“Is Frugabridelista a word yet? If ever there were a moment for intimate weddings and austerity, isn’t this it?” Move over bridezilla. There’s a new bride in town. She’s taking on the big, fat, expensive white wedding by the horn. She is a Frugal bride, who knows how to have a fabulous wedding for only a fraction of the so called “average” bride spends.
1. A Small Guest List.
A frugal bride scales down her list. She invites only the people who matter to her. If she hasn’t seen or heard from her friend Sally “Never calls” in five years, chances are she’s not on the list. And she doesn’t invite people simply out of obligation. (Just because she was invited to her hairdresser’s wedding last year doesn’t mean she has to return the favor.) Co-workers and distant relatives are often left off of the list.
A Frugal bride learns how to make everything from centerpieces for her reception to wedding favours. And if she’s not the crafty type she sources out the projects to friends and family.
A Frugal bride saves money by negotiating with Suppliers. She’s not afraid to ask them for a better price or to throw in a few extras.
A Frugal bride knows that Saturday is the most sought after time slot for a wedding – and the most expensive, so she’s willing to have her wedding on a Friday night or Sunday – or even during the week.
5.She is a savvy Bride
Who always checks out references and runs fast if she detects even the slightest hint of unprofessionalism. A frugal bridal seeks out wedding professionals who are willing to work within her budget.
A Frugal bride knows her priorities. She splurges only on the things that really matter to her. If she’s a foodie and a decadent meal is important to her, then she’s willing to cut back on wedding items that made her ‘b’ list. That might mean she prints her own invitations instead of having custom letterpress stationery.
She makes use of the many talents among her relatives and circle of friends. If her aunt is a piano player, she’ll ask her to play at the wedding ceremony. If her sister-in-law is a graphic designer, she’ll hire her to design the invitations.A Frugal bride realizes that getting her loved ones involved will not only cut costs, it will maker her wedding more meaningful.