When it comes to weddings, the “B” word you are most likely to hearing is probably “Bridezilla”. While you certainly never want to hear that word when it comes to planning your own wedding, there is another “B” word that you likely need to fear more. That word is “budget”. One of the things that most future grooms and brides find themselves panicking about from the moment they begin to plan is how in the world they can possibly afford everything that is going to be needed for their special day. First of all, I’d just like to say – DON’T PANIC. With the right help, your wedding can be perfect for you and your soon-to-be spouse regardless of what your budget is…it’s just going to require some strategy and a bit of help from a professional who has done this many times before. Continue reading to learn more about how to properly budget for your wedding without breaking your bank.
First & Foremost: Hire a Wedding Planner
Wedding planners are known to be magicians when it comes to creating realistic budgets for their clients. Not only does having a wedding planner allow for you and your future spouse to get a realistic idea of how to make your wedding happen on a budget, but those who work in events professionally have a lot of connections with vendors that you otherwise would not have access to. Additionally, when a couple tries to budget on their own, there is a lot of guessing involved in how much each service and item is going to cost. Your wedding planner knows what is going to cost how much and therefore, you won’t be looking at any surprise bills or heightened prices that will throw a wrench in your budget later on.
Choose Your Must-Haves
Another important thing to keep in mind when you are trying to navigate a wedding budget is what your high priority items are. These are the things you are unwilling to remove from the fantasy you have of your big day. Do you want a wedding dress from a certain designer? It is imperative that you hire your favorite local band to play at your reception? Whatever your must-haves are, be sure to fit them in your budget first so that you can make cuts later down the road on other matters that aren’t as important to you and your fiancé.
Write Down Everything
Weddings come with a lot of different expenses, as well as many different stresses. This is why it is imperative that you keep track of every penny you spend where your wedding is concerned. While making little purchases here and there may not seem like a big deal, these charges will absolutely add up quickly. Keeping a notebook or excel spreadsheet handy to keep track of the things you buy can not only help you to stay on budget but will also ensure that you don’t forget anything.
Saying ‘I Do” Doesn’t Have To Mean Going Into Debt
If you want to have the wedding of your dreams without having to pay it off for the first ten years of your marriage, you’re going to need a plan. However, once this plan is in place, you can feel confident that your budget will be one track every step of the way. Petrichor Planning is ready to offer you the assistance you need. Call us today to learn more about our wedding planning packages in order to get a better idea of which one is best for you!