Most of us don't have the wedding planner budget that a lot of celebrities have. In fact, most of us can't even afford the budget for the food – let alone a wedding planner! That's not to say that you can't execute a DIY wedding like a pro. Of course you can, but if you don't do it professionally and this is your first wedding, then it can be a little daunting. What do you do? Do venues offer the catering? Do I need a back up plan? What can I get for cheaper? How much do **wedding flowers** costs again?! You get the idea.

So how can you plan a wedding like a pro? Well, it just takes a few clever tricks, some bravery to haggle, minor organisational skills, and an unflappable attitude! It also takes reading and maybe bookmarking the below tips (which I got by asking former brides and wedding suppliers) so you can refer back to them during your wedding planning!


Haggle the price before you sign anything!

When hiring vendors make sure you barter them before singing/shaking on anything. For example, see if you can get that extra hour for free from the band or get the venue to throw in the chair covers, table napkins for free, etc. Because once you sign a deal with them, they are less likely to bend to your requests. Trust me; most vendors would rather accommodate you in the beginning in order to get the deal, rather than disappointing you by refusing extra requests later on.



Ask vendors who they recommend

Once you’ve hired some vendors, ask them for their professional recommendations. After all, these are the best people to ask seeing as they are in the wedding business and they have (probably) worked with other several wedding vendors before. Wedding photographers are usually the best people to ask as they tend to travel around quite a lot so they’ll know a wide variety of vendors from all different industries.




Emergency funds

This is just common sense really but something many people forget. Have a wedding budget but also have some emergency funds. Remember though, you can’t spend this money willy nilly! It’s for emergencies only. Same thing goes for a credit card (if you are putting everything in card!) Apply for one with added rewards such as air miles etc. That way, anything you spend on it will go towards something useful in the future.



The small details make the wedding

It’s always the small things that get forgotten. Things like emergency tampons, fit flops for guests with high heel suffering feet and a nice hanger for the dress (just in case the photographer wants to take a photo of it on the hanger.) Other things worth remembering are painkillers, deodorant and a mini sewing kit. You never think of them beforehand but when it comes to needing them – they are always the things that are impossible to find!



Marriage certificate

You’d be surprised how many people actually forget to do this. It's what actually makes your wedding official in the eyes of the law. Just click here to find out more.



Remember the staff

If you are in charge of feeding people like the DJ, photographer etc., then maybe consider paying for a separate/cheaper meal. That way you won’t be forking out a lot of money for people who aren’t technically your guests. Also, if you plan to tip anyone then pre-prepare envelopes, put money inside and write their names on the front.



In case it rains have a “Plan B”

If you're having an outdoor wedding then make sure you have indoor part for your guests to shelter under in case it rains. Hopefully it won't but it can and you really don't want your lovely dress and all your lovely guests to get soaked and look like drowned rats. Also, make sure that the music station and buffet (if you're having one) can easily be moved in case this happens.



Get wedding insurance

It's not fun to think about but it happens. So cover yourself with some wedding insurance. That way if the unthinkable happens, and you've already paid and booked things the sting and the pain will be somewhat less. Trust me on this.



Assign a right hand gal (or guy)

This person could be the mother of the bride, best man, head bridesmaid… It doesn’t really matter who it is so long as they are sober enough to be able to drive and remember their duties. This includes bringing emergency bag/clothes/things for the bride and storing & transporting anything that gets left behind at the wedding. It may seem like simple job but **this person should always be pre-designated** before the wedding for peace of mind.