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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These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!
Rebeccca will always have a special place in my heart - not because she was my first "unknown" client (we didn't know each other before she hired me as her wedding planner) but because she couldn't be any sweeter or kinder if she tried. She reached out to me after buying some decor from my sister's wedding from my mom, who insisted that she at least reach out to me once she realized she needed a coordinator, and I'm so glad she did!
I really want you to have the best wedding ever. I want you to trust everyone you've hired so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. I want you to know that everyone has your back and truly wants the best for you. Because of this, I actually get excited when I have a potential client tell me that they're talking to another planner or two. It doesn't scare me - it excites me. Because that means that I'm meeting with my ideal client.
Melissa and I met one afternoon in March, after many emails back and forth to plan a time to get together. She was looking for someone she could trust to plan her wedding day, that would be able to execute her vision to her standards. As we talked, we connected over her story about her romance with her husband, and how her little boy changed everything for her! I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her and make sure her day was everything she had dreamed. I was so excited when we officially started planning everything! Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful, personalized wedding day!
It is my firm belief that every wedding should have a wedding planner (or coordinator, at the very least). This isn't just because I am a wedding planner and want you to spend more money on your day (I actually don't, I believe you should be stress free both emotionally AND financially), but because I truly believe that you should be relaxing and enjoying your day - not stressing about the details (or stressing out your bridal party or family)! And, a wedding planner typically pays for themselves by helping to negotiate better rates with other vendors, offering more cost-effective solutions, and saving you tons of time!
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!
As a small business owner, and one person team for everything - social media, networking, marketing, administration, finance, and all correspondence with clients, it can be hard to stay on the professional side of the line at all times. It can be a slippery slope and it can be hard to navigate the gray area! Here are my 5 steps to setting boundaries which will save you time and stress!
Sam and Ward met in the summer of 2010, as they were at orientation for their freshman year at college. While they connected those few days, it wasn't until their freshmen year actually started that they began to spend more time together. Their rooms were right down the hall from each other, and by the time the spring semester had started, they were officially together! And they've been together ever since! I was so proud to be a part of their wedding day, as these two were my residents when they were freshman - I got to see the beginning of their relationship and then the beginning of their marriage! It was an incredible feeling standing back on campus at CNU and reliving the beginning with them.
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.
I met Savannah exactly one month before her wedding day. We met in a Starbucks in a grocery store, and we talked. About everything she dreamed for her wedding, and how she just wanted everyone to be happy and relaxed on her wedding day. Her heart is so big, and the ways she wanted to honor her family in the little details of the wedding day were so perfect! Finalizing the logistics and making sure it all came together to match Savannah's dream was such an honor, enjoy some of my favorite moments from their day!
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:
One of the least popular topics to talk about with weddings are who to tip and how much. It's usually something I'm asked the week of the wedding or by a parent on the day of the wedding when they realize it's something they need to think about! It's really not a big secret, but here's what I tell my clients for tipping!
I first met Sherry and Tom a couple days before New Year's at our local Panera. They were 3 months away from their wedding and knew they needed someone to help with the final details. We talked about their vision, their plans, and what they were looking for, and I connected instantly to the way they just wanted their guests to have a good time and to not have to worry about anything the day of their wedding! I love when my couples want that, and think it helps make them focus on the big picture and not be too worried about the little details of the day. So I was thrilled when they decided to move forward with me!
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."
I see it happen time and time again... the officiant has a flower, or doesn't. There's an extra flower for a hired vendor, but someone in the ceremony doesn't have one. Today I'm talking to the brides and those picking out the flowers for their wedding - make sure you don't leave anyone out!
Back in December, I did an encouragement session with Ashley of Virginia Ashley Photography, who has been one of my greatest supporters on this small business endeavor! We sat down and talked about all wedding things, small business things, and ways for me to grow my business. Ashley mentioned that she was working on putting together a styled shoot for her new branding and website launch and that she needed some help! We started planning and getting our inspiration together and finally landed on a date - February 15.
The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?
When I started on this wedding planning adventure, Ande was one of my first supporters. We met back in college but our paths didn't really connect until our first jobs after college. We quickly bonded and ended up working together for a few years! She and Jon got engaged a week after Kevin and I did, and we had so much fun discussing the planning process and getting everything in order for our own weddings! Venues, photographers, stationary, dresses... we spent many days at work discussing these things and playing on pinterest (sorry, former bosses!)
If you read my post about why weddings cost so much, this post will probably make a little bit more sense! This is a fairly new mindset as I'm a new business owner, but I wanted to share with you why asking for a discount might not be the simple question you think it is. Here are the 5 things that might cross a vendors mind when you ask for a discount!