Weddings are a beautiful reason for celebration, but they can also be a huge source of anxiety, conflict, and financial strain. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you come up with a plan that works for you. Below are some wedding planning tips to make the big day more manageable, and most importantly, enjoyable.
Scheduling Your Wedding
This will be harder for some brides than others, but pick an off-season date between May and October. Try to steer clear of “popular” dates and holidays. This alone will help keep the cost of florists and caterers down and more flexible.
Shopping for a Wedding Dress
You’d be surprised how many beautiful dresses you can find at a fraction of the cost that is not a “wedding” gown but look like them. Check consignment shops, eBay, and even prom stores. Many brides have happily purchased a prom dress that no one would know wasn’t a “wedding dress.”
Foods, Flowers & Others
The cost of vegetables, flowers, and fruit are less expensive when they are in season, not to mention they look and taste better too. Your florist and caterer should be able to help you pick the right items and plan around them. You will more than likely be shocked to find out how much cheaper some of these items are if they are grown locally.
Timing, as well as Location, is Everything
Consider having your reception at brunch time as opposed to dinner time, as the cost will vary greatly. The upside is that you can start your honeymoon sooner. To that end, take time picking the location of the big day before giving a down payment. Charity-owned venues are one affordable source.
Friends & Family
Go over your friends and their various talents and then enlist them to help you. If you have a friend who is good at art, have them help with the invites and the like. Don’t be shy, ask for help. We do warn you to be careful who you ask though, because sometimes that help just isn’t worth it.
The Mighty Guest List
This is where things get tricky: trimming the guest list, but it has to be done. There are several schools of thought on this and one is that eliminating friends that you haven’t seen or talked to in over a year. Invite only close friends and family to the wedding, but have a casual reception later. Both options can mean less money spent on the reception.
You’ve likely had a mental picture in your mind of what your big day would look like for years. Bringing it to life, and in an affordable fashion, might be a challenge, but it can be done. Pinterest is one way. There are pages and pages of favors, dresses, and more for you to skim through and pin. If you’ve resisted using Pinterest until now, this is the perfect time to start. Gone are the days of spending a lot of money on bridal magazines when you can get even more inspiration online, for free. Happy Planning!
This is a guest post by Carol Mueller, a woman who loves anything and everything fashion. When she’s not blogging about the topic on Red Carpet Victim, she can be found reading the latest celebrity gossip or dishing on “America’s Next Top Model.”
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