“I have a friend who’s doing my photography. She is not a professional or anything, but I think she’ll do a great job. She promised to provide me all the shots on a disc for a small fee and I can print whatever I like. “ Let me tell you how that money-saving deal turned out. The last time I talked to the bride, they had received three discs with the pictures. One of them worked–sort of. While disc number one had a few images, the other two were completely blank. This money-saving deal turned out to be quite disappointing. The wedding is now just memories; the special moments are preserved in the minds of those who attended. There are no wonderful pictures that capture the poignant moments.
“I’m buying a bridal gown from a ‘Big Box’ store to save money.” Currently, I’m re-designing–to the best of my ability–a gown that was purchased at a “Big Box” store with the reassurance from the sales associate that it was a unique gown. It was unique until it showed up in an advertising promotion plastered all over bridal magazines and the “Big Box” website!
“I’m printing my own invitations to save money”, or “my great-aunt-Susie Q is having my invitations printed as a gift”. I’ve seen variations on how this project turned out. The latest was one whose invitations were worded incorrectly, and the return address was on the bottom of the envelope back, not on the back flap!
The invitation sets the tone for the wedding, whether formal or informal, so convey this by choosing an appropriate invitation. Remember to have an addressed, and completed invitation weighed at the post office, to be sure that you affix adequate postage. One bride wondered why she wasn’t receiving any RSVPs. It was because nobody received and invitation, and she had failed to put a return address on them. And please don’t forget to put stamps on the respond envelopes! It is a breach of etiquette to ask your invitees to purchase their own postage.
“I don’t need anyone to coordinate or direct my wedding.” Unless you want your special day to look like a three-ring circus with no ringmaster, find an experienced, professional director/coordinator to take care of the details, establish a wedding-day itinerary, and make sure everyone is aware of where they need to be and when. A wedding procession should run like a well-oiled machine–not like a fire drill.
What I’m trying to say is leave it to the professionals! Your wedding day should be an enjoyable experience–not a nightmare that requires survival skills!’ ~ Tricia Edwards