I did a little poll over on my instagram stories asking what my next blog post would be! Joke’s on you guys, I’m doing both. Really, I just needed to know which to do first. Ta-da! I’m going to plug some vendors here and give some advice for planning your wedding that maybe you haven’t considered. Always keep in mind: You get what you pay for. Read reviews! Ask the wedding swap n’ shops! Do your due diligence.
Also, pro tip: If you’re asking for referrals always say your price. “Reasonable” means different things to different people. $3-$4k for a wedding photographer? That’s not insane to me. $3-$4k on a wedding dress? Never. Don’t confuse “reasonable” for priorities. Don’t feel like you have to put yourself in debt for one day either.
4. Skip the paper invites – Mother Earth will thank you and so will the people who just end up throwing them out anyway. No one uses paper anymore. All our bills are electronic. All our paperwork is electronic. Why can’t our invites be electronic? Don’t get me wrong. I’m the type of person with a million people’s save the dates and invites peppering my fridge. I love looking at it and seeing the people I love. However, it would also be okay with me if you just sent me a nice e-mail that gives me the opportunity to add the event to my phone’s calendar immediately. Below is a preview of ours through Paperless Post! We have a guest list of about 95. There’s a link to our wedding website where you can RSVP. It cost us about $35.
5. Elope – Honestly? Fuck it. If it wasn’t for my grandma, I don’t know that I’d even have a whole thing. My family hasn’t had a lot of big celebrations and sometimes you just need a win. What matters most in the end is the marriage. Did you know you can get married at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado for around $300? Yes. Really. Actually, You could probably drive to CO and spend less on the whole wedding than you ever would at home. Grab the ones you love the most and go get hitched in CO. Alternate options: Your backyard, Your favorite spot in the park, and maybe even Iceland. Don’t forget to book me along the way. I travel!
6. Find a place with a flexible alcohol policy – One of our requirements was a place where you could bring your own food and alcohol. That way we could find the best deal and also the best tasting items. The cheapest way to do alcohol is Beer and Wine. After consulting with men who drink beer like it’s going out of style, I was told what types of beer to get. I’ll also be getting A sweet and dry red and a sweet and dry white wine. This way, depending on what happens that day, we can return anything unopened to the space. Here’s a link to a handy serving guide one place provided.
7. Get married during the “off-season”– Every region is different. Here in the Midwest? Peak wedding season is from May-October. It varies but I’d say that’s when 85% of us vendors are the most booked. Some people will offer a discount if you fill up their calendars in what would normally be a “dead season”. Same goes for getting married during the week for you intimate wedding havers. For all of us other folk, Fridays/Sundays may be a little cheaper too! For example, we are receiving $500 off our venue’s normal rate for getting married on a Friday!
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