Selecting Your Wedding Budget
Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life. You would obviously want it to be special and memorable. That however does not imply that you can afford to empty the savings from your bank balance on it. As a smart bride to be, you can plan your wedding in such a way that you cut down on unnecessary expenditure. Presetting a budget will help ensure that you don’t overspend and regret it later. If your folks are paying for a part of the wedding, ask them to specify the budget they have in mind. If you and your fiancé are paying for the wedding without any financial assistance, take a hard look at your savings, and come up with an amount which both of you would feel comfortable spending. Avoiding unrealistic demands and being practical in certain aspects is the key to managing the budget.
It wouldn’t hurt to fix a budget, even if you can afford to spend lavishly. You can gift each other an extended honeymoon or have a holiday with the amount saved. On the other hand, a low cost wedding does not mean compromising on style and comfort. Sticking to a budget requires you to use your imagination and think outside the box. You can always ask friends and family to pitch in with ideas, while you do your own research. With the combined efforts of everyone, your wedding can be an occasion to remember for all.
Ways to be constructive in your spending:
List the various expenses and assign a priority to each item on the list. Categorize the items in your wedding wish list into what you must have, what would be good to have and what you can do without. Allocate a percentage of your expenses to each important aspect, which should be a defined amount. Be prepared to reallocate funds if you overshoot expense in a category and spread it out over the other categories.
The smartest move would be to start planning early. As an early bird, you can easily get the worm. When you have considerable time at hand you can browse multiple options.
Right at the beginning, opt for the services of a professional wedding planner. Discuss your wedding budget with them. Planners have contacts and expertise which help keep expenses under control. Your planner will help you save effort as well as money by helping you get in touch with a network of service providers within the budget you specify.
The date of your wedding also needs to be factored in as part of your wedding expenditure. A cost cutting technique that is most commonly used is to get married in an off season. Another option is to get married on a weekday like a Friday if you choose to get married during the wedding season, this will make it easier to book a venue and negotiate prices.
When selecting wedding invitations look for those which serve the purpose and are cost effective. Response cards and thank you cards also need to be considered when setting your wedding budget. You can design these along with your invitation cards. It is good manners to acknowledge presents and those who have taken the time to attend your wedding.
The number of guests is directly proportional to the expense of your wedding. It is the biggest piece in your wedding expense pie. Cut down on your guest list if you would like to save some costs. Share the day with your nearest and dearest ones. Avoid inviting those who are acquaintances and haven’t spoken to you in a long while. Remember, while you may want everyone to share your happiness, each additional guest adds a definitive figure to your wedding budget.
Travel and Accommodation
Rent all the cars for the wedding from the same individual or company so as to get a good deal. Request your close friends who have cars to pick up family and friends if required, to further curtail costs.
Dresses can cost you a bomb, if you don’t take care in making a choice keeping your wedding budget in mind. Keep an eye out for clearance sales which will help you pick that perfect dress that you like at a discounted price. Even if you do not have a budget in mind, don’t purchase a dress instantly after trying it on. Visit different stores to get a better idea and compare the dress styles, fabrics, and prices before selecting one. A little extra effort taken here will ensure that you look like a princess without burning a hole through your pocket.
The ceremony and reception venue is the second vital factor, after the guest list, which contributes to your wedding expense. The venue is usually chosen depending on the number of guests invited to your wedding. A home wedding can be the key driver in lowering the cost of your wedding. So, make sure you use the space if you have it. Select a venue after ensuring it has all the necessary facilities such as tables, chairs, in house venue decorator, etc. Having everything under one roof will save the cost of searching for each of these separately and negotiating their hire cost. Make sure you are not paying more for the venue because it is in demand on a particular date or during a season. Consider an alternative date, if the venue is available at a more cost effective rate. Be wary of some locations that will not book smaller weddings far in advance so that they remain available to bigger weddings, or they can also bump your wedding for one of higher money. Yes this does happen so READ THE CONTRACT!
A grandiose entrance, fancy table centerpieces, a beautiful backdrop for the couple, the bouquets carried by the bride and bridesmaids; all contribute to the cost of decoration. Using flowers that are in season and purchasing them in bulk will help to save a chunk of your expense.
Wedding themes are designed to stand out and add a personal touch to the event. This in turn means it would add to your expenses. However, that does not mean your wedding would be any less memorable if you do not have a theme.
Food and Drinks
Along with the venue, comes the expense of the wedding meal and drinks. The meal servings should be adequate in quantity and sumptuous in nature. It is not essential to have an elaborate layout of multi-cuisine delicacies; a meal served gracefully with the right combination of delicacies will by and large be appreciated if it suits the taste buds of your guests. When it comes to the wedding alcohol, you need to make sure that the guests have adequate options; look at a combination of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Arrange for a mix of beer, wine and champagne for toasting. Consider serving limited number of drinks, instead of having a full bar at the wedding. You can include a personalized cocktail to match the wedding theme, which will be highly appreciated.
The type of cake, the number of tiers, its base and icing; all determine the cost of the cake and must be taken into consideration when choosing your wedding cake. Another option is to serve gourmet cup cakes or mini cakes providing more options in flavors and colors than just one cake. You’ll also get rid of the cutting fee being charged by the facility.
Finding a photographer who will capture your moments for you at a cost that fits your budget shouldn’t be a difficult task but it’s VERY important. Long after the memories fade from your wedding day, the only thing that you will have to remember is your photos. These photos will also be passed down to your children and hang on the walls of your homes. Some of the higher priced packages that you will encounter will actually be a better deal when you factor in all of the included items rather than just the “shoot and burn a DVD” packages. Get references from recently married family and friends and look around on the web and attend bridal shows.
Entertainment is an important aspect when it comes to completing your wedding arrangements. A great DJ will keep the flow of the reception going and help to coordinate with the banquet captain and the other vendors. Check for references and look at preferred vendor guides at the venues you are considering.
Wedding favors are another aspect that needs to be considered. Extravagant gifts will make a dent in your wedding budget. You can skip this expense completely or choose gifts which are not too lavish yet serve the purpose.
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