Wedding Budget and How to Prioritize
One of the things I'm always telling my clients ( and all of you during my Facebook Live videos) is that you have to do your research, you have to stay organized and you have to set your budget. Whether big or small, it is very important to set your budget early on. it will help with self control and unnecessary over spending. While you're thinking about about your budget and what you want it to be, here are some things to consider. Who's Paying? Size of your guest list? Date/time? Wedding Style? How much & what do you actually need? What's your income? Wedding setting/Location? Sit down with your fiancé As a couple, sit down and do some research on how much weddings cost near you. Take a look through venues, photographers and any vendor website that you're interested in hiring. Feel free to contact a few of them to find out what the average cost is. Keep in mind that you're not really booking anyone just yet, you're just doing some research. After you've done the research set your budget amount. Doing the research before setting your budget is a great way to set a realistic and attainable budget. Researching the vendors in your area will allow you to make some changes and figuere out what you can and cannot afford. Think about everything that makes up a wedding. Venue, Photographers, Flowers, Cake, Dress, etc.. Make two seperate lists of what is most important to you regarding the wedding. Both you and your partner will then compare your lists and come up with your absolute must haves for the day. This is a great way to compromise and it gives you some perspective. Think about where you can save Remember that list? This is another way that writing everything down will help. You can start by scaling down on things that you don't really need, and start either by cutting it completely out of the wedding, or maybe consider a DIY project. Write it all down You didn't think this was going to involve this much writing...amirite? Writing things down will help keep you accountable, and less likely to go off the rails buying things that are not on the list. It will help you to stick closer to your budget. Stay Organized Very important to stay organized. if you're planning on a few DIY projects, it's best to keep your list on you at all times, because you never know when inspiration will strike. The best way to stay organized is to keep a folder or binder with you at all times. You can create your own binder, or purchase one from Lovely Events by Von. Keep all of your vendor contracts, contacts, and packages all in there. Always remember that it is ok to ask for help, and not just with the wedding planning. If you've got a case of the Wedding Blues and you can't talk to your future husband/wife about it, then don't be afraid to reach out to your bridal party (or family members) for support. Most Importantly... Don't forget to have fun! Planning a wedding can be stresfful, but with the proper tools and support system, it doesn't have to be! Happy Planning! Wife and mother of two young children, Von Marie Moniz is the Event Planner and Owner of Lovely Events by Von. Clients love her bubbly personality and attention to detail. Planning is what she does, relaxing and enjoying yourself is what you will be doing when you hire Von for your next event.