If You Need a Wedding Planner Consider Hiring Yourself

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There is no need to spend money on a wedding planner unless you are going for a six or seven figure platinum wedding. With most weddings costing under $25,000, you can easily eliminate the planner fee. But first you really need to get organized.

Select a maximum dollar figure as your budget and stay within it. Next put your guest list in writing and finalize it. Nothing throws off your budget like the number of guests escalating as your planning moves along. Pick a venue, get a price per person for the catering and research liquor costs if you intend to offer open bar. Your wedding venue manager can assist you with almost everything a wedding planner would provide, such as music options, live or DJ, flowers, photographer, limos, etc. Start making a spread sheet of items needed and the cost.

Once you nail down the big items discussed above, leave some money for the frills that add that special character to your wedding. Wedding favors may seem frivolous, but this is an item that your guests will take away at the end of the festivities as mementos. I'm still using the lovely glass coasters I got at a wedding 2 years ago.

Hop on line and let your fingers do the surfing. Most of your needs are waiting right there in cyberspace. A very popular wedding favor is a custom decorative miniature picture frame. When your guest arrives at the table the frame can be used as a card holder denoting their seat. When they leave they take it and it stays in their home a very long time. If you say your vows at the beach, there are all kinds of ideas for beach wedding favors, such as cute little miniature flip flops with card holders attached, which again can be used as place card holders. Ecological wedding favors are very chic and bamboo coasters are widely available.

Flowers can be a budget breaker, so don't fall in love with too grandiose of a selection. Wedding planners usually allow a fairly small percentage of the overall cost of the wedding for flowers. If you're getting financially stretched, consider some scales of economy. Use flowers that are in season because they cost less. Cost compare using alternative centerpieces instead of flower arrangements. Reduce the number in your wedding party and save on bouquets. Choose less complicated floral arrangements, or try to find a natural setting such as a garden or beach where nature supplies the bulk of the floral ambiance for free. For that matter, if you end up with a budget buster, try to scale back the number of guests. Invite the ones that count and be realistic about the final head count.

Don't be afraid. It's mostly logistics. Get organized, make a list, do a simple spread sheet, enlist help of family, friends, and members of the wedding party. You should delegate by giving them specific tasks to research. Don't forget those special gifts for the maid of honor and the best man and of course those memorable wedding favors that keep the day alive for your guests.

The author of this article is a writer for HQ Wedding Favors.com, a great place to find hundreds of wedding favors and party favors . Find more great articles and wedding favor ideas with just one click away.

 

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