5 Ways to Save a ton of Money on Your Wedding
5 Tips for Huge Savings
1. The Wholesale District is Your Home Away From Home
If you think that wholesalers do not deal with the general public, you are wrong! You do not have to have a resale license to get wholesale prices. I will not say this is true in all cases but I would say that 85% of wholesalers will sell direct to the public.
2. If you Need a Wedding Planner...Shop Around
Some wedding planners charge a fortune but there are a ton of amazing planners with a wealth of experience that will not break the bank. Check out a site like Craigslist and browse for planners under the services section, you will be amazed at what you find! You can also find assistants that work for big name planners and because they are only an assistant or apprentice, they charge a fraction of what the big name planner would.
3. The Internet is Your Best Friend
Go ahead...look at the most expensive retail shops that you would never actually buy from and find your dream dress or your dream engagement or wedding ring. For a wedding dress, write down the designer and the style and for a diamond or engagement ring, write down the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight you are interested in. When you go home, get on your computer ASAP to comparison shop. There are so many pre-owned wedding dress sites and wholesalers direct to the public on the internet and you just have take some time to do the research. For fine diamond jewelry this is also true! Go to a commercial store like a Robbins Brothers or a Zales and pick out your favorite item, then you can go online to a website like Adiamor and find diamond jewelry for a fraction of the price.
4. The Little Things Should Not Cost a Fortune!!!
The cost for invitations, wedding favors, place cards, and menus can really add up. You can find such adorable do-it-yourself items at a local craft or stationary store. Michaels is a great craft store near my home that sells gorgeous blank wedding invitations. You can purchase them for around $30 for a set of 50 and then all you have to do is stick them in your printer and print!
For items like monogram napkins or menus you can go online and find some great deals. One adorable idea is a matchbook that says, "the perfect match" with both yours and your fiance's names. I have seen them at The Knot website store for under $40 for a set of 100!
5. Negotiate with Your Vendors
When it comes to weddings, everything is negotiable! Your flowers, dress, decor, venue, lighting etc. If you have vendors that are not willing to negotiate than you should think about looking for new ones. The economy is in a terrible state and work is hard to come by so unless your offer is unreasonable, your vendors should be flexible.