Wedding budgets are a topic near and dear to my heart (and both of our pocketbooks).  A devoted bargain hunter (to the core), I work very hard to be frugal and help couples on a budget make the best wedding choices without going into debt for their wedding.

Click here to read the whole article.  I’m quoted online in an article on having a wedding quickly and cheaply.  While I only got quoted in two paragraphs,  we covered all these areas in the interview….

3. Plan simpler events
Less time results in simpler weddings. All those personalized extras cost time and money. When you don’t have time, you’re less likely to fall into the bridal vortex that convinces you that oodles of add-ons are necessary. Guests don’t notice if the candy is monogrammed. They really don’t.
“Some of this actually goes back to the way we used to do weddings. Keeping them simpler,” says Elise Enloe, a Master Bridal Consultant certified by the Association of Bridal Consultants, who plans weddings in Florida. “You don’t have to serve a seven-course meal and have a 20-piece band,” Enloe says. “With this economy, that’s what we’re seeing. People are cutting back and doing with smaller weddings, or they are delaying the date, but the No. 1 response is to cut back.”

5. Be adaptable
Melissa Bauer, spokeswoman for TheKnot.com, a popular online wedding site, doesn’t recommend fast planning as a money-saving strategy. Instead, she suggests that all brides comparison shop to find good deals. But when prodded to categorize what kind of women best fit the quick-plan scenario, she describes brides who:

  • Are incredibly flexible and willing to take what’s available as far as dates, times, venues and vendors.
  • Focus more on the big picture rather than the tiny details.
  • Are willing to compromise and potentially toss out their favorite things.

For example, rather than a Saturday wedding, you might need to settle for a Thursday, Friday or Sunday. And compared with an evening affair, morning and afternoon time slots often cost significantly less. Add these concessions to a wedding planned fast and you compound your savings.
Despite what traditional wedding planning timelines say, it’s entirely possible to do it in much less time.

Says Enloe, “If you’re going to plan a wedding in a year or 18 months, chances are you’re going do to a lot of stuff in the first three months and in the last three months, with a three- to six-month window in the middle where not much happens.

  Bankrate.com — Posted: Feb. 13, 2009

 

p.s. You might enjoy this quick video too: Ways to Save on Your Wedding.  While I don’t agree with having your friends and family (who are not professionals) working your wedding – it’s too risky if things go wrong and then you’ve also damaged a friendship or family relationship.  I like that she ends it with, “it’s not ’til debt do you part.”

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