The lovely wedding of Monica + Mathew at The Legendary Park Plaza in downtown LA has been featured in two amazing blogs. They were so much fun and great to work for, which made coordinating their special day that much better! I’m so excited to relive their beautiful union again.
Venue: The Legendary Park Plaza
Event Stylist: Dandelion and Grey
Photographer: Jessica Feely
Videographer: Craft House Productions
Lighting: TMM Pro DJ + Lighting Services
Makeup: Stacy Wu
Hair: Theresa Huang Makeup + Hair Design
Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus Ice Cream
I know it’s been a while since Part 2 was published, but don’t fret the final post from BGG is here. Check out the last part of the wedding tips series from the fabulous savvy ladies of Broke Girl’s Guide (BGG). I hope these tips will help you save big bucks on your dream wedding!
Don’t Follow the Crowd
Be unique! Getting married on an unusual day, time of day, or time of year will drastically reduce your costs. It’s like flying somewhere on a Wednesday instead of a Friday – the reduced demand means lower prices. Ask the venues that you’re interested in about these price differences, and you may be shocked.
For instance, a Sunday brunch-time wedding might cost half what the Saturday evening price would be. Choosing an unusual time of year can also save big bucks. It varies according to what part of the country you live in, but generally speaking, January and February are less common times for weddings to occur, and thus good times to find deals. Instead of your typical spring or summer wedding, you might be intrigued by the idea of a “winter wonderland” themed wedding, which can be absolutely gorgeous – think white flowers everywhere, beautiful blue accents, “snow”-covered branches, snowflakes, etc.
You may find yourself saving money across the board, since vendors are more likely to lower prices and offer special deals when times are slow. Unusual locations can also be more affordable – if you find an old Victorian home that is off-the-beaten path and that very few people even know about, it will probably be much less expensive than the fancy hotel where EVERYONE gets married.
From the start, make sure to ask your florist which blooms are local and in season, and you can save buckets of money. You might be surprised to find out how often you can find a cheaper but still beautiful flower that will work just as well as the pricier version. For instance, instead of cherry blossoms, your florist might suggest pinning branches with tiny (and surprisingly affordable) orchids – we’ve seen this and it looks amazing.
Another great way to save money on décor is by having your wedding outside in a beautiful, natural setting. This way, Mother Nature will take care of your floral bill. There are countless options – botanical gardens, in Big Sur, in Napa, lakes, etc. When the surroundings are more beautiful than any arrangement could be, your floral bill will be tiny. Another great way to save money on décor is to bring on the non-perishables like candles, branches, seashells, stones, feathers, silk flowers (unless you feel cheesy), potted succulents, and vases filled with pebbles or sea glass. These are a fraction of the cost of cut flowers, but they can look just as beautiful.
Happy planning! Make sure to check out our site Broke Girl’s Guide for more secrets to living large and spending small.
Michell + Erin
The Broke Girls