- 4 years ago
It has been 2 months since my daughter’s wedding. For what it’s worth here are my thoughts:
1. Don’t stress the small stuff. We were totally stressed at the end because we thought we were going to be way over the venue max. In the end it was just right so all that worrying for nothing.Other minor stresses were not even noticed on the big day.
2. Take all of your lists, etc with you. Even though I checked and rechecked the escort cards I completely goofed one table up. I had to run home (luckily it was close by) to get my seating charts.
3. Small items that had a big impact: We did DIY menu cards and wedding programs as well as the escort cards. The person who did the invitations wanted $1-3 each for these. I sent a photo of the invitation to a gal on Etsy who makes custom rubber stamps. Our invitatons featured succulents. She custom made a several different stamps to match the invitations. ($35). I bought a package of really nice paper at a paper supply ($28). I printed all the menus and programs and then rubber stamped the design on them. Purchased printable escort cards and printed and stamped those as well. So 140 menus and 140 programs for less than $75. The lady who made the invitations came up and commented on them and asked where I had them done!
3. Chargers. We really wanted silver chargers. $5 a piece to rent. $2.00 each at Hobby Lobby. I found them on Craigslist 130 for $120. They can easily be touched up with silver metallic spray paint. I sold them on Craigslist for $125. Definitely dressed up the tables.
4. Water bottles. Again, found someone on Etsy who made a template based on the invitatons for $15. Bought the waterproof lables online and had them printed at Officemax (needed a Laser printer). Put them in large galvinized round buckets from Home Depot. Did almost 300 bottles for less than $75. Got MANY complements/comments on them. Sold the buckets for almost what I bought them for.
5. Videographer: We didn’t think we could afford one and daughter didn’t really think it was necessary. Most vendors were well over $1200 in our area. With less than 2 weeks she started thinking she wished she had gotten one. I contacted approx 20 vendors I found on Wedding Bee and Wedding Wire by email with date. Heard back from about 10. Gave our budget of $600 max and that we wanted the main aspects of ceremony and reception. Had 4 that said they could do it for that price. Went with one who had a website of samples of her work.
She was young and I think just starting out, but the price was right. MONEY WELL SPENT!!! We just got it back. There were sooooo many moments my daughter and I missed while off attending to other things. I cried more watching the video than I did at the wedding. Seeing the two 90 year old Grammas walking down the aisle with their grandsons??? Priceless. Is it the style, polish and quality of the more expensive ones? No. But absolutely so glad we have it. If you think you can’t afford something try looking as it gets close to the date. Some vendors might reduce their price to have the job. Or look for up and comers who are happy to have the gig and add to their portfolio.
6. Wedding co-ordinator: Again, something we thought we could do without, but had a last minute change of heart. Found someone who took the job at a reduced price. She was amazing and worth every penny. She was supposed to be a day of co-ordinator but met with us multiple times. She had checklists and had items we never would have thought of. She ran the rehearsal and took care of all the decorating the day of so that I could be at the hotel with the girls while they got ready. She had multiple very nice decorative items that she let us use for free that definitely added to the ceremony and venue. She was there from set-up to helping us load gifts into the car at the end of the night. Again, someone relatively new looking to add to her portfolio and get some positive reviews.