Please, please believe me when I say, Cheaper is not always better! I understand that you are spending a lot of money on this one day and you might not be able to afford it but please keep in mind that you are hiring a lot of different businesses! That’s 10 individually different overheads that you will be paying for. If you are looking for a more detailed explanation on why vendors are deemed ‘expensive’, I’ve written a blog post about it here.
But the thing that makes me squirm the most are brides who want to pit vendor against vendor or who are just looking for the cheapest price for that vendor category. Sometimes Brides even ask vendors to lower their ‘high prices’ and don’t understand when they say no. (And don’t get me wrong; I’ve been in this position too). But it’s like asking Messina to lower their Ice Cream Cake prices because you asked them politely and said ‘please’. Sounds a bit ridiculous? So why would it be okay to approach wedding vendors with the same request?
As a wedding planner my philosophy on making affordable weddings has nothing to do with haggling vendors (as some might believe). If you’re looking for an affordable wedding, my best tip to you is
“DO YOUR RESEARCH”
Before booking or planning anything, start with doing some budget research. Search far and wide for what you might be paying per vendor and their price ranges (and not just the top 10 search results in Google) or hire a wedding planner. Enter it into your budget and then tweak it. Find where you can spend extra and where you can spend less! You can always find creative ways to lower your budget such as re-using floral arrangements in your ceremony and reception.
But keep in mind that…
“YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR”
For example, my wedding dress had many layers that a professional tailor sold me (My Private Tailor, Tamara Eason – She’s amazing!!). My dress needed a tiny bit of alterations so I decided I’d go with my mum’s seamstress friend. She’s not a professional seamstress but she had done wedding dresses before and when she saw the dress she said she could do it. Tamara, the professional tailor, suggested that I use a professional tailor (even if it wasn’t her) because the complexity of my layers needed to be done by an expert. I didn’t take her advice because a professional tailor would set me back about $600-800. I now regret that decision. The layers on my dress really were quite complicated and the semi-experienced seamstress found it quite challenging. That extra money would’ve saved me all the stress and crying I endured through the tailoring process.
There’s no such thing as a ‘cheap’ wedding. It’s all about budgeting and re-arranging your budgets accordingly. That’s what Wedding Planners do! We find those loop holes and figure out the best way to spend your money to get the best outcome. I offer a FREE WEDDING CONSULATATION (Usually valued at $250) where I can go through your budget and help you cut back on some areas… or even start writing your budget. I also offer a FREE WEDDING BUDGET SPREADSHEET below if a consultation isn’t for you.
Ultimately you want vendors that provide you with a great experience and who are able to help you out on your wedding day despite it not being their field. This means, you may be paying a bit extra for quality vendors. Cheap alternatives are not worth the stress, time or money.
As always, I’m happy to hear your thoughts! Comment below if you agree or disagree.