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asked Jul 5, 2016 in Wedding Planner by mocahtseb

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Make a spreadsheet for yourself, so you can see all your expenses.  Otherwise, you may lose track of all you are spending.

Make a list of the things you MUST have at your wedding, and then the things you would like but would compromise on.

Now, be aware of the little things.  You don't need expensive favors for your guests.  Most guests may ooh and ahh over the pretty favors the day of your wedding, but as soon as they get home, the favor gets lost and forgotten.  If you must have favors, they should be simple and (in my opinion) edible.  :-)

You don't need expensive invitation holders, you don't need covers for the chairs, you don't need a huge cake, you don't need all the add-ons from the venue.  The basic package is normally quite sufficient and pretty.  You also don't need all the add-ons from the DJ, either.  If there is music and people can dance, your guests will be quite happy.

Can you get a wedding gown from a thrift shop, the Salvation Army, or second-hand online?  It may sound tacky, but none of your guests will know.  Wedding dresses are worn once.  Spend the money, instead, on having it tailored to fit you perfectly.  It'll still be less expensive than purchasing a new gown.  Or, as I did, don't wear a wedding gown.  Just wear a beautiful, non-wedding dress you've bought at the department store.  

If you can, avoid wedding-specific vendors.  Our outdoor wedding was catered by a company which normally did corporate affairs.  Their prices were very reasonable.  If you need things printed, go to an office-supply store.  If you want customized items, search online instead of going to a wedding store.  

Don't buy a lot of flowers.  Florists charge a premium for weddings.  If you want your bridesmaids to carry flowers, they can carry small bunches instead of large bouquets.  They are seen during the ceremony only, and are unwieldy for them to carry (especially for your Maid of Honor, who not only would have to carry her own large bouquet, but would have to hold yours during part of the ceremony and also tend to your dress).  Instead, buy plants from a greenhouse to decorate tables.

You don't need to have the entire reception on video.  Video the ceremony, if you want, then just retain the photographer for the rest of your wedding.  Go with the lower package.  Ask if you'll get all the photos after the wedding.  If so, you can make your own wedding album instead of paying a premium for his.

Be aware that there will be a lot of people who will tell you what you "should do."  Make your own decisions.  Keep within budget.  Yes, your wedding is an important day, but, in the end, it is a party.  Your party . . . no one else's.

answered Nov 13, 2016 by Harpist-Miriam Shilling(expert)