Don’t let ‘white blindness’ drive you into debt! Make your wedding everything you want it to be on the budget you determine.
Are you planning a wedding, but worried about how much money you'll have to spend? In today's tough economic times, planning a budget wedding is more important than ever. This fun, money-saving guide is packed with tips for planning the wedding of your dreams without breaking your bank account!
Inside you'll find tons of tips and advice for planning a budget-friendly celebration while still remaining true to your personality, values, and tastes. You'll see how to make and keep your wedding budget; select the most economical time to get married; scope out wedding locations that fit the bill; and incorporate everything from economical to green ideas that emphasize style and elegance. Plus, you get tips and pointers for negotiating with vendors and avoiding hidden expenses and add-ons.
- Hands-on information for planning a stylish wedding while sticking to your budget
- How to get deals on gowns, tuxes, cakes, invitations, photography, food, and more
- Use your creativity (and friends and family) to save money on decorations, food, favors, and wedding attire
- Cut corners where no one will notice
- Set your own priorities for your big day
- Make your celebration unique
You don't have to settle for less on your wedding day. Author, Meg Schneider is an award-winning journalist who planned her own wedding for less than $5,000 Budget Weddings For Dummies is the only guide you need to save yourself money, time, and stress while you plan a beautiful, memorable ceremony!
About the Author
Meg Schneider (Cleveland, NY) is an award-winning journalist who planned her own wedding for less than $5,000.
Table of Contents
Part I: Coming Up with a Game Plan 7
Chapter 1: Bringing Your Wedding Dream to Life 9
Chapter 2: Working with a Wedding Budget 19
Chapter 3: Deciding When to Get Married and Organizing Your Timeline 35
Part II: Planning the Ceremony 51
Chapter 4: Deciding Where to Get Married 53
Chapter 5: Minimizing Wedding Party Costs 69
Chapter 6: Dressing for Your Big Day 81
Chapter 7: Hammering Out the Ceremony Details 97
Chapter 8: Picking Flowers (Or Fun Alternatives) 109
Chapter 9: Capturing It for Posterity: Photography and Videography 125
Chapter 10: Putting It in Print: Invitations, Programs, and Miscellany 143
Part III: Celebrating with Your Guests 155
Chapter 11: Selecting the Reception Site 157
Chapter 12: Feeding the Hordes 167
Chapter 13: Arranging Entertainment and Preparing the Venue 189
Chapter 14: Making the Most of Prewedding and Postwedding Events 205
Chapter 15: Honeymooning in Style — and in the Black 213
Part IV: The Part of Tens 225
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Get the Most for Your Wedding Dollar 227
Chapter 17: Ten Inexpensive Wedding Favors 233
Chapter 18: Ten Traditions to Reconsider When You’re on a Budget 239
Part V: Appendixes 245
Appendix A: Your Planning Calendar 247
Appendix B: Price Comparison Worksheets 257
Appendix C: Your Wedding Checklist 267
Appendix D: Your Wedding Budget 275
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the only book I've found that's actually for people on a budget. It gives good suggestions about how to save on decorations and other things, and it's informative about things with hidden costs so you're not suprised with them after it's too late to back out. Other books suggest hiring a wedding planner and then not allowing people to bring dates in order to save money - but this book focused on how to have a good time at your wedding without breaking the bank or telling guests they have to come alone. I wish I'd read it first and hadn't wasted my time reading all the others.