Sometimes, you just have to have it.

There are the wedding must-have details (bouquets, bouts, cake) and then there are the splurge-worthy indulgences. These frivolous items can be anything from a wedding ceremony toss (see my picks for toss ideas here) to a dessert truck at the end of the night.

When planning your wedding, make two wedding detail lists: one for the musts and the other for wishes. As the monthly countdown turns to weeks, see what’s left in your wedding budget and, if you have money left to burn, purchase a wish list item (or two).

Here are a few fun wish list ideas to help inspire you:

Austin Sugarworks makes sugar in fun shapes, colors, and even flavors. Dress up a saucer with one of their decorative sugars, such as  peppermint snowflakes, “lemon wedges,” or these colorful hearts, for an easy way to sweeten up the dessert course.

To me, anything from Felix Doolittle is a total worth-it splurge. His invitation and stationery designs are incredible. But if a wedding invitation suite is out of your price range, you may want to order a selection of table number cards. Instead of a card with a number on it, the Table Number Cards by Doolittle feature a small illustration that can reflect your wedding’s theme or location. Cards are $5 each, minimum order of 10, available at

One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, NY can create a cookie bar for your reception with a variety of their yummy treats. Pair these bite-sized sweets with a cold glass of milk, served in plastic milk bottles, such as these from Shop Sweet Lulu. They look just like vintage glass milk bottles, but are more affordable and won’t break. You can serve them with their twist cap on or add a festive straw that matches your wedding’s palette. Plus you can save them, clean them, and use them again. Available at Shop Sweet Lulu for $1.50 per bottle. Visit One Girl Cookies to learn more about their cookie bars, cakes and other desserts.

On your wedding day, the last thing you want to do is worry about arranging the seating cards and dealing with your vendors’ set-up issues. Assign a point person to take care of everything so you can enjoy your big day. And, while a bridesmaid or groomsmen can be helpful, they have enough on their plate helping you get ready and posing for pictures. Opt to hire a day-of wedding coordinator who will start working with you about a month before the wedding, making sure all last minute details are handled and you have nothing to worry about.

To find one, contact local wedding planners to see if they offer day-of services. For weddings in the New York Tri-state area, I recommend Just About Married, which specializes in day-of services and offers several last-minute wedding emergency packages.


Photos: sugars: Austin Sugarworks; stationery: Felix Doolittle; milk bottle: Shop Sweet Lulu