A Simple Wedding Expense Tip

3367543296_1470ef5247_zMother of the Bride, if you’re like every other MOB I know, you’re constantly making decisions about how much to spend on different aspects of your daughter’s upcoming wedding.

Questions like is it okay to spend a little more than I wanted to for this pair of shoes and should we go with the less expensive veil pop up on a regular basis—and sometimes even play havoc with a good night’s rest. That’s understandable. Like any good mother of the bride, you’re always looking for ways to trim wedding expenses.

Here’s one simple guideline to use as you decide when it’s okay to spend a little more for one aspect of the wedding—attire: If it’s an item that you or the bride (or someone else in the wedding party) will keep wearing for a long time, go ahead and buy the more expensive option if you’d like. A better quality product will more than pay for itself if you’re able to get several years’ use out of it.

Shoes? If you’ll wear them for a long time, by all means get the better ones. The veil? Unless you have other daughters that might use it, that’s pretty much a one-day use. You can find gorgeous options at reasonable prices.

Apply the how long will we wear it guideline with each attire purchase decision, MOB, and your decision-making agony will be cut in half. I can’t promise a good night’s rest, though—too many other things can interfere with that! :)

*You might also like to read Getting the Most Bang for Your MOB Buck, Budget Agreement with the Father of the Bride, Savings Tip for Bridal and Bridesmaids Bouquets, and Wedding Savings Tip: Borrow!

*Flickr photo by AMagill; Creative Commons License

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