Category Archives: Budget

The Size of your Wedding Entourage

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The wedding entourage, also known as the wedding party, is one of the most memorable aspects of a wedding considering that they often consist of your closest family and friends. She could your high school best friend who is now your maid of honor, or your little sister who is now your flower girl. But, what if you can’t afford to have a group of 7 bridesmaids, two flowergirls, including a maid of honor? It would be rather sad now, wouldn’t it? Well, at least, nowdays times are changing and so are the sizes of the wedding entourage.

My belief is that it is now more acceptable to have a small bridal party with just 2-3 bridesmaids sans the flower girl. Plus, if you are considering the cost of having to pay for their dresses, things can add up unless they are willing to shoulder the cost of their dresses, which is so tactless. I mean, it would be sorely bad to make them pay for their outfits considering that you chose them! So, if you ask me, if you want to save money, just have one maid of honor and a bestman at the wedding.

In this way, you won’t have to worry about the cost of a large bridal party. I know! This isn’t for everyone, but times are tough right now and for some, this is an option.

Laid off while planning a wedding?

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When you think about life, a lot of things can hit you when you least expect it. To make a long story short, just like millions of Americans out there, I was hit with a layoff. However, I’m back in business now!

After this stressful experience, the one topic that I’d like to talk about is what do you when you are laid off while planning a wedding? I mean planning a wedding itself is a stressful endeavor, so when one of you or heaven forbid, both of you are laid off, what do you do to cope? Many people will probably manage it differently, however, the best advice I can offer is the following:

1) Have a realistic measure of your goals (short-term) while planning the wedding. This is the best thing you can do.

2) Determine if you need to cut back on any unnecessary expenses. For example, you can forego a honeymoon in the short-term. Then when you get back on your feet, plan a special one that you can really enjoy!

3) Form a support group. I don’t care if your support group consists of just you and your dog! Just make one. You can even blog about the experience and make some extra pennies along the way by setting up an ad-revenue generating blog.

4) Don’t lash out. Take time to relax! It’s hard when your ego just got bruised, but be careful not to take it out on your fiancé. Be sure to communicate and talk about how you feel.

5) Plan your time well. If you are balancing a job search, while planning the wedding, set aside a reasonable time for searching.

6) Network! I mean network properly, of course. Take time to reach out to people who can help you with leads.

7) Stay positive and things will work out. You can be negative, but you can also be positive about things. Apply this to your wedding planning as well. If you are mad at the cake maker for using the wrong flavor or design, stir it to your advantage. Find a way to negotiate. Maybe a discount?

8..) Postpone? Ask yourself if the wedding can be put on hold first. If it’s possible, then talk it over and come up with a new date. There is nothing worse than having a feeling of void at this time.

9) Stay well. Stay fit.

10) Manage the wedding planning as if it’s a project that you can learn from. It takes a certain amount of project management skills to pull off a wedding, so use the experience as a way of gaining new skills! Who knows, you may even end up becoming a wedding planner.

Cheap way to package gifts

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I found this easy project on the Wedding Bistro at Bellenza and thought that this was a cool and budget-friendly way to do packaging. I mean how simple is it to find newspapers and magazines as your materials for this project. And who doesn’t have scissors. Just get a bottle of Mod Podge from Michael’s. A bottle costs less than $3 bucks! I luv this idea — so cool and fun! Check it out. I think it’s a great way to package wedding gifts if you are trying to be eco-friendly and super creative.

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How to Save on Weddings

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I’ve collected all of these articles because of the practical advice they offer. Plus, it takes up so much time to find info on how to save money on various aspects of a wedding!

11 Easy Ways to Save Money on Wedding Cakes

Eighteen Tips for a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding

Planning a Stylish Bridal Shower Party on a Budget

How to Save on Wedding Flowers from eHow.com

Save Money on a Wedding Dress

How to Save on Catering?

Another Great Way to Save this Summer

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While we are almost half way through summer, I noticed that Red Envelope is having another sale. It’s also a great time to start buying those gifts for a fall wedding as retailers close out many of their summer items. And with gas being so expensive nowadays, buying online isn’t so bad considering how much of a hassle it can be to find something affordable and still look classy. Another option altogether, of course, would be to make something special like a gift basket, which can be a lot of fun to assemble. You can find items that both the bride and groom love and collect them in a basket. Look at diy books for decorating baskets when thinking of a lovely way to present this at the wedding. This also give you something to do this summer.