Prioritizing and Staying Within Your Budget

We all have a budget, no matter how big or small, especially when it comes to your wedding day.  But is there a “perfect” way to spend that large amount of money that you have, potentially, been saving for for a VERY long time?  There is no “perfect” way, but here are a few tips to help you create the wedding day you have always dreamed of, all while staying within your allowed budget.

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I cannot say this enough…make a list, make a list, make a list!  Weddings can tend to be very overwhelming once you start thinking of all of the things they entail.  Make a list, make two lists, or however many it takes to get your thoughts straight and wrap your mind around what it is that you will be spending your money on.  A wedding is much more than just a venue, food, and beverage.  Most of you know this, but in the excitement of planning a wedding, there are several details that tend to slip between the cracks.  For example, groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts, tips and gratuity for service staff, food for the bridal suite and for vendors, transportation, etc.  These are just a few to name that can tend to add up and chip away at your budget. So the best way to not be hit with these costs, is to prepare for them.  


Which leads me to my next tip…hire a wedding planner!  If you don’t feel you need the all of the services a wedding planner will provide, at least hire a day of event coordinator to handle all of the details on your wedding day.  Many couples make the mistake of thinking they can cut corners in their budget by taking care of these details themselves or asking their parents or a bridesmaid to do it.  Please understand that this is a VERY big job.  There are so many situations on the actual wedding day that will arise that you do not want to have to deal with.  You’ve planned this entire time leading up to your special day, so be sure that you can sit back and enjoy it!  And your parents and bridesmaids will be so busy with the festivities that they will not be able to enjoy or make sure that everything is running smoothly.  A day of coordinator will give you the peace of mind that you need and will be money well spent…trust me.

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Prepare for the unknown.  Make sure that you have some money set aside in case certain uncontrollable situations arise.  For example, if you are hosting an outside wedding, always have a rain plan in place. This may require you to have a tent rental on stand by.  It can also be unseasonably warm or cold.  Try and prepare for the fact that you may need to bring in heaters or portable air conditioning systems if your venue is not climate controlled.  Rain may also mean that you need to provide additional transportation for you and your bridal party.  We all hope and pray that the weather is perfect on our wedding day, but the fact of the matter is, sometimes it is not. So, don’t let it ruin your day, just be prepared for it!

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Finally, make your wedding day about the things that you love.  You can do this in the best way by prioritizing your budget.  Figure out what is most important to you and put more of your budget in that area.  If the food and beverage is most important to you, then go simple on your flowers.  If the music is high on your priority list, book an amazing band or DJ.  If you are approaching the wedding day with anxiety about how much you have spent or the fact that you don’t really care about that $1,000 wedding cake, it can put a huge damper on the day you have been anticipating for forever! Put your money with what you love the most. This will allow you to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!

Barry ONeill