4 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

4 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding [EXPERT]

Where can you save and where can you splurge on your big day?

By Wedding Expert Elysa Ross for GalTime.com

There's a lot of discussion as to how much to pay for wedding services. One can get dizzy trying to decide which pricing suites them. Being that I am a wedding vendor and have been a bride myself, I thought I'd share some personal insight.

Today's culture is more about buying something because it's a cheap and immediate thrill rather than buying a well-made, beautiful item that will last forever. This mentality carries over to brides and grooms choosing their wedding vendors. Budgeting is an important aspect of wedding planning. However, focusing only on the dollar amount and not thinking of quality is never the way to go.

I firmly believe you get what you pay for. However, I'm also a frugalista. I wait for sales, shop at consignment stores, and will take advantage of Living Social and Groupon.

Although coupons are great, here's something to think about: an authentic Chanel blouse may be $100 at a consignment store but it will last forever, never go out-of-style, and will make you feel special each time you wear it. A handful of pieces from Wal-Mart will cost the same and will usually fall apart within a year (if that)! That's not to say that I don't buy clothes from Target, but for important events or priceless occasions, I value quality.

While planning my own wedding I was neither a luxury bride nor a budget bride. I was a bride who wanted to feel gorgeous and enjoy my wedding. Now, twelve years later, I can still open my album and think, "I looked great, my pictures are gorgeous, and everything was flawless." I can also reflect on my wedding with joy.

Because I hired professionals, there weren't last-minute surprises like the florist swapping out cheaper flowers than the ones chosen or a different band showing up than the one that had been seen prior to booking. Yes, these things happen with the less professional vendors. Newlywed 911: Protecting Young Marriages

Here are four ways you can cut costs on your wedding:

1. Skip the Preview. Instead of booking lower-cost hair and makeup artists and paying them for a preview and wedding day services, book a higher priced artist on the wedding day only. Forget the preview appointment. As long as you have a magazine picture or a photo of the look you want, professionals can easily deliver. You'll end up with higher quality for the same price.

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