Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

August 20, 2012


Weddings can be overwhelmingly expensive which can cause a lot of unnecessary stress on a new couple. Don’t begin your lives together with a financial burden. Worrying about finances can sap the joy of getting married and put a damper on your special day. By setting priorities and agreeing on what’s important to both of you, you can plan a wedding that perfect for both you and your budget.

Decide How to Divide Your Wedding Budget

There are several parts of a wedding that can really add up financially. Decide together what you can cut, where you can save and where you want to spend the most money. Do you want most of your budget to go toward your dress? Do you want to purchase less expensive flowers for the reception and budget more for your bouquet? Do you need party favors or can you do without them (or make your own) to save cash? These are all things you can consider while planning your wedding budget.

Wedding favors, gifts for guests and live music are nice if your budget can handle it. If you’re paying for your own wedding or you are on a tight budget, none of these things are essential. The thing to remember is this is your wedding. It is important for your guests to be comfortable and enjoy themselves but their focus will be on you.  Spend your money making the day special for yourselves; your guests will be just fine.


Simplicity and Thrift Can Be Elegant, too

Just because something is simple and budget-friendly doesn’t mean it can’t be classy or sophisticated. Classic white is very elegant and can be elevated with just a touch of color for a high-class look at a low cost. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on table settings, centerpieces and extravagant decor.

If fancy floral arrangements aren’t that important to you, consider buying your flowers from a farmer’s market and having a talented friend create the arrangements.

If you cringe at the idea of spending thousands of dollars on a dress you’ll only wear once, why not buy a dress from a consignment shop or even rent an expensive gown?

Consider wholesale wedding suppliers or look for things that aren’t made for weddings (and don’t have the wedding mark-up) for items that fit your décor and budget. Think simple solutions. Vases for the reception tables don’t need to say “wedding vase” they just need to be able to hold flowers. Look for beautiful, simple designs online or at discount home design stores. This can allow you to use your creativity in the small details save you a great deal of money.


Save Big with Small Changes

Save money for the main things in your wedding like attire, cake, and décor by cutting costs on the little details like invitations, thank you letters and wedding favors.

If you want an outdoor wedding have it in a friend or relative’s beautiful back yard or garden. Almost any location can be an elegant and inviting space with a little imagination and creativity.

You don’t have to sacrifice invitations or “Thank You” notes, but you can use thinner card stock or simpler designs or create your own and print them through a printing center.  Instead of spending money on both place cards and wedding favors, have your guests’ names printed on inexpensive favors and use them as place cards, too.

These are just a few ways to save money on details that won’t be missed by either you or your guests. This day should be the happiest day of your life. Don’t let overspending or worries about money spoil your joy!


Wedding Planners – Ease the Burden

August 4, 2012

You probably began having ideas about your wedding as soon as the engagement ring was slipped onto your left hand, but getting everything in order is almost like solving a complex puzzle. The thought of planning a wedding is exhilarating for some yet terrifying for others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Hiring a wedding planner isn’t for everyone, but wedding planners can definitely help take some of the stress off your shoulders.

Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?

Wedding planners are experienced professionals that plan parties and events for a living. Their most important job is to keep the bride and groom stress-free during this exciting time in their lives. Wedding planners can incorporate your ideas and suggestions into a beautiful, memorable wedding.

They’ve most likely experienced bumps in the road that you never even dreamed possible, yet wedding planners are able to work through such snags calmly—often without even notifying the bride and groom! Who needs added tension on their wedding day?


What a Wedding Planner Can Do for You

Again, using a wedding planner is not for everyone—some couples honestly enjoy planning parties and would rather do everything themselves—but if you’re uncertain as to whether or not you should hire someone to help you out, consider the following:

  • Once you have a potential wedding date in mind, a wedding planner can provide you with a detailed timeline as to what needs to be done when.
  • Wedding planners have a large pool of contacts in everything from florists and caterers to musicians and decorators.
  • They can also take your wedding budget and work their magic to get you the most for your money—wedding planners are often able to negotiate discounted rates with their preferred vendors.
  • Wedding planners can help you select a menu with your wedding caterer that will please (nearly) all of your wedding guests.
  • Every little detail will be taken care of, from your reception location to the napkins on the tables.

Hiring a Wedding Planner

If you’ve made the decision to use a wedding planner to help plan you special day, be sure to meet with a few different planners before selecting one. Don’t be afraid to ask questions—treat the get-together like an interview. Find out how many weddings they have handled in the past, and ask for references. Any reputable wedding planner will be more than happy to provide you with names and phone numbers of satisfied clients and a list of vendors they deal with regularly.

Be sure to establish a price for your wedding planner’s services in advance. Rates and fees can vary—some wedding planners charge a percentage of your wedding budget as a fee for their services while others offer a flat fee for everything. Some charge an hourly rate. Be certain that you know what you’ll be getting for your money, and be sure to get everything in writing before turning over a payment.

Once you’ve found your perfect wedding planner, sit back and relax—let them take care of the minute details while all you do is mentally prepare yourself for your beautiful honeymoon!


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