Something to Celebrate

Say ‘I Do’ to an Affordable Wedding

Posted on: March 5, 2009

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I couldn’t resist starting this wedding post without re-living my wedding day a little!  The above photo was taken in the bride’s room at Rose Chapel in Fort Worth on July 14th, 2006 just minutes before I walked down the aisle.  Okay, now I can move on…

“Affordable Wedding” is not an oxymoron, I promise–it really CAN happen!  Here are a few ways you can stretch your dollar and still have the wedding of your dreams:

*Have your wedding on a weekday instead of a weekend.  My husband I got married on a Friday evening and it did not feel weird at all.  More importantly, the place we got married at gave us a really nice discount for choosing a weekday wedding!
*Hire a Wedding Planner.  This is not just a shameless plug for my amazing services 🙂  You can actually save money by hiring a planner because they SHOULD be able to get you better deals (even discounts) with vendors they have established relationships with.  Beware–some planners take any discounts as commission for themselves so make sure you ask if they pass along discounts to their clients.
*Don’t identify yourself as a sucker.  If you decide to do the planning yourself, claim to be what you are (the planner) when you call a vendor.  The minute you say anything about being the bride, mother of the bride, groom, maid of honor, etc., the vendor may assume you know nothing about the planning process or what a decent price should be for the service and might also think you are willing to pay any price to get the perfect wedding.
*Limit your guest list.  Consider inviting the close friends and family who you REALLY REALLY want to be a part of your special day.  This creates a more intimate setting and also saves big time on cost.  Few people means less food, cake, favors, invitations, etc. that you have to buy.
*Purchase some or all of your flowers from a wholesaler.  You can order the exact color, type and quantity of the flowers you want from Costco and Sam’s Club for a fraction of the cost of going with a florist.  Have a friend or family member who loves to arrange flowers (and is GOOD at it)?  Buy your flowers in bulk and then recruit this person to arrange them in vases.  Borrow vases from friends and familiy members as well–don’t we all have several laying around?
*Visit Oriental Trading.  Go to www.orientaltrading.com and click on their Wedding section.  They have a great variety of wedding supplies at a super price.
*Read the fine print.  Before you sign ANY contract or agreement with a vendor (caterer, photographer, etc.) make sure you read everything on that paper or .pdf.  There could be extra charges/fees on there that you might get waived if you bring it up BEFORE you sign it.  After you sign it and send in your deposit, you’re set.  If a vendor really wants your business they are usually willing to negotiate with you.

I have other money-saving tricks up my sleeves but you have to hire me to find out those 🙂  

Remember–a beautiful and memorable wedding doesn’t have to break the bank!

For more information about me and “Something to Celebrate” scroll down to the bottom and visit my “About” and “References” pages!

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1 Response to "Say ‘I Do’ to an Affordable Wedding"

Ah, you were so young, so naive….

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