Find a good printer. The invitation is the first thing people
see that's connected to your event, so they should look nice, but
this isn't the place to go overboard. People will remember the event,
not the invitation.
Saturday night is the most sought-after time. If you can swing
a Friday night, Saturday morning/afternoon, or Sunday reception,
you'll not only save money, you may have more choice of dates.
Along with the menu (buffet may cost less than seated), discuss
the cost of service, liquor, the wedding cake, overtime and insurance
when you meet with prospective vendors. Consider too that a brunch,
luncheon or an hors d'oeuvres reception will cost less than a dinner.
DJs tend to be less expensive than live bands and you can request
specific music to be played. Some DJ's offer the service of a special
CD of your selected music which you can give to your guests as a
Photographer and/or Videographer
If this is your wedding - this is not the place to skimp! You
will regret not having a lot of photos (formal, posed ones as well
as the candid shots of the reception). Your wedding video is another
important keepsake you won't want to pass up - taping the ceremony
only will save you some cash and you'll miss all the fun footage
of your friends and family celebrating your special day.
This is one area where you can definitely save some money. Almost
everyone has a friend with a great car who would love to do the
honors of driving the bride to the ceremony and the couple to the
reception. If you must have a limo, be sure to check out the vehicles
before the big day and confirm a specific limo if you absolutely
must have a certain color. Also, don't forget that you should tip
the chauffeur. This is one case where it is appropriate to tip.