• Images
  • Text
  • Find a Couple + Registry


Wedding Planning: 10 Rules for Every Bride

Commit to these stay-sane moves to make the wedding planning months ahead stress-free.

2 / 10

exotic pink bridal bouquet
Add to Favorites

I can live without lady's slipper orchids and other exotic wedding flowers.

As you've discovered, there's a big world of amazing, over-the-top wedding options -- from caviar tastings to three-color origami letterpress invitations -- and many of them are jaw-droppingly expensive. If you find that you're being attracted to things that will have your budget bursting at the seams, it's time for a reality check. Ask yourself: What will those fragile flowers (or whatever your expensive obsession is) truly add to my wedding? If the answer is just "impressed glances from five in-the-know female guests," then you're better off spending that dough on something more people will appreciate -- a killer band maybe? -- or, better yet, splurging more on your honeymoon.
Photo: Diana M. Lott Photography / The Knot