Wednesday, March 11, 2009

5 Tips to help decrease your Wedding Day Budget

5 Tips to help decrease your Wedding Day Budget
by Sharise Finley

image from The Knot

1. Always Create a Budget
Before you begin to spend any money make sure you create a budget detailing the total amount that you want to spend and the areas that you want to spend it in. This will help you to keep track of your spending and help you fine tune the areas in which you have saved money and can allocate money to something else.

2. Reception Site
Typically weddings are held on Saturdays which makes most venues slow during the week. Ask your venue Rep. for the cost difference of a wedding on a Wednesday or Friday rather than a Saturday. I know that a wedding in the middle of the week maybe inconvenient but with the right preparation and communication all should go well.

3. Flower Shop
Flowers from a florist are always going to cost. So if you want to decrease your flower budget do your research. Make sure that the flowers you want in your wedding are in the season that your wedding will occur. If you are a DIY Bride, visit your local flower market and purchase bundles of flowers to create bouquets, boutonnières and centerpieces for your special day.
* Extra Tip - Make sure you have a couple of test runs before the wedding so that you can get the look you want.

4. Learn to Love Your MP3 Player
If you're like me you can live without your MP3; however, during this process you will need to learn to love it. Your MP3 player may become one of your biggest assets since you already have the device and all of the songs you love is already downloaded on it.
* Extra Tip - Keep a pen & pad next to every radio in your car, home and at work. When you hear a song you love or would like to hear on your wedding day write it down so that you can download for the wedding reception.

5. Do Your Research
Doing your research is most important. Yes, it may take more time and effort but in the end you can save more money. Before you make a purchase research the costs at competitors or online. You may be able to still use your vendor of choice but at a cheaper price. There are tons of websites that can help you find products and services at a cheaper price. Check Ebay, Etsy and blogs with a classified section for independently made or gently used items.


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