To keep our spirits up while the dow is down, I thought I'd post today on some great Recession Friendly Wedding Planning Tips for you to consider as you move ahead with your wedding planning.
Decor: Use parasols instead of flowers for your bridesmaids! It will totally fill up space and add pops of color to your ceremony. Get them for a steal at Pearl River Mart. ($10-20 each).
Visit Home Depot's Garden Center. Pair a potted rose plant ($20) with an ornate patterned or floral linen ($45 and up to rent) to give the impression of more ample floral and to fill your space with festive color!
Ceremony: Have a friend officiate! It's a little controversial, but there are churches that will "ordain" you and it is typically legal in all 50 states!
Attire: Why not have something Borrowed??? Adorn Brides loans gorgeous jewelry (think Diamonds, Pearls, Chandelier Earrings, etc) from $200 and up, AND they are offering 20% off to Always a Blogsmaid readers! Here is the promo code:
Consultants and Planners: Certainly, not everyone has the budget for a full-service wedding planner, but hiring a planner for hourly consulting can be a WISE move. They'll help you budget your resources for maximum effect and lead you to vendors who can work with what you've got. They can even help you design your day to get the most bang for your buck. In Los Angeles area, Mary Dann and Associates offer hourly rates of $120 per hour, while here in New York area we at Always a Bridesmaid offer 10 hours for $1,000 and have effectively helped plan destination affairs, small NY city soirees and more. You'd be amazed at how much we can get done in 10 hours!
Music: Forgo the pricey quartet and Hire Juliard Alumni at a fraction of the price.
Reception: Host your party at an off hour to avoid the need for a full sit down meal. Consider an early afternoon cocktail reception with a couple of stations or a late evening dessert reception. It's not written in stone that everyone must be fed a full dinner as long as it isn't dinner time. Also, why not consider someone new or starting out with a lot of experience. We like Kate Cooks from upstate New York, who will travel in and out of the city for wedding work. (917-207-5785.)