Post # 16
I agree with Stephanieneb. Unless your wedding if OTT, traditional, just call vendors and say anniversary party.
For wedidng gown, check out bridesmaids dresses in white or ivory.
Keep wedding party to a minimum.
Post # 17
I am at a hotel and you just have to ask. WE asked for quite a bit that we knew would be denied but they did ok some things . My hotel had weding packages that already offered a great deal for the area so that was a plus no matter what. Additionals we negotiated were a free up-grade for chairs so we got nice chairs instead of the standard ballroom chairs; this saved us $9 per chair. We also got a free meeting room that will be used for child care. We negotiated an excellent rate for our room block on a holiday weekend and asked them to waive the daily per person facility fee for our guest. We also asked for a discount for eating in the hotel resturaunts for our guest and got it.
Post # 18
We got a discount on our photographer by saying “this is our budget, what can you offer for that price?” (The price we stated was actually a little below our budget so that if we needed to negotiate a bit higher we could while still staying under budget).
I got a discount on my dress alterations (I bought a sample gown) by going to the same seamstress that does my FI’s suit alterations for work. I mentioned to her that he recommended her and she gave me 10% off the total and threw in free bra inserts.
Post # 19
I paid less for the photographer, because my ceremony and reception was in the same place and I required less hours (she will not be there when we are getting ready). I ordered my dress on black Friday (which if you can hold off and already know what dress you want- they normally have great sales) and saved 10%. Also having a rehersal dinner at a new place trying to grow the business, so they worked with me a lot more than other restaurants were willing to.
Post # 20
We have just been working all of our connections. My mom hand made our invitations, paid for all the supplies and postage, too. A friend of ours is a professional guitarist so we asked him to do our wedding ceremony music for free (my Fiance will “pay him back” by helping him film his next music video). A co-owner of the company where Fiance works (with whom he also has a good rapport) is also the owner of a catering company and event space, and he offered to give us half off on our food for the reception. Our photographer and our videographer (two separate people) are friends of ours and gave us discounts. Our wedding is on a Sunday and our DJ gave us a 15% discount because of that. My dress was at a 10% discount because I bought it on the same day I tried it on.
Now that I’m listing all these things out…I’m thinking, WHY is my wedding still so expensive?! haha!! I guess it’s not compared to the “average” these days. But still.