Oh, I know weddings are expensive. Out of everything, it's the money part of things that I hear my couples mention they're concerned with. Maybe it's just making sure they can pay all of their vendors on time (since most final payments are due at the same time), or dealing with the unexpected expenses of extra staff, extra hours, or not realizing they had to pay for linens separately... it all adds up and can be stressful to try to figure out. So, here are my suggestions for how to realistically save some money on your wedding without making drastic changes to your plans or cutting out the true necessities!
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I've always found it funny how the conversation about the wedding cake evokes such a complacent remark. Most of my clients couldn't care less about the cake for their wedding day, but the moms are insistent that they have a beautiful, giant cake for everyone!
When you're planning your dream day, you look for ways to have everything but not have to pay the cost for it. This is definitely something that all brides struggle with - no matter what their budget is! One of the things many people consider is buying their linens instead of renting them through a rental or catering company. While the price tag is more appealing (it's usually $5-10 less to buy than to rent) it doesn't exactly explain the work you'll have to do to get those linens looking the way you want at your ceremony.
So you're planning your wedding day - the day you've dreamed of forever, and you're finding that it costs more than what you planned. Sound familiar? Well, one of the ways to "get the most bang for your buck" is to do a faux exit. What does this do? It limits the amount of time that you have to pay your photographer but still allows you to have the grand sparkler send-off you've always envisioned and not end the party earlier than you want. But here are 3 reasons why I don't recommend this:
As an entrepreneur requiring new clients, new projects, and new agreements on a consistent basis, being on top of my game is critical. Every meeting, every email, every phone call is a job interview. And the wedding itself is what will either gain you a great new fan base or result in "bad press."
My best friend recently told me "Weddings bring out weird in people." And it's so true. Take every family reunion, every holiday meal, every tension-filled family debate and multiply it. That's how much passion people have when it comes to weddings! Sometimes this can be a GREAT thing. Channeling that passion in the right way - into joy, excitement, and happiness can turn an event into a once in a lifetime experience that everyone will cherish. And many, many weddings ARE like that.
This isn't normally something couples spend a whole lot of time discussing when planning the wedding. Usually it's decided quickly or handed off to someone else. But, I encourage you to spend some time considering what drinks you want to provide for your guests at your wedding! Not only for cost purposes, but for the style of wedding and the party you actually want to provide.
Inevitably, one of the most stressful things about your wedding is the guest list. Then, once you get past the stress and drama of developing the guest list and clearing it with both families, you send out the invitations. Even the invitations are properly addressed, clearly only to your aunt and uncle, and not their 4 children (your cousins). Or to your college roommate but not her boyfriend. Yet, when you open the RSVP card, they have said that "6" will "happily attend!"
Save the Dates are a great way to get the word out to your guests about your wedding details before finalizing the plans! They allow guests to plan ahead and be prepared for traveling so that when the invitation comes, they can easily fill out that RSVP card and drop it in the mail!