In our last installment of wedding planning dos and don’ts, we’re tackling a biggie. Wedding budgets are a leading cause of stress among brides-to-be – at least the ones who we call besties!
Everyone wants more for less these days. Heck, with the price of weddings, you have to be a cost conscious shopping (yes, even when it comes to your bridal accessories) if you don’t want saying “I do” to mean going into debt.
- DO ask your wedding vendors for discounts. The worst they can say is no and then you’re no worse off than you were before. Note: Expect to compromise.
- DON’T skimp where it counts. Most brides want to feel beautiful, so it pays to splurge on things like bridal accessories. Just keep splurging under control.
- DO spend what you need to for your guests’ comfort. Everyone needs to refresh themselves, so don’t order fewer meals than you’ll need or less cake. How sad would it be if grandma missed out on the wedding cake because you wanted to save a few bucks?
- DON’T worry about what people will think of your menu. There’s nothing wrong with dry weddings or bar menus with a limited selection. Buffets are awesome. And there’s always the champagne and cake reception we wrote about a while back!
- DO shop around for everything. eBay can be your friend. Look for deals. Don’t be afraid to buy online. You may be able to find a whole wedding’s worth of stuff by buying in bulk from last season’s brides who want to get rid of all that tulle.
- DON’T forget to prioritize. Spend your money where it’s most important to you. Love music? Hire an amazing band. Love decorations? Stick to amazing décor in high traffic areas.
- DO print your wedding invitations and info on a single card and ask guests to RSVP via email. There is no etiquette rule that says you need to bankrupt yourself buying tissue paper inserts and embossing.
- DON’T use Evites to save on wedding stationery. Just don’t.
- DO have your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue – in the same space, if possible. You’ll get a deal on what is usually the biggest slice of a couple’s wedding budget.
- DON’T choose out of season flowers or any bloom that needs to be flown in from another country. Locally grown flowers are as good for your budget as they are for the ecosystem.
- DO reuse your and your bridesmaids’ bouquets as table centerpieces at your reception. Repurpose everything you can, including ceremony decorations if you’ve paid for them.
- DON’T limit yourself to traditional centerpieces. We’ve seen brides use everything from books to lanterns to photos in frames as their reception table centerpieces.
P.S. – Don’t forget that we’re running a sweet promo this month for 20% off all veils, so if you’re going for the traditional bridal look check out our selection!