This tip is a biggie that can result in big savings! Negotiating terms with wedding vendors can take on many forms. It is not always as simple as asking for a lower price for any given service. The first step to negotiation is doing your homework. Know what the going rate is for services in
It takes a special kind of bride to really capitalize on this tip. If you love to shop and find bargains, this tip is for you. Use it wisely and save big bucks! With elaborate craft and party stores in almost every neighborhood and endless online resources for wedding and party supplies, purchasing items directly
Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. Sometimes the greatest challenge is knowing where and how to begin. This tip really should be number one because it’s a simple way to get started planning a beautiful yet affordable wedding. All you’ll need is a piece of paper, a pencil and your fiancé (IF you value
Finding dual purposes for elements of a wedding is one of my favorite ways to reduce spending. For example, personalized favor boxes filled with an edible treat can double as escort cards when you simply add the table number. Guests will find their box on the escort “card” table, use it to find their seat
DIY! That’s right . . . “do it yourself.” Let me preface this by saying, please do not make the mistake of doing it ALL yourself. There are so many great resources for DIY brides these days, but no matter how simple each project seems unto itself, try to do too many and you’ll soon
According to The Wedding Report, the average spending on weddings dropped 14% alone in the second quarter of this year. Obviously brides, grooms and their families are really feeling the pinch of a down economy when it comes to planning their weddings. But after dreaming about your wedding for months, years or even decades, how
If you’re in the process of planning your wedding or another event, I don’t have to tell you that there is no shortage of vendors in any given area.How do you determine which one is best for you? Of course, with budget being such a large factor for most, it is tempting to compare vendors
By now, most everyone has been to an wedding or event featuring a candy buffet. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a trend that I love. You can never go wrong offering guests the opportunity to be a “kid in a candy store” and indulge in the forbidden! However, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this twist

Think small to save BIG

In today’s economy, I meet with more and more couples who are struggling to plan their dream weddings and not break the bank. Although I am always full of tips on how to multipurpose items or create inexpensive “DIY” decor, the bottom line is that the best way to lower your cost is to downsize