Jan 30
Be budget savvy
by: WWG2014

 

Do the words "budget wedding" send a shiver down your spine?
Let’s face it, weddings can be an expensive venture, especially if you want to include it all: flowers, a photographer, DJ, professionals to do your hair and make-up, a decent-sized guest list and that darling venue you’ve had your eyes on. But as special as the day is, you don’t want to be left in debt when it’s all over. Keeping costs low doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on style; it’s simply about being smart.
 
Be adaptable: If you’re willing to be a little more flexible with the day and time of your wedding, you could make some major savings. Most of your wedding budget will be spent on the reception, so simply by holding your wedding on a Friday night instead of a Saturday, you could save on each person that attends.
 
Be bold: Be prepared to negotiate prices for just about everything. Don’t just accept the first price you’re given; more often than not there is wiggle room. Also, if you show you’re willing to take your business elsewhere, service providers may be likely to lower their asking price.
 
Borrow instead of buy: What are you going to do with all those vases once the night is over? If you know any friends who have gotten married recently, chances are they have a whole bunch of stuff they no longer need. See if you can make use of it at your wedding to save buying your own.
 
Be patient: If you have time on your side, it’s a good idea to leave making purchases until there are sales. That will mean you save a little on gifts, dresses or décor. Don’t forget to shop around. It’s easy to fall in love with something and want to purchase it right away, but if you see what else is out there, you’ll often find you can get something just as good for much less and if not, it can’t hurt to take your findings back to the original place and see if they’ll match the price.

Call on talented friends: Make use of the people in your life who are gifted at things such as calligraphy for your invitations, baking for your cake or other desserts,or musically talented for performances at your wedding instead of hiring a band.