Friday, January 29, 2010
How to have a wedding of your dreams for less - Frugal Tip Friday
In my experience, most weddings today cost about an average of 20K. But if you're on a budget, there are so many ways you can cut the cost of your wedding in half. Here are a few tips that really helped cut the cost.
The next tip is to make your own favors or check to see if you have an artist/crafty person in your family who already makes something that can be used as part of your favors. And of course, purchase in bulk! This really helps to save some money.
Although your photographer is a majorly important part of your wedding (and of course you want professional photographs for this really important day) shop around! You can find photographers who are very professional and creative that charge much less than you would think. Also, you can save a bundle by asking the photographer to photograph only the first three hours, and then ask a 'photography inclined' Friend or family member to take some photos during the reception. You can also leave cameras on each table for your guests to take some fun photos. Perfect Day Photography charges less than $1000 for 3 consecutive hours of coverage. Here is their
Another area where brides-to-be can save alot of money, is by having a rehearsal dinner BBQ instead of a formal dinner. My sister started this trend and we are following, because it not only saves money to make your own food and/or order something from a local restaurant or grocery store, but enables more of your guests to stop in and say hello. Just to give you an idea, if we had our rehearsal dinner at a restaurant in Cape May, it would have cost us about $50pp or about $1500.The rehearsal 'BBQ' will cost us less than $300. So that saves about $1200!!!!
http://www.lbibeachgreetings.com/ and I am working on getting some more wedding invites up. You can find my wedding invites here on my blog.
Finally, make your own centerpieces and bouquets!!! This can save hundreds of dollars. There are so many wholesale floral companies and many of them have pre-boxed wedding bouquets and flowers. They are much less expensive then hiring a florist, but opting for this budgetary choice all depends on how much time and creativity you or your maid of honor has. Visit Lola Blooms at www.lolablooms.com to find beautiful wholesale flowers for brides.
Happy Wedding Planning and Budgeting!!!!
Written by Stefani Allegretti