Budgeting; Stretching Your Wedding Penny To A Dollar
We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: weddings can be expensive and before you know it can suck your savings account dry!
Before you jump into planning your big day and locking in venues and vendors, it’s crucial that both you and your fiance candidly ask yourselves about how much you guys are willing to shell out. Even if you have deep pockets it still makes perfect sense to carefully budget for each component.
Following are some key pointers that will help you stretch you wedding penny to a dollar and help you get the best of both worlds i.e. a memorable wedding without breaking the bank.
Don’t get married on a Saturday. Saturdays are the most sought after, and therefore expensive, the day of the week for weddings. The venues, wedding planners, photographers, transport and even your Atlanta wedding officiant costs can jump just by being booked on a Saturday. Instead, have your wedding on a weekday or even on a Sunday to trim the costs. Give your guests enough notice and they will happily take the time off to be at your wedding.
Borrow what you can. Plenty of items at weddings are used once and once only. Before you buy anything new, think about family or friends’ weddings you’ve been to and who might have an item you could reuse. There might be a family ring to pass down to you, a veil your sister or friend wore, vintage suitcases that make for a perfect wishing well, or a gorgeous vintage car your uncle owns that could become your wedding car on the day.
Ask for friendly favors. Before you book a vendor, think about the talents of your friends and family. You might have some crafty mates who can help make decorations or design the invitations for you. You could get big-ticket items like photography or entertainment at a discount.
Rely on recommendations. If you book a vendor, be sure to ask your friends and family who likely have recommendations for excellent vendors they used. Wedding vendors often have partnerships or work closely with other vendors that they can recommend. You can save money by booking a venue and using their preferred photographers or hair and makeup artists as your whole package price will usually be brought down.
Always research. Before locking in a vendor, look around and get a few quotes for the same thing. This will educate you on different prices and quality, making you better equipped to make the right decision and know when you’re getting a good deal. Some vendors such as wedding officiants will usually have their prices and different package options listed on their websites and this can help to make your research even easier.
Take advantage of sales. The earlier you can decide on the items you want, the longer you will have, and therefore better chance of getting them on sale. Waiting to purchase items on sale will not only save you money, but you won’t be rushed making decisions.