Organize a Picture-Perfect Wedding in Atlanta (On a Budget)
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with your wedding planning and blinded by dollar signs? Don’t worry – you can plan the wedding of your dreams in Atlanta, without needing to break the bank. The secret is to learn what areas you can save money on, and recognize what you should really invest in to ensure you receive a quality service because, after all, you get what you pay for. Here’s a guide to help you along the way.
Hiring the right photographer
Choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding. Your photographs will be your memento of the big day in years to come. You need to consider what style of wedding photography you are after, and find someone that suits you and your partner.
Luckily, Atlanta is spoilt for choice with wedding photographers, and a simple Google search will reveal plenty of prospects in your area. Study their portfolios and ask for the most recent examples of their work to see if you like the look of it. Evidence is key here – you don’t want any nasty surprises when you receive your photos. Check out The Knot and Junebug Weddings for recommendations.
It’s worth spending a considerable amount of your budget on your photographer. If you scrimp on this, you may end up with an amateur who is ill-equipped to document your wedding.
In Atlanta, we are also lucky to play host to plenty of sights that can be used as perfect (and often free) backdrops for your photos. The Botanical Gardens are just one example.
Hiring a catering service is the way forward
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Food is certainly the way to your guests’ hearts, and it is another area that you should accept no compromise on. Wouldn’t you like your wedding to be remembered as the one with the most impressive menu?
Perhaps hiring catering service like, Figs and Honey, would be a good option for you. Debbie, Julia and team can work with you to create the wedding you see in your imagination…This will take a load off your mind, as all you need to do is simply select the menu of your choice and let your catering team do the leg work. External catering services are often more flexible with dietary requirements and food selection, and deliver a higher standard of service than the in-house services of a venue.
Figs and Honey have organized a curated list of excellent venues for you to choose from, if you’re in need of a little more inspiration. You can take a look for yourself here.
Wedding accessories that don’t break the bank
Now, your wedding favors and decorations are things that you can certainly spend less money on. Ultimately, these items will probably only be used once, and have a novelty value.
Personalization is a simple and inexpensive way to put your own twist on your wedding decorations and favors. Bridal Shower Co host play host to a great range of bridal shower and wedding day decorations. Think personalized bunting, cake banners, foil drink stirrers, tassels and balloons.
Wedding favors don’t have to cost the Earth, either. Consider showing your guests how much you love them with small, thoughtful gifts like mini glass candy jars full of treats, or personalized playing cards. WeddingFavy.com have the best collection of wedding favors online, and deliver them to your door. All of these products are personalizable with stickers and labels. These items are all super lightweight so are easy to pack for weddings abroad or transport across the city to your venue of choice.
With this advice, you are well on your way to planning the wedding of your dreams in the lovely state of Georgia, or anywhere in the world. How far along are you with your wedding plans? Let us know in the comments.
By Hollie Jones
Hollie is a freelance writer and co-writer for the Hollie and the Ivy blog. She is passionate about upcycling, interior design, crafts and weddings. Hollie enjoys writing about these topics and spreading her knowledge and experience to others.