Hiring Professionals Pays Off
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if weddings just planned themselves and automatically included everything you ever wanted? You’d simply say “yes” to that designer gown you covet, the 300-person guest list, the six-course dinner with endless champagne, the hot band you just saw on YouTube and all the other deliciously pricey items on your wish list. That pesky word “budget” would not even be in your vocabulary.
Saving Money Can Cost You
So what do you do when your bank account can’t accommodate your wedding fantasy? The natural inclination is to cut corners wherever you can. Sometimes it’s enough just to pare down your guest list or switch from a formal seated dinner to an hors d’oeuvres reception. But more often than not, you assume that staying within your budget means cutting back completely on professional services. You have a running conversation with yourself: Do I really need to hire a coordinator? Nope, I can probably manage this shindig by myself…and if I have Uncle Bob take the photos, that’ll save me a chunk of change…and while I’m at it, I can do without a DJ—my brother has an incredible CD collection and he can bring his sound system…
Yes, you will save money by hiring the least expensive vendors you can find, doing things yourself or delegating your wedding services to relatives and friends. But the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” really comes into play here. Skimp on services and you could easily end up paying a big price anyway: lots of headaches and a wedding that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons.