How many times have I picked up a fashion magazine and fallen head over heels in love with an outfit only to find out the T-shirt alone costs $500? It’s disheartening, but I know I can get close to the same look for less money by resetting my expectations and being resourceful. The most important thing is that the magazine gave me the idea for the look and now I can begin to put it together in a way that suits my budget.
This is what I’m here to impart to the myriad wedding couples I talk to who get sticker shock when they bring in photos from Pinterest and Tumblr or a magazine, and want us to duplicate it bloom for bloom. After I pick them up off the floor, I tell them to look at these images as not just inspirational, but also aspirational. It’s great to aspire to have that look. But, if you are operating on a budget, it’s time for Plan B and C, which are, just as my non-designer outfit turned out to be,equally beautiful!
Preston Bailey, the world-class event designer, posted five great tips on this subject and I’d like to share them with you here.
Manage Your Expectations
I personally love beautiful and inspiring images, and I am not the only one (hence the popularity of sites like Pinterest and Tumblr). That said, it is important to look at these images and pull out elements that you can afford instead expecting to have it all. The reality is that most people cannot have it all without an unlimited budget, which brings me to my next point…
Focus On What Is Important
Of course, I hope this is decor (can you blame me?) but if it’s flowers, food, music, the dress or a special venue that has meaning for the two of you, that’s where you should place the bulk of your budget. Sit down and really think about what’s most important and reflective of you, as a couple, and then go from there.
I often see brides looking to ship their “favorite” flower in, and that’s wonderful – if your budget allows it. If not, stick with seasonal flowers which are much more cost effective. Keep this in mind when working with your florist.
Light It Up
Lighting is a wonderfully effective way to dramatically change a venue and atmosphere.
One of the most romantic weddings I have ever been to was also the most humble. It was an intimate affair that was all about the love of the couple, and in the end, that’s what weddings are; a celebration of that love.
Five tips originally posted on www.PrestonBailey.com