Like most brides, I do not have an enormous wedding budget at my disposal. Advice books all say that when you're on a budget, you've got to deploy your resources wisely by spending money on what's important to you. Or, as a dear friend once told me, "Only do the things that will add to your joy."
After talking about this with Mr. C-Ville, we decided that we really wanted to provide little touches for our guests that would allow them to have a better time. Not that we're not going to have good food (we are) and good music (bluegrass, of course), but we wanted to give people some memorable details that would make them smile. I stumbled on this idea almost by accident, but once I found it, we knew it was perfect (photo credit Charlottesville-Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau)
How great is it going to be when the trolley pulls up outside the guests' hotel, honking merrily away to get people on board? As Mr. C-Ville says, "People love silly buses." Of course, this addition to the budget means I probably won't get my beloved letterpress invitations, but I do think that our guests will enjoy the trolley more. And that adds to my joy.
What are you splurging on? What's important to you?