- 4 years ago
1. Be careful with the DJ cost. I started out with fantastic ideas about getting a $600 DJ and realized that it’s one thing to make a budget, and it’s another to realize how much things actually cost.
2. I agree with the officiant — way too much money. Ask a friend to get officiated for you, so long as you know someone who is articulate and would take the position seriously.
3. The accessories — I know you can get veils cheap online (I’m not wearing one, so I don’t know). The other accessories, which I assume are jewelry, are things you can crowd source — borrow nice pieces from aunts and mothers, and also, if you have the time, request pieces for birthday/christmas gifts. Buy a pair of flats or heels you know you’ll wear again, and you can use your own, normal spending money, and not the wedding money.
4. Invitations — get the times down ASAP, get your design done, and wait for a vistaprint sale. The linen print invitations (using your own design) were like $70 for 130 invitations, and 2 inserts. I waited for a 50% off sale, but I highly recommend having the design sitting and waiting for you.
5. Don’t forget to budget for postage.
6. Instead of having this $1000 “emergency” fund, i’d sit down and really think of every little thing you need. Sure, there are last minute upgrades and such that can happen, but if you’ve thought of every last detail and paid for it, then there’s no room for those upgrades. You’ll save money in the end.
7. Contact elite art and photography universities nearby and post on their job website. Their alumni watch these pages like hawks. It’s how I found my photographer, who is extremely talented and reasonable. Since getting our contract, in fact, she’s doubled her price.