Do you know what the average couple spends on a wedding in America? $33,391 US dollars. That statistic is according to one very popular and well-reputable online bridal website – The Knot. If you think that’s a lot of money then I would say that most people probably agree with you! Believe it or not, a good portion of that budget actually goes to the wedding specialists involved with planning and setting up this special event. Some cannot be replaced because of their importance, but you can definitely do some things yourself in order to cut costs way down. Listed below are 6 simple tips you should consider doing in order to cut costs down before tying the knot.
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1. The concept and how to figure it out – One early suggestion is to create a mood board (Google it) which will store all of your ideas, motivational pieces, pictures, and cut-outs that together portray your entire version of the wedding. A systematic approach is guaranteed to provide good results! The concept of your event should consist of separate elements that are all united by one idea and style: decorations, invitations, program, dress code, color scheme, flowers, textiles, and whatever else you can think of! Look in the following directions to help make a firm decision on the idea and style you want to choose:
1. Think of an artistic concept (e.g. baroque), design style (e.g. minimalism), historical era (e.g. the beginning of the 20th century) that inspire you.
2. Think about your favorite movies or books, perhaps you can become their heroes for the day or surround yourself with decorations imitating their scenery.
3. Remember your love story and how you met, maybe you can play with that.
4. Use your hobbies or places you’ve been to together as a foundation.
2. Questions to ask your photographer – Photographers and videographers are the 2 most important people at your wedding, after the bride and groom of course! They will be the ones capturing moments and creating memories that will stay with you and your family forever. It shouldn’t take an expensive wedding planner for you to keep this in mind during the wedding planning process. Give strong consideration to only choosing professionals for this job. Always ask the photographer:
1. About their prices and how they charge. Is it per hour or the whole day?
2. If they have extra lights available in case it gets dark or the venue is dim.
3. If their package includes and engagement shoot before the wedding, or if they give you a photobook for free.
4. How they work in the process of editing or finalizing photos. Do they use Photoshop or perform color correction if needed?
5. How much time it usually takes them to do everything after the event and then provide you with the images.
3. Wedding decor and its rules – When planning your wedding you must keep proper decor in mind. Thankfully, there are some relatively simple rules to follow when deciding on the wedding’s decor and concept. Consider the rules below when thinking about your wedding decor. These will save you some trouble in the process of preparing and implementing all of your exciting wedding ideas:
1. Your wedding designs concept must fit the venue it’s been held at. Otherwise, it’s going to look awkward.
2. Make sure you talk to the head manager of the venue where you are planning to celebrate – Discuss the terms and options for installation and de-installation of all decor associated to the party.
3. Discuss your decor with the photographer before the wedding. Collaborating with them on this topic early on will mean your pictures will turn out even better in the end. Wedding photographers can also give some great advice based on their past experience!
4. It’s preferable to have 2 plans, plan A and plan B, for a wedding that is going to be held outdoors. If it rains or gets too windy, don’t let yourself get discouraged. Simply get everyone inside a big tent and keep being festive! Remember, they say rain on your wedding day brings both happiness and good luck!
4. The venue and what to look for when choosing it – Searching for the perfect restaurant or banquet hall can be a tough process, and it isn’t something your wedding planner would normally do for you anyways. But thankfully, there are some rather simple things you can look for (or ask about) when trying to find the perfect location. Here are some things you need to know:
1. If you can bring your own alcohol and how much they charge for it?
2. If there is a small hall or room next to the main room that can be used for children’s entertainment or as a dressing/utility room where people working at your wedding (such as photographers) can leave their belongings and prepare.
3. If there will be enough light, because light is essential for great photos.
4. If they provide a sound system or if you will need to bring your own.
5. How much space the parking lot has.
5. Entertainment program options – Just as any wedding planner would say, choosing good entertainment is an important decision for anyone hosting a large wedding. It all depends on your financial abilities and your desire for keeping guests entertained during the event. When your guests are busy watching or doing something, it gives you a short break to catch your breathe from all the toasts and congratulations. Here are a variety of ideas you could consider: soap bubbles, a fire show or fireworks (ask the venue manager about these first), a live band, mimes, a magician, cartoonist, a bar on wheels, or a photo booth.
6. A survival kit for the wedding day and its contents – Life can be unpredictable and so are big events like weddings. Prepare properly and you’ll have nothing to worry about! To ensure that everything goes smoothly, you need to make sure you’re fully ready and prepared for whatever happens. We recommend putting together a wedding survival kit (Google them) with all kinds of different things inside that might be useful on the day. Give it to someone who you know will be around and is trustworthy, like your mom or best friend.
An expensive wedding planner would want you have all of the following inside your bag: scissors, a pair of tights/stockings, plaster, sanitizer, wet wipes and tissues, a small medical kit (containing headache and stomachache medicine, lozenges, etc.), some needles and thread in several colors, duct tape, a glue stick, batteries, some cosmetics (like lipstick, lip gloss, pressed powder, etc.), mattifying paper, hair spray, transparent nail polish (can be used to mend torn tights), elastic bands and pins, a comb, antistatic spray, a lint roller, portable headphones, an umbrella, and insect repellent (in case you’re having an outdoor event).
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