Wedding Budget and Priorities, HELP!
Lets talk about the least fun “b” and “p” words of planning your wedding. You know, the words that dictate the many aspects of your big day? Wedding Budget and Priorities.
Money/budget: typically, one of the biggest decision makers for your wedding day. It is no secret that weddings are not cheap, and they certainly are not free. Unless you have unlimited funds, or a fairy godmother, you probably will not be riding up in a white, horse drawn carriage to Cinderella’s castle. This does NOT mean that your wedding will not be beautiful, or that you will not love the details about one of the most important days of your life!
Now let’s talk about priorities; this and money go hand in hand. Honestly in our opinion, this is one of the most important ways to make the most of your budget. You can use priorities to make your money work for what is most important to you.
Long before the days of social media and endless Pintrest boards, it seemed like there were less decisions to be made. Social media is a wonderful resource, but it can become overwhelming when it comes to decision time. Do not let yourself get caught up in the things that are not important to you as a couple. For example, do you need that life size ice sculpture of your engagement photo? Probably not, that is unless you are into ice sculpting! The money that you would invest into that ice sculpture would probably be best invested into something more important to you, like your venue, the food at your reception, or your photographer or videographer. Yes, a life size ice sculpture is an extreme example, but you can see where we are going with that. It can be very easy to get sucked into wanting or needing to have everything. So how do you manage everything? Here are a few tips we think that will help you stay on track.
First: figure out what your budget is and STICK to it. Bottom line, you need to know how much money you have to spend. Whether its 3k or 10k, it is the same principle. Occasionally family members or close friends pitch in money as a wedding gift to help with expenses, but it is not something that you should count on. Know your budget so you can work within it. Hire a wedding planner/coordinator to help you stay within your budget. There are many excellent planners out there with great relationships with other vendors. A planner can be the first piece in helping you stay within your wedding budget, while getting you many of the things you want for your wedding.
Secondly: get organized and stay that way! Invest in a good personal planner/calendar. You can keep your receipts, plans, vendor contact information, etc. all in one spot. The last thing you want to do is be searching for that napkin with that vendor information on it, only to find that you tossed it when you changed out purses. Alisha prefers an old fashioned paperback planner, where Kelly prefers an app/online approach. The possibilities are limitless so just pick out one you love; you will be using it a lot! If you hire a wedding coordinator, they will love you when you meet with them and have everything right at your fingertips!
Now that you have your budget and planner, you can start prioritizing. This can be the hardest part, because what girl does not want to have it all? You need to decide what is the most important aspect (s) of your day? Is it a venue where you and your fiancé got engaged? Is it the crystal & lace trimmed dress with cathedral train you have dreamed of since you were a little girl? We obviously feel like a priority should be photography, because the photographic memories of your day will last a lifetime. Figure out what you do not want to compromise on and what is not as important to you. We suggest making a list of your top three to five priorities and then working your way down. If you have to make cuts due to budget, then they will not be nearly as hard to do when your cutting from the bottom of the list. If your wedding dress is a priority, it is worth it to spend the extra money on that dress for your special day, and cut the guest list, or may be you have a spaghetti dinner instead of prime rib. These are things that only YOU can answer. By staying on budget, staying organized, and prioritizing the things that are important to you, you can stay true to yourself and have the wedding of your dreams.