You may have heard this enough but it is a universal truth: every girl envisions herself in a perfect gown, walking on an amazing aisle, looking up at the man of her dreams. What is missing from this universal truth is the vast amount of planning that goes around to recreate this dream into a reality. Setting a budget is that one crucial aspect of a wedding planning, which although we encounter everyday of our lives, becomes harder tenfold when it comes to the wedding planning.
• Emergency Fund
• Fees for ceremony site
• Gifts for the attendants
• The honeymoon (among other)
• Transportation there and to Exit (Limo, carriage, motorcycle, etc)
• Wedding Attire
• Wedding Planner
The above list that I use during my wedding consultations is just the bold categories that wedding expenses fall into; wedding costs will become much more baffling once you start the estimations. Before you get overwhelmed, it is better to consult an experienced wedding planner/vendor/friend/family member, who in the past, has dealt with event planning and can better guide you as to how to create a wedding budget. There is no need to panic, it will take time, and a clever resource on hand can make this task easier.
Being downright adamant will not help in cutting down the budget. You need to show flexibility while selecting wedding items: try to explore all available options before you make a final decision. I have dealt with brides who stick to a particular wedding resource, which adds to their wedding expenses, and hence disallows them to spend it elsewhere. A wedding planner can ensure you interact with wedding vendors can who provide you exactly what you require, within the budget of your choice.
Here’s hoping you find these tips useful! Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!