5 Ways to save money on your wedding

Want your perfect wedding but don’t think you can afford it? Think again! Here are 5 ways you can save money on your wedding with valuable tips from First Class Wedding’s founder, Tammy Ash Perkins, to help you save some money on your big day.

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#1: Get picky about who you invite!

We know that you want everyone to celebrate and even parents have an extended guest list… But the more guests, the more money! The key is to only invite the most important people in your life; family, close friends, etc. That old friend that you haven’t spoken to since high school days, or your mom’s 3rd cousin can probably just get an announcement after the wedding. This will save you money on everything from food, tables, linens, centerpieces, etc. or it can help you to spend a little more on your flowers, a band, favors, or gifts.

#2: Buy Flowers That Are In Season / Use Greenery 

Custom flowers such as black magic roses, lily of the valley or rare orchids can be ridiculously expensive. A great way to save money on your wedding is to use standard flowers that are easily available, or include a lot of greenery. Done right, greenery around just a few flowers can look absolutely beautiful. Doing some research before hand will help you to know the names and meanings of the flowers, when they are in season so that you can get clear on what exactly it is that you want. You can then relay the information to your wedding planner or florist and they can give you a quote based on those selections (or provide substitutions to keep the costs down). Seasonal flowers in your region are always in abundance and cost less as well so try to stick with those.

#3: Skip The Big Meal

Most people are under the general impression that they need to serve a full sit down meal with a lot of very fancy food. However, if you are trying to save money on your wedding then it’s perfectly okay to serve heavy appetizers and drinks instead. Planning an extended cocktail hour with filling appetizers, light music, simple cocktail tables with a simple wedding cake & dessert display is a great option and can save money on your wedding costs. Guests love finger foods and tend to be more social at these types of wedding receptions. Moving your ceremony start time up earlier in the day should be another consideration. Doing a luncheon wedding reception is another definite way you can save money on your wedding.

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#4: Choose a Simple Wedding Cake

Budget weddings often suggest that you skimp on traditions yet instead we suggest keeping it simple. Stick to basic flavors, fillings and frostings!  Don’t go picking an elaborate artistic creations with fondants as seen on TV. Keeping your wedding cake simple with a few fresh flowers sitting on top will save you hundreds of dollars and allow you to partake in this ancient tradition. Together with a Champagne toast the cake is gobbled up pretty quickly anyway. Spending extra money to make it look fancy when you are trying to save money isn’t worth it. Save money on your wedding by keeping your wedding cake simple!

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#5: Be Conservative on your Save The Date Cards 

You don’t need to spend a ton of money on save the date cards. Building a single web page with an email announcement eliminates costs on paper and postage. Making them yourself are another option. Handmade items have a very inviting feel about them so don’t be afraid to experiment. Another economical (and less time consuming) option is to use postcards instead. This works well if you are having a destination wedding. Nothing like getting a postcard from Hawaii to put up on your fridge. Although a little less hands on, it will get the job done just as well.


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Trusting a wedding planner

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Trusting a wedding planer

If you already know that you are going to hire a wedding planner yet are wondering how trusting a wedding planner is possible then then this article is a “must read”!

10 “Must Ask” Questions:
Do you have terms & conditions or a contract that I can look at?
Do you have a mission and philosophy statement? Can I see a copy?
What do your fees include? Get it in writing.
What set’s you apart from other planners?
Do you have references?
How long have you been a planner with this company?
Do you carry liability insurance?
What specific wedding locations do you use most?
Where did you receive your training?
What is your process and how do I hire you?

These are some of the questions that you should ask in order to get to an internal place where trusting a wedding planner is possible. During your interview it is very helpful if you tap into your gut. Try and feel for a true connection with not only the person you’re speaking with but the organization that you are considering. Especially since, it’s the company that is ultimately responsible for the services that you will receive, not just the person themselves.

Your wedding day is no ordinary day. It is one of the most memorable days of your life. So choose wisely and make sure that the company you are spending your dollars with is a company that you can totally trust. Remember, you can trust the person you are talking with yet it is more important that you trust the company you are hiring.

Trust/honesty/integrity, 3 things that make an exceptional wedding planner.

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Wedding Planning

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WHICH COMES FIRST, the Wedding Venue or the Wedding Planning?

The Pros & Cons of choosing a Wedding Venue first:
PRO: Client has control over the venue.
CON: Wedding Planner does not.

One of the first things that a worthy wedding planning company does once their hired is help you select the perfect venue. The planner can then secure the venue for you which allows them to take full responsibility for everything that happens at your event. If the wedding venue is secured by the client vs. the planner then they run some risks. Reason being is because in order for the planner to have an opportunity to flawlessly plan your event then they need to be able to communicate, facilitate, and coordinate important details with the venue directly. Since the venue’s only take instructions from the person/company that hired them then you lower the wedding planning companies ability to flawlessly orchestrate your event.

The Pros & Cons of choosing a Wedding Planning company first:
PRO: You have an expert at your fingertips, a plethora of invaluable information
CON: If you end up choosing the wrong wedding planning company.

Interviewing wedding planning companies first and foremost can be tedious work. However, this will be the most important first step in the overall planning process. Now, if you are planning on doing a destination wedding then it would make more sense to interview and hire someone in the location your traveling to. However, a wedding planner can travel anywhere so if you find someone that you absolutely trust and want to hire…then don’t let an airline ticket get in the way. An expert wedding planning company can travel and plan your event anywhere in the world.

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