Don’t Fall for These Popular Wedding Upsells

A chalkboard sign at a wedding reception.

Weddings are expensive, which is why you don’t want to pay anything more than you have to during this time of your life. A lot of wedding vendors will try to upsell you on an item that’ll cost more money than you’ve budgeted, or they might try to sell you on things that you don’t actually need. It’s really easy to get swept up in the moment, especially when you want to make your special day as special as possible. However, whenever you meet with wedding vendors, it’s important to stick to your budget and needs before falling for convincing sales pitches. It’s pretty common for couples to go over their original budgets when faced with a pushy suggestion, so be on the lookout and don’t fall for these popular wedding upsells!


Decor definitely makes a wedding, but it doesn’t need to break your bank account. We get it—not everyone’s super crafty or wants a DIY wedding, but that doesn’t mean you should pay top dollar for lanterns or twinkle lights. You also might want to reconsider things like how much you want to pay for large pieces of fabric to add “texture” to your venue. The truth is, a professional decorator should know how to make your wedding look like a million bucks without having to cost a million bucks. Simple elegance is typically the way to go, and thankfully that means a little decor can go a long way.


A wedding ceremony decorated with floral garlands.

It’s important to vet your floral vendors. Those who are more established might seem pricier than newer vendors, but they’re likely more knowledgeable on how florals can be used most efficiently. A new vendor in the wedding industry might seem like the cheaper choice, but they could also be more eager to upsell you in order to build their portfolio. The price on flowers is also dependent on the market and the season. You don’t want to choose a summer flower for a winter wedding or vice versa without paying for it. That’s why it’s key for your florist to know their stuff!


Your wedding definitely needs a little entertainment, like a DJ, a favorite band, or a string quartet. But you definitely don’t need a smoke machine or tons of blinking lights on the dance floor. While you might roll your eyes and think “I would never do that,” social media and the rise of wedding hashtags have definitely popularized going big on entertainment. You might even hear this from a wedding vendor if they’re trying to sway you with a pitch. Aerialists, other performers such as dancers, and wedding choreographers are also popular pushes, believe it or not! Root down in what you need, and don’t fall for the flashy “want.” (No matter how much you want to look like Pam and Jim from The Office.)


Champagne glasses at a wedding reception.

Unfortunately, an open bar shouldn’t be the thing that you cheap out on unless you know that it won’t go a long way with your guests. An open bar shows a nice taste in etiquette and appreciation for your guests who have probably spent a lot of money on your wedding already. However, that doesn’t mean you need to splurge on top-shelf alcohol. You can keep your liquors to a minimum, and choose only one red or white wine for guests, as well as including only a small sample of beer. Another cheaper option is including only two signature cocktails on your bar’s list.

Making your wedding look like the day of your dreams doesn’t need to cost more than what you’re comfortable with. By sticking to your budget and keeping track of the above tips, you’ll be able to see right through those pushy upsells.

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