The Plunge Project on Saving Money
Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in the snowball effect of a blog and forget that there are new visitors who are all, “How do I jump in?!” I’ve had that experience on many blogs before (especially those, like this, of bride’s documenting the journey to “I do”) where I can’t tell where to start reading and I wind up leaving the page. I asked Nicole from The Plunge Project to bring us back to the basics of staying on a budget.
5 Ways to NOT Go Broke When Planning Your Wedding
When Lizzie asked me to guest post here on her blog, I knew I had to come up with something good for budget-conscious brides like the two of us. Like her, I’m on a budget. Unlike her, I am sadly not going to keep mine quite as low as $10,000 – although I totally could have, had I tried just a little bit harder.
But in the spirit of not going bankrupt in the process of planning your big day, here are a few quick tips I’ve come up with to save you, your hubby-to-be, and both of your families some money:
- Choose a date outside of wedding season. I’m in Tennessee, so our wedding season is long – April to October. Of course, that’s when the weather is nicest and the days are longest, yet our winters are mild and spring & fall tend to last pretty long, so we chose the date of November 6 – the first weekend outside of wedding season. Because the demand is much lower outside of the season, you’re often able to negotiate better deals on venues, catering, etc! Plus, you don’t have to fight for your date with other brides.
- Look beyond Saturday. Because my family is out of town, this wasn’t an option for us. However, I’ve heard of a lot of other couples having success with this money saving tactic – including my parents who were wed on a Friday back in the 80’s and swear by it. This is the same basic concept as choosing a date outside wedding season – there’s just less demand for a Friday (or any other day) than Saturday.
- DIY. There are tons of wedding blogs, magazines and TV shows that showcase weddings the vast majority of us could never even think of affording. However, I use these as inspiration and figure out ways I can create the same look on my own, with materials from craft stores, antique shops, thrift stores, yard sales, etc. It’s amazing what you can do with a little creativity and elbow grease! Plus, can you imagine what it will feel like to be able to step back on your big day and look at your creation?!
- Scour the Internet. I wrote a blog post on my own blog this week about a beautiful hairpiece I found in a store for $90. Because I don’t know that I would be willing to pay quite that much for a collection of feathers, I took to Etsy and found an even more beautiful one for half price. With a few minutes of online research, you can almost always find better deals than you could in a bridal boutique.
- NEGOTIATE! It’s amazing what kind of deals you can get by simply asking. I know it’s sometimes hard to have the guts to ask someone for a better deal, but you honestly have nothing to loose and everything to gain. And use your assets. For instance, I have an active social media presence and am fairly well-known locally for it. I’ve been able to utilize that and offer word-of-mouth advertising and social media consultation in exchange for discounts on services. Do you do a service that one of your vendors might need? See if you can work up a deal!
So there are 5 tips that can save you money. What ways have other brides saved?
Nicole runs the wedding blog, The Plunge Project — a place for real brides who want more than your average cookie-cutter wedding yet still have a budget to keep in mind. You can also find her on Twitter @PRNicoleV.