Keep a list of everything you need to arrange. Decide which ones are essential to realize your dreams, and which are optional. Assign a realistic price estimate for each item. If the first supplier can’t give it to you for that price, then find another. Start with the most expensive items. If you can save on these, then you have more left over for other things that may be slightly more than you anticipated. Consider a formal evening gown instead of a “Wedding Dress” or check out the re-sale and consignment shops for beautiful gowns at drastic reductions.
Choose flowers that are in season during the month of your ceremony; nothing fancy and imported. Many florists have pre-set wedding packages, but you are not confined to those. Ask for the colours you want in flowers, but price out different blooms with a friendly flower shop assistant. Not every bouquet needs to be made up of roses and other expensive blossoms. The florist will consult with you and you’ll be pleased with the results. Single flowers for the ladies to hold and simple boutonnieres for the men keep costs down. You will find simple corsages can also be affordable for Mothers and Grandmothers too, so there is no need to eliminate the lovely moments just because you are on a budget!
Do your own make-up or have your favourite hair stylist do your hair and makeup. Find family members to drive you around on the day. Take the basic photo option from a photographer. You will want photos, so really try to work this into your budget. Supplement the basic purchased package with friends and family who have cameras. With all the digital cameras out there now, arrange for a website that posts the photos for free and tell all your guests about it so they can send the photos to you for upload. That way, if there are any you love, you can print them at a low cost later.
Ask the members of your Wedding Party to pay for their own outfits as a gift to you and your fiancé instead of presenting you with a gift they purchased. (Do try to get dresses for the ladies at a proper dress shop that they can actually use later). Ask lots of questions! You are paying people to provide a service for you, so do not be reluctant to make them work for it. If you want something for a lower price, ask them if it’s possible! If you are unclear about something, make them explain. If you don’t like something, say so. This is your wedding, not theirs. You will only be able to plan and execute your own Wedding once in your life, so make it wonderful – even if it is short!
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