Hire a “day of” coordinator. Doing it all yourself on the day of the wedding is like directing and starring in your own production. It’s doable, for sure, but it is a lot more work and likely to be less than dreamy. Even the best-planned events have something go wrong. Do you really want to be dealing with those hiccups—or even directing the players—when you should be relaxed and having the time of your life? Of course not. After all your hard work, you want to be able to enjoy your big day. A day-of coordinator should come into the […]
Staying Within Budget
One of the most important facets of a wedding has nothing to do with the day itself but is your memories years and decades later. This is why the photographer and videographer are so important. The images they create, edit, and deliver to you will be the tangible record of one of the most memorable days of your life. A combination of experience, quality equipment, and a professional lab really does make a difference in the results. For those reasons, many are of the opinion this is the one area where you DON’T want to scrimp. Bobbi Brinkman of Bobbi […]
If you are having your wedding on the same day in the same place as another wedding, both of you can use the decorations and split the cost. One of you can take care of set-up and the other take-down, saving time and money for both of you. The wedding ideas on a budget are from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.
The musical entertainment for your wedding and reception can take many forms, ranging from pre-recordings, organists or other instrumentalists, live vocalists, solo artists, bands, and/or DJs. On the expensive end of the spectrum you have a choir, soloists, and organist or band at the ceremony and a full 17-piece band playing throughout the whole reception. On the other end, you can pare down the bare minimum by playing from MP3 speakers. Chances are your wedding will fall somewhere in between. That said, there are a variety of budget-friendly solutions to the music puzzle without going “bare bones” … Band, DJ, […]
So you are engaged, have sent save the dates, are trying to figure out how to stay within your tight wedding budget, and now need a wedding registry. While it may be tempting to go with a higher end store, it’s both more practical and beneficial to you if you stick with a quality discount retailer. Your guests are on a tight budget, too. It’s unlikely they can easily afford many of the items on your registry if you opt for a high-priced store. For example, as of this writing a Calphalon 4 Quart Slow Cooker at Crate and Barrel […]
While you can certainly hire a planner to handle everything between your engagement and honeymoon, some will, if you choose, also plan only certain parts of the wedding, such as handling all the details related to your out-of-town guests or managing vendor communications. Whatever her planning role, there are advantages. The planner: – Becomes the point person for all involved. A lot of time and tension can be involved with fielding questions from everyone, especially when you are not sure of the best response to some of those questions. The planner can take that load off your shoulders in the […]
Limos are lovely, but they do not always fit your vision for the wedding transportation and/or budget. The good news is there is a whole plethora of alternatives, one or more perfect for you! Take a look at the list below (which is in no particular order) and check out ideas on the wedding car Pinterest board here . Golf cart Antique car Go “old school” and decorate your own car. Rent an awesome car like a convertible or upscale car. Tractor Truck Buggy Motorcycle Surrey Bicycles Bicycle built for two Boat–row, sail, canoe, or motor boat Street car or […]
Often, one’s first inclination about desserts for the wedding is to go to the most popular local bakery that specializes in wedding cakes and order a cake large enough to feed everyone at the reception. While you can be assured of plenty of high-quality cake, it may also cost more than you have to spend. There are a few different approaches to “having your cake and eating it, too,” so to speak. Size Matters If you look at most price lists, you will see the smallest two-tier cake is considerably less than the larger ones with more tiers. By going […]
If you are purchasing a diamond or other expensive ring, the seller is likely to have financing available. At first blush, this may sound like a good idea, but do you really want to begin married life with extra debt taking money away from a house or baby fund (both of which cost a lot of money)? Avoid financing the wedding rings. Many plans sound like a good deal because there are usually no charges if you make your payments on time. But if something happens and you are late on or skip a payment, all accrued interest is due. […]
When it comes to the flowers, DIY could mean buying all the components and literally creating every floral piece, or it could mean buying finished or semi-finished bouquets and decorations from various nontraditional sources. In either case, you take on the additional responsibility of assuring that the flowers are both perky and beautifully designed and that they remain so throughout the wedding and reception. To help you decide which is right for you, I’ve outlined some approaches below. 1. Buy finished florals from nontraditional sources. There are a variety of non-florist merchants, both local and online, where you can buy […]
Buy your tiara online where you can find better bargains. Take a look here for ideas. The wedding ideas on a budget are from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.