Hire a wedding coordinator to save you time and money.
Most brides think that hiring a wedding coordinator will break their budget. It’s a little-known fact that wedding coordinators can actually save you money after you get all the discounts and perks they have arranged with partner vendors, says Sharon Naylor, who has written 30 wedding books including 1000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding. But use caution when selecting a planner: Anyone can call herself a “wedding planner.” Look for someone who is certified by organizations such as the American Academy of Wedding Professionals or the Association of Bridal Consultants (www.bridalassn.com) who have consultants throughout North America.
Take a class in wedding planning.
Before you start your wedding planning, learn from the experts by going on a weekend course. Although these courses are designed for people embarking on wedding planning as a career, you’ll pick up huge amounts of inside information. You could also treat the chief bridesmaid to a hair and make-up course. She may then be able to take care of the bride and other bridesmaids, as well as the bride’s mother, and perhaps save you dollars on your bill.