1. Entrust your photography to a novice.
I understand that you want to save money but planners would agree to save on some other things – not on your wedding photos. Cheap, bad photography is like building a sand castle. You will hate it when you want to relish wonderful wedding memories and all you have are bad photographs. I see this happen to many people. One particular friend hates to recall her wedding day just because she hates the pictures she entrusted with her cousin. It will be a waste of everything you have invested on. Stay within your budget when planning your wedding, but by all means, splurge on your wedding photographs.
2. Spend a fortune on your wedding gown.
All brides dream of the most beautiful wedding gowns. This does not necessarily mean, however, that your gown should suck-up your budget. Your guests won’t care what brand or label you wear. You can just borrow, rent (sorry!) or find gorgeous but discounted gowns. You will wear the stuff only once so investing huge on it when planning your wedding is not necessary.
3. Serve lacklustre food.
Don’t settle for less when planning your wedding reception, especially on food. Your reception meal is your treat to your guests. Get the tastiest food allowed by your budget. If you can’t serve a hundred guests with a delightful feast, cut your guest list in half. It’s better to have a few but delighted people than invite everybody and not be able to treat them well.
4. Buy a gorgeous but awful-tasting wedding cake.
I have seen too many cakes that looked fantastic but tasted horrible, my wedding cake included. Pricey extras on the exterior are nothing if your cake tastes like plain pudding in sugar-coating. Some wedding cakes are not even real but mere decorative facades made of Styrofoam (can you imagine that?) You can’t even eat them. Don’t laugh at me; I have seen many of those. For heaven’s sake, your wedding is not a show. Go for taste.
5. Struggle to get a professional videographer
If money isn’t an issue, then by all means go for all the brilliant camera lights but if your budget is tight then the decision is already made for you. Several hundreds or even thousands of dollars are too much for a wedding video. Your best friend or relative can tape the event for you. Just brace yourself for a shaky presentation afterwards. Remember, you can always look at your wedding photographs, and that’s all that matters.
6. Spend twice on flowers.
Flowers are beautiful but your budget can get out of hand. Read this: recycle. Again, recycle. If you have two different places for the ceremony and reception, you can use your flower arrangements in both venues. You can do the same with your balloons, candles, and other decorations. If bouquets of flowers are too costly, get a single stem for each of your bridesmaids and table centrepiece. If flowers are not an option, get balloons instead. Candles are beautiful decorations, too.
7. Neglect your reception music
The music you play at the reception determines the atmosphere. Don’t let just anybody blast off cheap music from his boom box. It’s your wedding; choose people and things that can help you have a memorable and enjoyable wedding celebration with people close to you.