Month: February 2014

Saving Money on Your Wedding Without Looking Cheap

101We all know that weddings can cost an outrageous amount of money if the budget gets out of control, so here are some tips to help keep those purse strings tight without appearing  to be tacky or having to do everything yourself.

The (often overlooked) Obvious: Don’t invite a lot of guests.  This means less money spent on wining and dining them at the reception, fewer table centerpieces, as well as not as many table cloths and napkins to rent.

Venue: Saturday evening is the  most popular time for wedding receptions, so venues can charge top dollar then.  Consider having your celebration on Friday night or Sunday afternoon.

Flowers: Choose blooms that will be in season for the month of your wedding.  As an example, tulips will cost a lot less in early spring than they will in September.  Another tip is to ask your florist for decorations that can be put into use for both the ceremony and reception

Invitations:  Use a pretty postcard for your Rsvp instead of an envelope – saves on stamps.

Tuxedos: The classic tuxedo will cost less to rent than a fashion forward trendy version.

Photography: This is an area where you definitely do not want to cut any corners, but you can still talk honestly with your photographer about how they can work within your budget.

Hire a Wedding Planner: While this may appear to be an extra cash outlay, planners can save you money.  They often can get you deals and come up with ideas that you hadn’t thought of. I didn’t even mention saving you boatloads of time, which can be priceless!

Common Mistakes Brides Make: How To Avoid Them

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1. The biggest error that I see involves the budget for the wedding, and not having a realistic picture of what can be accomplished with the funds on hand. It’s not the most romantic (or fun) part of the planning process, but paying off the expenses after the fact isn’t much fun either. We’ve all heard the expression “champagne taste on a beer budget”, and while it may not be possible to host a lavish reception for ALL of your friends and relatives, it is possible to treat a few of them lavishly, or all of them on a lesser scale of elegance.

2. Another pitfall that many brides step into is when they don’t realize how much time it will take to actually make all of the arrangements. It’s been said that putting a wedding and reception together can become a 2nd full time job. Don’t be overwhelmed. Get started early (right after you’ve figured out that pesky budget) and keep at the “to do” list so that you don’t turn into Bridezilla as the day draws near.

3. While it may seem efficient to do all of your research on line and hire vendors after checking their websites, it’s a much better idea to interview them in person and establish a rapport ahead of time.

4. Last, but far from least—Don’t let the plans become all you talk about with your girlfriends and your groom. Schedule times when wedding business needs to be done AND schedule times when matrimony discussions are strictly off limits. You’ll be glad you did.