DIY Wedding

Welcome to my DIY Wedding & Reception

We are having a simple Justice of the Peace ceremony & later having the Big Reception! We have changed our minds and are now going for a Western style Wedding, but I'm leaving the beach theme wedding posts on here.
All ideas are Welcomed, as I'm kind of a DIY kind of person & can't see pouring tons of money into just one day of our lives, when we have so many years ahead of us (God Willing). We are both Christian. He's Latino & I'm a lil bit of everything, mostly white. We want to cultivate both of our customs into our reception. Please feel free to browse & leave a note of advice! Thanks!

A Walk in my Boots.....

The Big Day

We all want our Wedding Day to be Extra Special, that is just a given, but how do we get there? What are the steps to achieving our Dream Wedding & being able to afford it, without debt.
1st We need to think of where we are willing to Splurge our funds & where we would like to scrimp.
2nd How do we pull this off?
3rd What can we do ourselves, our friends & family do (Do NOT include jealous people!) & our fiancee do? Who do we know that may be in a business that could help us? Networking!!!
4th Where do we start?
I've been researching for about 11 months & I have a good grasp on things. I want to Share what I've learned & want more ideas, too. We can help each other!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Photography...Saving some Money

  Here's a few ideas on saving some money. We all want our memories to be beautifully put onto paper to show the world and to reminisce over, years later. The fact is clear when shopping for a photographer, once you mention it's for a wedding the price nearly doubles (sometimes triples) and like many of you this gets scary fast. We are not stuck having to pay these crazy prices. And I'm going to show you how to save money.
  I placed an ad on Craigslist for a wedding photographer and what we needed (not wanted). I asked for quotes and let them we didn't have $1,000's to spend on a photographer. We agreed that they could use our photos to establish or enlarge their portfolios. We had probably 100s answer our ad within a few days! I was astonished by the results! We did settle on a husband and wife team for under $500! This saved us $1000s that we didn't have to spend. Classifieds would work, too.
  Ok, you are not that brave or outgoing. Read ads for photographers that are looking to branch out and include weddings or are recent graduates. These people are new to being professional but have taken many other photos in their lifetime (many needed for a degree, too). Ask for samples. Maybe do an engagement session. Samples of their work is  must! And make sure they have back up equipment! You never know what could happen.
  Another thing to try is to ask a family member that likes photography and has been doing it as a hobby for years. Or call a local college and ask a professor to recommend one of their students. Take a look at his/her samples of work. Either way, you should pay these people and let them use your photos for their portfolios. That is only fair.
  Many professionals offer different packages. They usually offer a pay per hour, also, but you must ask. Skip paying them to take photos of you getting ready. You can keep a camera or two handy and have family or friends take these photos. This could save you a few $100 or more.
  Any way that you decide to go, make sure you let your photographer know what shots are most important to you (aging relative, children, etc) and sign a contract before your big day. This way you are guaranteed some assurance of what you are getting.  Good luck & smile pretty!
  New posts on makeup & hairstyles coming soon!  

Saving money on venues (sites)

 We are getting married at his place of employment - a restaurant. The ceremony & reception. Having one location will save $1,000's of dollars. Maybe you don't work at a place where a wedding would be appropriate but if you do some family & friend networking (ask & you shall receive) you can find a location for less than they typically charge & with some great imagination & a little work, you can turn the site into a romantic locale.
  If all else fails, try a local park, a lodge (maybe you know a member), a community center, or even somebody with a large home. Lots of time the people need publicity and a wedding would give them this.
You could even place a classified ad. If you tell them you are planning an event (leave out wedding may save $$). I have noticed every time you mention your event is a wedding, the price automatically goes way up (unfair), so if you omit wedding & just use Event you could save some money there, too.
  I hope this helps a little bit. :)