Make a Meal Plan
Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure your'e not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don't forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.
Wait For a Date
Sometimes, last-minute planning can work in your favor. The closer your date, the more bargaining power you have. Since most people book thier wedding venues at least six months in advance, calling for open dates two months prior to your desired time can save you up to 25 percent. And, Friday and Sunday weddings should cost about 30 percent less than Saturday weddings.
Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
"We wanted the whole day to be a celebration of the rest of our lives. We wanted people to walk away saying, 'That was so much fun.' And we were able to accomplish that. Choose the few things that are important to you, like the photographer and DJ were to us, and then go from there. Be flexible on the other details and remember to have fun." - Jeanae and Scott
Remind Yourself What's Truly Important
"My biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms planning thier wedding is to never forget that it is a celebration of the union of two people." - Stephanie and Kahn
Don't Get Too Caught up in the Details
"Take a step back and remember what is important-you are marrying the love of your life! The dresses, cake, flowers, food, and drinks will have no bearing on the success of the marriage, so don't sweat it and always focus on keeping a realistic perspective. - Kelly and Matthew