This morning I shared wedding planning tips with the fine folks over at ABC 7/News Channel. I planned our wedding in 30 days and now I’m an expert. *curtsy* so why not dish about it on TV. These tips are geared toward the non-traditional bride and a bride on a budget. Legit you an apply a good amount of these tips to your situation no matter what type of bride you are.
Wedding Planning Tips for the Bride – Good Morning Washington Segment
Tip #1 Know what your non-negotiables are.
Split your paper into three columns, the first column is your “must-have items”, your second column is your “nice to have items”, and the last column is your budget. And start writing those things down, also factor in your partner’s request on said list. This is a working list so you will add and remove things from column to column or off the list altogether. If you are spending money on popular brands, make use of your credit card for rewards. In case you don’t have a credit card, this might be the right time to get one for the shopping spree. You might want to choose the SoFi credit card or similar ones that have a no-annual fee policy. That way, you won’t have to go through the yearly fees when you only have plans to use it for wedding preparation or other occasions like this.
Tip #2 The Guest List
This list should be built by the two people getting married. Don’t feel obligated to invite your Mom’s friend that you met that one time when you were seven. The more people you invite, the more people you need to send an invite out to, and invites cost money. If you really have to have a huge guest list, find a reputable printing company to print your invites and negotiate a discount with them for your bulk order. Look for a printer similar to Brightside London printer and you won’t go far wrong. Remember, every extra guest costs extra money.
Tip #3 The Venue
If you don’t want to spend a lot for your muffler you have options that are inexpensive to flat out free. Parks are a great option, if you keep it small you don’t need a permit. The beach is also a beautiful backdrop that doesn’t cost you anything. The Courthouse is also an option, it only cost us $25, and I found one with a cute chapel, thanks internet. If you want a fancier place pick a Friday evening, that is cheaper than Saturday at 1 PM, and don’t rule out Sunday either. Factor in the time of the year, get a discount based on the time of the year.
Tip #4 It is okay to DIY
Not everyone is a crafter and I get that. However, don’t be afraid to DIY. If your DIY is going to cost more than just buying it, then just buy it. Etsy is a great option, they have dope custom pieces and they make for great keepsakes. Etsy is where you pay someone else to DIY it for you. Expensive doesn’t mean cheap in quality.
Tip #5 Decor
Flowers aren’t the only option anymore. Folks are doing balloons now and they get elaborate. That might be cheaper than flowers, even fake flowers can get pricey. Paper lanterns are another option that is less pricey. Hello, Pinterest has everything you could want and dream up for ideas. Wood is another popular one too especially if you have a theme. Also, see my DIY tip.
Tip #6 Photography + Videography
This should be a non-negotiable for everyone. This is a day you can never duplicate. Spend the money to capture the essence of your day. Don’t let your friend do it unless they are professional photographers and you’ve seen their work. YOU CAN’T GET THIS DAY BACK! I repeat there are no do-overs. I swear by someone like this professional Wedding Photographer Suffolk who was at the top of the list. I’d seen some pictures from past weddings that he had taken before, and it was a no-brainer. The date would have to change if he wasn’t available to shoot for us. Period!
Tip #7 Your Shoe Game!
For your big day, I suggest having shoe options. If you want something hella fly and sexy for your ceremony go for it. But, remember to keep that ceremony short or your feet will be hurting. One of the more recent things to do is wear sneakers. Converse, Chuck Taylor are by far the most popular. Don’t be basic and just stop there get a pair of custom converse. Have a one of a kind pair of shoes created just for your big day. They are hella, comfy, hella cute, and they are yet another dope keepsake.
Tip #8 Party Favors
Party Favors can be a money pit, and your guest may leave them on the tables. Candy bars have become popular for quite some time now. You can buy lbs of candy on Amazon, Oriental Trading and other candy sites in your bridal colors. They are guaranteed to be gone by the end of the reception.
Tip #9 Look like a Mofo Million Bucks
We all know that picking the right dress is hard — you want to make sure you pick one that is perfect for your big day. Every bride wants to walk down the aisle looking a million bucks. But you don’t need to spend even close to that. Gowns are expensive if that is what you want than considering consignment shops and estate sales. You can look like a million bucks for less than $200. I did it. Usually, a bride wears her dress once and it sets in the closet for years. No, your daughter doesn’t want your old dress either. Do you want to spend thousands for one day? For your gown, you adore sitting in the closet for years. Your daughter doesn’t want to wear it.
Tip #10 Wedding Cake
Skip the traditional cake option and go with cupcakes. I went with these custom cookies that were fresh and delicious. My cookie lady designed them based on my color scheme and decorated them with whatever I wanted. I’m all about a personal touch. Donut walls are really popular right now, that is another option. Some of the displays are really dope too. Check them out on Pinterest.
I always have an amazing time with the Good Morning Washington Squad, this time was no different. I also get to meet other dope people who have segments before and after me. I’m always growing my village and I love that.