Planning a wedding is a lot of work (#understatementoftheyear) and the costs once you “put a ring on it” add up quickly. Tally up stress-induced wine consumption, dinners to discuss plans, gas to run wed-errands, etc... and you may be looking for a second job. Now that I have just royally stressed you out, remember whether you are planning with a $3K or $100K budget, it is just ONE day! Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing experience, but one you can grow to have a love/hate relationship with.
Here are a few of my tips and tricks to reduce the workout you give your credit card through the wedding process:
1. Always get 3 quotes: From the florist to caterer, it is important to see what is out there and allow yourself a little leverage with vendors that come in at a higher price point.
2. Buy your dress online: I know it's a daunting task to even imagine. But hear me out; spend time visiting boutiques to see what style suits you, then shop around online. You will have to invest in altering your gown regardless of whether you tried it on or not (Google the vendor before purchasing, and check their return & shipping policies). SimplyBridal.com, Adorii.com (Dere Kiang is now 40% OFF) and even sites like Rue La La & Gilt have bridal sales every so often. Dropped a healthy penny on a designer dress? Think about recouping some of that investment and sell it on a site like NearlyNewlyWed.com
3. Go Green: E-vitations vs. paper, stamps, etc... (even just requesting the RSVP online can go a long way).
4. Bottoms Up: Order your wedding wine & beer through a distributor, rather than doing what you are told to by the venue. This allows you to choose something you and your fiance love, and allows you to budget accordingly. Be sure to check corkage fees at hotels & golf courses, as this may not be worth it for all venues.
5. Destination Wedding? Rent a house (VRBO or HomeAway) instead of a block of hotel rooms for family & friends that are coming from out of town. This also will set the stage for some great bonding & casual fun.
6. Hire a day-of-coordinator, especially if your venue doesn't have one on-site. This will ensure you and your family enjoy celebration - priceless! (Rule of thumb, when meeting with your planner for the first time, leave your Chanel purse at home and don’t be too over-zealous with your budget. Their pricing might reflect what they see.)
7. Don't over DIY: Your time is valuable so don't pick more then 3 DIY projects. Give your self-deadlines for them. If you don't have them done by a month before the wedding, outsource or make a plan B. Your time is valuable.
So there it is: simple small changes that will positively affect your overall budget and most importantly, you and your sanity.
About Carina: I joined the Adorii team as the 4th founding member the day before we launched on June 5th, 2012. Adorii is quickly becoming the number 1 online ecommerce resource for the Engaged & Invited to find must-have wed-fashions, décor & vendors for up to 80% OFF.
With 8+ years of marketing, event/wedding planning & sponsorship sales experience and an entrepreneur at heart it was love at first site. I come as a fashion ninja, social media master & former wedding. As the Editor & CMO of Adorii I eat, breath & bathe what will inspire and save our members their wed-budget. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org@shop_adorii & @carina_hw
Images courtesy of Carina Walters
LOVE THIS POST? LET’S BE FRIENDS: