- Photographer/ videographer
- Wedding dress
- Close friend/ relative that "caters"
- DJ who only uses Spotify and no MC experience.
As tempting as buying a designer or couture dress for $50 may sound, it probably wouldn't be worth it in the end. It's very important to know that when buying something as intricate as a wedding dress, which typically includes fine details like beading and embroidery, you definitely don't want to take any short cuts. I've seen first hand how these small detail can make or break wedding photos. Certain fabrics and how the dress fits such as proper dress boning is very important. There's nothing better than a dress that fits your body well and its super hard to find that quality in a cheap, poorly designed dress. Places like David's Bridal is great place to fine affordable, quality dresses.
Now I'm sure we all have a friend, aunt, uncle or granny that knows how to throw down in the kitchen. However, does nana know about food safety laws and regulations? Does uncle Bob know how many servings he would need to feed over 150 guests? Probably not, unless they've had some type of first hand experience or training, so it's best to leave the food to the professionals.
DJ's are crucial in setting the tone at the reception. Trust me you do not want a DJ that does not know how to "feel the crowd" or knows how to MC. It is important that they, not only know how to play music, as I'm sure most know how to do, but to also be able to move the festivities along and communicate with either the planner/ coordinator or bride on how things should flow. This is typically done in advance.
In conclusion, do your research on how much things cost in advance and if you're gonna cut corners on some of the things mentioned at least make sure you have someone who is a professional and operates like one or have an ironclad contract. I will post in an upcoming blog some of those things that you probably could be frugal about.