Keeping wedding costs under control
My impression is that the way to run an amazing but cheap wedding is to prioritize: best possible food and DJ, good venue, open bar, then cut costs by skipping band/videographer and not spending too much on dresses or decorations.
I've resigned myself to spending $30k, but I don't want to spend $60k.
I'd like to find a planner who would not just handle the admin aspect but also talk the bride down from excessive spending and ensure we get good prices from vendors. I'm worried planners will do the opposite and talk the bride into stupid expenses and lead us to vendors who buy them lunch.
I want someone who will (gently) tell the bride that spending $5k to release a bunch of white doves is stupid and someone who will talk her down from inviting far too many people.
Is that even possible?