7 Tips for the Budget Minded Bride

budget-weddings1The economy got you down?  Or perhaps got your guest count is what’s down?  Your wedding is still one of the most important days of your life, regardless of market status.  So how do you have that fairytale ending but do it on a budget?  Get Married’s host Colin Cowie shares with us some insider trading secrets to creating an extraordinary and cost-conscience event to make your wedding planning a lot easier.

1. Dream big
Small ideas get small results, so put budget aside while envisioning your dream wedding, then figure out what you can afford.

2. Cut your coat according to the cloth

It’s better to do 5 things correctly than 10 things on the skinny.

3. Consider a destination wedding
Weddings can take place anywhere, so think beyond the exotic beach and think about a bed-and-breakfast or country inn.

wedding-dj4. Opt for a fantastic DJ
Instead of a big orchestra band, find a great DJ who can create great background music and just as easily keep the guests moving on the dance floor.

5. Invest in a trusted wedding planner
A professional is there to ease some of the pressure while bringing your vision to a reality.

6. Design a signature drink
Rather than serving an open bar, offer guests a specialty beverage that is as delicious as it is memorable.

7. Create monochromatic flower arrangements using one type of flower
When bundled en masse in short ceramic vases, whether roses or carnations, tulips of spider mums; these flowers are beautiful and impactful

5 Free Wedding Planning Tools

Yeah, baby.  Who doesn’t love free?  Thankfully Get Married offers 5 great FREE wedding planning tools that the bride-to-be can use.  Not only do they offer nice wedding blogs for brides and their daily TV show on Lifetime at 7:30am EST Monday through Friday, but these wedding planning tools are must have starting with;

expensive-weddingWedding Budget Manager – This indispensable online tool keeps track of your finances and even lists things you may not have figured in.  The biggest issue with wedding budgets since the dawn of man is that there are always unexpected expenses.  While this tool may not alleviate any surprise expenses like when your drunk uncle stumbles on stage and breaks a stack of guitar amps at the reception, it will help you consider some things you may not have even thought of.  Use it and budget your wedding the right way.

Guest List Manager – Want to make sure that you have enough seating?  Enter your guests and track it all with Get Married’s Guest List Manager.  It lets you view how to properly lay everything out and track who you invited, who RSVP’d and much more.  It also will help you get an idea about planning out how many wedding favors and gifts to purchase.  No need to buy a gift for Bobby’s trampy girlfriend if she’s not even going to bother coming.

Reception Seating Planner – The My Seating Planner tool will make sure that the right people don’t sit with the wrong people at your wedding reception.  If you need to make sure that Aunt Bernice doesn’t sit next to Uncle Todd because they always fist fight when he starts drinking, this tool will save your life.  And Uncle Todd’s.

wedding-fight

My Favorite Things – You can browse through literally thousands of local resources on wedding cake decorators, florists, wedding photographers, wedding videos and many other wedding vendors on Get Married’s site.  But then you can use the My Favorite Things tool to keep track of it all.

bride-pantiesMy wedding checklist – Have no idea how you’re going to do it all?  Use this ingenious wedding checklist tool and you can even keep a timeline as to when to call them so that everything gets planned (and delivered) correctly. Make sure that you don’t miss anything with the last of these 5 great tools.

Make sure you use these 5 wedding planning tools and you’ll have a smooth ride from proposal to the honeymoon night.  But once you get there you’re all on your own.  Well, you could visit the intimate apparel area of the Get Married store, but really, after that, it’s all you.