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    Saving Money While Planning Your Wedding

    tom-meinhold1by Katy Kolmeyer, Event Assistant at CJN Event Planning

    While your wedding may well be one of the most important days of your life, this does not require you to spend your life savings to create an extravagant and lux affair. There are so many details that are involved with planning your big day, and with many of these details comes a large price tag. At the root of all of these decisions, it is important to remember that the purpose of this day is to celebrate the love and happiness between you and your partner. Getting caught up in the many aspects that could be added to your wedding can easily take away the fun and happiness of the wedding planning process. The best part of all of this is a happy bride, and a smaller check that has to be written to cover your wedding expenses!

    • Programs and Menus: These can be bypassed because they are quite often overlooked by guests, and end up littering the ceremony and reception areas. Save the trees and money. Your guests should very well know why they are at your wedding, and who is getting married. If they don’t, then a program will not help them at this point. Offering a menu to your guests is a nice touch, but will have the same fate as the programs. They will be used for coasters or end up on the floor due to the overflow of glasses and plates on tables.
    • Wedding Favors: These generally consist of dainty candies or inexpensive trinkets. In my opinion, this is your day to be showered with love and gifts, not your guests. Many of these favors share the same fate as the menus and get left behind or forgotten. It is a treat to be invited to someone’s special day. The fun that they get to have celebrating you is a gift in itself; they do not need a favor to thank them for coming. While it is possible to find inexpensive gifts for your guests, these will add up and quickly and are generally not worth the hassle. I can promise you that your guests are not going to be hunting you down throughout the day asking where their wedding favors are hiding.
    • The Dress: This one may come as a shock to many brides, but I do not recommend spending oodles and oodles of money on your dress. This is an incredibly exciting and wonderful day where you get to be treated like a princess, and it is possible to look like one without spending thousands of dollars on your wedding gown. While this is at the top of the list for many brides, it is important to keep things into perspective. Yes, you will only have this day once in your life, but that’s just it. It is one day in your life; consider this when buying your dress. Think to yourself, do I need to buy an expensive dress that I will only wear once in my entire life? The answer may very well be yes, but it is an important question to contemplate.

    Every bride has a different idea of what their dream wedding looks like. At the end of the day it is all about communication and prioritizing the expenses with your partner so that together, you can create your dream wedding.

    Wedding Photo: Tom Meinhold

    Katy Kolmeyer is the Event Assistant  with CJN Event Planning. CJN Event Planning can be reached by calling (805) 462-9106. 

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