Hire a Friend for the Photograph
a photographer nowadays thanks to Instagram, digital photography and Photoshop.
Hire a couple of friends who are known for posting spectacular photos
consistently on their social media. They will most likely work for little to no
money and between them you will have all the amazing shots a professional
photographer would give you. Also, you might feel more comfortable with friends
being up close and personal with a camera than a total stranger. In addition, a
cool idea is to ask your guests to all take photos and send them to you during
the course of the wedding and reception.
You can then have a friend do some quick edits and stream them to a
monitor so everyone can enjoy your wedding pictures.
linen does not have to be pricey! Shantung or Pin tuck linen will only cost $15
to $30 per table and look outstanding for the price. Check out the discount bin
at your local yardage store for fun remnants that may only coat a dollar or two
Stay Away From Ordinary Entertainment
cocktail hour instead of hiring a band, try using a standout musician. Hire a
music student to save a tremendous amount on costs. Have a solo musician play,
perhaps a classical guitarist, a pianist, or a harp player. Everyone has a good
friend who is an accomplished musician and would love to honor your marriage
with her musical talent. Save the DJ for later in the evening when the dancing
takes place. Build your own playlist and have a friend DJ. How about loading
your music collection into a lap top and letting your guests chose their own
music? Set it to “Random Play” and be
surprised and ready to have fun.
Skip the Fancy Meal
away from the traditional wedding plate dish of chicken or fish with a side.
Instead, many couples are deciding to choose more comfort-type foods. Consider unique
sandwiches, burgers with fries, barbequed meats and other hometown or family favorites. Weddings can be a great time to break out old, dearly loved family recipes. Trust
me, more people will remember Grandma's incredibly gooey Mac & Cheese served at
your wedding than they will the Foie gras and Bebe Lapin Confit served at Mike
and Ashley’s wedding
cakes are VERY pricey. Try decorating your cake with fresh flowers. Florists
will usually provide this for an insignificant cost if they are providing other
flowers for you already. Also, why not consider a fun cupcake tower instead of a
traditional wedding cake. A 4-tier tower of cupcakes could well cost you under $100.
You can add your favorite desserts along with the wedding cupcakes to give more
variety to the guests. Add brownies, cookies, or strawberries covered in
chocolate to the dessert menu.
The Bar Tab
An open bar can be a huge expense item when it comes to weddings. If you are
renting out a space for the venue, ask if they will let you supply your own
alcohol. If so, grab your beverages at a discounted liquor store or Costco and stock up on House-Brand
essentials. Grab a couple of types of beer along with red and white wine. If you
want to offer a full bar, make sure to pick up vodka, rum, gin, whiskey along
with a couple mixers, juice and sodas.
Traveling Less for the Honeymoon
a simpler honeymoon and not an eccentric destination one. Plan one closer to
home, as spending hours on a plane with connecting flights doesn’t sound
relaxing or enjoyable. You can spend a longer period of time on vacation with
fewer costs by exploring places closer to you. For those in the Bay Area, this
might be a short car ride to Lake Tahoe, Disney Land, Vegas or Catalina Island! Remember, tourists flock from around the
world to explore the Northern California Coast and Wine Country.
Know the Right Place to get Tuxedos
away from the box-store chains like Men’s Wearhouse. As for online tuxedo
rentals, well the jury is still out on whether or not receiving a wrinkled, low
quality garment is really worth the tiny savings. The price you end up paying
will never equal the quality or fit you deserve on your most special day. Go to
smaller, family owned businesses where the fair price will actually come with much
greater quality and fit. For those in the Bay Area, check out Tuxedo Fashions.
They are a family owned store who pays incredible attention to detail when it
comes to colors, fit and overall appearance for your wedding. Unlike the chain
stores, Tuxedo Fashions stores also have everything in house, providing you
with the peace of mind that come your wedding day, your tuxedo or suit rental
will be picture perfect.
are supposed to be fun, one of the happiest days in your life. Don’t stress on a bunch of minor details that
the guests really won’t even notice. Simplify your life by not spending a year
micro-planning a “perfect” Pinterest wedding, don’t go into debt over exotic
hot house flowers in the middle of winter and by all means do whatever you can
to insure a wonderful day. Just
remember, it’s all about marrying the person you love…
better than expected,