This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post is all about asking friends to help with your wedding!
Wedding Budget Tip #12:
Ask your family and friends for wedding help and utilize their talents and skills!
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you probably already know that one thing that ties together many of our budget savvy real weddings is when a couple has help from talented family members and friends to execute their big day.
We’ve said it many times before. Asking your friends for wedding help is a great way to save money! It also helps to create a real community aspect to your wedding planning.
Utilizing the talents of a loved one in place of hiring a professional wedding vendor can save you a significant amount of cash. You could ask a family friend to bake your wedding cake or your musically talented cousin to play music during your ceremony. No matter what wedding service you swap in a friend for, it’ll add an extra dose of personalization to your day while also saving you money!
How to Get Friends to Help with Your Wedding
First thing’s first — think of all the talented people in your life who could possibly help out with your wedding day needs. Who’s a great baker? Know a graphic designer? Or a photographer? A seamstress? Or someone who loves to craft? Make a list of your loved ones and their talents, and think of who would be stoked to help you on your big day.
Getting your friends or family to help with your wedding doesn’t take much. Pro tip — just ASK! You might remember bride blogger Stephanie used this tactic when planning her wedding. She actually posted a call for wedding help on Facebook, of all places, which was met with much excitement and offers from family and friends. You never know unless you ask, right?
Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring Friends to Work Your Wedding
When it comes to hiring friends for your wedding (or anyone who serves in place of a traditional hired vendor,) there are definitely a few things you should keep in mind:
- Make sure the person actually wants to help out. Don’t force anyone to donate their time and talents if they aren’t comfortable or can’t commit.
- Choose people you trust. You probably already know if a friend is reliable or not, so use your best judgment.
- Set expectations upfront, and draw up a simple agreement/contract if you feel it’s necessary.
- Don’t expect them to work for free. Be willing to pay them if they will let you. Even if they don’t ask for payment, make sure to give them a nice gift to say thanks!
- Know the quality of the work that they are offering. Make sure it’s up to your standards for your day. Just because it might be cheap or free doesn’t mean it will fit within your wedding vision.
Should you hire friends to do work for your wedding?
Overall, I recommend using friends and family for wedding help when possible, if they’re willing! As long as you take the time to set expectations upfront, everyone should come away happy and still friends in the end.
So consider asking family and friends to get involved in your wedding. Not only will it help your bottom line, but it can also bring you closer and give you even more reason to celebrate!
So tell us: are you asking your family and friends to help with your wedding tasks?
If so, how are you using their talents?
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Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.