- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
My wedding is only 12 days away and I have learned a lot in this time! Somedays I wish I could go back and do it all over so here are my tips for everyone else who is just starting…
1. Budget!!- This is definitely very important! I encourage all who can pay for their own wedding to set a budget with their fiance and try to stick to it! Things will happen along the way, but get a spreadsheet and put how much your willing to spend on each thing (try to get down all the way to the nitty gritty, like nail polish, or cuff links, ) and then put in how much you actual spent on it.
2. Parent budget! – Sit down with both sets of parents and find out what they are willing to put towards the day and if there are any strings attached. Will they only pay of People A,B.C-Z are invited? Will they only pay for the bar?
3. Ask each set of parents for a GUEST LIST. Tell them you will try to accomadate as many as possible. Sit down with your Fiance and determine how many people you would like to attend the wedding. Stick to this!! It will matter later… More people=More money for EVERYTHING!!
4. Price shop! – Many times you can find a great deal at an unexpected place. I was able to find a gourgous $120 bird cage for only $22 at a consignment store to use for my cards. I ended up hiring Famous Daves to cater for only $16pp with places, silverware etc compared to the $30-$40 pp everywhere else wanted for the same stuff.
5.Decide what is important – Especially if your on a budget like I am , your not going to be able to get everything you want. Pick the things most important to you. Don’t skimp on everything to have every details. Splurge on a few items but go without those not important.
6. Last minute– Closer to the event when you have some extra money, haggle! A DJ was not important to me, we could hook up an IPOD and speakers. However, we had a little extra money left over and closer to the event vendors are willing to cut fees to get the dates booked!! I really wanted a photobooth for my wedding but couldn’t afford it but scored a fantastic deal because they did not fill that date. They also have a DJ so I was able to get BOTH for $1,200 last minute. I know many will not want to wait to last minute for such big items but if they are not important to you, you may be able to wait and get GREAT deals! I found several DJs/ Photobooths/ Photographers willing to discount up to 50%!!
7. Stress management– Make time to get away! Even if it is just to go to the movies, have dinner, whatever, you and your fiance NEED to have your own lives. Don’t lose sight of what the day is for. As for everyone else, know when to say enough is enough. Most people are just trying to help but it all adds up to one unhappy bride if you don’t speak up for yourself!