You decided to tie the knot – congrats!! Your husband-to-be and you are probably super excited and looking forward to the big day. You have probably been dreaming about this day since you were a little girl. Everything is planned – from the style of dress, to who will be in the wedding, to what the bridesmaids will wear, and even to what your hair, centerpieces, and cake will look like.
However, many couples do not understand how much a wedding can cost, or the importance of a budget. Some couples do not know how much to budget for each category, how to categorize a budget, or where to even start with a budget. If you fall in one of those categories, that’s totally okay – you are not alone! To better help our excited couples, Stephanie from Amorous Weddings and Events is sharing her experience and helpful tips for planning a beautiful wedding while still maintaining your budget. Her first pieces of advice are below. Be sure to check back for part 2!
1. Make sure your budget includes everything. Do not leave out the the smallest details, but do leave room for the honeymoon, rings, and wedding planner in your budget. If you are paying for various things on different credit cards, still include those expenses in your budget. Check out more information about the wedding budget and what to include in it here.
2. Set each item in your budget for the maximum amount you are willing to spend on it. How much are you willing to spend on florals? On cake? On a wedding dress? Knowing your maximum amount ahead of time will help prevent you from overspending in a certain category. Keep in mind that you do get what you pay for. Photographers and catering are usually categories that you should be prepared to spend a good deal of your budget on.
3. Keep a wedding savings account. Create a different bank account specifically for your wedding, and keep it separate from your personal accounts. This will help you see exactly how much money you have allotted for your wedding.
4. Invest in a wedding planner. A wedding planner will make sure you are within-budget, guide you through the wedding planning process and make sure everything is accounted for your wedding.
5. Find out the market rate for local vendors. Look up reviews on each wedding professional and know what the market value is for each. For example, a band is a nice alternative to having a DJ and might be a surprisingly less expensive option.
6. Consider what you’d like for your decor. Ask yourself: what do I want my ceremony/reception to look like? Research rental companies for table, chairs, chair covers, centerpiece vases, napkins china, etc. If you are having an outside wedding, is nice china necessary? However, if you are going for a vintage look with plated food, you may want to invest in china but save on chair covers. Feel free to splurge on some items while downsizing or eliminating others.
7. Make your own wedding flowers. This is a fun DIY that has become a very popular trend. Have your bridesmaids or family members help make paper flowers.
See Stephanie’s full article on planning a wedding on a budget here.
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