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How to set Priorities on Your Wedding Budget

Happy Wedding Couple by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee

Do you really need that designer gown? No one will actually know the label – except you. Must you rent a big hotel when you’re a small group, living room kind of couple?

It is not necessary to invite everybody from your church club, high school friends you haven’t seen for decades or co-workers you would never be caught talking with unless you’re both stuck in the elevator. Get real.

Sit down with your partner and discuss a kind of wedding you both want. In other words, set priorities for your budget when you plan your own wedding.

Decide what to include

It’s your wedding, you can decide what you want to include. Here’s a very good and intelligent question: What do you hate seeing in some weddings you have attended? You can omit that. Have you seen something really nice which you want to bring in? Tell your partner or you will forever regret it. Another important thing: check with your officiating minister or celebrant so you’ll know what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable in your case.

Set the date

You can never have a wedding unless you know when to make it happen.You don’t have to decide on one single particular date, unless, of course, if you really need to. So set several possible dates; in that way you will have flexibility in choosing a venue and save some money.

Determine the size of your guest list

What usually comes to mind when planning a guest list is the wedding budget but there’s actually more to it than just money. What type of person are you? Are you comfortable being the center of attention for two hundred people? Or you’d rather have a smaller, more intimate group and enjoy having just a bunch of close friends and relatives?

Choose a favored site

This is another basic consideration when you plan your own wedding and will affect your guest list and your overall wedding budget. Do you want a church wedding or do you want one in a small garden, on a beach, or in a fancy hotel? How do you want your reception to look like?

Plan the ambiance

Do you want it formal, fancy or casual? You can have a fancy wedding on a limited budget; just be creative. That includes creatively slashing the guest list into half. Ouch.

Create a mental picture of how you want your wedding to look like and use that picture as a guide. If you decide to have a casual affair, you can spend less than a formal one.

Getting lots of ideas on how to plan your own wedding? Now, it’s time to get specific. Know your priorities and start to list them down. If you’re on limited budget, then let your budget guide you instead of letting your fantasies, and get things done. Be sure to like me on Facebook for more ideas.

Don’t Do These Seven Things When Planning Your Wedding


waiting bride 2It is important to set priorities on your wedding budget. To maximize your money, here are some things you shouldn’t do when planning your wedding:

1. Entrust your photography to a novice.

I understand that you want to save money but planners would agree to save on some other things – not on your wedding photos. Cheap, bad photography is like building a sand castle. You will hate it when you want to relish wonderful wedding memories and all you have are bad photographs. I see this happen to many people. One particular friend hates to recall her wedding day just because she hates the pictures she entrusted with her cousin. It will be a waste of everything you have invested on. Stay within your budget when planning your wedding, but by all means, splurge on your wedding photographs.

2. Spend a fortune on your wedding gown.

All brides dream of the most beautiful wedding gowns. This does not necessarily mean, however, that your gown should suck-up your budget. Your guests won’t care what brand or label you wear. You can just borrow, rent (sorry!) or find gorgeous but discounted gowns. You will wear the stuff only once so investing huge on it when planning your wedding is not necessary.

3. Serve lacklustre food.

Don’t settle for less when planning your wedding reception, especially on food. Your reception meal is your treat to your guests. Get the tastiest food allowed by your budget. If you can’t serve a hundred guests with a delightful feast, cut your guest list in half. It’s better to have a few but delighted people than invite everybody and not be able to treat them well.

4. Buy a gorgeous but awful-tasting wedding cake.

I have seen too many cakes that looked fantastic but tasted horrible, my wedding cake included. Pricey extras on the exterior are nothing if your cake tastes like plain pudding in sugar-coating. Some wedding cakes are not even real but mere decorative facades made of Styrofoam (can you imagine that?) You can’t even eat them. Don’t laugh at me; I have seen many of those. For heaven’s sake, your wedding is not a show. Go for taste.

5. Struggle to get a professional videographer

If money isn’t an issue, then by all means go for all the brilliant camera lights but if your budget is tight then the decision is already made for you. Several hundreds or even thousands of dollars are too much for a wedding video. Your best friend or relative can tape the event for you. Just brace yourself for a shaky presentation afterwards. Remember, you can always look at your wedding photographs, and that’s all that matters.

 6. Spend twice on flowers.

Flowers are beautiful but your budget can get out of hand. Read this: recycle. Again, recycle. If you have two different places for the ceremony and reception, you can use your flower arrangements in both venues. You can do the same with your balloons, candles, and other decorations. If bouquets of flowers are too costly, get a single stem for each of your bridesmaids and table centrepiece. If flowers are not an option, get balloons instead. Candles are beautiful decorations, too.

7. Neglect your reception music

The music you play at the reception determines the atmosphere. Don’t let just anybody blast off cheap music from his boom box. It’s your wedding; choose people and things that can help you have a memorable and enjoyable wedding celebration with people close to you.

Be creative when planning your wedding so you can keep the costs down. You are supposed to enjoy your wedding day. For more ideas, comment on this post or like me on Facebook so we can discuss.



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