So you’re wedding planning… and trying to figure out a budget. Let me start by saying good luck, and whatever you think you’re going to spend, triple it.
OK now take a deep breath. A wedding doesn’t have to make you go broke. But it’s easy to go over budget!
The first step is to figure out what matters to you. For me, my dress was very important, the food, booze and music were also at the top of the list. I *thought* flowers were very important to me, but after seeing how much what I wanted would cost, I realized it just wasn’t that serious. After laying out my vision for my florist (shoutout to Cachepot for a FANTASTIC JOB!), she sent back a quote of $9,000. Um, no. I’m not spending almost $10k on flowers that are going to die. So, I went back to the drawing board and got the budget down to $3k! And guess what – no one noticed the difference.
Think about the last wedding you went to – do you remember the center pieces or bouquets? Unless they were CRAZY, probably not. NOTE: I once went to a wedding that had 100,000 roses. THAT I remember. So, if your budget for flowers is half a million, this post probably isn’t for you. Carry on and send pics please.
The point is, figure out what you want to spend money on, I decided I would rather splurge on the dress of my dreams (hello, Vera Wang!) than thousands of dollars on flowers that would die. One of my best friends was the exact opposite, however. She wanted to make a statement with flowers- and she did. It was STUNNING! Pics below.
OK so that flower crown on my head was a snapchat filter… but you get the picture.
FLOWERS: Want to still have a lot of flowers without breaking the bank? Here are a few tips…
-GOOD NEWS! Baby’s breath is back in! I used to turn my nose at the idea of baby’s breath, but my amazing wedding planner told me they’re back in so OK YES! It’s cheap and filling.
-Want petals on your aisle as you walk to your groom? Instead of murdering flowers for their petals, send your bridesmaids out to flower shops around town the day before the wedding to ask for their scraps. Most shops will give you their bags of petals, others will charge you a small fee. Here’s a look at my wedding:
-Re-purpose those bridesmaid’s bouquets!
I had 9 bridesmaids and 1 bridesman. The dude didn’t carry bouquet, but all 9 of my ladies did! That’s 9 bouquets that need a home, because you know my girls were busy drinking, eating, dancing and having a blast so they were NOT going to be carrying around those blooms! Tell your wedding planner to have empty vases set out on a few tables, and after pictures tell your bridesmaids to put those bouquets in the vases! Voila!
-PROGRAMS: First, decide if you even NEED programs. If you are having a small wedding and the majority of your guests know who is who, you really don’t need to print out a play-by-play. If you do need a program, this is something you can create yourself for very cheap. I used Zazzle.com and found a Groupon! I placed them in this vintage suitcase and it worked perfectly.
Ditto for thank you cards – I made these on Zazzle, too! The sign is from Etsy and cost $20.
Yes, a seated dinner is great, but if you’re having a big wedding that is also BIG MONEY. I had about 250 guests, so we opted for ‘stations.’ As opposed to a buffet, stations don’t look like cattle going to the trough.
BOOZE: Our friends and family enjoy a good beverage, so we knew this was something we couldn’t skimp on. We did go with top shelf liquor and open bar, but opted to skip the champagne toast. That saved us a couple hundred dollars. Besides, our southern guests were much more into the whiskey and bourbon than the champagne! We DID use a MASSIVE bottle of Verve Clicquot we had been saving for the occasion. But, this is an easy way to save money. Your guests probably won’t miss it.