This is the final part of a series on wedding planning on a budget. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with me on this journey of orchestrating the ideal wedding — without overspending.
The problem with DIY weddings is that sometimes they can become overwhelming.
Last year I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings. When it came to putting together the centerpieces (complete with vases, flowers, water and floating candles), I was the only one dressed and available to assemble them. So for about an hour I walked back and forth between an outside water spigot and the vases, transporting the water by the only method available — a single plastic pitcher. I was happy to do so for my friend, but it was a grueling task, and I am suspiciously absent from any of the “getting ready” photos in her wedding album.
I’ve also heard horror stories from brides themselves who were in over their heads with craft projects (I blame Pinterest).
I tried to strike a balance between professional help and do-it-myself projects for my wedding. And because of my previously cited experience, I decided a professional florist was the way to go for decor.
But I found a florist who charges less than half the advertised rates I saw. This particular vendor runs a flower shop year-round, so weddings and events are not his only source of income. He also buys flowers wholesale from his wife (!), which cuts down on costs.
The cakes were a no-brainer for me. One of my bridesmaids is “America’s Next Top Baker” (I just made that up) and has been making wedding cakes for people for months now. She’s so good at it that she’s started to book clients solely by word of mouth.
And she’s baking (and by baking, I mean constructing and designing these cakes like she’s the next van Gogh) them for me for free. I just did a quick calculation based on a local bakery, where my bridal cake alone would cost $846.98.
Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, let us know in the comments how you saved money on your cakes or decorations.
Pictures are from Pinterest.com.
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter