Whether you are getting married or planning a corporate event, most likely you have been given a budget to work with. Sometimes it seems impossible to pull off a big party on what might seem like a much smaller amount of money than we think need. What I've learned through the years is there are some simple ways to cut costs. One of my favorite things is to repurpose items. For instance, would you really need to go and buy 20 new vases at $10 each, when a quick trip to a thrift store or two might yield you vases for $1 each (there you go we just saved $180!) They don't all have to be the same if that is your concern. I've been to many an event where the centerpieces were totally different on each table but the overall look of the room was gorgeous. Then there is the option of renting items you will hopefully only use once in your life. Lots of cities have rental stores and you would be surprised at their party supply selection-from tents to chocolate fountains. And lest we forget our dear friends who usually have a thing or two we can borrow. But please be careful and make sure it is returned timely. The downside to borrowing is if the item gets broken you will have to replace it with a new one- so be gentle! Also, you probably know talented people-maybe even a cake decorator friend who would provide your cake, or your music or your video or even a venue as a wedding present. And who doesn't have an aunt who is a wonderful cook and could try her hand at catering? (do get samples ahead of time though) Ask a friend, or might I suggest a couple of friends to take pictures. Make sure at least one of them knows what they are doing however. If you decide to go with a professional photographer, talk to several and get quotes as to exactly what they will do and who owns the pictures when you are done. And PLEASE look at their work prior to hiring them. I've heard from too many people who assumed the photographer knew what she/he was doing and in the end did not-so please do your homework on that one.
If you belong to a church or a civic club you can often use the facility for very little cost. And lastly, think out of the box. I've seen people use greenhouses, barns, and even a car dealership for their event and all were amazing. Be creative and calm and have a wonderful time!