Every bride will agree that the budget is one of the most challenging aspects about their wedding experience. It is being a dream of all of us since childhood that our wedding day will look like one right out of a magazine! You know, the perfect ceremony with the gorgeous gown, unforgettable shoes, beautiful jewelry, the amazing make-up and hair job, and don’t forget the most wonderful bouquet of beautiful flowers. But for most of us, those dreams can be shattered when the reality of how much it is going to cost sets in. Now I am going to share with you some cost saving tips that I have learned along the way. As a bride, you will have so many decisions to make, from where to have your ceremony, to which cake out of ten you like best. Therefore whether you have a one thousand dollar budget or thirty-thousand dollar budget there are ways to cut cost and keep your dreams alive. I hope few of these recommendations and tips will help to make your wedding affordable and create a practical way to have that perfect wedding you dreamed of.
First of all, wedding coordinators can be one of the biggest savings you make in your wedding planning experience. You are probably thinking, “no way, they only cost that much more!” But you have to realize wedding coordinators have connections and they have relationships with vendors they trust and discounts with those vendors just for referring and using them. This allows you to get fifteen to twenty percent off, where you would have paid full price, say for example on your reception site. Trust me, in the long run, every percentage discount counts. If you decide to go with a wedding coordinator, be sure to ask questions about her connections and if they have any that would benefit you. If wedding coordinators aren’t in your budget at all, you can still come across some areas to save when renting a venue or dealing with any rental company. Venues and rental companies will give you a cheaper price if you get married Sunday through Thursday. Flexibility will go far in the wedding industry with getting what you want; when you give a little you get a little. In the past, Sunday used to be a popular day for a wedding. You can save money and bring back a little tradition by having your wedding on Sunday.
Don’t give up everything you’ve ever wanted though! Let’s talk about the gown. The gown is what sets the tone for the rest of the wedding. When you are at the bridal salon trying on wedding gowns everyone loves seeing the brides come out in their gowns with their glowing faces. But the thing I hear the most about was how expensive the gown was or how the bride wanted to personalize it more but didn’t know how. That got me thinking and I stumbled on a few good ways to achieve the look they had dreamed of! There are many websites that have gowns for a lower price. Buying a simple gown that is lower in price than what you wanted will save you money but you can still add beautiful touched to the gown. Some nice touches you can add to the gown would be to add a lace bodice piece, colored ribbon around your waist, or a simple broach to personalize it. Not only these, many bridal stores offer other benefits if you buy your gown with them, therefore checkout their website to see if there are any benefits for bridesmaids, mothers, flower girls, or even groomsmen and ring bearers.
Another item that will eat into your budget is the flowers. Flowers are very expensive, that is just a fact. However, you can find some ways to save if you’re creative. For example, order fresh flowers in bulk and have your bridesmaids put together their own bouquets. If you are using silk flowers watch for sales at your local craft stores – they’ll usually have wedding sales at least two times a year. Florists can also be extremely expensive. To break up the price a little, use your florist only for your bridal party flower needs and do the arrangements in silk flowers – your guests will never know!
There is plenty of cost saving tips that many of us could use. I just mentioned a few tips that hopefully will help some of you brides in order to make your wedding perfect and save you money too. Having a wedding is one of the most wonderful and tremendous experiences you will ever have in your life. Have fun, enjoy your time, and be wise with the money you have been given. You will be glad you didn’t spend a fortune in the end, and you can still have the wedding you have always dreamed of.
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