Become a Top Wedding Planner – Learn Budget Wedding Planning Ideas


If you are fairly new to planning weddings and don’t have much experience helping brides stretch their wedding dollars, you might want to pick up the November/December 2010 copy of Bridal Guide magazine. It has a budget guide with ideas that you can suggest to your brides.

Here are samples of some of their suggestions:


  • Have the bride select a dedicated event space, such as a hotel, that includes catering, tables, chairs, etc. versus a venue in which everything needs to be rented and delivered. The labor, delivery and pickup costs from a variety of different vendors adds up quickly.
  • Off-season wedding dates and weddings on a less popular days such as Thursday, Friday or Sunday, may be cheaper.
  • Suggest holding the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in the same location so she doesn’t incur separate rental costs.


  • Have a brunch, afternoon tea and dessert or late-night cocktail reception instead of a cocktail hour and dinner.
  • For sit-down service, have the bride ask guests to make their entree selection in advance. This way the caterer doesn’t have to purchase a lot of extra food because they don’t know what her guests might order.
  • The bride shouldn’t feel like she has to order top-shelf liquors. Moderate or basic packages will be fine for most crowds.

Flowers and Decor

  • Suggest the bride work with her florist to choose seasonal blooms that can be sourced locally rather than ones that need to be flown in.
  • Skip trying to fill a large ceremony space with flowers that get overwhelmed by the space. Instead, hang wreath arrangements on the entry doors.
  • Use basic china but rent colorful linens and glasses to dress up tables.

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