Out of curiosity, I summed up all our expenses to see whether we were just within our estimated budget or not. True enough, we were 'just within' the budget.
So how did we do it? For me, the most crucial part of the wedding preparation is the budgeting. Patience is the minimum requirement for one to surpass this challenge.
Here are some tips that I would like to share to would-be couples who are planning on getting married:
- Research. Internet is one of the most convenient way of knowing who's who in the wedding industry. A lot of wedding suppliers have a website or facebook fanpage where they showcase their works. Know the contact details of the supplier and dedicate some time to read the reviews or comments.
- Ask around. Once you have a few wedding suppliers in mind, then it is time for you to ask around. Ask your friends, friend's friends, officemates, etc. If you are lucky to have a wedding coordinator-friend, might as well give her a call.
- Attend Bridal Fairs. At least once a year, a bridal fair is organized where one can get discounts and freebies once booked. We were lucky to attend to bridal fairs, where we met our photographer and videographer. We also got our photobooth from the bridal fair. Even if you are months and months away from your target date, it is best to pay these fairs a visit so that you can talk to as many suppliers as you want, get their brochures for future references and if you like what they have offered, book right away to avail of the discounts and freebies.
- Compare. Don't just settle for one particular wedding vendor. Canvass, canvass and canvass for some more. Don't be scared or ashamed to keep on inquiring for their "best" price (Best means, the best negotiated price). See what one supplier can offer that the other cannot for relatively the same price and see what works best for you.