5 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

It’s no secret that weddings cost a lot, so let’s talk about ways you can save on your big day! First off, to save money and keep your budget on track, you will need to be organized and do your research.  You will need to contact different venues, vendors, and suppliers for quotes, and compare each to find the best deals. Yes, this can be time consuming – but it’ll be worth it. Here are some ways you can save huge on your wedding:

  1. Your wedding date: Here in the GTA, our wedding season is May to September. If you were to book the last weekend of April or the first weekend of October, you could save thousands on your venue booking fees (and is the weather that much different from one weekend to the next? Probably not).
  2. Your Dress: Designer dresses are super expensive, and a lot of brides will blow their budget on their dress. This one can be tricky because it’s nearly impossible to find the price of a wedding dress online (the stores want you to go in and speak to a salesperson). Be sure to calculate extra dress costs (alterations, undergarments, cleaning, etc.) when budgeting, and also be sure to get alterations estimates in writing (you don’t want to be blind-sided). If you’ve had your eye on a particular designer, try finding a trunk show in your area – you could save hundreds off the price tag. Some bridal shops may also have sample or “off the rack” dresses, which could save you some money as well.
  3. The Bar: You can still have an open bar, but consider buying your own alcohol or reducing the hours of the open bar. Usually you can pick between a basic vs. premium bar rail as well.
  4. Guest Count: This one’s easy. The smaller the wedding, the less it will cost. Between food, beverages, invitations, favours, cake, and centrepieces; you will save a lot by reducing the number of guests – believe me, all of those little things add up.
  5. Vendors and Suppliers: It’s worth finding out if you know anyone in the wedding industry (maybe a photographer, DJ, musician, florist, or Officiant) that may be able to give you a discount. I was fortunate enough to have one of my bridesmaids do all the flowers for our wedding, and her father-in-law delivered them on the wedding day – she saved us a lot of money on our flowers. I also had a co-worker offer to make my wedding cake for a discount, but we opted to go without a cake.

If you need advice or help researching venues and vendors, consider hiring a certified Wedding Planner. We’re here to help and would love to be part of your special day! Visit our Contact page to set up a free initial meeting.


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What’s the Difference Between Full Planning, Partial Planning, and Day-of Coordination?

We often get asked “what’s the difference between Full Planning, Partial Planning, and Day-Of Coordination?” So we’re going to answer this question for you today.

Our packages differ by the amount of time we spend working with the couple, and how involved we are in the planning of the wedding.

With the Day-Of Coordination package, we start working with the couple 4 weeks prior to the wedding day. The couple will plan their own wedding and we will review the wedding day details, provide a site visit 1 week prior to the wedding, and provide on-site management on the wedding day. Day-of Coordination includes the management of vendor deliveries, coordination of transportation, the rehearsal, ceremony, grand entrance, and reception from start to finish. This package also includes assistance with set-up and tear down of decor. It also includes coordination of transportation, the rehearsal, ceremony, grand entrance and reception from start to finish.

With the Partial Planning package, we start working with the couple 6-12 months prior to the wedding day. With partial planning, we will provide 3 venue and 3 vendor recommendations within the couple’s budget, and the couple will attend venue and vendor meetings on their own. Partial planning also includes two meetings, and a Wedding Planning Checklist, review of vendor contracts, review of the Wedding Day Timeline, a site visit 1 week prior to the wedding, plus month-of coordination (above).

When we provide full wedding planning, we start working with the bride and groom about 12 months prior to the wedding day, and we are involved from start to finish. Full planning includes venue visits and assistance with selection, vendor meetings and assistance with selection, assistance with design and theme selection, monthly meetings with the couple, assistance with sourcing items as requested, budget management, creation of a wedding day timeline, review of vendor contracts, a site visit 1 week prior to the wedding, and on-site coordination and assistance with set-up on the wedding day. Full planning also includes a Wedding Planning Checklist plus month-of coordination (above).

Fees are listed on our website. Email Jessica at info@lavenderandivyevents.com to set up a free initial meeting.


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How to Handle Bad Weather on Your Wedding Day

Let me tell you a story about the weather on my wedding day.

I had it all figured out. I checked the forecast every day starting 3 weeks before my wedding day. In the beginning, October 3rd was supposed to be a warm and sunny twenty-three degrees; but it ended up being a rainy, windy, and a cold nine degrees. During the week leading up to the wedding, the forecast was looking worse and worse, and I was

web1pretty nervous. People kept asking me “did you see the forecast for Saturday?” with a frown. Of course I saw the forecast! I knew it was going to be cold and rainy, but hey, I didn’t have any control over it. I knew I had to make the best of it (it’s supposed to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day too!). I just smiled and told them “Yeah, it’s okay though, the wedding is indoors”. Tip: try not to panic. If you are getting married outdoors and the forecast is calling for rain, ask your Venue Coordinator what their back-up plan is. They may be able to move the wedding indoors or to a covered area. If not, there are tons of companies that provide tent rentals.

The thing is that even if your ceremony and reception are indoors, you still have to go outside for travelling and photos.

We opted for a first look photo session and did most of our photos before our ceremony. This gave our photographer some extra time to find good (dry) places to take photos. I went out a few days before the wedding and bought a bunch of umbrellas. Our photographer had one white umbrella for my husband and I, and the wedding party had black umbrellas. Tip: make sure your umbrellas are large enough for two people, and black/white look great in photos.

It was even colder and rainier than I had imagined. Our umbrellas flipped inside out during151003-0364 our wedding party photos, and we were all cold. Tip: take a break and go inside for a few minutes if you have to. You’ll also want to carry an emergency kit with extra bobby pins, in case your hairstyle is starting to loosen.Our photos turned out beautiful, and that’s what you have to remember. In most of the photos my bangs are flying everywhere, but that’s what I love about the pictures…. They have character.

My point here is that no matter what the forecast is calling for, it will be okay. The wedding will go on, and it will still be the happiest day of your life.

Here are some more tips to help you deal with less-than-perfect weather on your wedding day:

  1. Keep your dress off the ground before the ceremony – the last thing you want is your dress to be full of mud in photos. You can have it bustled, or lift it off the ground while you walk.
  2. Make sure you have some extra time in your wedding day schedule for travel, touch-ups, etc.
  3. Bring a towel to dry outdoor surfaces before you sit on them (benches, stairs, etc).
  4. Pashminas or cover-ups can help keep your bridesmaids warm and will double as great gifts.
  5. Carry an emergency kit with extra bobby pins, a comb, and hairspray in case your hair starts to loosen.


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