It has been a few months of transition for my wedding business. I made the decision in October to close the bridal consignment part and just focus on the Day of Coordination and Decoration Services. It was a bittersweet time but I am excited about what is ahead!
I was going through my bookshelf today and I came across the bridal magazine that I was actually published in a few years ago. It was an article that talked about reconstructing a wedding. I was quoted about what to do with your bridal gown after the wedding. Which of course is appropriate, because after all I do have a bridal consignment shop. When I opened in 2009 I was the only bridal consignment shop in the area. So in my own mind, I consider myself a pioneer for the bridal consignment business in WNY. I have always shopped at consignment stores, so I thought why not combine that with my wedding coordination business. I love saving money and while getting something awesome. In my case small business really means small business. My daughter and occasionally my husband are the only “employees. I never dreamed that I would have had or even be interested in having a business. It was great to look at that article again, and get that little thrill of pride seeing my business and name in an actual bridal magazine. I usually can remember how far I have come,(and let’s face it how far I have to go),but a tangible reminder is nice too. So when I have those days that I wonder is this really going to work, I will remember my small claim to fame. 🙂
Budget may be the most dreaded word you hear while planning your wedding. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid it becuause your budget will drive all your wedding planning decisions. I always tell my brides to pick the 3 top things that mean most to you as a couple when you start planning your wedding. Once you figure that out, those will be your priority and the other things you don’t have to spend as much on.
How do you even go about setting a wedding budget? Well isn’t it lucky that you are reading this post. 🙂
- Do your homework so you are not guessing at what things cost but have an actual number to work off.
- Make phone calls to at least 2 vendors in each category and talk about prices.
- Set one budget for the ceremony, bridal party and misc. items. Set a second budget for reception costs.
- Hold a budget meeting if you are not paying for all the expenses yourself.
My biggest tip for budgeting, is to keep a separate wedding account to be used only for wedding expenses. That way you know exactly what you are spending money on and how much you have left over for other things.
This was a wedding that we did at the end of July. The bride really wanted lights behind the head table but did not have a chance to get any. We surprised her with some of our own to use for the evening. The guests watched the sunset over the golf course and the bride and groom left to a sparkler send off. It was a beautiful evening!
Thrifty and stylish brides need to think beyond “traditional” when they are planning their weddings. When choosing bridesmaids dresses think about getting ones that coordinate but do not necessarily match. These 2 dresses have the same color scheme and would look super cute in pictures together. The best part, not only are they cute and stylish, they are thrifty and found at a local bridal consignment boutique. That same boutique also carries matching sets of bridesmaid dresses if that is the look you are going for. Bring your bridesmaids out for a day of shopping so you can make sure that each dress is a good fit each girl in your bridal party.