Beautiful Budget Wedding
Most brides have spent a lot of time thinking about the perfect wedding. They know exactly what they want for their special day. And most fathers of the bride have spent a lot of time dreading their little girl's wedding. Partially because they don't want to give their little princess to somebody else, but also because of the hit to their pocketbook.
As a wedding planner, it's your job to keep everybody happy. Of course the bride (and the groom) is your number one concern, but that doesn't mean you get to ignore everybody else. For every time you remind the bride that it is her day and she can do what she wants, you'll find yourself trapped by the mother of the groom with ruffled feather.
With a little work, you can give the bride the wedding of her dreams and still stay friends with her father. Here are four of the easiest ways to cut down on a wedding's expense without sending the budget through the roof.
Live music is expensive. A DJ is a fraction of the cost and a customized playlist on an iPod is practically free. If it's live music or nothing, though, there are cheaper alternatives to professionals. Students from a local music school are very talented and willing to take gigs for a fraction of the price. The bride may not want to take the time to hunt them up, but as wedding planner you can be all over this.
You should strongly discourage the happy couple from having a cash bar at their wedding. They have invited their friends and family to their wedding as guests. It's best to not ask them to pay for anything while they're there, especially as they've already bought gifts. Stress to them that it is not necessary for them to provide alcohol at all (no matter what Uncle Joe says). If they really want to serve something other than soft drinks, assure them that wine and beer is all they need.
Professionally arranged flowers are expensive. See if your clients know anyone who could make the bouquets for them. Suggest alternative center pieces. There are beautiful examples all over the Internet of mason jar or wine bottle decorations. Pick something that is meaningful to the couple (Did they meet in their college library? Use books as centerpieces!). Be creative and convince them that guests will love their unique ideas.
As the objective outsider, you can be ruthless here. The quickest way to save money on a wedding is to slash the guest list. The couple is likely to be too worried about offending people to think about what they really want. Remind them that their third cousin or high school lab partner isn't going to feel slighted. After all, their day will be only more special if they share it with just the people that they are closest to.
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Jason Kassel, PhD is owner and operator of Brie on a Budget a website that provides useful information for brides looking to hold fabulous budget weddings. Full of articles, the site provides well-researched and up-to-date knowledge on all types of budget wedding ideas. Read this to learn more about budget weddings.