Happy beginning of wedding season everyone! If you've recently become engaged or you are awaiting that trip down the aisle later this year, I wanted to share some of my wedding vendors with you because they were all AMAZING. My wedding was like a fairytale and yet, I planned every aspect of the day with a budget in mind. I'm one of those girls that believes that you never have to spend the maximum amount to get the best quality. Let me break it down.
Venue: The Boston Public Library. Though the venue itself was inexpensive, The Catered Affair has a contract with the BPL to run all the weddings (catering, drinks, event planning) and they were the ones that tried to empty our wallets. Your best bet if you're having a wedding at the Boston Public Library is to know your budget beforehand and stick to it. Ask for ways to cut down extras (like chair moving fees). Also, when they try to tell you a week before your wedding that a martini will cost $14 per guest, tell them nicely that that price doesn't work. All in all, the BPL is my favorite building in Boston and the best venue I could have ever imagined for my wedding.
Flowers: Fleur de Leaf. After recovering from the shock of my first consultation from a local florist, a friend of mine referred me to Fleur de Leaf. Our florist saved us thousands of dollars and gave us quality you only find in magazines. You can read my five star glowing review on Yelp here.
Photographer: Though I can't link to him since he no longer shoots weddings, I have a tip for you about photographers. Think outside the box and check into the Boston Photography scene. Our first quote for a photographer was $6,700. Yes, you read that right. I searched around Boston Photography blogs and stumbled upon the President of one of the Boston Photography Groups. Within a phone call, I managed to get two shooters for our entire day and ALL of the digital images on a CD for $1,500. The photographer delivered amazing pictures (like the one I posted above) and was a fraction of the cost.
DJ: Mike Amado at Entertainment Specialists. Click on that link for my full review from last October. We managed to score a discount on our DJ because our wedding was on a Friday night.
Officiant: A dear friend. After talking to a few Justice of the Peaces around Boston, we knew the ceremony needed to be a little closer to our hearts. My husband designed the entire ceremony and asked a very good friend if he would like to marry us. After some simple paperwork and a letter stating that our friend could legally marry us, I became Mrs. Ryan.
Dress: VOWS. Clink on that link for my full review from last July. Designer dresses at half the price? Yes, please.
Limousine: Accent Limousine Service. Oh wow... what can I say about Accent Limousine Service that I haven't said already. The wedding specialist at Accent will work with you to create a custom package for your wedding that will fit exactly what you're looking for and fit your budget. Accent has been working with brides for over 25 years and has an impeccable track record. They will choose the right drivers for your event and will travel to wherever you need them to be. My husbands chauffeur went the extra mile by perfectly folding up his suit handkerchief before he walked down the aisle! Accent prides itself in delivering exceptional service and on a day like your wedding, you need the professionals.
As a bride, I found that there were so, so many things to think about and keep track of for the big day. My #1 tip today is: Hire the right vendors. My wedding day went perfectly. The limousines were early, the flowers were beautiful, the DJ rocked out, the dress (ohh I love that dress) was dutchess satin, the food was fantastic, and the pictures captured every moment of the most wonderful day of my life. Go with your gut, look for less expensive ways to make the day your vision, and get ready to be a Mrs.
If you need any more advice or recommendations, let me know in the comment section and I'd be more than happy to help you out.
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