Ok, so I am by no means an expert on weddings. But I've been around the block long enough to have noticed a few key areas that could be tweaked to save you some money.
First things first;
SAVE THE DATES. Do you really need to spend hundreds on perfectly printed pieces of paper just to secure a date? I know they're nice to send and to be honest its lovely to receive something in the mail but are they really your thing? If you're a young bride living a modern lifestyle is something a little old school going to reflect your couple personality? Or does it reflect more a desire to stick to "what you're expected to do"?
Seriously if you're friends and family are relatively tech-savvy, i.e. they own a smart phone, why not send a GIF or video message to SAVE THE DATE? Its free! If you don't have their number it could be cause for reviewing whether they should be on your guest list or not (grandparents and certain family members excluded).
WEDDING CAKES. If you've got a candy bar for dessert or your caterer is doing something and your cake is just for cutting then please, MAKE IT YOURSELF! Wedding cakes are not cheap and if its only for show it doesn't matter if it tastes professionally made or not. As for styling your baked good, keep it simple, for some fondant is really hard to work with (if you want to use it I suggest asking your older relatives if they can help, odds are your future Mother In Law or her Mother is a CWA cake wiz and can be of assistance).If you're using fondant, why not just get a plain, no frills covering on your cake and decorate it with fresh flowers? Actually thats my advice for whatever type of icing you're using, keep it simple and style with fresh flowers.
Photo courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes. (Found on Pinterest)
MUSIC. Seriously, just go onto 8Tracks and make a wedding playlist. Its that easy and there are hundreds of other peoples wedding playlists on there that you can steal tracks from or listen to for inspiration. Save the playlist on your phone or leave the website up on your laptop and have it plugged into a couple of speakers. Now speakers, before hiring out some massive subwoofer thing ASK AROUND your friends and family. You will be surprised at how many people actually have decent sized and quality speakers stored in their homes that never get used. If you can work out 8Tracks and borrow some speakers you've just saved yourself anywhere between $300- $600 for a DJ or band. Hello more money for the bar!
BAR. Speaking of bars, I've never actually heard of or seen this done but why not encourage a POT LUCK BAR? What's this? Well its when guests bring a bottle or 6 pack of their favourite spirit, wine, champagne, beer etc. and place it behind the bar. Why do this? Well its hard to know what everyone likes to drink, particularly if you're wedding is kind of going to be a "two worlds collide" type of event when people from all over the world with all sorts of backgrounds, interests and tastes converge. This means that you're going to have enough of the popular drinks and guests won't be resentful for not getting their favourite rum. Alcohol is not something you can push to the side and budget for at the last minute, so this is a way of reducing the cost, even if you just encourage spirit bringing you're going to be saving A HEAP of money. This is not for everyone and would only suit certain couples and wedding styles but if you decide to give it a go please let me know how it works out.
Photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty. (Found on Pinterest.)
Like, love, loath me suggestions? Let me know please. I have a few more that I would like to share at a later date.
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