Monay, monay, mooonnaaaay MONAY!!!!
Posted: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Sheri Riley is currently seeking a post-graduate degree in Invasive Cardiology. She enjoys sports and spending time outside with her fiance, Jeff, and their two dogs, Lola and Cami. She is getting married October 12, 2013. Contact Sheri here.
It seems as though a lot of our blogs have dealt with money lately and its obvious why. Were all trying to spend as little as with can while having the wedding of our dreams. With that idea in mind, Ive read my fair share of articles on how to save money for your wedding. While some offered some fairly good ideas, most of them left me thinking, Youre out of your mind. Taking on tasks like catering your own wedding dinner to save money just didnt seem realistic to me. Thats why I came up with a list of things that have helped me save thus far:Contests: I think brides would seriously be surprised at how many wedding contests are out there! Look at us Get Fit brides! The grand prizewinner wont just save hundreds, but THOUSANDS of dollars on her wedding courtesy of our wonderful sponsors. Start by looking up wedding contest online and go from there! A lot of vendors also use Facebook as a way to communicate special promotions or contests too. Hey, its worth a shot! Flowers: A lot of people have been asking me lately about flowers. Truthfully, I havent really even given them much thought. Im a total nature girl and love me some flowers. But, the hippie in me likes flowers in the ground. That being said, I have a difficult time wrapping my head around a $4,000 flower budget for flowers that will die very shortly after. Now, that doesnt mean that I dont want flowers at my wedding; theyre beautiful. Instead of having giant all floral centerpieces though, Im opting for other creative ways to decorate our tables. Im also saving a little bit more by making all 8 (oh, Lord, 8) boutonnieres for Jeffs groomsman. Invitations: Im fortunate enough to have a very talented graphic designer of a sister who will be doing our invitations. That doesnt mean you need one too though! I will still be taking care of all the printing and assembly myself, which is going to save us EASILY about $200-$400. Keep in mind when youre doing your save-the-dates and invites: they get thrown out at the end of the day!On the other hand, here are some things I suggest you do not skimp on:Photography: Besides that dashing new husband of yours, photographs are going to be the only thing you have left to remember your special day. PLEASE do yourself a favor and not only spend a lot of time researching photographers, but also give yourself a good amount to spend on them. Now, expensive doesnt mean they are the best out there! Just be mindful that just like a planner, sometimes you get what you pay for. DJ: I went to a wedding a while ago that, even though I had a blast, the DJ made my ears bleed. Jeff and I went back and forth for a while, with me trying to convince him how important a good DJ was. All it took was that wedding for him to finally realize that a DJ can make or break the entire atmosphere of your wedding. Dont cut corners here. DJ: I like food. My family likes food. Our friends like food. This is going to be one of the things your guests are going to remember. Make it delish! Venue: This is the big boy. When you envision your wedding, the venue should be the center of that vision. True you could always drape the walls if you dont care for the interior of your venue. OR you could pick a venue that really doesnt need that much work because it already fits the vision youve got in that cute little dome of yours. Either way, pick a place you love. Regardless of its location. I hope these tips are helpful when it comes to budgeting. If not, theres always the lottery, right??? World peace and skinny jeans, Sheri xo
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