6 Ways to Conquer Wedding Planning

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in most brides’ lives! It can also be the most stressful. Brittany and I are committed to making sure that YOUR experience as a “fiancé” is fun, calm, and enjoyable. Below are six tips that will help you conquer wedding planning and ensure that you stick to your budget and enjoy the process!Bride CakeTopper


First and foremost, let’s all get in the right mindset! Say goodbye to “wedding planning is miserable” and “all weddings are $30,000” and say hello to “it’s actually not that stressful” and “it was easier to stay in my budget than I thought”!

1. Ask Around: Everyone knows “somebody” so start asking! Don’t be afraid to ask you friends, acquaintances, someone you knew in high school and have only seen on Facebook over the last 10 years. Some of these people are trying to start a business, so doing something for someone they know with help their business and they’ll want to do a really good job for someone they know. It’s a win-win for both sides!

Bride Ask Around

2. Weigh the options: At first glance, some venues may look more expensive when comparing prices against one another, but what does each venue INCLUDE? This is really important because the more a venue includes, the less work and money you’ll have to put into it. Some venues are just downright expensive, but some may only seem expensive but actually include a whole lot more than a space.

Bride Weigh Options

3. Barter: This is a tip that Brittany gave me that has actually worked really well once I started using it! These people are in a business where they name their price. They obviously want customers, so if you have a price in mind, try and stick to it and barter a little before you sign the contract. Go into a barter with knowledge. For example, make sure you know the going rates at other local florists before you ask for a ridiculously low price and offend them. Blocking hotel rooms is also another area you can barter, especially if you fill up the block. Ask for the honeymoon suite to be free if you fill in the entire block or other deals like that.

Bride Barter

4. Do your research: This is very time consuming, but is so worth it in the end! Start researching every photographer, DJ, band, venue, etc. in your area. Look on multiple sources such as Google reviews and yelp to help you get a good idea of what other customers think of them. Also, look for new businesses. I truly believe that using new businesses is the key to saving money when you’re planning a wedding. Yes, I thought of “they’re not as experienced”, but I’ve reviewed their work, looked at their existing reviews, and “interviewed” them to make sure they were a good fit. REMEMBER: Just because someone is starting a new business doesn’t mean they’re new to the trade & just because one place is more expensive than another doesn’t necessarily mean they’re significantly better than the less expensive option.

Bride Research

5. Be Flexible: Everyone has an idea of what their dream wedding would look like, but sometimes you need to rearrange your ideas to fit your budget without compromising the most important parts of your wedding. Start by making a list of priorities and refer back to them when you seem to be getting distracted. My list of priorities saved me $4,000 on ONE item! I really thought that I wanted a band at my wedding and that was one area that I didn’t want to budge in. After researching and researching and weighing the options out in my head, I decided that I wanted a FUN wedding and that FUN wedding didn’t say anything about having a band more than a DJ. I had to be flexible in my ideas and use my list of priorities to figure out what was really important. The people at my wedding will make it fun, not the band.

Bride Priorities

6. Don’t settle!: If you’re having a hard time finding a wedding service that is within your budget, KEEP LOOKING! I promise you, they’re out there! I had several moments when I thought, “Maybe weddings just do cost $30,000”, but luckily I had Brittany to bring me back down to reality. I kept researching and talking to people and voila!, I found my photographer for HALF the price of the cheapest photographer I could find initially.

Bride Dont SettleWhat’s your advice on keeping wedding planning FUN and within your BUDGET?! Happy wedding planning!

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9 thoughts on “6 Ways to Conquer Wedding Planning

  1. Toni @ Debt Free Divas

    You know I’ve never been very successful with the barter. But another DFD swears by it. I’m missing the barter gene, but maybe I can develop it. Great tips ladies. Can you believe the avg wedding is at $30K (according to the knot.com – they could be fudging that #). Geez.
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    1. Brittany Post author

      I don’t think a lot of people consider bartering including me until Brittany inspired me to barter. It’s totally worth a few seconds of awkwardness! Thanks for reading! -Sam

  2. Hayley @ Disease Called Debt

    Bartering is definitely a good thing to do when it comes to wedding planning. It is easy to get carried away when planning the perfect wedding day, but when I was getting married I ended up compromising on a few areas that I didn’t mind too much like making my own invitations rather than getting some professionally made. My brother did the wedding video and a friend made the cake. Doing these things led to me being able to get the things I really wanted – the dress and venue!
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    1. Brittany Post author

      It is definitely easy to get carried away wedding planning! It’s awesome that you found great 2nd choice options to get your main priority items perfect! Thanks for reading! -Sam

  3. Mel

    OK, great challenge and I will definitely direct any friends who are hellbent on the big white wedding to this post.

    Also, I love the picture of the pig/TV barter. You really never know what another person might be willing to consider until you ask.
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  4. Melissa @ Sunburnt Saver

    Oh gosh, I know I have to start doing this wedding planning thing so, and it just makes me so nervous. I’ve heard horror stories about terrible photographers and expensive venues. I surprisingly -don’t- know a lot of people in my city, so I know I will have to do a LOT of research to find someone reliable and good! Thanks for this list, it’s really helpful!
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    1. Brittany Post author

      Research is key! Take advantage of local wedding shows and ask com workers or friends who have gotten married in the area. Yelp is also a great resource! Good luck on wedding planning and thanks for reading! -Sam


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