I love the notion of wedding plans. Similar to the terms childproof, religious tolerance, pretty ugly and Government Intelligence the idea of having a ‘wedding plan‘ is one of the worlds biggest oxymoron’s.
The term wedding alone scares the crap out of some men whilst the word ‘plan’ is just one letter short of a transportation method for getting the hell outta there! None the less wedding plans are a necessity when it comes to two people tying the knot (like a noose over a man’s neck, that kinda knot).
Personally, I think Liz and I have done pretty well with our wedding plans. There is that one issue of funding it but who cares about that!? Liz and I live on loooove! Love will show us the way! Love will always win!!! (sarcasm)
Anyway in this day and age when the mere whisper of the word ‘marriage’ means $$$ (not sarcasm), its a good idea to see which areas of the wedding you can save money on.
A good place to start is online. We all know online businesses is the saving grace of all shoppers and the bane of all traditional store owners but when it comes to saving hundreds of dollars then it’s really a no-brainer!
One good place to start is: www.aliexpress.com. Aliexpress is kind of like the Aladdin’s cave of everything and anything. Cheap items on the cheap! You can literally find all sorts of wedding related gear on there from invitations to wedding favours, decorations to dresses.
For guys clothing, mytuxedo.com.au is also another online store that has items on the cheap. I got a vest from them and it looks nice enough…though I’ve always been the type of guy that thinks ‘nice enough’ was always enough.
Gumtree and I guess those local trade websites are also a good place to pick up stuff. Liz and I got our Japanese fans from Gumtree off a lady who had bought too many for her wedding. If we had gone retail they would have cost $3-$5 each where as we paid $40 for 50 fans!
Yes, I did attend a wedding expo…in fact I attended two. (Yes my vagina is growing as I write this) Regardless of what you may think of them, wedding expo’s are a good place to start or at least consider because its a one stop shop for all your vendors. Sure you can shop around but if you’re lazy then you can find them all in the one convenient venue. A simple Google search will show you the plethora of venues and dates for these travelling expo’s and the good(?) thing is many of them will offer some sort of promotional discount for couples who wish to order their services on the day.
Finally, another good place to start is with friends and family who have been married already. Even better ask the advice of those that have married many times over! Apart from potentially insulting them about their marriage record you’re letting them know that their wise words of advice are valued thus negating any ill feelings that were developed ha!