Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Budget, Budget, Budget! Ways to save money!

You are engaged and you are getting ready to plan your wedding? The glitz and glam of weddings are whimsical to a couple, but the reality is that planning a wedding can be expensive. Planning your budget and knowing your limits can be difficult when you are planning a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

If money is a concern for you and you are paying your own dream wedding, you should think about what is important to you and how much money are you willing to spend in that particular area, then stick with the plan! If family members are contributing to your wedding include that in your budget.

We’ve compiled a list of our top 18 My Bridal Budget Ways to save on wedding costs. You’ll also get the most bang for your matrimonial buck.

1) Plan your wedding on a Friday or Sunday to save money
2) Plan your wedding in an off-peak season
3) Cut the guest list. Better method is most invitation companies sell invitations at a set amount-let that amount be the formula to control your guestlist. By cutting the guest list you will save on invitations, floral centerpieces, wedding favors, and catering costs
4) Ask Guests to Reply Online or by Phone: You can use an online service for RSVP’s and simply include the web address on your invitations, which will save the need for RSVP cards and extra postage. Or, you can include a phone number for your guests who might not have Internet access.
5) Have your ceremony and reception in one location. This will cut travel expenses that your vendors can charge
6) Customize your menu- in most catering halls they offer so much food, such as the cocktail hour & dinner reception. Cut the appetizer from your dinner menu or one to two sauté/chafing stations from your cocktail hour.
7) Buy Flowers that are in season, stick to one or two flowers for your centerpiece.
8) Use non-floral props as your centerpieces like hurricane lamps, candles, or photo framed box centerpieces of guests, friends, family who are attending the wedding
9) Something Old and Borrowed- Nowadays anything vintage screams out chic, add a sentimental touch by wearing your mother’s gown, veil or jewelry or you can rent your favorite designer’s wedding gown (http://www.rentabridalgown.com/, www.weddingdressmarket.com, http://renttherunway.com)
10) Reuse your ceremony flowers for your reception flowers
11) Hire a band or a DJ to perform in your ceremony and reception
12) If you are not having a destination wedding or a holiday wedding, then do not send save the dates. Save the dates is a superfluous expense when it is not needed.
13) Cut the extras- with everything from photography to transportation- never surrender to the upsell. An additional custom photo album or cable TV in your limo might sound like a good idea at the time, but if it is not at the top of your priority list, chances are you can live without it.
14) Hire a My Bridal Budget Pro ;0)- Hiring a wedding coordinator to save you money sounds counter-intuitive, but sometimes you have to spend a little to save a little. Once you’ve set a budget, a wedding coordinator will work with you and their network of preferred vendors to make your dreams come true within your budget
15) Be Creative- Make your own place cards, table numbers and menu cards with cardstock and print it out from your computer
16) Give out one wedding favor per couple
17) Decorating a cake – adorn your cake with real flowers, instead of sugar flowers
18) Do Research- Visit this helpful site www.costofwedding.com Enter your zip code so you can see how much couples spend in planning their wedding in your zip code area.

In addition, by giving yourself ample time to plan, you won’t feel rushed at the last minute and forced into using services and products that are more expensive. By having more time you’ll be able to shop around for the best deals, and not get stuck with what’s available at the last minute. Plus, if you have a credit card that accumulates airline miles or points for travel, you’ll have time to use this card so you can use the rewards to cut prices on your honeymoon travel.

Happy Planning!

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