When you’re planning your wedding there are number of thing that you can do yourself in order to save money, but there are also a number of things that should be left to the professionals.
Flowers & Centerpieces
Save-the-Dates and invitations can be pricey, and it’s not too hard to design and print them yourself. For your Save-the-Dates, if you’re artsy then you can draw your own or find an artsy friend who will do it for you. You can scan them into the computer and start printing. Just make sure you have enough ink in your printer and do a couple of test runs first. Invitations tend to be a little more complex but there are a lot of great DIY ideas on Pinterest that are very doable. A great way to save money is to have your guests RVSP through your wedding website(The Knot or Wedding Wire). Putting return envelopes with stamps on them can get expensive, especially if you have a large guest list. If you have some older guests that don’t use the internet then put a return envelope for those specific guests.
Some florists charge a lot of money to put together flower arrangements. This could be a fun DIY with your bridesmaids. Bridesmaids are there to help you so take advantage of it. Get together and put together your flowers. This does need to be done 1 or 2 days ahead of the wedding because the flowers will die. In order to keep them fresh, keep them refrigerated until it’s time for pictures or the ceremony. When traveling in the car with the flowers, keep the AC on to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Have one of your parent’s friends be in charge of delivering the flowers the day of the wedding so you don’t have to stress out about it.
Having alcohol at the wedding is a huge expense, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Get some sparkling wine, your favorite beer, and design a signature drink. Guests will remember it and it can be fun to make up your drink.
For the Professionals
You may have a friend who’s taking up photography as a hobby, but this is not the person you want to document your wedding. It’s important to hire a professional in this area. Wedding photography is one of the most challenging and stressful jobs a person a can do. Everything is time sensitive and professionals have this timing down.
You may be organized, but it shouldn’t be the brides job to organize everything on the day of the wedding. Having a wedding planner assures you that everything will go smoothly. This also allows all of your guests to continue having fun instead of being confused about where and what to do next.
Even if your mom is the best cook ever, she doesn’t need the stress of having to prepare all the food for hundreds of people. Hiring a caterer allows you to get the food you want and not have to worry about it. A caterer will know what time to serve different courses, how to combine you and your partner’s different tastes, how to accommodate guests with dietary needs or restrictions, and how to cook on a large scale for an event with many guests.
Videography does something that photography doesn’t – shows the whole story. Your wedding day goes by in a flash, making it hard to remember all the details. By hiring a videographer you can relive your wedding day with a highlight video. A professional videographer will capture all the important moments with their professional equipment allowing you to remember everything about your wedding day.
When it comes down to making decisions on who to hire and what to do yourself, make sure you hire a professional videographer!
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