Wedding season is fast approaching and budgeting for that becomes a priority. It is very important to set a budget for your wedding day and try your best to stick with it. It’s easy to spend a little extra here and there, but when it’s all over, those extras add up quickly. I always like to tell my clients that as much as the wedding is a major day in your life, the relationship that comes after is much more important. Your newlywed bliss will be much easier without thousands of dollars in wedding debt hanging over your head. Here are some of my favourite tips and tricks for budgeting.
Guest List: The first thing that you and your partner should do after getting engaged is to try and ‘estimate’ a guest list. The guest list is even more important than a budget. If you intend on having 300 people, obviously all of your decisions are going to be different than if you intend on having an attendance of only 50 people. This will help you to decide and estimate the associated costs for your special day.
Prioritize: Next, you need to prioritize what is the most important ‘element’ to both of you. Is your venue and food the most important thing? Or is it the décor and entertainment? Each couple will have things that are more significant to them. When you sit down to plan your wedding, you should decide what will go at the top of the list, since this is where a substantial part of your budget will go.
Reality: Finally, it is vital that you are realistic with your budget! If you are throwing a wedding on a tight budget, realize that there will likely be sacrifices you will have to make. If you have an unlimited budget and want the best of the best, then you will most definitely have different priorities than a $10,000 wedding plan. Like I said, be realistic! You do not want to feel trapped with vendors who aren’t a right fit, all because you didn’t make a realistic budget.
Bridal Party: Another important budgetary element is to help out your bridal party. It’s important to estimate how much your bridesmaid dresses are going to cost, or how many events they are expected to attend. Sure, these costs will not fall into your budgeting, but it’s always appreciated when the bride is realistic and is able to give her ladies a rough idea of what they need to spend. These costs add up quickly so it’s best to have time to save.
Today’s post is written by our friend Chelsey Gike from Ready to Rock Weddings and Events!
Chelsey is a wedding planner, WPICC certified and a floral designer.
Today she has graciously shared some great advice on budgeting for your wedding!
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