The Bride’s Survival Guide: The Ideal Way To Create A Unique Wedding Budget
When you finally get engaged, you feel to be in a particular time. You begin to envision how your future together will be, looking forward to spending time together, as well as ready to party. And one of the best ways to start your journey is to ensure that you have a candid, open discussion about both the bad and the good stuff, including the wedding dress budget and everything else that is involved in planning for your wedding.
Some couples fuss around saving, spending, as well as goals. And when thinking about an expensive investment such as a wedding, it is likely going to stir different reactions and emotions, which might even lead to disagreements.
The following are some of the ways you can be able to navigate such a conversation and figure a wedding budget that will work for both of you while maintaining the sanity that you need in your relationship.
- A need to have an open discussion with your family regarding their contribution: In traditional settings, parents were the ones who paid for the wedding celebrations of their children. The family of the bride can pay for the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception while the groom’s family takes over the rehearsal dinner.
Modern couples are no longer following the traditions, while others still decide to honor them. If the family stands up for you, you will comfortably afford your dream honeymoon.
Even if the family is coming in to sponsor you, there is a need for a budget discussion. Though it might feel strange to bring up money matters, it is the most critical step when planning for a wedding. Doing an email format might be ideal, as it will give both of you a chance to have time to think it over. Once you have a budget, you will then move forward in booking vendors, a venue, a date, and anything else.
- Avoid being sucked in the cycle of comparison: After being freshly engaged, you can browse the internet for inspiration, which might be the way many couples start their planning. While for some, they envision what their wedding day might be like and only make a decision when it is officially on the horizon.
You must see what others have pulled off, but you will need to compare what budget you have for your wedding against what is featured on Instagram. When you keep on trying to measure up, you end up losing sight of the fact that, you are getting married to someone you genuinely love and that, weddings tend to be expensive, and some couples don’t have them at all
It is hard to have everything that you wish for at your wedding, but if you manage, then that is good for you. You will need to allocate a realistic budget to what you think matters a lot, and stop spending on what you think you can do without.
- Do some shopping for comparison: It is possible that your partner was not the first person that you dated. Going through options is the way you end up arriving at the right fit as it is part of the job of searching and dating and, finally, planning for your wedding. To organize spending, quotes, and your budget, utilize google spreadsheets or whatever planning app that you have.
When it comes to prices for vendors, you need to have more information about them. From that, you will be able to select the most cost-effective and high-quality supplier as you determine how you go about budgeting for your wedding.
- Be on the same page when it comes to the location and size of the wedding: You must have an honest, open, and realistic conversation regarding the size, the location, and even the nuts and bolts of your wedding day. If you know that you want to spend less, then planning as a team is essential. When you do so, it will give you an experience that will be out of this world, making your wedding planning less chaotic.
- Ensure that both of you have a few top desires: When planning, you need to have a wedding that will meet both of your ambitions. To figure out what you can compromise on and what is essential, you should each make a list of your top four most important things. After that, you will include them while the rest on the list; you could easily compromise on them.
Knowing this from the beginning helps in informing your spending. It also will make it easy for both of you to make decisions. Once you are set on your budget, you don’t have to deviate from it without both of you agreeing to an added cost.
- Utilize your network: When planning for your wedding, you might realize that using your system might work well for you. Personal connections are critical when planning for a wedding. You will need to sit down with your partner and determine the network you have in your area, which could help you to save.
For the venue, you might happen to know a friend who knows someone who is a member of a country club that you want to be your venue. For the wedding cake, a friend’s daughter might be a baker who will come up with a great cake for your wedding reception.
Décor, there might be friends who might help to avoid random things sitting around post-wedding. You can borrow a centerpiece from a friend who will be a wedding a few months before your wedding. There could be a relative who is a graphic designer and instead of spending money on printing programs, they can do a large sign which has the wedding party as well as the wedding schedule.
With the above, you will be able to create a wedding on a minimum budget, making it to be unique. For other information on wedding planning, check out the ultimate bride’s survival guide.
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