You may think you can learn to mix your favorites for your wedding, but now is not the time to self-teach and frustrate yourself!”

—Melissa Grounds
mod.creative

Pink wedding invitations
Photo by Jessica Haley

Splurge

“A thicker invitation feels more substantial. Since you feel the weight as soon as you open it, a recipient is sure to notice if it’s flimsy.”

—Debbie Kaliner
Informally Yours, Rye Brook

Save

“Negotiate a delayed deposit schedule. Your caterer, florist, band, etc., don’t need your money six months prior to the wedding. They are not paying for anything associated with your wedding that far out. This way, you have some protection, in that you are laying out less money early on.”

—David Berke
eWed Insurance

A wedding table
Save on other parts of the wedding, but splurge on the experience. Photo courtesy of GlenArbor Golf Club

Splurge

“The splurge is always your venue, food, and cocktails! This is the stage upon which the entire event is set. It should reflect your sense of style but not be too trendy. In the years to come, when looking back at your treasured wedding photos, they should look timeless. Also be sure there is a view of some kind! The beauty of nature enhances the guest experience and always makes for wonderful photo ops.”

—Robbyn L. Sciullo
Former Director of Events, GlenArbor Golf Club, Bedford Hills

Related: 6 Easy-Peasy Ways to Cut Your Wedding Costs in the Hudson Valley

Cocktails for the reception
Don’t splurge on the bar! Save by streamlining it. Photo by Par La Mer Photography

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“Couples can save by eliminating a full open bar by simplifying to just soft drinks and a signature cocktail. Depending on the location, having a full bar can bring the cost over budget.”

—Jacqueline Vazquez
Lifetime Events by Jacqueline

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