I need to hit the ground running to make this wedding as inexpensive as possible. At the urging of my future sister-in-law (FSIL)/helpful wedding coordinator, I finally took my butt to Powell’s and purchased a wedding planner. At the same time, I also purchased “Bridal Bargains,” a book revealing “secrets to throwing a fantastic wedding on a realistic budget” (only $8.97 on Amazon). I also thought I could just use the Knot’s wedding planning system (if you have an account there, you also have access to guest list templates, tracking sheets, etc.). However, this entry in the “Bridal Bargains” book made me think twice about doing that:
“Does the average wedding really cost $27,882, as reported by the Knot.com? Or does the popular web site use biased surveys to inflate prices, hoping the wedding industry will look bigger than it really is?”
They go on:
“The Knot’s figures come from a survey (via email) of 2000 members of their site–note this is not a random sampling of engaged couples, but a group most likely biased toward having a lavish wedding. That’s because if you are having a small wedding for $4000, odds are you may never even surf the Knot.”
Now this isn’t to say I don’t still plan on doing some things via the Knot. My wedding website may still end up being with them, since I like the idea of RSVPing online (saves money on postage!), and their system really helps you link up lists. However, you should be very careful in what you let yourself be influenced by. It’s so easy to be swayed by emotion and end paying (no pun intended) for it in the end – in the form of debt, running out of money, or cancelled plans. I consider myself a smart person, but I just didn’t think twice about what I was exposing myself to by going to the Knot first.
So learn from my mistake – read a book first. It’s so 20th century, I know – but it’ll help you in the end.