Tatiana Byron Marx, creator of 4PM Events and Wedding Salon (a luxury bridal showcase), has penned epic celebrations for celebrities like Sean “Diddy” Combs, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie, and Mary J. Blige. But even though she’s a master of sophistication and glamour, Marx believes in smart budgets, whether you’re planning a reception for 30 people or 500.
Here are Tatiana Byron Marx’s top 5 tips on the easiest budget wins for your wedding (and the best places to start).
If you’ve gotta have the trifecta—Save-the-Dates, Invitations, and Programs—then just adjust the volume. For Save-the-Dates, consider printing a simple, non-embossed postcard or a small magnet. For invitations, you can easily cut out multiple pages by storing directions, accommodation information, and even RSVPs on a free wedding website. Regardless of what you want, shop around.
No, not necessarily the honeymoon. When you’re choosing a venue, consider ones that have things like tables, chairs, linens, and flatware included (there are more out there thank you think) or for rent at a lower cost than competitors. Not only will it save you some serious cash, it keeps the vendor list manageable and contained.
CALL THE D.J.
Cut out the big band—they usually come with technical costs and take up a big chunk of your dance floor. That’s not to say you should hire any D.J.—they can make or break the mood, so find a good one, and curate the playlist yourself if you want. You’ll still come out ahead.
CUT BACK COCKTAIL HOUR.
Or maybe cut it out altogether. It depends on what you and your partner want guests to experience. Regardless, you can keep it short and sweet, with minimal snacks and beverage choices. Pass around some champagne and save the mixed drinks for the main reception.
PREFER A HOTEL? DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Many people don’t realize this, but union hotels like Ritz Carlton, W Hotels, Hilton, and Sheraton, often have added restrictions and costs. They may turn out to be the best venues for your big day, but make sure you look at every line of the contract before you sign on the dotted line.
Get more tips from Marx and her crew on the Wedding Salon blog and consider attending one of their nine shows in 2017!