6 easy ways to plan your own wedding

If you’re trying to budget for your wedding, hiring a planner can cost you a lot more than you might want to spend. But is it worth the reduction in stress? For some, maybe. For others, you can easily take the stress out of your “I do”‘s by utilizing a few tips and tricks. Here are our favourites:

For the Cake

We know that the cake is as show-stopping as the beautiful bridge, but it doesn’t have to cost you more than the rest of the wedding. Try getting something other than cake, such as a myriad of cupcakes or trays filled with your favourite desserts. Most people love having the option of different treats, anyway–think French macaroons, mini cookies, stuffed strawberries, and truffles, along with cupcakes for good measure.

For the Dress

You don’t need to head to the biggest and best boutique for the dress of your dreams. Why not alter your grandmother or mother’s dress? Or go for the vintage look. Visit consignment shops and local thrift shops. You’ll be surprised at what you find for much less – leaving you extra budget to completely personalize it.

For the Photos

Pictures are definitely that priceless piece of the wedding that you never want to let go of. If you’re hiring a photographer, ask about customizing your photo package. Most of them include things you don’t want, so ask what they’ll do so you’ll only get exactly what you’re looking for. Another option is to rent a photo booth for the reception. Sure, the beauty shots look great in the big frames, but the candid shots capture the night like it was.

For the Invitations

Go to the local craft store and purchase some pretty paper. Add an engagement photo, scrawl a few words of saving the date, and send them along. In the grand scheme of things, no one really cares about the invitations. It’s true.

For the Venue

Don’t worry about those traditional banquet halls, or renting out rooms in hotels. Think about exchanging vows in a whole new way. What about a backyard wedding or a large room or patio in your favourite restaurant or bar? Try a destination wedding – an easy one-stop package – to put it altogether. Or even head across the province. From Vancouver or Burnaby? Try having a Victoria wedding instead.

For the Food

Like the cake, the food makes a big impact for the guests. After all, they want to love it, right? Professional caterers can cost you a pretty dime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a detour. Depending on the size of your wedding, talk to some family and friends and see about making some of the menu, or perhaps just some midnight snacks for the buffet. Depending on your tastes, you might even want a simpler route. Go for a big barbecue, a huge pasta bar, or a spicy Indian buffet.

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