Got 130 people attending, not looking on spending to much money on food. But looking for ideas on how to save money.
Dr. Shapiro's planning excerise is a good one.
I can tell you from experience that a lot of brides and grooms nickle and dime themselves with things they really don't need and do not add anything to the occasion. Aisle runners are a great example. They are an absolute pain. Save your money and don't bother!
Weddings are like Disney World. Wallet sucking machines. We relax our personal spending constrictions and go ahead and purchase things that aren't all that important. Don't ever buy or order something the first time you visit the store or see it on a website. Wait at least two days and then decide if you are still interested in it for your wedding.
If you want to save on the catering budget for a 130 people (which by the way, is not a medium size wedding, you are definitely having a large wedding with that guest list), consider hors'doevers rather than a meal. Or if you have a meal do a buffet rather than plated. A wedding planner can actually help you save money by guiding you through such decisions and probably knowing which caterers are better values in your area. Good ones save you more than you pay for their services.
Rev. Ann Fuller
October 19, 2010
Looking ways to save money is the name of the game nowadays!
I'd say check out every wedding magazine out there in your area. In these magazines there are great diy tips. Also, do some online research on the internet for diy yourself weddings.
Some couples seem to believe that they need a theme for their wedding....NOT! As long as your wedding encompasses what you and your fiance want, balloons or streamers, or bubble machine, or disco ball, remember that its your wedding.
Design your wedding around your needs, wants and wishes, and NOT around your guests!
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October 20, 2010
Great information dude. And if you want to spend less amount of money in your wedding than firstly prepare a list of guest which are invited by you and prefer off season for your wedding because at that time the wedding packages give more discount on everything.
I too recommend lists. Do your must haves, would really like, but can live without, and then if we have extra let's do it items. This will help you prioritize. Consider a weekday wedding (venues and vendors are likely to discount since weekends are the popular days). Find sites where others 'recycle' things if that is something you would consider. My thoughts are if you only used it once for your wedding, why not purchase it from you (say your decorations) and use them. Great way to save money.
You can save by not having a plated meal as well. Buffets are actually quite nice. A cash bar is an option too.
Always ask if there are discounts or specials when you talk to vendors. I know I also offer specials and if I am able I'll discount as well.
Hope this helps.
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Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro
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