Authored by: Rinette Emerson
January 17, 2018

Most couples know that planning a wedding can be stressful…and will be expensive. Based on our experience over the past 11 years and thousands of weddings, listed below are some things that you may choose to eliminate from your wedding that will reduce the stress, save you money and the best part …your guests won’t notice.

  • Invitations: Don’t spend a lot of time or money here as most invitations are discarded as soon as the Reply envelope is mailed. There are many retailers (Shutterfly, Etsy, Vistaprint or Walmart) that offer a wide variety of wedding invitations that can be downloaded at a flat fee and printed as needed.
  • Programs: Are usually left on the seats following the ceremony and discarded before the first dance. Wooden signs or chalkboards highlighting the events of the day and circulated around the reception area will do the trick.
  • Linens: Specialty linens can get quite costly to rent, and most guests don’t even notice the color or texture of the tablecloths. So, if they are clean save some money and the stress of choosing “the perfect linen” and go with something simple that blends with your décor.
  • Cake: An elaborate wedding cake is expensive. However, that doesn’t guarantee that it will taste as good as it looks, or that your guests will even enjoy your dream cake. So, consider a cake from the local grocery store or offer a dessert bar stocked with a variety of cupcakes, cookies or candies. Your guests may be even more pleased because of the variety.
  • Flowers: In most cases, floral arrangements are a welcome addition to any wedding venue. Decorate the high-impact areas like your aisle and front, since these are going to draw the most attention from both guests and the photographer. However, but don’t let the floral arrangements on the side table consume most of your décor budget. So, rather than spend a fortune and time on designer flowers, visit your local farmer’s market, florist, Costco or grocery store.
  • “The” Dress: I have listed this lower on the totem pole, because I know I’m going to receive some blow-back here. I’m not saying that your guests don’t care how you look walking down the aisle, but if you’re comfortable and the dress fits your personality and you feel like the beautiful person you are, your guests won’t be thinking about the designer or couture of the dress. You might even consider renting your perfect dress from one of the many storefront and online retailers.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought-after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist and loves milk chocolate!

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