brides on a budget?!!
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~April 2, 2011 ~ Sandals Grand Ocho Rios ~
~52 Guest booked plus the Bride & Groom~
Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:10 PM
Keep track of your budget and no matter how exciting the idea sounds. Think about...think about it again then act! :-)
A favor that I found simple and easy to travel are cards that you attach a lottery ticket to $1 $5 whatever you budget allows. place it in a beautiful decorated envelope. It's easy for guest to travel back home with and be a nice fortune. I believe the wording on the card is like "i hope this brings you luck in love" I'll post pics when i finish.
Giving out Passport covers and luggage tags & thanks for booking card as soon as they book. Of course I am going to deliver as many as I can some I will have to mail.
OOT bags...not sure yet.
decorations....they will be simple and I am sure I can do 90% of them myself! :-0
Everything else is on travel, accommodations and what ever essentials for the ceremony and reception.
I will have more details on my blog and as soon as I get time I will post pictures.
Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:33 PM
If I paid what everyone originally asked for I would have paid about $7K more than I'm actually paying. In other words, I was able to save about $7k.
I negotiated the guest hotel rate, the reception fee, cost of food & liquor, DJ, Flowers, transportation/Limos, decoration, Photographer (and I thought this was going to be tough because she's an award winning photojournalist I'm flying in...but I got her to come down a couple of hundred bucks and still throw in some extra free pictures and extra hours of photography)....
and the list goes on. Don't take anything at face value. They ALWAYS inflate the prices because they expect you to negotiate. So don't feel bad doing so because if you pay the first price they throw out, then you're putting extra money in their pockets unnecessarily.
Good luck & happy planning!
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