10 Ways To Save Money During Wedding Planning| Triad Wedding Planner

Savings1. Choose and off season date- Try to avoid the “popular” dates and holidays.

2. Choose flowers that are in season and less expensive blooms. Instead of Peonies try roses. Use flowers that are fuller such as hydrangeas. Talk to your florist about using greenery.

3. Keep your guest list small- Always remember you are paying for each and every single guest. Not only will this cut down on cost of catering but decor and space as well.

4. Consider having your wedding on a weekday instead of the weekend. The weekend is the most popular dates, especially Saturday nights. You can save big time by choosing a less traditional day.creative-non-floral-wedding-centerpieces-28

5.Choose non floral table centerpieces-  Lanterns, candles, branches, plants…even books. Get creative. Find what represents you.

6. Consider having a daytime  wedding. By having the ceremony and the reception earlier and they day can cut cost extensively. You can save on venue, catering and bar cost. Most people aren’t expecting a large bar earlier in the day.

7. Buy things on sale. Coupons and sales are your friend. But don’t limit it there. Visit your local bridal shows. Participating vendors usually have s some type of deal for brides that attend. Also follow your vendors social media pages, sometimes they offer deals and contest on their pages.

8. D.I.Y doesn’t equal money saved. Sure doing things yourself can be fun… but it doesn’t always mean you are saving money. The cost of materials and trial and error can become costly. Not to mention the stress. If you are used to crafting, this shouldn’t be a problem.However, if you are a novice you may want to go ahead and hire the professional. Choose your projects wisely. Things like your cake, flowers, etc. should really be handled by the experts.

 “I thought DIY was the way to save too, however, now that we are 8 weeks away and a few failed DIY projects in, we realize that the stress and time are sometimes NOT worth the few pennies saved. In fact, DIYing things does not necessarily mean money saved. I wish I knew that going into this.”

9. Keep your favors simple- I can’t count the amount of times I have packed up left over favors or reminded guest to take their favors as they are leaving. . If you really want to have them… keep it simple. D.I.Y. or choose and edible favor. Double your  favors as escort cards if you are assigning seating. 1371600-champagne

10. Skip the champagne toast. Your guest can toast with whatever is in their glasses. So much champagne goes wasted. Not everyone drinks it, nor finishes it.

We hope these tips will come in handy.

Happy Planning!

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5 Tips on Keeping On Budget|Triad Wedding Planner

Budget bridesProbably the most stressful part of a wedding is your wedding budget. No matter if you have 10K or 50K, you still want to stick to your boundaries.

Here are the  5 basic rules to sticking to your budget

1. Priorities– Decide what is most important to you. With Pinterest, inspiration shoots and all the blogs it is hard to keep focus on what you really want the most. It is very easy to get distracted. Make a clear plan of what you want your wedding to be. If you are not sure hire a wedding planner or designer to help you get started.

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2. Be realistic– You can’t have everything, there… I said it. This goes back to number one. If you only have a 5K budget then no you can’t have the Swarovski crystal,  blinged out, seven tiered wedding cake. Find afforadable alternatives to create the look. Speak with your vendors be honest with your budget and let them help you decide how to get the best for your dollars.

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3.Guest list– The more you invite, the more it is going to cost. I always say,”Imagine you are handing your guest cash as they walk in your reception”. Would you hand them a hundred dollar bill…two hundred? Now you are questioning how close you really are to ……… oops,  you forgot her name already. Rule of thumb is if they are not active in your life, do not invite. Don’t feel bad about not inviting co-workers or distant relatives that you haven’t spoken to in years.

4. Impulse Shopping– This is the quickest way to blow your budget. You are out shopping and you see the cutest (insert item here) that would go perfect with your wedding. You are not quite sure where you will use it but you will find a way to make it work. Sound familiar?

images (5)5. Competition- Don’t try to keep up with the Jones, that is the quickest way to blow your budget. Keep focused. Just because Sarah had the this big shindig with over 300 guest doesn’t mean you should.

Think of you and your fiance’ as a team. Make your wedding reflect you. Think of unique elements you could incorporate in your wedding that speaks of you as a unity. Your guest should say, “Oh this is so them.”