It’s easy to get excited about your dream wedding, but your fairytale wedding could turn into a less joyful situation if you go into debt. Even before creating your budget, you and your partner need to decide which details are important for both of you. It’s funny – no one will remember the little details, like the color/type flowers you might have opted for, but they will remember if they had a good time. Don’t skimp on food and entertainment as these elements have a huge impact on your guests’ enjoyment.
However, food doesn’t have to be expensive. You could choose to have a cocktail wedding or perhaps hire a food truck. A few weeks back we published a list of venues that allow you to bring your own outside catering companies – many independent catering companies would love to be of service and can provide a competitively priced menu. Secondly, trim your guest list. That’s one of the biggest ways to save money. Ask yourself, “Would you take this person out to an expensive dinner at any other time?” If the answer is “No”, scratch them from the list. How well do you know that person? If you hardly remember their name or recognize them, scratch them from the list.
One thing I don’t recommend is to try to tackle everything yourself – like preparing your own food or baking your own cake! Hire a professional! They know how to do the job and you really don’t need that stress. Hire a florist but choose in-season blooms. Do hire a professional photographer. Don’t depend on family or friends for your photos. So many brides have cried the blues when their photos didn’t turn out to be what they expected. Photos are the only thing you will have after the day is over.
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