Go To Bridal Shows
In Utah we have so many bridal shows going on through out the year and I am sure that is the case for any state. Go to as many as you can! I think we went to three. Expos are really helpful and really informative. There usually is a fee to get in, but you can easily find coupons, and some shows even offer free tickets if you get them in advance.
At the show, sign up for everything that is available. Be willing to give out your email because more likely then not you will be glad you did! We won two free tux rentals, I got my veil for free, two make-overs, some free make-up products, and a $50 gift card to a floral shop. Just check online for a list of upcoming expos. You can easily find plenty of local places through a quick Google search.
You can easily find lots of blogs solely dedicated to weddings. They are always so adorable with the most amazing ideas, so inspirational!
A favorite of mine:
The Utah Bride Blog is fab! And it’s great that they are local!
Some other great blogs…
Do it yourself! Do it! It saves so much money! With the internet these days there are tutorials for pretty much anything!
I had two bouquets. One from a local florist, and the other my mom put together. I really disliked the one from the “professional florist”. But I loved the one my mom did for me. Guess how much is cost? $15 for two dozen pretty pink roses from Costco! The one from the florist was $50 and was only a dozen crappy roses that looked so sad! DIY!
But… Hire Catering
We did not hire catering. We did our own food, which I would not recommend. Every one I talked to said Cater Cater Cater. And now my parents and I are saying Cater Cater Cater! Yes, you save some money doing it yourself, but it is just so much work and headache. Our wedding food was great! But my parents said it themselves, they wished they had catered my wedding and plan to hire catering for my three younger sisters when they get married!
Bargain shop! Find places willing to beat down their price to beat out their competition. If I remember right, my dress was originally selling for $900. I went to four different stores and got it down to $625! Most places were more than happy to try and beat out their competition. Do your homework. Be prepared.
But Don’t Be Cheap On Your Photographer
Please oh please oh please realize how big of a deal the photographer at your wedding is. And I am not just saying that because I am a photographer! Don’t try to save money and have Uncle Joe, or Neighbor Ned shoot your wedding just because he has a semi-nice camera and is willing to do it for free. Get a reliable, professional, which will cost you.
So how should you go about finding and hiring a photographer?
-The photographer should be able and willing to provide references from previous clients.
– The photographer should be easy to contact and easy to work with.
-And they should require a deposit and have a clear contract. Someone who takes their business seriously will require a deposit and a contract to be signed. This ensures that you as the client won’t back out and cause the photographer to lose money, and they are committed to be there to capture your big day. It gives you both peace of mind.
I really recommend every one do groomals before their wedding since most couples who plan to do it after their wedding end up just getting caught up in life and not doing them! It is totally understandable that most brides like the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride in her dress until the ceremony. But for couples who are married in LDS temples where the photographer can’t capture the grooms face upon seeing his bride, I highly recommend doing a “first look” moment during your groomals before the wedding day, this way you can still capture the grooms reaction his first time seeing his beautiful bride in her dress. Not all grooms react in a big way, but it’s still a very sweet moment!
I discovered Nathan Pickett shortly after getting married (*sob* *sob*, of course!) and have been obsessed with his work ever since! He did this maternity session video that I am head over heels for and am determined to do one like it once we have a bun in the oven!
I recommend starting with about 30 minutes of greeting and eating time. 30 minutes in, this is the time the max of amount of guests will have arrived and this will be a good time to take 30 minutes for cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss, etc. The remaining time fill with dancing and socializing. Last 10 minutes; farewell to the bride and groom.
It is stressful, but it can be fun too. Just remember what’s important; the start of a new life, with your love! It will all be alright. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Be happy! You’re getting married!