Mistakes That Will Increase Your Wedding Costs, Part 3
This issue of assumptions is a big one on so many levels of planning!!
What first comes to my mind is wedding flowers. The shorter the distance your flowers have to fly on a plane the better off your budget will be! Nature only makes most flowers at certain times of the year and only in certain locations.
The second thing that comes to my mind is, Venues. Where do I begin because each venues can vary so much one from another. The biggest word of caution would be when you hear the word provide. That is the scariest word in wedding planning in my opinion. That word provide can get you into so much trouble. Why?? It doesn't always mean that whatever is provided necessarily comes with the price of the venue. Look out for hidden fees! I would suggest you read another of my blog posts to get an in-depth look at what I'm talking about here. Here's a link to that blog post!
Many formalwear companies for tuxedos and suits will offer the groom's tuxedo/suit for free if three or more groomsmen rent their formalwear from them for the wedding. Don't go out and buy a tuxedo or suit if this can save you money.
DJ'S!!!!! In my opinion this is the most important vendor at your wedding! Again, this is the most important vendor at your wedding! They will literally make or break your wedding day. Get to know your DJ! Will he or she be more like a club DJ? That is not the kind you would want for your wedding reception who needs to be able to read the audience (your guests) who will be of all ages! Does he address the issue of offensive language for young children and other guests who don't want to hear it. Does he/she ask you many questions about your wedding? They had better if they know what they are doing. Do they ask about your story as a couple as well as individuals?
If you hear yourself saying, "I have a friend", "We know someone who..". "My cousin is really good with a camera".........please swallow those words right back into your mouth. Pictures are the only thing that you will have left as a tangible diary of your entire wedding day that will last forever. Photography is equally art and science. It literally refers to recording light. An experienced wedding photographer will be worth their weight in gold. Do yourself a favor and talk to many photographers because if they don't make you smile during a consultation or an engagement shoot, you might not be comfortable with them on your wedding day!
Wishing you the greatest of days!
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