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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I save money on my wedding?
Don’t Go Overboard
It’s not a good idea to go over your budget or go into debt in order to pay off your wedding. Beginning a married life together is a difficult transition as it is, and having a debt because of your wedding only adds to the financial problems.
To save money on your flowers, try using more greenery than blooms in your church arrangments or garlands on archways, trellises, etc. Ferns and vines are both inexpensive and easy to obtain, sometimes for free!
In general the initially quoted price for wedding services will be high. Keep this in mind and don’t be afraid to dicker. Tell them outright that you don’t intend to spend that much and you will be surprised at the accomodations they can make rather than lose a sale.
Mum’s the Word
If you *really* need to save money and aren’t afraid of a little sneakiness, you can do many things (flowers, banquet halls, etc.) and without mentioning the word ‘wedding’ c
an save a bundle. Prices go way up when flowers are ‘wedding flowers’ as opposed to ‘party flowers’ or ‘reunion flowers.’
Cheap Months to Marry
The rate of couples getting married goes *way* down in the winter. With the exception of December (all those holiday weddings!), November thru March aren’t big wedding months—you’ll spend less money if you get married during the off-season.
Vendors and Budgets
To stick tight to your budget, before you meet with a vendor, get a rough idea of their price range
and don’t meet with that vendor if you know that they’re out of your price range. When you do meet with the vendor, tell them your budget up front so they can help you pick from options that will stay within your budget.
Quickie Cost Cutters: Guest List
Looking for places to cut costs? A good place to start is the guest list—you may need to face up to the reality of having a so-so wedding with everyone and his brother invited, or the wedding you really want with fewer guests. Close friends and family are usually shoo-ins, but do you really need to invite all of your dad’s fraternity brothers from college? Unless your parents are footing the entire bill, try to keep guests to the ‘must-haves.’
Cutting the (Cake) Costs
If your cake budget is tight, consider eliminating some or all of the following, which usually add to the expense of the cake: fruit fillings, fondant icing, handmade sugar flowers, deep (rather than pastel) colors, unique shapes.
Unless your church provides it for free, consider skipping purchasing a runner. They’re often slippery, easily torn and can cause people to trip.
To save money for the guys’ attire, have them wear their own dress shoes instead of renting them from the tuxedo store. It will cost less and they’ll be more comfortable.
Bridesmaids on a Budget
If you really want those designer bridesmaids’ dresses that cost $300+, see if you can get a seamstress to copy the design. Often the cost will be just half of the designer gowns.
Quickie Cost Cutters: Food
Looking for a quick way of cutting costs? Try changing the reception from dinner to a brunch, an evening cocktail party or dessert reception—it can take a sizeable chunk off of your reception total.
Changing the Day
If you’re on a tight budget, consider having your wedding anytime but on a Saturday evening. Saturday nights are generally the most expensive when it comes to banquet halls, catering, etc. You’ll save a lot by having the wedding on another evening or even during the morning or afternoon.
If you’re strapped for cash, try cutting out all but the most important flowers (such as the bride’s bouquet) and using candles instead. They cost less and give weddings an incredibly romantic atmosphere.
Cutting Back on Attire
If you want to save money all around on attire, have the groom and groomsmen wear their own clothing—- dark suits work well for both informal and more formal weddings.
Cutting Centerpiece Costs
Instead of using costly flower arrangments for reception centerpieces, substitute potted flowers or flowers grown in baskets lined with moss—if you plan in advance, you can even grow them yourself!
Dress for Less
You can get excellent prices for a brand-new dress if you buy one from a bride who ended up not getting married. Check the web, local newspapers and consignment shops for never-worn gowns at good prices.
Limit the Maids
If you’re on a tight budget, try to limit the number of attendants. It will reduce your flower bill (bridesmaid’s bouquets can be very expensive), the number of attendant gifts that you’ll have to purchase and the the cost of a bridesmaid luncheon and the rehearsal dinner.
To Market, To Market
On a really tight flower budget? Have your florist do a ‘market’ special, where she goes on the day of/before your wedding and uses whatever’s on special/sale for that day.
If you don’t have a big dress budget, consider renting a dress from stores that also carry rental tuxedos, etc. This is a good, practical option if you’re not sentimental and don’t mind not keeping the dress you’re married in.
How can I get ready for my wedding day?
Beauty time line, on the wedding day
* Have a massage in the morning. This will give you time to relax and reflect before your big event.
* Take a long bath.
* Eat at least one small meal, you don’t want to pass out at the altar.
* Have your hair and make-up done a few hours before the ceremony. If at all possible, have your stylist and make-up artist come to you. This will prevent any “weather” damage.
* Start dressing one to two hours before the ceremony and do any necessary make-up touches.
Take deep breaths and enjoy the moment! All of the planning is over, it’s time to enjoy the blessed event!
When should I begin to plan my wedding-day makeup?
Practice makes Perfect!
Practice your hairstyle with your headpiece, your wedding-day make-up, and get a professional manicure. During this manicure you should choose your nail polish color and treat yourself to a paraffin wax treatment.
How should I decorate for my winter wedding?
Decorating Ideas for Wedding
Tulle is a life saver for winter decorating ideas for wedding! Placed around centerpieces and the cake table it can give the illusion of snow. Hung from risers and strung with snowflake strings can make a lovely presentation. Both ice blue and white tulle together, accent a winter wedding scene.
Elegant Wedding Centerpieces
To create inexpensive but elegant wedding centerpieces, consider renting silver candelabras, ($10-$15 for rental). The bases can be wrapped with tulle or ivy and some single cut flowers can be placed around the base. The look can be enhanced by placing it on a mirror.
How can I dress my bridesmaids?
Bridesmaids of Different Shapes
If you have bridesmaids of varying shapes and sizes, keep in mind that it’s unlikely there’s one dress that’s going to flatter everyone. You want everyone to look their best, right?
It’s a nice idea to pick the designer, fabric and color, then let your bridesmaids choose the cut that looks best on them. You can give them as much or little leeway as you like, but remember that a comfortable bridesmaid is a happy bridesmaid!