Seven New Secret Tips to Creating Your Dream Wedding on a Budget
Is it impossible to plan your dream wedding on a budget? Not if you know the secrets! Forget everything you think you know about wedding planning on a budget, because you won’t have to sacrifice the quality of your wedding with these tips. I have found seven secret tips that the bridal industry doesn’t want you to know about, that will save you money, time and stress. Think of these as your “7 Bridal Commandments” to consider as you enter the overwhelming world of wedding planning.
Tip 1- Think Outside of the Tiffany’s Box! Don’t believe the bridal industry hype! Many sites promote the idea that spending more money= a better wedding… NOT TRUE! Focus on planning the wedding that you want, not the wedding the bridal industry says you want. Think like a wedding guest: what do you remember about the last wedding you attended? The favors? The Flowers? Probably not. Most guests will remember the fun & inviting atmosphere you create! Focus on that, and your wedding is sure to stand apart from the rest.
Tip 2- Start Searching Now! It’s never too early to begin your search, especially when working with a tight budget. Comparison shopping early allows you to compare prices, develop a game plan, and better prepare you for negotiating (see tip 3). Avoid waiting until the last minute, and it can literally save you hundreds of dollars in secret rush fees. Also, since many wedding items must be special-ordered, you save yourself the stress of playing the waiting game and allow time for any last minute adjustments that need to be made.
Tip 3- Bartering Brides. Bartering is definitely an acquired skill, but with the economy the way that it it, you would be surprised at how flexible many vendors can be. Do your homework (see tip 6) and be prepared to walk out if you feel that you are being ripped off. Remember: Don’t let the merchant talk you into products/services that you don’t need. Write out a list of your needs/wants and stick to that. Don’t let them swindle you into items you didn’t ask for, and negotiate the price you can afford to pay.
Tip 4- Surfing the Web for Secret Savings. The bridal industry doesn’t talk a lot about these hidden money savers, but there are plenty of ways to find all that you want, at significantly lower-than-retail prices. You just have to be willing to search! The web is full of secret money savers- from ordering your flowers wholesale online, to significantly lower quotes on wedding dresses. There are also many Bride to Bride tips on lesser-known wedding venues and photographers that can save you thousands of dollars! A quick search on Craigslist can bring up hundreds of Brides re-selling items that are in great condition for your wedding at a huge discount!
Tip 5- Did You Get it in Writing? I can’t stress to you enough the importance of this step. Any deals, promotions, offers or discounts a vendor promises to you mean nothing unless you have them in writing. In the excitement and craziness of wedding planning, it is very easy for vendors to sweet talk their way into your wallet. Before you put a deposit down on anything, make sure that everything is in writing, or you will suffer the consequences of hidden fees and secret added costs.
Tip 6- A Prepared Bride is a Penny-Saving Bride. Spend some time researching what you want (as well as what you don’t want) for you wedding and reception. Having a good idea of your wants and needs BEFORE you go out shopping, prevents you from being swindled into the unnecessary. Make a list of questions you want answers to, and be confident in your decisions as a bride. Remember: It is YOUR wedding!
Tip 7- Let Your Creative Side Out! If you really want to save some money on your wedding, thinking outside of the box is the best way to go. Many unconventional ideas can be your ticket to savings, while showcasing your love in a new and creative way. There may be an unusual wedding site that is perfect for you, or why not create the invitations yourself? (It’s a lot easier than you think!) The point is: You don’t have to compromise the quality of your wedding by making it affordable.
Follow all of these “Wedding Commandments” and you are on your way to a beautiful, budget friendly wedding. The secret, is to be creative, and search all options before settling. Bridal companies are in the market to promote spending, and talk you into as much as they can. Now that you are armed and prepared with these budget-friendly tips, you are one step closer to the wedding of your dreams, for a fraction of the cost.