4 More Learnings From Planning a Wedding (So Far)

Hey boys and girls!

It’s your favourite Frugal Samurai again – how’s everybody doing?

Did you have a wonderful weekend? What’d ya get up to?!

Mine was go go go all the way.

Doing what you ask?

Ticking off our wedding checklist.

There’s so many items left that it feels like we’re back to our university days.

You know, when you have an assignment deadline tomorrow, you have a rough idea of what to do, AND you know you’ll be staying up all night to get it done.

Coming out of our last meeting with the wedding planner, we got the what to do reasonably down pat. Now it’s the staying up all night to get it done part.

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“Sufferin’ succotash!”

I wrote a piece last month (almost to the day) on lessons which I’ve learnt trying to plan a wedding. I thought it was time for another update and share 4 more lessons as we continue this journey.

Budget’s don’t mean shieeet.

Seriously, you can set a budget, you can have an idea of what it costs, you’ve done your research, but that means squat.

A simple fact of life is that you pay for what you get.

But you can’t put a price on experience.

You might think that fake flowers are substantially cheaper than real flowers – but you’ve got to go through your whole life together wondering if those extra $$$ would have been worth it for some real, fresh, scented ones.

Maybe you decided that you only wanted photography at your wedding, but as push comes to shove – do you really want to miss out on a video of your special day?

Buy 2nd-Hand.


Yeah people – where possible and if you are willing, buy 2nd hand.

I mean come on – how many couples do you know who re-use their wedding accessories?

Ever seen Tommy and Jenny next door play “re-enact our wedding?”

Me neither.

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“Honey, they’re at it again – third time this month”.

We’ve researched the market in this regard and the cost saving you can encounter with 2nd hand wedding items isn’t anything to be sniffed at.

In fact, what you find is that most 2nd hand items are in very good or near-new condition – could be because they’ve only been used once.

Budget or no budget – unless you prefer everything new, have no money concerns, or are against buying second hand in general, strongly consider it.

If you make a decision – stick to it.

Can you remember the last time you umm’d and ahh’d with your decision-making?

When it comes to weddings – indecision will destroy you.

If you see something you need, get it – don’t dilly dally. Lock that shit in.

I never knew MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be learnt Karate until the day she found out her number one make-up artist was fully booked 6 months in advance.

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Most brides develop karate skills during wedding planning.

It’s a jungle out there.

Make sure you both communicate.

End of the day it’s still a story about the two of us.

Despite popular belief, MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be does take my opinion and suggestions on board for our wedding.

“No darling, we probably don’t need our own thirty minute fireworks show, global warming remember?”

That’s the thing with planning a wedding – it’s a rite of passage you both travel through together.

What’s one thing that makes travelling together work?


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I’ve heard a few stories from my friends who say they wished they spoke up more to their partner because they would have done this or tweaked that.

Most of us only have one crack at planning such a momentous and special day, I’d want to express my thoughts on how it should go down – wouldn’t you?

That’s it guys – 4 quick thoughts and lessons as MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I work towards knocking off those last two words off her name. Hope you liked it!

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