Category: Tips - all for my dream on a budget...
1. Rank your priorities.

2. Determine your budget.

3. Recruit friends and relatives.

4. Be ruthless with the head count.

5. Book before the 'ber' months.

6. Seek free fonts.

7. Have a weekday wedding.

8. No decor needed.

9. Think out-of-the-banquet-hall.

10. Hire an expert.

11. Take up hunting.

12. Pick the right kicks.

13. Say YES to all-inclusive.

14. Bridal fair-bound.

15. Create your own dot-com.

16. Initial it.

17. Think monochromatic.

18. Stick them up.

19. Hold a DIY day.

20. Buy in season.

21. Supersiz your flowers.

22. Bouton-ette your bridesmaids.

23. Easy on the entourage.

25. Work your blooms.

26. Skip the make-up trials.

27. The more the merrier.

28. No need for retouch.

29. Borrow something.

30. Buy your own booze.

31. Give a newbie a break.

32. Eat family style.

33. Think like a talent scout.

34. Drink to that.

35. Cut the cake.

36. Give something homemade.

37. Pool the presents.

38. Show off -- a little.

39. Throw a tea party.

40. Hook up your iPod.
i am sorry if i am including the nursing process here...
but i was preparing for a lecture on the review of the nursing process just minutes ago...
so, why not apply it here as well.

1. Assessment
- i need to assess what i need and especially identify things that are not in the "normal range".

2. Diagnosing
- whatever problem that presents needs to be prioritize...

3. Planning
- keeping a SMART goal in mind.
Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic and Time-bounded.

4. Interventions
- well, this is where the action begins. It should be geared towards the goal.

5. Evaluation
- to identify whether the goal had been met or not met.
then, either you'd congratulate yourself or you tell yourself on what areas you can improve at after your post-intervention assessment. It is a cycle so it goes back to top then down until you're satisfied with the outcomes or the goal had been met.

In this case, i definitely have a problem on telling my papa about our plans. It is not that my papa is strict nor is he an ogre. In fact, he is very approachable and accommodating... he is after all the envy of my friends. but it's just that sometimes, he's hard to please and his expectations are quite high.
planning... well, i actually need to talk to him soon... i need a deadline... say 1 week? to speak up...
hopefully, everything will go well.
Actually the talking is part of the interventions part & i think i to need to compromise with his other wishes.

anywayz, the evaluation won't come until i've made my move.
  • 1. Set Priorities

  • Setting priorities means that you can place the bulk of your budget on what really matters to you.

    You may also single out other events/part in the wedding that can be left out. For example, if you are not really the dancing type, then, why get a venue with a dance floor? or why get a live band when you can still have your dream without it (take a CD or your iPOD instead)?

    Or how about considering a cheaper or smaller cake?

    I've talked to a lot of brides and coordinators... & their advice to would-be brides like me on a budget is to invest on photography and your hair & make-up. Afterall, the prparation for months would boil down to a couple of hours or more. Without good documentation, your left with nothing but a memory (many of which the bride would be missing due to the stress & anticipation of the wedding itself).

    Or why get a designer gown when you'd look just as beautiful in a cheaper one?

    2. Consider a Destination Wedding

    Going on a destination wedding would seem like MORE with the airline tickets & hotel to consider... but this is definitely the best way to limit your guests, thus cutting on the reception cost and other miscellaneous cost.
  • 3. Check Out the Parks

    This is getting that garden or outdoor venue at a bargain. Why pay a bulk to get that view when you can get it for free?
  • 4. Compare and Bargain

    A lot of wedding suppliers are banking on the wedding business. Without a comparison on the prices & a canvas on the bargains that are available, a bride-to-be maybe a victim of the commercialization in weddings.

    In this regard, an expert (i mean a wedding planner) would probably bring down the cost of your wedding... as ironic as it may sound. You see... they know how to haggle with the suppliers, they have their "suki" where they could get you bargains and they know the ropes around so you won't get stck at a dead end or something.
  • 5. Rely on your Friends

    Admit it! A lot of your friends or family is excited about your wedding too. Why not ask for the help of those creative pipz who love you?

    Get them to give you a hand on making the invitation cards, souvenirs, or sing for your wedding... the possibilities are endless.

    I'm definitely getting the most of this.
    I'm getting my hair and make-up free from my friend who owns a salon ^^<
    My church friends who happens to be members of the choir had already volunteered to sing. In fact, I asked them at least a song to sing for the reception. And the pianist for the wedding is a friend from church too!
    My cousin who plays the violin quite well will probably play my bridal march if she's available.
    My Auntie is taking care of my souvenirs.
    My best friend volunteered to help out in the making of the invitations.
    Another friend would serve as the wedding coordinator for the day.
    A family friend who works at pearl farm has volunteered for the honeymoon two years back ^^< which i am going to remind her soon ^^.

    True enough that in this hard times, as our money's power to buy shrinks... every spending is lessened to the minimum and practical. This goes the same way with weddings. More and more bride opt for a budget wedding... but indeed, this does not mean that it won't be special. There's definitely a lot of creative ways to do a bride's dream on a budget!

    With the uncertainties in the economy, couples are starting to trim down the budget. This includes reducing the number of guests, doing away with expensive favors, among others.

    So to cope in this difficult times, Jane Zhang in an article provides these tips.

    • Set Priorities
    • Consider a Destination Wedding
    • Check Out the Parks
    • Compare and Bargain
    • Rely on your Friends
    To view the full details of her tips, visit her article at I Do… For Less. It is a recommended reading if you want to keep your most important event within budget.

    1. Cut the guest list. This will slash your catering costs and save on invitations and even the number of centerpieces.

    2. Think off-peak season and save thousands!

    3. Hold your ceremony and reception in one spot -- it will cut travel time for vendors you pay by the hour.

    4. Skip the Saturday wedding.

    5. Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths.

    6. Shop the off-season for extra decor -- get modern black vases on sale after Halloween and pretty pink ones after Valentine's Day.

    cutting the guest list would make you save a lot. but this would also be extremely stressful especially if you're one in the crowd.


    7. Use more greenery than flowers.

    8. Swap out costly flowers -- did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?

    9. Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers.

    10. Buy flowers that are in season.

    11. Include non-florals, like lanterns.

    definitely go for the ones in season. it will save you a bunch. and hunt for that florist!
    or, you may opt to get fruits as centerpieces. it would save you a lot especially if your a bride amongst an area of fruits like bananas and pineapples... such vibrant colors.

    Food & Drink

    12. Serve entree duets.

    13. Skip the main course -- apps and drinks are fine too.

    14. Offer beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.

    15. Serve comfort foods like barbecue chicken, mac and cheese, and corn. It's fun and often cheaper.

    16. Skip the champagne toast.

    the usual drinks would do. no need for grand toasts.


    17. Order a small one or two-tiered cake and then supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden back in the kitchen).

    18. Keep the add-ons simple.

    19. Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.

    20. Reuse ceremony flowers for the cake table.

    21. Skip exotic fillings like guava and mango.

    REMEMBER... it doesn't need to be expensive... it just needs to look delicious.

    Stationery & Favors

    22. Get single-page invites to save on postage.

    23. Give out one favor per couple.

    24. Make your cake the favors.

    25. Have favors double as escort cards.

    26. Email your save-the-dates.

    27. Make your own menu cards, escort cards, and wedding favor packaging.

    printing your own cards would allow you to save a lot. Plus it would inform your guests that you are on a budget.

    Photo, Video & Music

    28. Have a photographer you love but can't afford the prices? Ask them if they have an associate shooter who will do your wedding for less.

    29. Opt for a smaller band.

    30. Hire a band or DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.

    or better yet, get a CD or hook the sound system to your iPOD... who says the music has to be live?
    1. Be PLAYFUL
    creating new memories while sharing old ones is a very special experience.
    If you want specific things to happen in your event... Make lists so you don t forget the key things that may be important to you. Make sure that you inform your wedding supplier, like your coordinator and photographer.

    2. Get CREATIVE invitations and favors
    Your wedding favors should be extraordinary, coordinating with your theme and expressing both your personalities.
    You can write a personal message with your favors and package  them in a beautiful  box tied with ribbon,  or in a mini champagne glass.

    3. Choose a PERSONAL  Wedding theme
    It may be a season or personal traditions or cultural theme or any of your favourite things... The possibility is endless  depending on your imagination... And yes,  your resources as well.

    3. Honor your CULTURES
    this is a good way to own your wedding especially if you re a mix of cultures or if you live in a place of different culture.

    4. Choose stylish TRAVEL
    Travel in style on your wedding day. Why not arrive in an antique car or exotic limousine or better yet a cultural or themed ride like the calesa or horse?

    5. PERSONALIZE your menu & decor
    Find a venue that would fit your theme and don t forget to choose the right person to work with.
    Coordinate your menu and decor to your theme.
    And make sure to give yourself enough time to pull everything together... Else, you d end up frustrated.

    6. CREATE treasure mementos & gifts
    Creating a mini event at your wedding  can provide a memorable experience  for your guests, plus unique mementoes.