Seasoning makes everything more enjoyable, which is probably why we call all of the major milestones in our lives our own personal seasons. The years are broken down into seasons, too, giving us little pinpoints of joy to look forward to every year. Just like there’s grilling season, the holiday season, and football season, there’s also wedding season.
Wedding season typically runs from spring to fall in most areas, peaking around June. However, with our incredible year-round perfect weather and seemingly endless bounty of sunshine, any time is a good time to get married in Fort Lauderdale.
Weddings are big business, and there are many companies out there that want to capitalize on your big day. While it’s tempting to get sucked into all of the hype fuss about making everything perfect for your perfect day, you can still have an awesome celebration without breaking the bank.
Shop local for flowers (and other things!).
The big-name florists are only worried about getting your money. Sure, they may still give you a lovely floral arrangement and a fragrant bouquet, but if you shop around, you can probably get your flowers for a fraction of the price. Ask around at the local mom-and-pop florists to see if they can help you create a stunning floral masterpiece that you would be proud to hold before you when you walked down the aisle.
Small businesses can also help you with other services that you need, too. Word of mouth goes a long way, so ask your stylist if she recommends anyone to do your wedding hair and makeup. Check with your favorite restaurant to see if they would cater your wedding. While they may not be well-known, they can still offer you the same quality of work of bigger companies, but without the hefty sticker.
Go the DIY route.
Getting your wedding invitations printed can easily cost you an arm and a leg. Instead of splurging on fancy cardstock, instead consider making your invitations yourself. You can find templates and patterns online and print them out at your nearest copy center. You don’t have to be a creative genius to create fun and unique invitations to your ceremony!
DIY can also work for other aspects of your wedding day, too. Instead of springing for expensive and overpriced decorations, consider enlisting family or friends to help you prepare for your wedding. Just remember to thank them profusely for their help and, if they are offering skilled services (such as baking your cake or photographing your ceremony and reception), pay them a fair rate for their work.
Trim your guest list.
Between you and your betrothed, you probably have a massive family. And most likely, the thought of not being able to invite each and every one of them can be crushing. However, with every single person you invite, your wedding expenses go up. Between invitations, dinner, centerpieces…gulp. Sit down with your future spouse and have a serious talk about who absolutely must attend, and go from there. You may find that your ride-or-die guest list is actually shorter than you originally thought.
Weddings can bring out the worst in us. Even the most level-headed and reasonable people can quickly devolve into bride or groom-zillas with a wedding on the horizon. While the days and weeks leading up to your wedding day may seem like both an eternity and just a split second, your big day will be here before you know it.
If you’re thinking about getting married in the Fort Lauderdale area, why not check us out? Not only do we have the perfect site for both your ceremony and reception, we can also have plenty of rooms for all of your guests. We can help save you from any stress-induced meltdowns, making sure any tears you shed at your wedding will be only tears of happiness!