My junior year of college I had a very short-lived radio show. Basically I just played all of my favorite songs and in between, my friend Moira and I would giggle about random things. It was fun, but I always secretly hoped that no one was really listening, and when I found out that people did listen I was slightly mortified. That’s the same feeling I’m having right now as my lovely boyfriend just reminded me that I told the world this afternoon how much I love wedding cake and would never cut back on spending in that area. (Totally true, but still, did I really say that?).
This morning I was approached to speak with Eddie and Tracy on 700 WLW during their afternoon show in reaction to an article that come out in USA Today about wedding budget trends. I was excited to be on air and had fun talking with them, but when I thought about all the people that might be listening I was definitely nervous! The file is unfortunately too large to post on my blog, but if you search for Eddie and Tracy’s podcasts on iTunes, you can hear it all at the very beggining of “7/08/09 Hour 3″. Hopefully my nerves do not carry across the sound waves!
Before the call, I typed up a page of notes for myself so I wouldn’t forget things I wanted to say, but I’m not sure how much of it actually made it in — I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to it yet. (Why is it that our voices always sound so different recorded than they do in our heads?). Here are a few points that I was hoping to make, and a few that I know I did get to say, but just want to re-emphasize.
- Always write out your budget early on and prioritize your spending so that you give more to the areas that are important to you, and less to the areas you do not care as much about.
- Along those same lines, don’t be afraid to completely cut out things that aren’t important to you. Don’t like flowers? Decorate with candles. Not so worried about entertainment? Hook up an iPod. Remember, the only thing you really and truly NEED for a wedding is a marriage license (cost in Hamilton County: $45).
- Consider DIY projects but don’t take on too many at once! Plan plenty of time to complete them so that you don’t add undue stress to your planning. (Check out www.diybride.com for fun ideas).
- Little changes can add up to big savings. Use an RSVP postcard instead of the traditional card and envelope to save on paper and postage. Cut back on the number of hors d’oeuvres served. Serve only beer, wine and a signature drink rather than a full bar (Eddie and Tracy weren’t fans of that tip, though!). Switch from a Saturday night wedding to a Friday or Sunday. All of the small changes can contribute to significant savings.
Remember that nation-wide or city-wide average budgets are irrelevant. Talk with your fiancé and families and decide what is comfortable for YOU to spend, and go from there. Prioritizing what’s important to you and making careful decisions about where and how to spend on your wedding will only make it all the more intimate, memorable and unique.
Thanks to those who listened today, and I hope the advice was helpful! And if I ever do plan a $100,000 bachelor party, I can promise you’ll hear about it first here on the blog :)