I think we all go thru periods of feeling stressed during wedding planning.
We set a budget that we felt was fair and are working hard to stay within it. There are things I underestimated on (like wedding bands), but somethings I over-budgeted for, so things are balancing out.
I think it really comes down to what is needed and what is not.
For me personally, while I think the OOT bags are a great idea, they are 1. not in my budget 2. such a hassle to pack and bring with me and 3. I read alot that people bring their own stuff anyways.
So I decided on luggage tags with a mailout pre-travel instead. Even that was more than I could stomach - paying all those stamps! lol! I am doing maracas for our wedding favors and found a stellar price on Amols.com.
I did alot of stuff DIY - anything I could make alone, I did. You can find so many ideas, templates, etc. on this site and on google. I paid $30 for my boarding pass invites as I made them myself.
I spent the money on the things that mattered most to me, but within reason. The majority of our budget is going to the actual ceremony/reception itself, as people remember a party, but not necessarily the centerpiece you used. You know?
Example - I can't stomach paying $130 for a nice headband that I will only wear once, so I considered a cheap one. But they are too cheap looking, so I am going for a natural flower instead.
I am doing some decor at the reception, but using the beauty of Mexico and the beach for the ceremony. I am shopping at the Dollar Store or using coupons for discounts at Michaels.
For me, it's more what I think I really want, and what's within my budget - then just going nuts on everything because it's my wedding. Helps the stress!
Edited by calgarybride2015, 24 July 2014 - 06:47 AM.