Do the Bride a Favor Gives Advice on Paying for a Wedding

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Do the Bride a Favor gives advice to those looking to pay for their wedding with their own finances.

For many couples, the old adage that the bride’s parents pay for the wedding doesn’t apply. Whether it’s because the couple already lives together, or due to financial difficulty, many couples looking to tie the knot must do so on their own dime. On June 4th, 2013, the Chicago Tribune published a list of advantages to paying for a wedding without outside help, and now Do the Bride a Favor is giving advice on how engaged couples can pay for their own wedding.

1.    Set a Budget and Stick to it
Just because the ribbon for those custom wedding favors isn’t the exact color the bride wants is no excuse to break the wedding budget. Before wedding planning begins, write down a budget and leave it somewhere where it is easily seen. Use a corkboard to attach receipts and estimates from vendors so there’s one central place for wedding related expenses, along with accountability. Always leave room in a budget for unseen expenditures, as vendors may have price increases for certain days and times, or perhaps the candy meant for favors will need upgraded shipping to expedite delivery. Some websites recommend budgeting for double the estimated cost to ensure that finances for the wedding stay under control.

2.    Negotiate
Vendors want business, and with social media interaction on the rise, word of mouth marketing is gaining in importance. Many vendors will work with brides on pricing in return for social media exposure, good reviews on websites, or sales from friends and family.

3.    Hire Small Businesses
Small businesses tend to have a personal connection to the community. Scour local listings for vendors new to the wedding market or just starting out. Brides can often save hundreds of dollars by hiring a DJ who is new or local, or enlisting the musical talent of the neighborhood band. As long as the bride and groom are satisfied with the quality of the work, giving newcomers a chance will not only help the wedding budget, but gives the vendor experience and references for future use.

Do the Bride a Favor gives advice on how a bride and groom can pay for their own weddings, including sticking to a budget, negotiating with vendors, and sourcing from local vendors.

About Do the Bride a Favor:
Do the Bride a Favor gives tips, tricks, and candy favor ideas to brides and party planners alike to ensure that every party is original, fun, and inspired.

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