Weddings today are more expensive than ever, but it's important to know that you can have the wedding of your dreams with the budget you have available. So where do you start? It can be hard to imagine what is reasonable and realistic for the event you're planning, but I have some helpful tips that hopefully will guide you and get you started.
Talk with your Parnter: The first thing and most important is to talk with your partner about who, if anyone will be contributing to your big day or how much you both would like to spend on the occasion. This initial conversation is extremely important to set before diving into anything else.
Flowers? Lighting? What is most important to you? Once you've established an estimate of what you have available, you have to prioritize with your partner about what's most important to you both in terms of must-haves and nice-to-haves. A few things to keep in mind:
Florals tends to be one of the most expensive costs at your wedding day, but they're of course a must-have. There are great ways to be mindful when picking your flowers (using flowers that are in-season/readily available) that will help you keep to your budget.
Photography & Videography is also a larger cost, but is so important to capture your day. You may decide you want one or the other instead of having both, but it's definitely important to have these memories captured.
Unfortunately, cutting costs is never easy, but in the end you have to remember your day will be beautiful!
Quotes are good, but meetings are better! When choosing vendors and suppliers for your wedding day getting quotes from them are definitely key. However, it's even more important to try to meet with them either in-person or virtually. You not only want to discuss your ideas and what you're looking for, but feel comfortable and have a connection with the people you're working with. Skype and FaceTime are always great options if you're not able to meet in-person. Suppliers will often be able to recommend alternative options that will save you budget here and there.
The Wedding Binder: Many of my family and friends laughed when they saw my "wedding binder," but it was the best thing I ever did. Staying organized, especially when it comes to your budget is key to managing and planning your wedding. Whatever system you want to set up for yourself is great, but be sure to create an excel document for your budget and keep it updated as quotes and final costs come through. As your big day approaches, it's also helpful to add a column to note which vendors have been paid and those that still need payment (Tip: there will be vendors who won't get paid til the big day -- give someone close to you the job of hanging on to those last day checks!).
DIY Projects: There are so many ways to DIY parts of your wedding thanks in part to Pinterest, Etsy and more! Not only does it add a personal touch, but will also help cut costs. Find the right DIY project for you (table cards, welcome bags, wedding favors, etc.) and don't try to do everything yourself!
Cushion! When it comes to your budget try to set aside a bit of cushion. There will almost always be unexpected costs when it comes to your big day - setting aside a bit of cushion will help you be prepared for those costs.
Those are just a few bigger things to keep in my when it comes to your budget. Let me know your budget questions - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Happy to answer any questions ;)
Happy Wednesday Xx!