The “INTRODUCTION” 🙂
Congratulations! You’re getting married! Or, in the very least, you’re dreaming about getting married ; )
This ebook will help you to plan the perfect wedding while saving you a lot of money no matter when you’re tying the knot. I have a lot of experience when it comes to weddings. I’m a wedding coordinator, former bride turned housewife and mother genius. I’m here to help you every step of the way.
I applaud you for reading my ebook in an effort to find out all there is to know about wedding planning. After all, your wedding day is one of the biggest events that will ever happen to you in your lifetime! You should make it special. It ranks right behind Sweet 16, 18, high school prom, graduation and the 21st birthday!
It’s natural for you to feel a little anxious when you think about planning a wedding. I’ve been there, done that. You’re wondering right now what is the best way to celebrate. I’m here to help you figure it out! I’m also here when you need a friend to lean on! Get ready. Planning a wedding can be one of the most challenging times for couples. Everyone! And, I mean EVERYONE will have an idea on what you should do and how you should do it.
Tell them that I said the only way that matters is your way! It’s easy to face your parents and future in-law’s if you put the blame on someone else. I’ll take the fall for you! You and your fiancé are the only two people who matter. Plan your wedding your way. In the end, you can sing the old Frank Sinatra song. No matter what happens, you did it your way.
This is an exciting time for you. You have found the one person that you can’t live without. You have found the one person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. The rest of your life is a long time you know. Nevertheless, you’ve found that special someone.
The question is now what do you do? Plan, plan, and have fun planning some more! That is the best advice I can give. My second word of advice is to stop worrying once the plan is set! You’re going to make a wonderful bride and groom. Most couples are you know. A wedding is really hard to mess it up!
I know messing your wedding day up is your greatest fear, right? That’s why you need my help. SO WHAT if your last name is NOT Hilton or Gates! You still deserve the best wedding that money can buy. Unfortunately, it is your money that we have to play with. I’ll show you how to have a lavish wedding on a layman’s budget. We’ll look at everything from planning the wedding to the honeymoon.
I have some great cost saving measures for you. If you follow my advice, you’ll save up to 70% on your wedding costs. That’s right, I said 70%! I like to call these extra savings the “honeymoon money.” Honeymoon money is the extra dollars you’ll have to spend on your honeymoon and “forever after.” Follow my advice and you won’t have to worry about dipping into your monetary wedding gifts to pay for your honeymoon.
I’m giving you a little something extra in this ebook. Look for my “Weddings Savings Trends” at the beginning of every chapter. I’ve learned to watch for the trends as a skilled industry observer. The trends will give you a bird’s eye look at what other couples, like yourselves, are doing to save money. Some of the trends are fun, while others just make a whole lot of cents. No pun intended : )
I love weddings! I love everything they stand for. The love forever after, the sickness and health, and death due us part. However, I must admit. I have a real big problem with the “for richer or poorer part.” But you see, That’s why I wrote this ebook. I want YOU to be rich! I want YOU to save money on your wedding! I want you to be happy! Are you happy so far? Let’s get ready for our journey down the aisle.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: You’re engaged! Now What?
Wedding Savings Trend #1
- ~ Pre-Planning Stage or La-Di-Dah
- ~ 8 Areas You Can Save The Most In
- ~ Can You Be Your Own Consultant?
- ~ 3 Traditional Theme Weddings
- ~ 8 Non Traditional Theme Weddings
- ~ 10 Ethnic Rituals
- ~ Developing A Budget
CHAPTER TWO: The Crew, Dress & Tux
Wedding Savings Trend #2
- ~Meet The Key Players
- ~ Follow Your Style
- ~ Rent or Buy?
- ~ To Suit or Not to Suit
- ~ Accessorize Him
CHAPTER THREE: The Reception
Wedding Savings Trend #3
- ~ Yes, You’ve Got To Feed Them
- ~ The Right Time & Place
- ~ 310 Flowers/Plants & Meanings
CHAPTER FOUR: Video & Photography
Wedding Savings Trend #4
- ~ Skimping Without Missing A Shot
- ~ Video Vs. Photography
- ~ Your 40 Point Professional Shot Sheet
CHAPTER FIVE: The Honeymooners
Wedding Savings Trend #5
- ~ 14 Ways to Find Honeymoon Red Light Specials
- ~ The Early Bird
- ~ Easy To Tabulate Honeymoon Budget Table
CHAPTER SIX: The Timeline
Wedding Savings Trend #6
- ~ Four-Month Wedding Calendar
- ~ Wedding Resources
You’re Engaged! Now What?
Wedding Savings Trend#1
(Couples are choosing to get married on Thursday, Friday or Sunday nights. Those days are less expensive than Saturday weddings.)
Can you believe Weddings Savings Trend #1? Saturdays have been the wedding day of choice for years. But a new day is dawning. Folks have figured out that it’s cheaper to get married on Thursdays, Fridays and Sunday nights. Sunday nights before a long holiday weekend is the most popular. The Fourth of July is also a big choice. Hmmmm, that’s really something to think about, now isn’t it?
THE PRE-PLANNING STAGE (LA-DE-DAH)
We started out with this wedding trend because I wanted you to start thinking about what day you want to get married on. It’s cheaper to get married on any other day EXCEPT Saturday. You’ll have to make the decision if any other day will work for you. I can understand if you’re hell bent on getting married on a Saturday because it has been historically the most common wedding day.
We’ll just figure out another way to save you money if you decide to get married on a Saturday. Don’t fret! We have a whole array of cost saving measures throughout this ebook. Don’t try to decide on a day just yet. I just want to get you to thinking in the cost saving mode. We’ll come back to planning the exact time, day and location of your wedding a little later in the ebook, but, for right now, let’s talk about the pre-planning wedding stage or what I call the “la di dah stage.”
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to spread the news to all of your loved ones. I understand that. In fact, you may want to tell everyone you come in contact with today that you’re in love and you’re getting married. Rest assured, this is all very normal. The pre-planning stage is the most important part of wedding planning.
You decide on a wedding budget during this stage of the planning process. You’ll decide on what you can afford and what you can’t. You’ll decide on the things you must have versus the things you can live without. You may not be able to afford all the lavish things you want for your wedding, but I’ll show you ways to make some things affordable.
That’s it in a nutshell. The key to planning a wedding on a budget is deciding on what you want to spend a whole lot on. You have to decide what things you won’t skimp on. I’ve found a lot of couples have one thing in common when it comes to wedding planning. They all want a memorable event. We’ll look at ways you can do that as well.
Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. I have determined that there are several areas that will need your concentration if you’re going to SAVE BIG MONEY on your wedding costs. You’ll need to have what I call a sit down heart to heart with your fiancé. This heart to heart will help you to determine what is a priority for you as a couple.
You’ll need to determine if there are certain things specific to the wedding that you must have. It could be that you want a certain band to play or a certain color to wear. It could be a certain location for the wedding or reception. I know a bride who was hell bent on having her wedding at an exclusive resort. The wedding chapel was in the midst of a garden beyond belief. While they spent a ton on money reserving the location, they saved money because they didn’t have to buy flowers. Once you determine your must haves, you can then begin to incorporate them into your wedding.
EIGHT AREAS YOU CAN SAVE THE MOST
I’ve determined that there are eight areas where you can save the most on wedding costs. Here they are.
- Wedding Attire
- Photography & Videography
- Guest List
Look at these areas and start thinking in the cost saving mode. Food and bar costs are one of the biggest expenses you’ll have. You may decide to have a buffet or cater the reception yourself. You may decide to have an open bar for an hour or not to serve alcohol at all. These are all cost saving measures that you will want to think about.
The location where you’re going to have the reception is also a big expense. Parks, forest preserves and a home backyard are all viable options for you. You’ll see that I added wedding attire to the list of the areas where you can save the most money. As we go through the wedding planning process, you’ll want to keep an eye out for discounted wedding attire.
You can also find some great deals on flowers if you know how to look and what you’re looking for. I’ve put together a list of more than 250 flowers and plants to help you decide. A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without the romantic mood that only flowers can provide.
I had to add the photographer and videographer to the list of biggest expenses. You will have to pay for a good one there’s really no way around that! But, there are ways to skimp without missing out on the memories. You have to capture the moment of your wedding as only these two professionals can do.
Everyone who is anyone will want to attend your wedding! It’s inevitable that someone is going to be disappointed because they were not invited. However, keeping a tight lid on your guest list is very important to living within a budget. A good rule of thumb is not to invite more guests then you can spend a minute with.
CAN YOU BE YOUR OWN WEDDING CONSULTANT?
I’m often asked, “Do I need a wedding consultant. My response is usually, I don’t know, do you?” A wedding consultant is responsible for helping to plan the wedding from the beginning to the very end. Theoretically, you can do this yourself. Some people save money by having a wedding consultant only on the day of the wedding. I believe this is a good way to save money as well.
A lot of times a church, reception hall, hotel and other venues will provide you with a wedding consultant on the day of the wedding as part of your package. Some other wedding consultants charge as much as 15% of the total money spent on the wedding. It’s a good idea to go with a wedding consultant who is affiliated with a professional wedding organization. I list some of these organizations at the back of the book.
You’re in for the thrill of your life if you decide to coordinate your own wedding! I’m going to show you how to do it coming up next so get ready! One of the first things you’ll want to do is sit down and plan out a budget for your wedding. I always suggest creating your dream wedding.