I was really glad I didn’t spend money on:
1. A florist. I ordered 250 white roses through wholeblossoms.com and had enough for 4 bouquets, 10 bouts, 15 centerpieces, and almost 100 roses in our hotel room.
2. Shoes. Mine were $10. I wore them for… half an hour?
3. Our photographer. We found her through a friend, and she shot the whole day for $200. I recommend looking at younger photographers who are just starting out- ours mostly does senior pictures, so her ‘all-day’ price was way low. She gave us DVD’s with pictures, and I distributed them online rather than buying albums. I printed some for us, but the cost was less than $20 instead of hundreds.
4. Makeup. I did my own and felt great.
5. Cake. Sam’s club. Less than $100 for 150 people, and I got tons of compliments on it. :]
6. My dress. Like penguin, I have no idea what to do with it now. It got kind of trashed, but I can’t decide if I should throw it away or try to save some of it… and it was only $200. If I’d have spent thousands, I’d probably cry every time I opened my closet.
Things I would do differently now:
1. Have a friend act as a day-of coordinator. I thought the idea was dumb, but looking back, it would have been smart. I was the one running the show, but the catering staff/church employees/etc. kept saying ‘well, I didn’t want to bother you.’ I probably could have handled everything, but vendors didn’t want to intrude, so some things got a little crazy.
2. Have a designated sound person, and practice with the system. Our parents were seated to music that was COMPLETELY wrong [part of a mix cd I’d made for getting ready- a tune from the Corpse Bride]. Having said that, I was glad we didn’t hire a DJ for the reception. We made our own playlist with tons of dance music, and it was great. :]
3. Get help with hair. Not necessarily a hired person, but a friend with an extra curling iron would have saved me a lot of time.