Top 3 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
Getting engaged is definitely exciting, and it’s something that women will remember for the rest of their lives. But once you’re engaged, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of work that you will have to do to get your wedding in order. There is so much to remember. From choosing a wedding dress to a caterer, wedding videography, flowers, decorations, accessories, wedding favors, wedding DJ and so much more – you’re really going to have your hands full working on your Adelaide wedding planning. Imagine doing all of this while still staying within your wedding budget. Sort of makes you feel like Superwoman, doesn’t it? Starting out with your wedding planning can be overwhelming, especially if you have a limited wedding budget (like most couples out there). So here are perhaps the best three things that you can do to help you to save money on your wedding.
1. Start a Guest List
Once they get engaged, many brides get excited and start going full steam ahead on their wedding planning – without starting a guest list. Bad idea. I’ve heard of too many stories where the bride reserves a room and pays a non-refundable deposit for a small room with a capacity of 100, only to find out that her guest list is around 350 people! So one of the first things you need to do is develop a tentative guest list of friends and family to invite. Be sure to talk to both of your parents to get the most accurate guest list that you can. If your wedding budget is going to be tight, try to keep your guest as low as you feel comfortable with. Nearly every major cost that you’re looking at is going to be based on a per-person cost, such as wedding cake, your caterer, wedding favors, reception halls, and more. I know you’re excited about getting engaged, but be sure to work on that guest list before you go out and start making reservations that could cost you later.
2. Start Planning Early
Really, the earlier the better. The closer you get to the wedding, the more stressed out and brain dead you’ll be – trust me. And when you’re stressed out and brain dead, you will be much more likely to pay extra money to take care of some detail you’ve forgotten. Many bridal shops and other wedding stuff you’ll need will have sales on merchandise (especially in the non-wedding season), so be sure to watch for those. If you start early you’ll have time to look for deals. Do as much as you can early so you’ll have less to worry about later.
3. Get Organized!
I can’t tell you how important it is to get organized with all of your wedding planning information. Buy yourself a huge binder with tabs, or however, you want to get organized, and keep everything! Every quote, business card, receipt, and pamphlet. You can even include pictures of what you’ve chosen, pictures of ideas that you like, or fabric swatches. Trust me, they’ll all come in handy when you’re working on matching up colors and schemes. If you stay organized, then anytime a problem arises with a wedding vendor- you’ll have everything you need to take care of the problem. Proof of payment, quotes or other promises given and more!
Unfortunately, many women get so excited about their engagement and upcoming wedding that they will happily pay over-inflated fees from vendors taking advantage of that emotion. Yes, your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life, and you want your wedding day to be what you’ve always dreamed, but there is no reason to be taken advantage of – and to pay three times what you should.