Planning your wedding should be fun. In our society there is no ritual requiring as much social awareness and etiquette or that is as costly as a wedding. Weddings are detailed emotionally charged events. It is no wonder that this is such a stressful time for brides. We have compiled some very helpful hints to help you focus on the right activities, the right choices, at the right time - to help avoid undue stress and costly mistakes.
- Put together a realistic budget before you hire any vendors. You don't want to go into debt planning your wedding or special event. Know in advance what you have to spend. Then do some research on pricing before you sign any contracts with vendors. Keep your guest list to a minimum if you are on a tight budget and don't invite everyone you know.
- Weddings are expensive. The average formal wedding in the Austin area costs about $30,000 for 150 guests. You may be able to save some money if you schedule your celebration on a Friday or a Sunday, even more on a weekday evening. You might need to consider timing your reception to avoid mealtime and do not serve alcohol or limit the alcohol to one specialty drink. The best advice is to hire the best, most experienced wedding planner available. This will save you money, keep you on budget, and avoid costly errors no matter what your budget. Click Here for a Useful Wedding Cost Estimator
- Throw away the word "perfect". Remember to be flexible and maintain your sense of humor.
- Don't procrastinate. The best venues, caterers, and other wedding professionals book early. You want the ability to pick the best vendors available in your price range and that means begin to hire all your wedding professionals as soon as the date has been set.
- Research a minimum of three vendors in each area for a proper comparison.
- Hire your wedding consultant or event planner first, before other vendors. Once you have a working contract with your planner, then begin the search for other wedding professionals.
- Be honest about your budget with all your vendors. Your don't want to waste their time or yours with estimates that don't fit your needs.
- Be honest with yourself about what is the most important factor for your wedding. If you are most concerned with having a gourmet sit-down 5 course meal, then you may not be able to afford to rent that perfect ballroom too. Write down your priorities and adjust your budget accordingly.
- Get it in writing!! Don't assume anything. Read your contracts. Most importantly, consult your mate. It's his or her wedding too.
- This is by far the most important. Do not hire wedding professionals because they are the least expensive. You get what you pay for. Research the vendors and make educated choices.