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How to Hire a Wedding Team on a Budget and Still Have a Fabulous Wedding
As professionals in the wedding industry, we know the struggle is real. You envision the wedding of your dreams, but you only have X amount of money to spend and the last time you checked, there are no money trees growing in your back yard. You want to be able to actually live after the wedding is over. There’s the new house you want after you get married and the new car that you need. You also want to have the budget for your dream wedding dress and the DJ that makes your friends remember your wedding as the best one of the year (or decade!)
1. Make Sure Your Florals Serve a Dual Purpose
You’ve picked out the most beautiful flowers to accompany you as you walk down the aisle. Your bridesmaids’ bouquets are sheer perfection. Now use them for more than just the ceremony! Display the wedding party bouquets on your guests’ tables during the reception as center pieces to save on floral costs. After all, you’ve researched the perfect florist and created your dream flower arrangement for all of your female besties. Now, you get to put it to good use AND save money!
2. Hire a Wedding Planner that also offers Design Services
You need to know the difference between a wedding planner and a designer. A wedding planner is an individual that creates and then coordinates the timeline of the wedding only. He or she will only guide you on the decisions that have to be made leading up to your big day. This person will not be able to discuss the design aspects of your wedding. A wedding designer coordinates the visual aspects and the overall look of the wedding. While both of these are great to have, many brides hire two individuals to cover these features of their big day. It is more cost effective to hire a wedding planner with experience in design. This person can also assist you with choosing centerpieces, table décor, etc., as well as knows how to coordinate the event.
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3. Hire a Caterer that is willing to be flexible.
Your caterer is your best friend. Sit down and ask them how you can save money on your wedding. Make sure they are willing to offer customized packages for your guests.
Nix the butler passed hors d’ oeuvres during the cocktail hour and consider serving light appetizers such as cheeses and crackers and fruit options as opposed to heavy hors d’oeuvres. For example, Mashed Potato Bars, are all the rage and rather inexpensive.
Consider a buffet-style meal as opposed to a sit-down menu. Buffets are often less expensive than sit-down plates. Your guests still get a full meal and will leave satisfied.
Consider cupcakes or donuts for the sweet part of your day! Sweet tables, and other sweet alternatives can be less expensive than the traditional wedding cake. Also, ask your baker or caterer if they would be willing to use a “fake” cake for your display. If so, they would serve your guests their yumminess from a sheet cake prepared in the back. Your guests would be none the wiser, and you save money in the end.
4. Hire a Photographer that Includes Engagement Photos in the Wedding Package
For brides on a budget, it can sometimes end up costing more to go to another photographer for engagement photos versus having an engagement session included in your wedding package. This doesn’t always mean just money. By building your relationship with one photographer, you’re more likely to save time and stress on your wedding day than by working with your wedding photographer for the first time on the day of your wedding.
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5. Check with your local Parks and Recreation for Venue Options
Many counties have beautiful park gazebos, gardens or indoor venues where you can get married for a fraction of the price of a full wedding venue. Much of the information on how to book a local park venue is on your county’s website. You may have to register for a wedding permit, but this could save you a lot of money in the long term. How would love it if at the end of the day your planner says that you are UNDER budget? Okay now how about that designer gown you wanted…
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