No doubt the wedding day is one the most important days in every woman’s life. And no doubt almost always the Big Day is preceded by months of sleepless nights over thoughts about will the decoration look exactly as I want, will I fit my wedding dress and would that irritating zit on my chick disappear before the wedding or should I Photoshop all my pictures after?!
Among other matters, most to be coupled often face the problem how to distribute their limited budget, what should they prioritize and where could they make a compromise.
According to recent statistics of the American Association of Bridal Consultants, $ 72 billion are spent every year on weddings, where the average total cost of a wedding amounts for $ 28 000. The biggest expenses go for venue & catering, jewelry, photographer and flowers, and decoration.
A substantial investment for every couple is also the wedding dress. An average bridal dress would cost at least $ 1000.
Well, guess what? Almost nobody actually notices your flowers! An investment of nearly $ 2000 that would hardly last a day and wouldn’t impress much.
And the wedding dress? Yes, it’s an important requisite that everybody would spot, but how many times would you put it on after? The answer is never.
What should we do then and where should we invest our money? What is important and really worth to invest in and how should we optimize our costs?
According to a survey among to be brides on what are the three most important wedding elements, most of them pointed out photography as number one priority. And why is that? Because pictures and videos are really what is left after the Big Day and what would capture your great moments for years to come. Everything else – the dress, the flowers, the music is transient staff.
When you consider where to invest your money, think long term investment.
As we’ve already discussed, one wedding element that would last for long and you should for sure invest in, is a professional photographer. Good pictures and videos are definitely a long-term investment that would keep your memories for the rest of your life.
What should you do with the dress? Celebrity wedding planner Mr. Kevin Lee advised brides to rent a high-end designer gown as opposed to buying one as women only wear their dresses once after all.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on expensive dress that you would be worn only once, you can consider investing in another long-term asset that would be an everyday wear for you: a beautiful white smile.
Beauty expert Julyne Derrick shares: “One of the best wedding investments I made was professional teeth whitening at my dentist’s office years ago. I still have white teeth.”
And indeed, a beautiful white smile would not only make your wedding day special, but would also be captured on your so important pictures and videos…and most important: will be worn on the day after as well as on many more to come! A worth investment that would not really harm your wedding budget.
According to a study by the American Academy of Dentistry, a brighter smile makes people perceive you as younger. In addition, having whiter teeth makes you look more successful, more employable and more attractive.
A research from Oral B has found that a white smile could be the key factor in getting a new job or a first date. The study also reveals having white teeth can make you look 5 years younger and increases your attractiveness by 20%.
A survey conducted by NCBI points out that white beautiful smile can boost in your social ratings and self-esteem. “Tooth color exerts an influence on social perceptions. The results may be explained by negative beliefs about dental decay, such as its link with poor oral hygiene.” (NCBI)
Thus, an attractive smile could not only make your special day really special, but will also bring you better self-confidence and a greater quality of life.
Just make sure you get the right treatment at the right place. Dr. Lee from Covington Smiles has got extensive experience and some great treatment options to get your teeth super white for the Big Day. Your wedding photos deserve a beautiful smile!
Still considering if it is worth investing in a wedding smile?
Well, here are some examples from the world of celebrities that might help you make up your mind.