Article 3 In a Series of Articles on Your Pretty Princess Wedding on a Pauper’s Budget

By , November 24, 2014 2:37 am

Wedding Planner

Most wedding planners charge in three ways. First, there is an upfront fee. Then there is a percentage of the total budget. Finally, there is a cut from the vendors for each purchase. Not all charge all three, but if you decide to have a planner, you should know just how they make their money.

For instance, if they get a cut from vendors, they will probably steer you to their favorite and higher priced ones so that they receive higher commissions.

Also, if they take a percentage of the total budget, they will always be looking for ways to increase your spending because that increases their own bottom line.

You might decide that you have enough time to plan the wedding yourself and spare the expense of a wedding planner.

If not, consider using a stay at home mom who wouldn’t mind making some extra money as your planner. Most would be happy to make a few hundred extra dollars. Stay at home moms know how to cut corners. They’ll save you money rather than urge you to spend more. They are also willing to pitch in and make handcrafted wedding favors rather than have you spend the money on professional ones.

The Wedding Dress

In most weddings, the single biggest expense is the wedding dress. I’m not going to tell you to go cheap on this as this tends to be the part of the wedding that the bride is most attached to. But, I will offer suggestions that can save you money if you are open to them.

First of all, if you are size 6, 8, or 10 and live in a big city, try going to the Sample Sales that happen about three times a year. You can often get designer dresses at a fraction of their price.

Another suggestion is to go to where you can get designer dresses at 50 to 75 percent off. Remember to budget for alterations if you take this route.

Then there are vintage wedding dresses. Some brides have their mother’s or sister’s wedding dresses altered. This tradition of “keeping it in the family” can actually enhance the wedding while reducing the bottom line.

If there is no one in the family whose dress you care to wear, you can always buy a used or vintage dress. Some brides aren’t particularly attached to their dresses and are willing to sell them for not much money. Vintage dresses are often inexpensive and add character to a wedding.

Another option is to rent a wedding gown. In many large cities, there are places where you can rent gowns by the week.

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