What is more exciting than getting engaged over the holidays? It’s the perfect time; you can celebrate with your families and spend your first Christmas together engaged and looking forward to what the new year will bring! Whether you decide to get married the upcoming year, or the next, you have lots of planning to do! Follow my current blog series over the month of January, where I will break down the process of wedding planning. After all, this should be a fun experience!
The first step in planning your wedding is figuring out a realistic budget based on you and your partner’s income. You should be able to have your dream wedding without going into debt. Determining your budget, though isn’t fun, is very important. Don’t forget to include everything you’ll need for your wedding, and then some. Start by making a list of everything you would like to have at your wedding, then figure out the cost. Next, prioritize on what means the most to you and those that you may be willing to give up. Every couple is different, so it’s important to budget according to what matters most to you specifically.
One big step of budget control is narrowing down your guest list. The guest list affects the following costs: venue, catering, tables, chairs, linens, décor, and bar. Though your wedding is an exciting event, and you wish for everyone to attend, you need to be realistic, since the guest count can have the biggest effect on your budget. Small intimate weddings allow you to splurge more on the wedding day luxuries that you desire. Large weddings may require you to be more basic on the wedding day luxuries.
The next step in budget control is choosing a date. Most venues will upcharge for Saturdays and for dates during the most popular months, known as wedding season. Wedding season is during the warmer months starting in April and ending in October. If you wish to have your wedding during this time, try booking during the week, or on a Sunday to reduce costs.
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, but if you can’t afford that Vera Wang gown, then try looking for a dress that isn’t over the top. Remember to include the cost of a veil, accessories, shoes, and alterations in your dress budget. You can always borrow jewelry or a veil from a loved one to wear on your big day. This will save you money, as well as, make them feel extra special. When it comes to tuxedos, try shopping at the same shop for all your groomsmen. Some shops offer discounts for parties over 5, or will compensate a part of the tuxedo, such as the shoes, for the groom. This is one way to help you and your loved ones who want to share that special day right next to you at the altar.
When it comes to vendors, you want the best for your wedding day. If you choose a less expensive and experienced photographer, you might be settling for amateur pictures. Always remember, you can’t correct any mistakes made by vendors on your wedding day, so make sure you’re very careful on who you choose to be apart of your big day. But, just because you want the best vendors, doesn’t mean you can’t find ones who are reasonably priced. Always check a vendor’s online reviews. Don’t rush to make any decisions, contact a variety of vendors in each field and find who suites your needs the most.
We have gone over some of the bigger parts of exercising a budget. Just remember not to stress, this is one of the hardest parts. Always stick to your budget after setting one. You will want to enjoy your wedding day knowing that you didn’t go over the top with spending. If you follow these simple guidelines, your wedding planning process should go smoothly. Be watching for my next blog post on the fundamentals of wedding planning.