There’s a lot of discussion as to how much to pay for wedding services. One can get dizzy trying to decide which pricing suites them. Being that I am a wedding vendor and have been a bride myself, I thought I’d share some personal insight.
Today’s culture is more about buying something because it’s a cheap and immediate thrill– rather than buying a well-made, beautiful item that it will last forever. This mentality carries over to brides and grooms choosing their wedding vendors. Budgeting is an important aspect of wedding planning. However, focusing only on the dollar amount and not thinking of quality is never the way to go.
I firmly believe “You get what you pay for.” However, I’m also a “Frugalista.” I wait for sales, shop at consignment stores and will take advantage of Living Social and Groupon. Although coupons are great, here’s something to think about: an authentic Chanel blouse may be $100 at a consignment store, but will last forever, never go out-of-style and will make you feel special each time you wear it. A handful of pieces from Wal-Mart will cost the same and will usually fall apart within a year (if that!) That’s not to say that I don’t buy clothes from Target, but for important events or priceless occasions, I value quality.
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While planning my own wedding, I was neither a “Luxury Bride” or “Budget-Bride.” I was a bride who wanted to feel gorgeous and enjoy my wedding. Now, twelve years later, I can still open my album and think, “I looked great, my pictures are gorgeous and everything was flawless.” I can also reflect on my wedding with joy. Because I hired professionals, there weren’t last-minute surprises like the florist swapping out cheaper flowers than the ones chosen or the band showing up not being the same band that had been seen prior to booking. Yes, these things happen with the less-professional vendors.
4 Tips for Saving Money on Wedding Costs
1. Skip the Preview: Instead of booking lower-cost hair and makeup artists and paying them for a preview and wedding day services, book a higher priced artist on the wedding day only. Forget the preview appointment. As long as you have a magazine picture or a photo of the looks you want, professionals can easily deliver. You’ll end up with higher quality for the same price.
2. Dermatology at Home: Don’t get microdermabrasion or facials in preparation for your big day. Do it yourself by using a washcloth and granular cleaner to exfoliate every day (twice per day if you have thick or oily skin). First cleanse the skin. Second, apply granular cleaner to entire face like a masque. Grab some apricot scrub, which is cheap and available at grocery stores. Then, wet washcloth and use it in circular motions all over the face. After washing your face again, spray with an equalizing and gentle toner and apply moisturizer.
3. Wedding Dress for Success: Many of the expensive bridal designers are starting to also offer more cost-effective gowns, as well. The material of the gowns many not be as top-notch or as detailed, but you’ll benefit from the designer’s superb taste and fabulous skills. Also research having your gown custom-designed. Many times, it will cost the same as a mass-marketed gown and will be designed for your specific body type and measurements. A custom-design made of an easily-attained fabric may cost less than a generic gown made of an imported, rare or hard to get material and will usually look a lot better on you…. because it’s made specifically for you!
4. Two for One Photography: Research photographers who offer both photography and videography. Because you are booking the same person, said vendors may offer you a “bundle price” or a discount. Again, don’t sacrifice quality for price. Many of the cheaper photographers/videographers may be lower-priced on the front-end, but end up charging you for edits, proofs, quality albums, etc. Make sure you have all the details so that you can compare apples to apples. Sometimes, the cheaper vendors end up costing the same if not more than the higher end vendors. The same applies for all of your wedding vendors.
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