As a soon to be bride and groom, it is in fact true that you both come up with a budget determining how much you would want to spend on your entire wedding day. There is a lot to consider. From where the wedding will take place to what hotel the bridal party will be getting ready. Today we will focus on 3 important factors which are: venue, photos, invitation, décor and music and entertainment.
Venue: It is important to create a comparison chart when looking at different options. You want to select the venue with the most amenities so that you will save big bucks on that. Also, it is also very convenient when a venue can host both the reception and ceremony. This automatically lowers the transportation fee. Transportation would probably include 2 limousines which charge by the hour. You will not have to change locations and that will make it convenient for everyone. Depending on the venue, you may also have to cut down the guest list do to the fact that some venues only accommodate a certain number of guests.
Photos: Photographers are often the priciest vendor next to catering. Your wedding day is very important and you want to select the best photographer in the area while making sure that you do not exceed your budget. Do not hesitate to reach out to friends and relatives to see if they know anyone affordable. Also, cut down the time your photographer stays at your reception. Schedule specific moments to capture such as first dance, cake cutting and toasts. Cut down the number of photos you will request from the photographer, instead of every picture, maybe select 200. It would also be ideal to check if the photographer is able to upload those photos online so that the printing will not be necessary.
Invitations: Instead of paying extra for your wedding invitations, consider gathering family members or bridesmaids to come up with designs and help write down addresses. It is time consuming but will save you at least $200 if not more depending on how big or small your wedding is going to be. This section could also include the printed menus. Printed menus are not necessary but they surely do add a little touch to the table. Hit the craft stores for do-it-yourself invitations and get creative!
Decor: When we think décor, we automatically think flowers, bouquets, etc.… Always try to find out if your reception site has in-house décor you can use. You might be able to score some plants to help reduce the cost of decoration. Also, ask your florist to reuse bouquets as center pieces instead of ordering separate set of flowers just for that purpose. Make sure to also study your flowers and figure out the quality and costs. If your wedding is taking place around a holiday such a Mother’s Day, Easter or Thanksgiving, it might be hard to save because everything will be in high demand at that time and florists will not hesitate to charge more. Another option, go with less flowers, more props - similar to what you see to the left.
These are just a few things to consider when planning your wedding so that you can even reduce your budget to be able to save. Also, f you bring in a planner from the beginning, they can usually work with you on budgeting, and possibly get you some great deals!
By: Spring 16 Intern Perle Nkumu