True Or False? Do You Know Your Wedding Myths?

January 19, 2015  |  

I’m a firm believer in saving for the things you really want instead of buying them on impulse. This is probably one of the reasons why my husband and I made the decision to stay engaged longer than a year.

Weddings cost more than a pretty penny.

Thank God we took some time because it allowed more on our end to do our research and check out all the available options. After reading this article in The Huffington Post about wedding myths, it looks like we didn’t fall into tons of “wedding traps” that try to get more money out of couples.

Myth – Friday weddings are less expensive than Saturday weddings

This might have been true many years ago, but isn’t super practical these days. My guy and I looked at a Friday event but decided it wasn’t a major savings compared to the traditional Saturday evening. Most Friday and Saturday evening events book quickly–or require you to share common spaces if you happen to wed in a multi-room venue. To help reduce costs, we chose a Saturday wedding that began in the late morning and continued through late afternoon. By doing so we were able to save over $100 off the price per person and serve classic dinner items for lunch like filet mignon and Chilean sea bass.

Myth – The size of your bridal party doesn’t impact your budget

Yes the more people in your wedding party, the greater potential it has to impact your budget. But that’s not always the case. I had five women in my bridal party: my best friend (matron of honor), a close friend (maid of honor), my sister and my husband’s two sisters. I really didn’t spend additional money on them. For starters, I purchased all of my wedding and reception flowers wholesale. Shipped directly from a farmer in South America, I literally had hundreds of fresh blooms in my house two days before the wedding. Because of this, I was able to create bouquets for each bridesmaid that didn’t cost anything extra. For their gift I had a close friend of mine who’s an airbrush makeup artist doll them up for the day. In total, each of their bouquets cost around $9 (you can save buying in bulk) and their make up was $45. Not bad.

Myth – Save money by hosting the wedding in a city park

Kudos to anyone who goes this route. I personally did not want to deal with coordinating different vendors (remember, you need food, seating and serveware) or worrying about who would/wouldn’t show up on time. There’s also the issue of transportation that can add to your bill. By having our wedding and reception in one place, we were able to consolidate everything that took the research part off our hands. Our ceremony was held in the outdoor garden and the reception in the grand ballroom.

At the end of the day, it’s important to research what works best for you and your future spouse. Everyone has different needs and preferences.

What are some wedding myths you found to be true or untrue?

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