WEDDING GOWNS and DRESSES

Wedding gowns are very expensive. However, there are many options you may exercise to get what you want and save money.

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES

Today it is customary for the bridesmaids to purchase their own dresses and shoes. Since you probably intend to gift your maid of honor and bridesmaids, provide them with accessories. It is customery to gift them with custom jewelry that coordinates well with their gowns or dresses. Whether the jewelry is a necklace, errings or a bracelet, it does not have to be expensive. However, it does need to be of good quality and look good.

GROOM and GROOMSMEN

Depending on your wedding motif, the groom and grooms men can wear a dark suit and a dress shirt.You should give them matching ties for uniformity and a tie clip and cufflinks as a keepsake gift. If your wedding calls for tuxedos, have the men in the wedding party rent the tuxedos and shoes. Here again, you should gift them with the accessories. Many rental places will furnish the groom’s attire for free if all the men from the wedding party rent at the same time as one package. So, have all the men order and have the fitting at the same time. Even if you take them out for a meal after the fitting, having the groom’s attire for free, will save you money.

FLOWERS

PHOTOGRAPHERS and VIDEOGRAPHERS

When it comes to photographers and videographers, choose your professionals very carefully. Your wedding day will come and go and the photos and video will serve as mementos and memories of your big day. Viewing them you will re-live it, and be able to share it with your kids and theirs building a family history.

Before hiring a photographer or a videographer interview at lease 3. Compare their work, prices and references. Choose the very best that are within your budget. Even if you need to choose a smaller package, here is where you want the very best. Go for it. Just as personalized wedding gifts and accessories will become treasured keepsakes to share with and hand down to your children, so will your photos and videos.

Most all your wedding gusts have cameras in their cell phones. Ask them to take pictures too. These pictures will usually be real and spontaneous and reflect your wedding as seen by your guests.

THE VENUE

The reception is the most expensive part of your wedding. The meal is the most expensive part of the reception. However, you can plan it within your budget and have a memorable event. You must be very particular when choosing the site. It must be appropriate and fit in with your reception plan. It does not have to be a traditional hall. How about having your wedding in a historical home, a park, a museum, fair grounds, public gardens, on the beach, at your place of worship, in a club house etc…

You also need to know if the venue supplies you with all your furniture and dining needs. If not, you must calculate the rental fees.

When choosing a wedding site, choose slow period and either a Friday evening, Sunday afternoon or Midweek. When caterers are not busy, you’ll be able to negotiate with them for the best deals.

MEAL and BAR

There is an enormous difference in price between a light brunch, a catered five course sit-down meal and everything in between.

Following are some suggestions you may check out to fit your budget.

DON’T BE AFRAID to ASK for FAVORS

Most of the time, you will find that people will feel honored to be asked to contribute their talents and connections to your special day. When I got married, my brother ‘s best friend who is a DJ was more than happy to provide his services as a wedding gift to me and my groom.

See if you can borrow a friend or family member’s accessories. Something as simple as a head piece, a veil or jewelry can be very costly when purchased new. You will have plenty of “Something New” items but you need “something borrowed”. So, find someone who has an accessory just stored away in her closet and who will be more than happy to lend it to you as your “something borrowed”. “Something Old” “Something Blue”and a Sixpence for your Shoe. For my wedding, my father in law replaced it with a dime. I have been happily maried foe 55 years. So I guess that the Dime served me well.



Source by Nily Glaser

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