Your wedding should be a day about you and your partner. Letting others get too involved in the planning process (even if they are paying for it) will only result in a day that doesn’t reflect the two of you. This article has ideas on how you can make your wedding your own, and keep an eye on the budget at the same time.
If you fear that people won’t want to give you cash wedding gifts as they don’t have a lot of money to give, include a “cash box” at the door to your reception. Guests are asked in the wedding invitations to bring their gift in an unmarked envelope, allow them to place it in the box anonymously and reducing any guilt they might feel.
When picking a DJ for your wedding, make sure you choose someone with a great reputation. A bad DJ can ruin your reception, so ask any candidates for their references along with their fees. If a candidate has no references, mark him off the list immediately! If his references are all family, that’s another reason to give him the boot.
The worst thing that can come out of a wedding is a huge debt. Don’t overlook your budget when choosing items for your big day. If you are cash-strapped, look for savings like having your family cater the event or do all the photography. At worst you can ask for cash in lieu of gifts to help offset the costs.
See if your family wants to come for the honeymoon. They can all save some money by staying since the hotels usually offer better discounts for the longer stays. This will give them a day to remember and a vacation of their dreams, too!
When borrowing money to pay for your wedding, make sure you get the lowest interest rate possible. Weddings can be expensive, but by borrowing money to pay for the event at the lowest interest rate around, you can avoid further expenses. Make sure you compare credit cards and personal loans to see which financial product offers you the best rate.
Speak to your family and friends in regards to services for your wedding. You never know when you might have an overlooked relative who handles music or cooking. You may also find that your friends have connections to service professionals who can offer you a discounted price due to the referral.
A dozen large, elaborate floral centerpieces can set a bride back hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Save money by opting for terracotta floral pots filled with fresh garden herbs like lavender, thyme, and rosemary. Fresh-cut green herbs will fill the reception site with a clean, crisp fragrance. Sprigs of herbs are also an affordable way to add volume to floral centerpieces.
If you choose a ceremony or reception site that is outdoors, opt for natural elements that will not clash with the setting. This means a focus on materials like aged wood, tea-stained ornate lace and embroidery, and flowers. Emphasize sprigs and blooms like prairie grasses, wheat chaffs, and colorful wildflowers in imperfectly arranged bouquets.
One of the ways that you can save money on the cake that you choose is to make a cupcake tree. This can save thousands, and it will be just as appealing as a large cake that will be served in individual slices anyway. Serve cupcakes at your wedding to save money and be part of a fashionable trend.
There is no way to completely get rid of that stressful feeling from planning a wedding. You can, however, take control making sure that you are getting what you want and your partner wants without offending everyone who is trying to help. Use the advice here to make all of these things a reality.