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Table of
Contents
Finding the Right
Vendor 6

Honeymoon
Registry 6

Ask Your
Photographer 8

Saving Strategies 10

Wedding Budget
Checklist 11

Cutting Reception
Costs 12

Choosing the Music 12

Social Media & Wedding


Planning 14
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How to Find the Right Wedding Vendors


Weddings are a careful balance of many ele- have an extensive list of wedding vendors you for the final payment when albums are delivered.
ments that culminate on one special day. Making can contact. A wedding planner wants the job to The exception may be a caterer or reception site
all of the components of a wedding come togeth- get done right and efficiently, and many wedding that needs the funds to order food and beverages
er seemlessly requires a well organized bride and planners have already vetted and verified certain a few weeks in advance. Paying off a vendor too
groom and the cooperation of professional wed- vendors as quality workers. early means you run the risk of that vendor having
ding vendors who understand their unique roles. Always ask for references and don’t ignore your money and then not coming through on the
Vendors, including florists, transportation com- them. Busy wedding vendors should provide you wedding day. It’s difficult to track down a person
panies, musicians, and dressmakers are essential with a list of names of satisfied customers. Talk for a refund, plus you’re left with finding a replace-
to a successful wedding. Competent wedding with couples who used the vendors’ services in the ment at the last minute.
vendors will remove much of the worry and work past and ask the questions that are most impor- Contracts are your friends. Every agreement
from a couple’s shoulders. tant to your decision-making process. Unbiased should be in writing. You have a better chance of
But not every couple ends up with top-notch feedback also may be available through online re- fighting for a refund or restitution in court when
wedding vendors. Research, planning and veri- view sites, but direct contact with references may you have a contract in writing.
fying references are some ways to ensure your make you feel more comfortable. If a vendor fails Consider wedding insurance. Even the best-
vendors make your wedding day that much more to provide references, this should raise suspicions laid plans can go awry on a wedding day. Anything
enjoyable. about the person’s reliability. from freak weather events to illness to vendor
Seek recommendations from trusted friends Deposits should be a fraction of the total absences can wreak havoc. The Better Business
and family members. Talk to friends and family price. Avoid wedding vendors who insist on hefty Bureau advises purchasing wedding insurance to
members whose insight you value about which deposits. A deposit is a good-faith agreement to protect yourself when weddings are especially
wedding vendors they used. If you attend a wed- hold the date of the wedding, and it should be a costly. Such insurance may cover vendors who fail
ding or another party and find the flowers or the small percentage of the overall cost of the services. to show up, cancellations, inclement weather, mili-
music particularly well done, ask for the name of Do not pay balances too far in advance. Many tary deployment, medical emergencies, and travel
the florist or band. Word-of-mouth advertisement wedding vendors require the balance be paid on delays. With wedding insurance, you won’t lose
is a great way to find quality wedding vendors the day of the wedding or shortly before. Good money if plans change. A basic insurance policy
who will help make your dream wedding a reality. vendors realize couples will not want to pay the that covers loss of photos, videos, attire, presents,
tally until they have received the products or ser- rings, and deposits usually costs between $155
Consult with a wedding planner. If budget al- and $550, depending on the amount of coverage
lows, work with a wedding planner. He or she will vices they signed up for. A photographer may ask
you want.

Honeymoon Registry
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with their spouses before they items found on traditional regis-
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Nancy Immel Tinamarie Gallagher of couples who get married live other experiences. Honeymoon
together at some point before registries can be great ways
their weddings. Individuals for couples who already own
who live together must out- household items to simplify the
fit their homes with furniture process of gift-giving for their
and other essentials, including wedding guests.
kitchen supplies. That means
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Questions to Ask Before


Booking a Photographer

Various components combine to like an album or a highlight gallery, a


make weddings beautiful and memo- full gallery provides a better sense of
rable. Couples rely on photographers a photographer’s style and attention
to capture the smiles and moments to detail.
that helped make their events unique Will photos be color balanced
and to ensure the big day is remem- and retouched?
bered for years to come.
Skilled photographers are capable
Couples who want to find the best of capturing winning photos. But
photographer for their wedding day photos can be enhanced further in
can ask several questions before the studio with retouching software
making their final decision. to bring out specific effects. Some
What style do you specialize in? photographers will polish all proofs,
Photographers may be able to while others only will work on the
shoot various styles of photos, but images ultimately ordered. Confirm
may specialize in a specific type. retouching details before signing the
For example, some photographers contract.
specialize in photojournalism, while What’s included in the photo
others may excel at portraiture. Going packages?
with a photographer who has the A detailed price list helps you
most expertise shooting the style you compare one photographer to
prefer will help produce the desired another and decide which elements
results. are covered. Additional prints, having
Who will be shooting my a photographer’s assistant, ordering
wedding? albums for the parents, or ordering
Certain photography studios have a large framed print can alter costs
several photographers working under significantly. Explore all prices to
one roof. Just because you meet with ensure you’re getting the best value.
one does not necessarily mean that In addition, consider how many hours
photographer will be on site, unless it of event coverage are included in the
is specified in the contract. price.

Have you ever worked at my What is the payment timeline?


venue before? Photographers may accept de-
Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events Photographers may be familiar posits for their services but expect a
different timeline of payment. Some
with several local wedding venues
and houses of worship. A photogra- may require payment in full before
pher who has experience working in the wedding, while others may offer
the locations where couples will tie a payment plan that includes a final
the knot and subsequently celebrate payment when picking up proofs or
might produce the best results, but albums.
lack of experience with particular Wedding photography is one of
venues need not exclude other pro- the essential elements of a wedding
fessionals. and helps tell the story of couples’
Can we see a full gallery of a special day. Asking key questions can
recent wedding? help couples find a photographer
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Savings Strategies for Weddings


The question was popped; the engage- photographers, florists, transportation pro- Avoid overspending
ment ring presented. What’s the next step viders, reception halls, and wedding ward- An analysis of your spending habits will
on the road to the wedding? Saving should robe vendors charge for common services. likely reveal areas where you can scale back
definitely be on couples’ minds. This will paint a vivid picture of what a wed- so you can devote more funds to wedding
A wedding is likely the most costly party ding may cost in your area. savings. Do you need a takeout coffee in the
couples will ever throw. The average cost of Flesh out the budget morning or can you brew a pot at home?
a wedding in 2019 was $33,900. There are Once you have gathered estimates, you Might you be able to scale back on stream-
many different costs associated with wed- can then figure out a financial goal. This ing services? Do you feel comfortable buying
dings. Some are predictable, while others are also is when you can determine where to less expensive store brand groceries over
unexpected. rein in spending and where you might want name brands? Small cost savings can quickly
Investopedia says the vast majority of to splurge. If having a video memory of the add up.
couples budget too little for their weddings wedding is not a top priority, you can skip Add up gifts
and also end up spending more than they videography services. If you have a special Factor in deduction of expenses that other
had planned. Various strategies can make flower that you like, you may want to budget people will commit to covering for wedding
it easier to save for a wedding and avoid a more for that bloom even if it isn’t in season. expenses, but only if you have concrete con-
post-wedding financial hangover. Set up a dedicated savings account firmation. A parent may host the rehearsal
Get informed One of the easiest ways to save for big- dinner. One’s relative may offer to pass down
It’s impossible to budget for a wedding ticket items like a wedding, home purchase an antique wedding gown to wear. But rather
and ultimately save without knowledge of or other financial goals is to use an auto- than simply removing these gifts from your
what services and items cost in the region matic savings account that may be available savings calculations, keep them as a safety
where you live. A wedding in New York City through your bank or employer. An automat- net to put toward unforseen expenses.
will be expensive, while a wedding in Mis- ic savings plan will pull a set amount from Saving for a wedding can be challenging.
sissippi will cost a lot less, indicates Super- a personal checking account into a savings But various strategies can help couples plan
Money’s guide to wedding costs. account through auto-draft. The bride and their dream weddings without breaking the
Conduct some research and find out what groom can link individual checking accounts bank.
to one savings account to contribute jointly.

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5 Ways To Cut Choosing the Music


Reception Costs For your Wedding

Few things set the mood of a ceremony location and choices,


wedding more effectively than the recessional may be a classical
music. Beautiful songs often piece or a hymn. Some couples
are incorporated into wedding choose an upbeat song for their
ceremonies, and romantic or first official promenade as a
upbeat songs intermingle to married couple.
Weddings have a tendency 3. Book a weeknight create a festive mix at receptions. • Wedding party entrance
to be expensive endeavors. The Weekend weddings are easier Playlists curated specifically for song: Couples can ask their
national average cost of a wed- on guests’ schedules, but not weddings can be found online to music vendor to put together the
ding is $33,931. Nearly half of that on couples’ budgets. Couples help couples narrow down their majority of the songs for their
($15,439) is spent on the recep- can save thousands of dollars options. According to Wedding reception, but they may want to
tion venue alone. by hosting weeknight weddings Forward, a wedding planning choose their own wedding party
As expensive as wedding re- instead of weekend affairs. Book guide, wedding planning experts entrance. This song typically
ceptions can be, couples should the venue from Monday through and modern couples agree that is a fast-paced, upbeat song
know that there are many ways Friday, as even Sunday prices wedding playlists should be have that gets the crowd pumping
to reduce reception costs without have escalated. The further away a 60/40 split of classics and new and ready for a fun night. Think
sacrificing fun. from the weekend, the lower the wedding songs. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz or
prices tend to be. Music is a personal choice, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by
1. Choose foods wisely
but couples may benefit by Justin Timberlake.
Pour over the details of cater- 4. Fake the cake
considering who will be in • First dance: The first dance
ing costs. The Knot says the aver- The Knot indicates a wed-
attendance at their weddings. In song is another personal choice
age price for catering will be $68 ding cake runs roughly $530.
so doing, couples can ensure the for the couple. Slow songs
per person. If you opt for an ap- Consider displaying a mock cake
music played at their weddings traditionally are chosen, but
petizers and cocktails reception, for photos and then serve a
reaches as many people as couples who want something a
you may be able to shave several sheet cake during dessert hour.
possible there: little different have increasingly
dollars off the bill. Look closely Decorating foam tiers to look like
• Wedding processional selected faster songs and
at the pricing for buffet versus an extravagant cake can save a
song: The wedding processional paired them with rehearsed
plated meals. Buffet service often few hundred dollars, and guests
is the moment the wedding choreography. “Thinking Out
means having a greater quantity won’t know the difference when
party walks down the aisle. Loud” by Ed Sheeran has
of food on hand, which could they’re biting into a delicious, less
Music may be a traditional hymn, become a popular first dance
drive up the cost. Find out if the costly dessert.
classical music or a favorite song.
catering hall can work with your 5. Skip the extras
budget to provide cost-conscious contemporary song. • Other songs: Couples also
options, like familiar comfort Reception venues may up- will select songs to complement
• Bridal processional song:
foods instead of gourmet fare. charge for all the little details, dances with their parents,
In many traditional wedding
such as linens in custom colors or cake cutting, garter toss, and
2. Serve a custom-made ceremonies, the bride walks
chair covers. If you can live with- any other special traditions or
cocktail down the aisle separately, with
out these extras, do so. Ask for a moments. They also can make
her father or both parents.
A themed drink, such as punch list of itemized extras so you can requests to include songs of
She customarily will have a
or a classic spirit with a reimag- assess what you want to pay for different eras to appeal to guests
different song from the rest of
ined, wedding-friendly name, can and what you’d prefer to avoid. of all ages.
the wedding party. While “Bridal
be less expensive than offer- Wedding receptions are costly, Chorus/Wedding March” is a Music is an important
ing full open bar service. Some but there are many ways to save traditional choice, some brides component of wedding
couples also opt to pay for only money and still enjoy a memo- may prefer a different tune. celebrations and deserves some
wine and beer rather than a full rable evening.
• Wedding recessional extra consideration to ensure
open bar that includes liquor and
song: Again, depending on the everyone has a great time while
mixed drinks.
cutting a rug.
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Useful Ways to Incorporate Social


Media in Wedding Planning
Since its inception decades ago, social media unofficial documentarians on couples’ wedding nerable to getting seriously ill from COVID-19
has changed the world. As the popularity of days. Many photographers are there from the may be forced to reluctantly decline their
social media exploded in the early part of the moment the bride begins to get ready until the invitations. But couples can utilize social media
21st century, various platforms emerged and last person leaves the dance floor at the end of platforms like Facebook Live to include loved
ultimately affected movements pertaining to the night. Many couples love leafing through ones who couldn’t make it in real time.
everything from politics to social justice to their wedding albums for the rest of their lives • Encourage others to pitch in with the
charitable efforts. together, but guests also may enjoy reliving the planning.
Social media also has emerged as a great night. The photo sharing social media platform
Instagram is a great way for couples and their Planning a wedding should be fun, and
tool for couples on the cusp of getting mar- what better way to add to the fun factor than
ried. The following are some useful ways that guests to relive the special moment a couple
ties the knot and all the ensuing fun at the encouraging loved ones to share their ideas via
couples can employ social media into their a social media platform like Pinterest? Couples
wedding planning. reception. Create a wedding-specific Insta-
gram page and post all the photos you want to can create a Pinterest board and ask interested
• Create your own hashtag. share. friends and family members to share ideas on
A couple-specific hashtag can be a great everything from attire to decor to floral ar-
• Include guests who could not attend the rangements. This can be an especially effective
and simple way to share information on Twitter, festivities.
which remains one of the most popular social way to involve bridesmaids and groomsmen if
media platforms across the globe. Your own No matter how hard couples may try to social distancing guidelines and travel restric-
hashtag can alert friends and family who are pick a date that’s convenient for all of their tions related to the pandemic are still in place
on Twitter whenever you post new information guests, some invitees will inevitably decline the when planning your wedding.
and photos. invitation. That’s especially true while the world Social media has changed the world, and it
continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. also has changed how couples plan their wed-
• Share a photo album online. Elderly guests or loved ones with underlying dings.
Photographers serve as something akin to medical conditions that make them more vul-

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